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Are You Ready to Audiobook? 5 Essential Factors for Nonfiction Authors by Tina Dietz

Are You Ready to Audiobook? 5 Essential Factors for Nonfiction Authors by Tina Dietz

More and more non-fiction authors are recognizing the incredible potential audiobooks offer their business. Eager entrepreneurs, however, may dive in headfirst without giving sufficient forethought into how this unique tool can best be leveraged. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing sector of the entire publishing industry. The Association of American Publishers show audiobook downloads up by 31.1% […]

Live Workshops and Training Classes

Live Workshops and Training Classes

If you enjoy teaching, then workshops and training classes may be a great option for you. Similar to consulting packages, you can develop your programs in just about any way that you choose. The simplest option, and a good place to start, is to create a half-day event, which would be a three or four-hour […]

Cover Design Basics

Cover Design Basics

Each month, the Nonfiction Authors Association asks a burning publishing question of the industry’s best, brightest, and most innovative experts. Here’s what they have to say! NFAA: What is the best piece of advice you’d offer to an author about working with a book cover designer? LEWIS AGRELL — THE AGRELL GROUP When authors have […]

The S Theory of Storytelling: Compelling Fiction Readers to Turn the Page by Michael Larsen

The S Theory of Storytelling: Compelling Fiction Readers to Turn the Page by Michael Larsen

The beginning is the most important part of the work. –Plato  The first page sells the book. The last page sells the next book. –Mickey Spillane The first page of a chapter sells the chapter; the last page sells the next chapter. Agents, editors and book buyers only read far enough to make a decision. […]

Consulting and Coaching Opportunities Your Non-Fiction Book Can Open

Consulting and Coaching Opportunities Your Non-Fiction Book Can Open

Writing a nonfiction book based on your area of expertise is an easy lead-in for consulting and coaching opportunities. In fact, these opportunities will probably come looking for you whether you want them or not! After I wrote my first book, The Business Startup Checklist and Planning Guide, I began receiving requests for consulting services. […]

What You Can Learn from TED Speakers

What You Can Learn from TED Speakers

One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is to watch videos on TED.com. If you’ve somehow missed the TED phenomenon, you should know that the site features 20 minute presentations from some of the world’s top thought leaders. Speakers for TED events are selected on an invite-only basis. You […]

13 Guesses About the Future of Writing and Publishing by Michael Larsen

13 Guesses About the Future of Writing and Publishing by Michael Larsen

New writers self-publish, and build their platform and community of fans until they prove their potential, and agents and publishers find them. Successful writers are among the most powerful people in publishing. They are CEOs of one-person, multimedia, multinational conglomerates–contentpreneurs who use craft, creativity, innovation and social media to create and sell their work, and […]

Transitioning to Paid Speaking

Transitioning to Paid Speaking

If you want speaking to become a revenue stream for you, start by getting as many free engagements under your belt as possible. Then begin reaching out to companies and conferences that need speakers. Professional speakers typically earn $2,500 to $10,000 and up for a keynote presentation, plus travel expenses. It can be a lucrative […]

Giving Great Presentations

Giving Great Presentations

While you may think you have good public speaking skills, that doesn’t always mean that you will dazzle an audience. Professional speakers spend years developing and refining their craft. At the very least, you should put some effort into cultivating your skills so that you leave your audience with a great impression. Here’s how: Develop […]

How to Break Into Professional Speaking

How to Break Into Professional Speaking

The easiest way to get started with speaking is to reach out to local trade associations, charitable and service groups like Kiwanis and Rotary, schools, chambers of commerce, retirement communities, and other organized groups. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of trade organizations in every major city that need speakers for their weekly or monthly […]