by Nina Amir
In just two months, you will ring in the New Year. When the clock strikes midnight, will you have achieved your writing goals? In 2014, will you have written and published a book that helped you achieve expert status or boost your business?
If not, no worries. There’s still time to write and publish your book so you don’t enter 2015 feeling as if you missed the mark and again did not achieve last year’s resolutions. In fact, you can write your book during November and then publish it in December.
That’s right. Finish out the year with that item marked off your list.
Why Write a Book in November
You’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to write a book in November? And why push myself in December?”
If you live in the U.S., you celebrate a big holiday—Thanksgiving–at the end of the month. And almost anywhere you live, the last month of the year is the holiday season, a busy celebratory time.
However, November represents a fabulous time to write a book in a moth. Why? You can take advantage of the energy created by thousands of people all writing books at the same time.
I once declared November National Writing Month because it is the chosen period for so many writing events. Here are a few of the most well known:
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
- National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo)
- Digital Writing Month (DigiWriMo)
- Academic Book Writing Month (AcBoWriMo),
I founded NaNonFiWriMo for writers like you who want to produce nonfiction books. At the time, no other nonfiction writing events existed. Most writers took part in NaNoWriMo, even if they didn’t write fiction.
NaNonFiWriMo is also known as the Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) Challenge. I mention this because, in addition to the energy produced by all these events and their participants, taking on a challenge pushes you to rise to your potential. If helps you achieve your goals. In his case, it can help you do so before the year ends.
And even though December is filled with parties, shopping for gifts and time off, you can still get your book published before it’s time to toast and sing Auld Lang Syne.
Your 60-Day Nonfiction Book Production Schedule
If you plan well, you can have your book up on Amazon as a Kindle ebook before midnight on December 31. You might be able to get physical books in your hand as well, although this could be a bit more difficult.
To accomplish this, you need not only to take the WNFIN Challenge but also to prepare for all aspects of publication. Here’s a schedule you might adopt:
1 – Plan out the content of your book.
2 – Create a table of contents for your book. During this process, consider your book’s structure carefully. Do you need section, chapters, and subheads? How will you generally organize your content?
3 – Decide a title and subtitle.
4- Do a fast competitive and market analysis to ensure the book you plan to write is necessary and unique in both your market and the category where is will be sold.
5- Tweak your content or angle, as necessary, based upon your research.
6- Hire a book cover designer to begin working on the cover. (If you plan to produce a print book as well as an e-book, have a back cover and spine designed as well.) Ask the designer to complete the job by November 30.
7- Schedule an editor and proofreader for the first or second week of December.
8- Hire a digital conversion expert to prepare your manuscript for upload to Kindle and Smashwords.com; you need an experienced e-book programmer to clean up hand you a clean EPUB or MOBI file. Schedule them for the third week of the December.
9- Write your book.
A. Determine the approximate length of your book. If you plan to have six chapters, and each one of those chapters contains eight points, you could write two pages per point. That means each chapter would be 16 pages, and you would end up with a 96-page ebook.
B. Determine how many words you must write daily for the next 30 days (or less) to complete your manuscript by November 30. Using the answer above, how long does it take you to write two pages?
The answer to this questions indicates the amount of time you need to write per day to finish your book—and don’t forget that you might have an intro or conclusion and a call to action, as well as your bio and any other promotional material.
You can probably finish a book this length by writing three to four pages per day over the course of a month. Write more, and you will finish faster.
C. Schedule time daily to write.
D. Stick to your schedule!
1- Self-edit and revise your book before the end of the first week of December. Tweak your chapter titles, subheadings and even the title and subtitle if necessary.
2- Send the manuscript off to a professional editor; they should complete the edit in 7-10 days. You need at least one editor; traditionally publishers use three.
3- Make the revisions to the manuscript suggested by the editor in a few days.
4- Send the manuscript back to the editor, if need be, and then on to a proofreader; he or she must complete this job before the end of the third week in December—latest. All the previous steps in December must correspond with this deadline.
5- Turn the manuscript into your e-book conversion expert. They should be prepared to turn it around in a week (before the end of December).
6- Upload your e-book to Amazon along with the great cover you had produced during November.
You can definitely have an ebook ready for sale with this type of schedule, though, and that means you can enter the New Year with that job marked off your to-do list—and feeling like a success.
Not only that, you’ll know you can produce a book that quickly again…and again…again.
To register for NaNonFiWriMo 2014, click here. And don’t forget to check the expert guest posts on writenonfictionnow.com daily, which include several The Future of Ink writers, such as Denise Wakeman, Dr. Ellen Britt and Frances Caballo.
It’s a 30-day marathon of information on how to write, publish and promote nonfiction of all types. Join us!
This article was originally published on The Future of Ink and is reprinted here in its entirety for our Magnolia Media Network readers.