EP 020 – How To Write Your Outline

EP 020 – How To Write Your Outline

On the 20th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are learning all the nuts and bolts of creating an outline. Since the outline is the first step toward writing your book, you definitely don’t want to skimp on this part.

Let’s make it easy while we’re at it! We’re going to explore the items we put into the outline in a list so you can just shoot right down the list and check the box. When you simplify your tasks, you take out the overwhelm. Do that, and you will halt procrastination while lighting a fire under your skivvies.

Here are three quick pieces from the outline (listen to the dang show to get the rest!):

  1. First, know where you’re going and who you’re talking to. Answer the positioning questions Hilary talks about in this episode.
  2. Consider your format. These three work well and gel with what’s on the shelves right now: 
    1. Blockbuster – Start with the riveting details. What is going to draw the reader in? Think of your life/story and the pits and peaks you or your character has experienced. Readers love the contrast!
    2. Half and half – This pertains to memoirs/business books. Share your story in the first part, business/life lessons in the second.
    3. Chronological – With your backstory woven into the chapters/sections. Start with the lessons you have learned that define you into “before I learned this thing I was this person/after I learned this thing I was that person.”
  3. Don’t worry about getting the order of the content you are sharing right. The point is to get everything out, brainstorm, and then move it around in the order in which you want it later. This takes off major pressure, so you feel like you are accomplishing more.

Listen to the rest of this episode to learn even more about writing a competitive, genre-specific, and super-solid outline that can stand up to any book the big pubs push out!

As always, if you have any questions or are ready to get started creating your book, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance.

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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

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EP 019 – Edits Are Suggestions: Preserving Your Author Voice

EP 019 – Edits Are Suggestions: Preserving Your Author Voice

On the 19th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are creating a plan to sort through the edits that you receive from your editor.

Developing a plan to handle the recommended changes you receive from your editor can shift the focus from feeling emotional through giving you new ways to interact with critique. In short, you will be fixated on completing tasks versus trying to trudge through how you feel about the comments on your book.

Your three quick tips from this episode:

  1. Ask yourself about the suggestion: is this something that needs to be corrected to be accurate? If this is the case, 100% take the edit.
  2. Is there any way that the content will be confusing to the reader if it’s not changed? Be HONEST.
  3. Here’s another question to ask yourself: what is the worst-case scenario? If you said, “I am going to hear my book isn’t any good,” you already know that isn’t true. A publisher or editor wouldn’t have agreed to work with you if that was the case.

When you can think of your book as being shepherded into the publishing world by an ensemble of people, it helps. This is the aim. And truly, it is exciting! You have gotten to the level that you have earned a slew of people wanting to be on your team because you are THAT good. But you won’t be instant best-seller material after one rough draft. No one has ever achieved that. If this is your criteria, man, are you ever tough on yourself! 

Listen to the rest of this episode to learn even more about the best ways to manage people manhandling and womanhandling your words. We’re here for you to help you become the best writer you can be!

As always, if you have any questions or are ready to get started creating your book, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

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EP 018 – Letting Go Of Your Book When Publishing

EP 018 – Letting Go Of Your Book When Publishing

On the 18th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, Hilary helps you release your book baby into the wilds of publishing, both emotionally and physically. Here’s a hint: your book is a product, and it’s time to treat it that way, or the quality will suffer. Then even your love for it won’t be enough to save it!

First things first, and read this part as many times as you need to: a critique of your book does not mean that you suck as an author. Lather, rinse and repeat that now. Never let anything shake your confidence to the point that you stop creating. 

If you’ve received critique and you’re feeling attacked, it helps to remember that this is exactly what editors and publishers are supposed to do: they are supposed to be honest to help you improve your work. That is what you paid for: their professional feedback. 

Here are three quick tips of the many shared in this episode:

  1. Practice positive self-talk before you receive any comments on your book. When you do this, you will build up your skin, so it is nice and thick. Then you will have an easier time hearing what people have to tell you.
  2. Positioning your book is critical to its success and to ensure it remains memorable in the marketplace.
  3. Don’t let your ego get in the way of improvement–what all authors strive for. Don’t let it block you from learning about all the amazing aspects of this industry. The big-name authors are pros in receiving opinions and sorting out the ones that are relevant to their works.

