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Monday, June 30, 2014

 

Review and Giveaway of The Author Training Manual

Last week my husband painted our living room with nary a grumble. How did I manage this miraculous feat?

Well, I promised to go through my bookshelves and weed out some of the books. Like most writers I am slightly addicted to writer how-to books. Reading them, jotting notes in the margins, marking pages with Post-It notes. Because one of those books will contain the magical advice that makes me an award-winning author. Due to the deal I made with my husband I did donate a few of my writer books to a used book sale. But I couldn't part with Nina Amir's How to Blog a Book and her latest The Author Training Manual.

One of the best things about The Author Training Manual is that Nina manages to be both friend and teacher. One the one hand she'll telling you "here are the things I did wrong," "here are the things I thought" and most importantly, "here are the changes I made." As I read I'm saying, "OMG, I felt that same way! I did that same thing!" So you look at Nina, now a successful author, and say "Hey, if I do what Nina did I could become a successful author too!"

But Nina isn't all about being a friend. She's a tough teacher too (reminds me of a few nuns I had in years past). Happily, The Author Training Manual is very specific. She doesn't just tell you to check out the competition. She tells you step by step how to do it. Nina doesn't leave you to your own devices (writers do tend to procrastinate). Set deadlines! Answer these survey questions! Follow this book planning outline. It's like writer boot camp! Perhaps it is more accurate to call it an author boot camp. The Author Training Manual helps you to plan both how to create the best book possible and how to become the most effective author. It helps you plan in an orderly way while your book is still just an idea. In fact, it way help you decide which of your ideas should become a book.

The Author Training Manual is crammed with extras: planning exercises, sample book proposals, questionaires, and additional reading lists for each chapter. Trust me, The Author Training Manual is one book I will never get rid of--even if my husband promises to paint the entire house!

About the Author:

Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs as an 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. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.

Amir holds a BA in magazine journalism with a concentration in psychology, has edited or written for more than 45 publications producing hundreds of articles and had her work published in five anthologies. She has self-published nine short books, including the popular workbook How to Evaluate Your Book for Success and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self. She is the former writing and publishing expert on the popular radio show, Dresser After Dark, hosted by Michael Ray Dresser, which has approximately 80,000 listeners per month. Amir also speaks and writes about self-improvement, human potential, and practical spirituality.

*****GIVEAWAY*****

Readers, worried you had missed out on winning a copy of The Author Training Manual during Nina's WOW Blog Tour last month? Well, you've got one more chance! Nina is giving away a copy of her latest! Just enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win! We will announce the winner in the form and follow up via email.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Sioux said...

Jodi--Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

If you have that kind of "power" over your husband, perhaps you have the power to make me clean up our spare bedroom? ;)

Nina's book sounds wonderful. I hope I win it, since I'm certainly in need of it.

3:55 AM  
OpenID sarahmdipity said...

This book sounds terrific! Just what the writing doc (get it?!) ordered!! Hoping I win.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Carl Scott said...

I was almost sure I had missed out on winning a copy of The Author Training Manual. Thanks for another chance, it sounds incredibly useful.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Ginia said...

I've been through Army Boot Camp. I want to go to Author Boot Camp. :)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I think...no I know, that this manual would be very helpful to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Fiona Robinson said...

This sounds like just the tool I need to stay on track!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Renee Roberson said...

I have an addiction to all books related to the writing craft, so I'm sure this would be a welcome addition to my bookshelf!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Patricia Herr-Conde said...

Where can I buy this if I don't win it? I really need to find why I've been turned down. Thanks

6:48 PM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

@Patricia: It's on all major online retailers--like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Indiebound and on the Writer's Digest store.

5:23 AM  

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