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Get the Word Out: Write a Book That Makes a Difference


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You have a terrific non-fiction book inside you, you just don't know it yet. Discover the perfect path to publication in "Get the Word Out"

Anne Janzer is clearly the story whisperer. If you've been in the business world for a while (or if you've lived a uniquely interesting life), you have a story to share with the world. "Get the Word Out" is Janzer's attempt at boiling down everything you need to write the book only you can write, and she did a fantastic job of it.

The most important takeaway of "Get the Word Out" is the concept of Servant authorship -- the idea that the purpose of your book is to the needs of your readers. When you put your reader first, everything else, Janzer asserts, will fall into place. From that first mission statement, of serving your readers, she helps you identify your purpose and your ideal audience, then build your book from there. Using survey results from real non-fiction authors, research from published sources, and the author's own anecdotal experience, Janzer lays out a clear path to success for your first non-fiction book and every subsequent book that follows.

This book takes you step by step, holding your hand and guiding the process with firm but gentle support. From generating ideas on the ideal topic to breaking down the process of researching, organizing, publishing and marketing, Janzer provides practical advice peppered with anecdotes, interviews, research, and summaries to make it all clear.

What's interesting about the book is that it not only provides specific guidelines, it is also an example of the entire process. Janzer found the perfect topic to write about, researched it thoroughly, presented it in an organized way, and put it in the hands of her ideal readers. Follow her blueprint to the letter and you can't go wrong!

As a freelance editor, I encounter authors who come to me with a "complete" manuscript, only to discover that what they've written is an idea or plan. I will wholeheartedly recommend these clients read "Get the Word Out" before tackling their revisions so they have a clear vision of who they're writing for, what they really want to say, and deliver their message in just the right way. "Get the Word Out" will not only save you time with edits, it could also save you money you might spend on editing, and in the long run, it could very well be the tool you need to boost your next non-fiction book and make it a success.

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About the author

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, nonfiction writing coach and unabashed writing geek on a mission to help people make a positive impact with their writing. She supports and encourages writers, authors, and marketers through her books, blog posts, online courses, webinars, and teaching. view profile

Published on November 10, 2020

40000 words

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Genre: Writing & Publishing

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