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How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days [Paperback]

Paul Lima
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1 Jan 2009
What does it take to write a non-fiction book in 60 days? It takes an idea. How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days spells out in detail the process required to move from your idea to a solid first draft of your book - in 60 days. It takes purpose. How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days will help you clearly define your purpose so you can focus on achieving what you set out to do. It takes knowledge of your reader. How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days will help you ascertain what your readers know, and what they need to know, so you can logically present the information required to meet their expectations. It takes time. How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days will show you how to use your time productively to brainstorm all you need to know about your subject matter, to organize your thoughts and to outline your book before you write. And it will show you how to write effectively and efficiently from outline point to outline point, until you complete a solid first draft of your book - in 60 working days. Do you have a book just waiting to come out? Are you procrastinating because you think it will take you years to write it? This book will show you how to write a comprehensive first draft - a draft you can send to an agent or publisher or one you can edit and self-publish - in 60 days (working about 2 to 4 hours per day). The book will show you how to create a detailed, chapter-by-chapter outline and how to write each chapter from point to point. In addition, the book includes two bonus chapters: one on self-publishing and one on constructing effective sentences and paragraphs. What readers have said: "You take, what is to most people, a big, hairy, scary project and break it down into a process that seems almost mundane in its simplicity. All of a sudden writing a book is possible." - Angie Gallop, author of The PWAC Guide to Roughing it in the Market "60 Days is encouraging and positive and would allow someone who has good writing skills to believe that they could in fact write a book. It gives a clear and concise listing of the tasks needed to write a book, and then provides the tools needed to complete the tasks." - Johanna Bertin M.S.W., R.S.W., medical social worker and freelance writer/author "I am in the midst of writing my second book and How To Write A Non-Fiction Book In 60 Days gave me a serious energy boost. I have been a bit intimidated by the thought of writing a 75,000-word book and reading your book has given me the tools I need to complete it. Our techniques are similar, but yours have obviously been developed and fine-tuned and they really helped me!" - Heather Cook, author of Rookie Reiner (due out in Fall 2008 from Trafalgar Square Books) and The Green Stable (due out in 2009 from Storey Publishing).


Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Five Rivers Chapmanry (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973927844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973927849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Note: I have several books available on Amazon, some as print books, some as Kindle and some as print and Kindle. Books include "How To Write A Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days," "Harness the Business Writing Process," "Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing," "Copywriting that Works," and "(re)Discover the Joy of Creative Writing." You can read about all of my books here: www.paullima.com/books.

Paul Lima has been a professional writer and writing instructor for over 25 years. He works as a freelance writer and writing trainer and writes books about business and promotional writing, writing for periodicals, and the business of freelance writing. His books include the following titles: "How To Write A Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days," "Harness the Business Writing Process," "Everything You Wanted To Know About Freelance Writing," "The Six-Figure Freelancer: How to Find, Price and Manage Corporate Writing Assignments," "Business of Freelance Writing: How to Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines," "Copywriting That Works: Bright ideas to Help You Inform, Persuade, Motivate and Sell," "(re)Discover the Joy of Creative Writing," "How to Write Media Releases to Promote Your Business, Organization or Event" and "Do you Know Where Your Website Ranks? How to Optimize Your Website for the Best Possible Search Engine Results". You can read more about Paul online at www.paullima.com.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend to A Drowning Author! 8 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Paul Lima's book is a perfect workbook for authors who, like me, mistakenly believe that writing a book is all about writing.

By presenting the reader with a clear, easy, day-by-day workplan Lima dispells much of the writing mystique. I found out that I was in fact sabotaging my work by not doing the brainstorming, planning and outlining before getting down to work.

I warmly recommend this book to all writers who, having read too many Romantic novels, erroneously believe that in order to write a book you have to lock yourself up in a garret and wrestle with writers' block.

Having read Paul Lima's book I have finished a book that was in the works for 2 (yes, two) years.

Thank you, Paul!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book 29 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone with an interest in becoming an author, I found this a very easy to read, logical book with great tips for making the whole process less intimidating. The chapter on self publishing is worth a specific mention as it gives a useful insight into how the whole world of publishing on-line works. I am keen to read more of Paul Lima's books now and maybe even attempt to write one myself !
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A system that works 16 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I was struggling to find a book that simply sets out how to write a non-fiction book.

I wanted a methodology that is proven to work, and I have found it in Paul's excellent book.

Paul takes the best techniques out there (freefall/stream of conciousness writing) (clustering/mind mapping) and integrates them into a logical system that is easy to follow.

I am now on my way to getting my first draft together and I can see light at the end of the tunnel. My writing project has become less fearful thanks to Paul.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 4 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Paul Lima is a self-published POD writer - no problem with that; I am too. But his book doesn't come across as very professional - there's not much to it for a start, and what there is is mostly about outlines. Yes, creating outlines is important for a non-fiction (or fiction) book, but I was expecting more practical advice for the professional writer, whereas this reads as a beginner's book for people who haven't written anything before. I read it in about an hour and didn't get anything from it a professional writer wouldn't already know. Disappointing and not worth the cover price.
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