• Sally Collings

Achieve your why for your book.


Over the next few weeks I'll be blogging tips and ideas from my new online course, How to Write a Successful Nonfiction Book.


Along with my good friend, book editor and writing coach Lari Bishop, I’ve created this course to share our step-by-step process for building a book thoughtfully, in a way that results in a better manuscript.


This course is perfect for those who want to write a book but don’t know where to start, especially anyone who needs more confidence in their ideas and their writing.


More than anything, the goal of this course is to help you fulfill your why—the overarching reason you want to write a book in the first place—and bring your great ideas to the world. Working on the foundation of your book will make the writing process much easier and will mean you spend less time revising. Decisions about content will be easier. When you sit down to write, you won’t be at a loss as to what you should be writing.


There are various ways that you can complete this course—because it is self-paced, you can take an intensive approach, or you can take your time. Lari and I recommend that you take your time: put in the deeper thinking and creative work to receive the best outcome.


We also believe that writing is a form of performance—like musicianship or athleticism—and this course is the preparation necessary to perform well.


This course helps you to think about the following:


● Articulating your goals and vision for this book

● Visualizing your target reader

● Clarifying your message and your promise for your reader

● Finding the most effective structure for your chapters

● Checking out the competition to make your book stronger


Some lessons are conversation style, where Lari and I talk about the topic at hand. (Spoiler alert: we don’t always agree!) Others are presentation-style, with voiceover alongside explanatory slides. We have prepared a workbook for you to use with the exercises in each lesson.


We’ll give you the tools to craft an effective book that fulfills your goals. How you use those tools is up to you.

The more solid your foundation, your ideas, and your plan for your book, the more successful your book will be, in terms of achieving your personal and professional goals.


In my next post, I’ll be talking about defining your goals for your book. There’s more to it than hitting the bestseller lists!


Find out more about our How To Write a Successful Nonfiction Book course here: https://yourwritingcoaches.teachable.com/p/writing-successful-nonfiction-book