Plain speaking - 4 secrets for getting your book purchased
Author: Terry Freedman
What can be more infuriating to a potential purchaser of a non-fiction book than chapter headings which give no clue as to their contents? After all, if someone is looking in the non-fiction section of a book store, it implies they want facts, not a fancy and clever table of contents! Here are 4 sure-fire ways to make your text grab the readers attention:
1. Make sure the text on the front and back covers is compelling. It should state plainly and simply what the book is about. For example: Buy this book, and learn how to master the craft of teaching in 15 lessons.
2. Why should anyone buy the book from YOU? Dont waste limited space on the back cover telling the potential reader about your 3 cats unless its a book about cats, of course! Write something like: The author has been a practising teacher for 13 years, and writes regularly for the Teaching Times.
3. Organise the table of contents so that the chapters fall into easily-identifiable sections. For example: Section 1: Before you face your first class; Section 2: The first year and so on
4. Make sure that the chapter headings actually MEAN something. You may think its great to have chapters like All that glitters and Every cloud has a silver lining, but I have news for you: nobody else is impressed! When people are browsing they want to know right away what they will get for their money if they buy the book. They dont have time to look at each chapter to find out what its about. The chapter headings should tell them everything they need to know. For example, have chapters like: Chapter 3: Maintaining order in your classroom; Chapter 4: Where to find excellent resources for your lessons, and so on.
You have just a few seconds to impress a potential buyer. Dont waste them!
About the Author
Terry Freedman has nearly 20 years experience as a writer. A member of the United Kingdoms Society of Authors, Terry has had around a dozen books published, and over 800 specialist articles in leading newspapers and magazines. His website, http://www.terry-freedman.org.uk, provides free access to many of his articles, a free newsletter and more, or visit his blog at http://www.terryfreedman.biz for more quirky bits and pieces. ...
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