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Guidance, tools, and inspiration to get serious about publishing your nonfiction book. Host Vanessa Soto shows you how to take that nugget of a book idea that you can’t get out of your head, and turn it into a standout book proposal you’ll feel confident pitching to literary agents and editors.

She Has a Book in Her Vanessa Soto

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Guidance, tools, and inspiration to get serious about publishing your nonfiction book. Host Vanessa Soto shows you how to take that nugget of a book idea that you can’t get out of your head, and turn it into a standout book proposal you’ll feel confident pitching to literary agents and editors.

    How to Get UNstuck on Your Book Project

    How to Get UNstuck on Your Book Project

    Throughout Season Two, I'm talking about all the obstacles that keep folks from working on their book project.
    In today's episode, I'm covering how to get UNstuck after an initial, early burst of writing on an idea. This is something I see all the time with first time authors -- it's so normal!  
    You're excited and passionate about your book idea all you want to do is get going! So you do. 
    Until you peter out.... In this episode, we talk about how to get back on track by creating a Blueprint for Your Book. 
    We talk about 5 key elements of a Blueprint, and how to create them for your book:
    1. What’s the point of your book
    2. What’s the title of your book
    3. What is your table of contents 
    4. Who is your reader
    5. How will you market and promote this book
    If you feel you could use some one-on-one help, we can work through the Blueprint for Your Book process together. It’s these five elements plus much, much more. You will come away with a complete plan for your book including your first chapters — and will be ready to develop your book proposal, or if your plan includes self-publishing, you will be ready to start writing your book!

    • 20 min
    How to (Finally) Commit to Writing Your Book

    How to (Finally) Commit to Writing Your Book

    In this episode, I'm digging into commitment and really deciding that you are going to prioritize your book project and how to do that.
    We get into my 3 part framework to help you commit in real life.
    Real-Life Friendly Framework for Committing to Your Book
    Part 1: Committing to your book isn’t something you do just one day — it’s something you will need to return to again and again.Part 2: Commitment to something new means something else probably needs to go.Part 3: Commitment in a vacuum is a recipe for disaster — you will need a support plan.Mentioned on the show:
    Adam's Grant's tweet

    • 19 min
    How to Create Quality Time for Your Book Project 

    How to Create Quality Time for Your Book Project 

    This is the second episode in my series on common obstacles that keep you from working on your book project.
    In this episode, I'm digging into the idea of not having enough time, and challenging you to think about IF you in fact did have more time would really use it to do serious, focused, committed work on your book, or might you instead find yourself going down an Instagram rabbit hole?
    So instead of just finding more "time", what I talk about is creating "Quality Time".
    7 thought-starters for creating Quality Time for your book project that we talk about are:
    1. Be clear with yourself what your Quality Time is for
    2. Get support for your Quality Tim
    3. Get inspiration for your Quality Time
    4. Decide where Quality Time takes place
    5. Don’t be skimpy with your Quality Time
    6. Protect your Quality Time
    7. Unplug (ish) during your Quality Time
    Resources I mentioned:
    Noises.online and Brain.fm

    • 26 min
    What to Do About Self-Doubt and Your Book Project

    What to Do About Self-Doubt and Your Book Project

    In this very first episode of Season Two, I am talking about obstacles that keep folks from working on their book project.
    I cover the five most common messages that the voice of self-doubt sends that end up getting in the way. 
    1. Self Doubt Message #1:  You’re Not “Expert Enough” to Write this Book
    2. Self-Doubt Message #2:  Your Book Idea Isn’t Good Enough
    3. Self-Doubt Message #3:  You’re Not Popular Enough
    4. Self-Doubt Message #4:  Who You, a Writer?
    5. Self-Doubt Message #5:  You’re Too Old to Be a “First-Time Author”
    Resources I mentioned:
    Two of my favorite teachers are Kate Swoboda aka Kate Courageous and Tanya Geisler. Here is something about Tanya’s Yum & Yay folder idea.If you are in midlife like I am, there are some wonderful voices out there, check out Sara Smeaton’s Midlife Manifesto and Lou Blaser’s Midlife Cues newsletter & podcast.Also, here’s an article I wrote on the same topic of self-doubt that also includes additional actions to try.If you’re enjoying the podcast be sure to subscribe & consider leaving a 5-star rating and brief review on Apple Podcasts.

    • 27 min
    Literary Agent Amy Bishop on BIPOC Untold Histories & What She's Looking For in a Pitch

    Literary Agent Amy Bishop on BIPOC Untold Histories & What She's Looking For in a Pitch

    In this last episode of Season One, I'm talking with Amy Bishop.  Amy is a literary agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She's the second book agent I've had on the show this season and I'll continue to bring agents on because I think it's so important to hear different perspectives. Also, remember -- while you're going to be pitching many agents, you just need to find one!
    Be sure to listen all the way through because Amy drops some serious wisdom about:
    -What agents are really doing after you've pitched them and are sitting on pins and needles, waiting to hear from them.
    -How she's found some of her authors from articles, online publications that they've written in, and how she's reached out to them.
    -Why she loves "untold history" AND why we need to hear from diverse perspectives and BIPOC (yes we do!)
    -What not to do when you pitch her or seriously, any other agent, please!
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    Amy's agency: Dystel.com 
    We talked about: The Last Story of Mina Lee
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    • 35 min
    Rachel Allen on How Any Idea Could Just Be Your First Book

    Rachel Allen on How Any Idea Could Just Be Your First Book

    In this episode, I'm talking with Rachel Allen, who heads up copywriting agency Bolt from the Blue.  And in this episode, Rachel just drops multiple nuggets of wisdom, including how any idea can be a book, and she tells us how to do it. She also talks about the "paint by numbers" approach she uses with authors who are self-publishing their books -- which even got me thinking I could maybe write a book!  So be sure to listen all the way through and get all of her nuggets of wisdom. 
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    See Rachel's method
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    Get your copy of 3 Questions You Must Be Able to Answer About Your Book Idea 
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    • 37 min

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