Your Book’s Business Plan – September Teleclass with Nina Amir

Nina Amir, Blog to Book Expert, NAIWEYou’re invited to join us for a NAIWE Member Teleclass
Your Book’s Business Plan:
Prepping Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success

with NAIWE’s Blog to Book Expert, Nina Amir
hosted by Janice Campbell
September 17, 2014 at 3:00p.m. EDT

The average book today sells only about 250 copies a year, 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve     your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book      before you write a word. As you do, you’ll develop an Author Attitude and learn how to
evaluate your ideas and yourself through the same lens used by an acquisitions editor.

Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture—as you go through the Author Training Process. It’s the foundation for creating books that sell—to publishers and to readers! This evaluation tool helps you determine if your idea is ready to go to market—to be shopped to agents, publishers or readers—and if you are ready to become an author.

This is NOT a session on how to write a book proposal (but you’ll learn a lot about it). This IS a session about how to use the parts of a book proposal as a process to train yourself to see both the creative and business aspects of writing and publishing a book and creating a business plan for a book. This session is appropriate for fiction writers and for nonfiction writers.

(Based on Nina Amir’s new book, The Author Training Manual, Writer’s Digest Books, Feb. 2014.)

Session takeaways:

  1. Learn how to discover if your book idea is marketable.
  2. Find out how to decide if you are cut out to write and market a successful book—if you are an attractive publishing partner or savvy indie publisher.
  3. Discover what publishers and readers want.
  4. Learn how to produce a successful book.
  5. Take the nine steps in the “proposal process.”
  6. See through an acquisitions editor’s eyes.
  7. Find out why you shouldn’t write your book as soon as you get the idea.
  8. Learn how to be the business partner a publisher seeks.
  9. Learn to write a book that sells.

Nina Amir, bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 13 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

Members may enjoy listening to one of her previous classes, 20 Blogging Success Secrets, at this link.


Technologically Advanced Publishing Report- Member Teleclass

TAP-conference-image-2013NAIWE members are invited to join us January 16, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a report on the recent Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP 2013) topics and speakers. NAIWE was a media sponsor for this conference, and director Janice Campbell, and scholarship winner, Carol Topp, NAIWE’s Accounting for Freelancers Expert, attended.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Janice and Carol will share what they learned about the newest frontiers of digital publishing, including

  • Book writing tips and techniques
  • Insider tips for making it as a content publisher
  • Design essentials for digital publishing
  • Copyright principles
  • Creating synergy and keeping your brand consistent across your blog and social media
  • A look at Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and iBooks
  • And more . . .

You’ll come away with a better understanding of where the publishing world is moving, and how to choose your path to publication.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Carol Topp Wins TAP! 2013 Scholarship from NAIWE

Carol Topp, CPA: Taxes and the Freelance Writer or Editor

Carol Topp, CPA

We’re delighted to recognize Carol Topp, CPA, the NAIWE Accounting for Freelancers Expert, as the winner of the TAP! 2013 Scholarship. She’ll be joining us at the Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference in Orlando, Florida, just three weeks from now, and will be a guest at dinner with NAIWE Director, Janice Campbell.

There are still a few spots left at this conference, and we’d love to see you there (NAIWE members are invited to join us for dinner). You can register at www.TAP2013.com. If you are in publishing or work with those who are, you’ll leave this conference with information that can help you make 2013 your best year ever. We hope you can come!

TAP! 2013 Conference Scholarship Opportunity

TAP 2013 Conference: Orlando, Florida in JanuaryAs a media sponsor of the Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP! 2013), NAIWE has been presented with a scholarship valued at up to $745 for one of our members.

If you can make it to Florida in January, please apply! Simply send an e-mail containing the following information to support@NAIWE.com by December 15, 2012.

  • Name
  • Profession/Business
  • NAIWE Member Site URL
  • A brief statement of why you would like to come
  • Statement of commitment to come if your application is chosen

Don’t miss joining NAIWE at TAP! 2013!

In addition to the keynote by Guy Kawasaki, conference sessions will include:
Sessions will include:
  • Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to write, publish, and market your books as a self-publisher
  • How to Start and Finish Writing Your Book
  • Apple iBooks Author Fast Start
  • The Road to Kindle – A Successful Author’s Journey
  • Copyright Still Means Something for Digital Publishers
  • Copyright FAQ
  • User-Generated Content is Great (and Full of Legal Problems)
  • From Book to Business
  • Sink or Swim? Navigating Today’s Turbulent Waters as a Content Creator
  • Digital or Die: The Case for Captivating UX & Design to Bring Your Content to Life
  • Writing for the Web: How to Compel Your Audience to Action
  • Hypersyndication: How to Deliver Your Content to Multiple Platforms
  • Establishing Your Digital Publishing Identity Across Multiple Social Media Platforms
  • Creating a Video Trailer for your eBook or App Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating ePUB files with Adobe InDesign
  • Getting Started with Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition
  • ePUB, PDF, or DPS: Which Format to Choose?
  • Design & Digital Publishing Essentials
  • iOS 6 for Designers and Developers
  • User Interfaces Don’t Have to Suck — The Mobile User Experience
  • Finding Your Audience Tribes in a Hyper-Social Digital World
  • How To Use Compelling Photographs To Attract More Eyeballs
  • Creating Videos People Want to Watch
  • The Power of Podcasting

How to Blog Your Way to a Book Deal: Teleclass with Nina Amir

NAIWE Members, you’re invited to
join us for a member teleclass-
3:30 pm EST on Wednesday August 15, 2012
with NAIWE’s Blog to Book Expert, Nina Amir

Nina Amir, Blog to Book Expert, NAIWESome say the blog-to-book craze reached its height back in 2009, but more bloggers are landing deals and having their books released per month currently than at that time. Agents and acquisition editors continue to troll the Internet looking for blogs to turn into books because they want to find books as close to a “sure thing” as possible. A blog with an established readership and a blogger with a built-in fan base or platform represents a successfully test marketed book idea.