Don’t stop the process of writing your book and throw away all the time you deliberately sunk into this incredible venture. Be reassured that the reason you sat down and created this book is still valid. Nothing can take that away from you. No one else’s opinion. No one else’s style preference. Your desire to write your book and the information you want to share with the world still stands. You don’t want to go out with a whimper. You want to send your book into the world with a bang!

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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 017 – You Must Know Why Your Book Is Different

EP 017 – You Must Know Why Your Book Is Different

On the 17th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re talking about why you MUST (it’s supercritical, so we capped this!) know why your book is different.
  • Different = Memorable
  • Different = Better branding
  • Different = More sales
  • Different = Captivated reader
  • Different = Dialed-in messaging

Think about all the books you have ever held in your hands and why you remember them. It likely pertains to the title as well. It was probably strong and sank into your psyche. In this episode, Hilary does give you some stellar examples of awesomely positioned book titles. These are titles that you can tell the authors worked on. These authors sorted out the sludge and landed on a succinct result.

That’s the goal. 

Tune in to hear more of how you can filter down from every idea on the market (and in your head!) to be unforgettable.

YOU. CAN. DO. THIS.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 016 – Writing Everything But The Main Content Of Your Book

EP 016 – Writing Everything But The Main Content Of Your Book

On the 16th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re talking about writing the extraneous pieces (anything but the main content) of the book. These are super important and sometimes don’t get the love and attention they need.
We’re going to love them up today!
Here’s a cheater list for you to work off so you can follow along:
  1. Resources page – This is the page where you will provide all the ways that a reader can get in touch with you.
  2. Dedication – Not mandatory, but a nice nod to people/causes that mean the most to you.
  3. Foreword – Written by another person and ideally an influencer.
  4. Afterword – Placed at the back of the book, a recap of the value of the book.
  5. Introduction – Written last–listen in to learn why.
  6. References/footnotes – All you need to remember is that you must cite info when required. Your editor/publisher should handle the formatting.
  7. Acknowledgments – Located at the back of the book and gives thanks to specific people instrumental to the creation of your book.
  8. About the Author – Aka, your bio.
  9. Disclaimer – Not mandatory (but a smart way to CYA–cover your arse). Book bonuses – Super cool gifts from you to the reader.
  10. CTA (Call-to-action) – Bring your readers closer to you with high-value content designed to benefit them and you.
  11. Amazon description – Exactly what it sounds like. Check out any book on Amazon for a better idea of what to do here.

The above are little tidbits that will help you with your own list. Listen to the show to hear the specifics of the what, why, and how that you need to know to create totally tuned-up and tight extraneous content.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance.
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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 015 – Positioning Your Book To Speak To Your Reader

EP 015 – Positioning Your Book To Speak To Your Reader

On the 15th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re talking about the topic no one ever delves into–how to position your book so your message will resonate inside the reader’s head and they will connect even more deeply to you.

In life, in writing, you have to know where you’re going to get there in one piece. That means knowing why you are sharing what you are and who you are sharing your story with. If you just leap into writing without exploring who your book is meant for, your words won’t find your audience. They will fall flat; they will miss the mark; they will be the equivalent of throwing a bunch of gunk at the wall to see what sticks. You know you don’t want that. That is not a marketing strategy.
Positioning means understanding your audience. In any campaign, there are usually three main slices to your audience’s demo. You will ask yourself the positioning questions that we get into on the show, and a couple of which we share here, but there will still be about three different types of people that you want to direct your message to.
Group a (usually the biggest one) might be single moms between the ages of 24-32 who homeschool their kids, Group B (a smaller segment) would be married moms from 32-40 who homeschool, and Group C (the smallest segment yet), would be single moms in their thirties who send their kids to school. You can see what we’re getting at. Regardless of the segment, you will want your audience to answer four positioning questions. Here are two of them.
You want the rest? Listen to the episode 😉 Happy sneak peeking!
Two Positioning Qs:
1. Who is your book for? (Age, gender, income level, geographic/psychographic data, etc.)
2. Why is your book different? Answer this question using ONE sentence–and no, you can’t use a run-on sentence!
Everything that we talked about today is reader-centric. Between asking these questions and keeping your attention on the reader, your book will not only be more memorable but it will be regarded with warm feelings for years to come.
The next time you’re ready to put words to screen, get in touch with jhilcreative.com. We’re helping authors everywhere get published.
That’s it for this chapter of the podcast! Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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