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    Hello and looking for help with Business Book

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by richaltieri, Sep 1, 2009.

    I am a consultant with 40 years experience in a specific industry and have started writing a management book that will present Lean Manufacturing principles tailored for my industry.

    I am hoping for some basic direction. I have written many articles over the years and even 20-30 page documents that provide overview level of various busienss management topics. Doing a book is much more challenging as I am learning.

    I have written some of the basic modules to this point which I see as chapters if you will.

    Now I have backed off and working on a detailed outline using a Mind Map software program to get all the pieces assembled at a high level to guide the writing process.

    I would appreciate any advise on how to approach this project. Am I heading in the right direction with my outline approach?

    Is there an approach to doing any individual module or chapter like starting with the end in mind and then filling in the blanks. Having some difficulty with consistency of approach. Mixing examples of case studies with with other chapters being factual lecture style writing.

    I do realize the need to find an editor and plan to do that once I get enough down to have a draft. In the past, writing articles, I have had editors straighten out my writing so I understand the value there.

    Thanks in advance for responding.
     
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    Hello Rich, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    The majority of writers on this site focus on fiction and other forms of creative writing, but you may find a few non-fiction writers who can exchange ideas with you.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

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    Hello Rich, just want to say Welcome to the forums. :)
     
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    Welcome to the Forums Rich:)
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Hope to read your published book someday!
     
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    welcome, rich!

    if you want private help with this, i've mentored many how-to book writers, along with all other writing breeds, so you can email me any time...

    meantime, i'm sure you'll enjoy taking part in this best of all writing sites...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    High Rich

    If you have problems getting it published in the future, you may want to consider breaking it down into what you call chapters and offer them as ebooks to internet marketers who have a list geared towards the market your looking for. Niche marketing as they call sounds very small, but some people make a lot of money with it. You will have to pay quite a percentage on each sale, but it may still be worth it.

    Peeps
     
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    Thanks all

    appreciate the feedback. I belong to another forum made up of Luthiers and I am always amazed at how peole in forums are always willing to lend advise. It is truly appreciated. I think I will lurk for awhile and know I will learn from all of you.
     
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    what's a 'luthier'?... sounds to me like someone who plays a lute... ;-)
     
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    I'm surprised at you, Maia. You didn't look it up. :)

    lu·thi·er (lōō'tē-ər)
    n. One that makes or repairs stringed instruments, such as violins.

    [French, from luth, lute, from Old French lut; see lute1.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved September 02, 2009, from Dictionary.com website
     
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    i did... but after i made my 'guess'... to see how close i'd come...
     

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