Rather than just blogging and then repurposing your posts into a book, or booking your blog, learn how to write, publish, and promote a book on the Internet using blog technology. Blogging a book is the easiest and quickest way to write a book and promote it at the same time. If you can write, you can blog. That means you can blog your way to creating a successful book—one that attracts readers and publishers. You can produce a manuscript, and promote and publish your work one post at a time in cyberspace. If you attract enough readers, you may also get “discovered” by an agent or publisher.

Learn how you can blog your way to a book deal or to create a blog that attracts readers, agents and publishers. This class also will touch on how to book a blog and why a successful blog ensures a successful self-published book.

This session will outline how writers who blog or blog a book:

  • publish as they write
  • build author platform while they write
  • get noticed by agents and acquisition editors

Session takeaways:

  • Why all aspiring authors should blog
  • What to blog about
  • 10 reasons to blog a book
  • The pros and cons of blogging vs. blogging a book
  • 6 things you need to do before you blog a book
  • 3 things you need for your blog to get discovered
  • The elements a blog needs if it is to become a book


Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, to craft careers as authors and to achieve  goals and fulfill their purpose. She blogged her book, How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books), in five months. Find out more about her, the products and services she offers and her blogs at www.ninaamir.com. You can sign up for a free book, author or blog-to-book coaching session or receive her FREE 5-Day Published Author Training Series by visiting www.copywrightcommunications.com.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

How to Promote Your Book with Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum of Planned Television Arts: Marketing and Book PromotionNeed some ideas on how how to market your new book? Brian Feinblum, CMO of Planned Television Arts, the nation’s largest and oldest book promotions firm, will be joining us for a members-only teleclass on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. EDT. He’ll give you an insider’s look at how professionals promote books, and you’ll be sure to take away tips to help you get started.

Members will find the call-in information in the Members-Only section of the NAIWE website. Just log in at the top of any page of the site and go to the Library. Click on “Expert Teleclasses,” and you’ll find the information you need. Non-members will find additional information about the teleclasses on the Member Teleclass page.

Brian Feinblum has been promoting best-selling authors, self-published books, motivational speakers, major businesses, leading non-profits, and influential trade associations since 1989. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President for Planned Television Arts.

He has worked with hundreds of diverse and unique clients across many industries. Brian is instrumental in matching new clients with the right services and servicing their needs. He also develops unique services for the company and is respected as one of the best press kit writers in the business.

Prior to joining PTA 12 years ago, Brian was the Senior Publicist at Lifetime Books for three years. Notable clients included magician David Copperfield and best-selling author Og Mandino. A sampling of the media appearances he scheduled for his authors included Oprah, CNN, and USA Today. He also served as the head of publicity for SPI Books for two years. The stable of authors included the best-selling Dr. Ruth. Featured bookings included Larry King Live, Phil Donahue, Geraldo, Joan Rivers, Sally Jesse Raphael and the Associated Press.

Recent PTA authors promoted by Brian include actor Henry Winkler, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, parenting expert Hal Runkel, baseball announcer Joe Garagiola, CEO of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation John C. Whitehead, gossip columnist Cindy Adams, and Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropy. He is also a published author and is currently writing a book about ethics and values. He resides with his wife, their two children, a pug named Buzz and Daisy the bulldog, in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City.

The Top 5 Advantages of e-Books over Print Books

Call in to join us on The Freelance Life!NAIWE’s Publishing Expert Jerry Simmons will be talking about the Top 5 Advantages of eBooks Over Print Books during the next episode of The Freelance Life online radio show.

There might be more advantages to the e-book format than you expected. Join us to learn what they are!

You can hear this episode live on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. EDT at Talkshoe or on the phone at 724-444-7444; Call ID: 38165.

The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing

Call in an listen to The Freelance Life!NAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this coming Wednesday. His topic will be:

“The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing”

Recording of Part 1 of this interview:

They include:

(1)              It’s a business,

(2)              Two distinct parts to becoming a successful author,

(3)              Become a student of the marketplace,

(4)              Good story trumps great writing,

[6/2/2010 Note: We didn’t get through all the questions, but we’ll finish on Wednesday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.]

(5)              It’s easy to get published, difficult to sell books,

(6)              Perception is critical, every author has choices, and

(7)              There are no guarantees, ever.

Here’s the recording of Part 2 of this interview:

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. We hope you can join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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Three Myths of Publishing with Jerry Simmons

The Freelance Life Online Radio ShowNAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this Wednesday. His topic will be:

Three Myths of Publishing

1)     Self-publishing eliminates any chance at landing a traditional contract

2)     You always need an agent to land a traditional contract

3)     Your publisher will always take care of you

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. Join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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