152: How to become a published nonfiction author – with Jennie Nash

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Have you ever wanted to become a published nonfiction author? If yes, have I got a treat for you!  That’s the topic we are simplifying today as we continue our focus this month on writing.

My special guest today is book coach Jennie Nash and she’s simplifying how to become a published nonfiction author. And I don’t mean to alarm you, but she throws a bit of a curveball into the mix, right at the beginning of the conversation that you don’t want to miss. It’s all about writing your book proposal. What? You don’t have one yet? No biggie, she simplifies that as well.

Here’s how. 

My special guest today is Jennie Nash and she’s simplifying how to become a published nonfiction author.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  •  When starting to write a nonfiction book, what the most overlooked, yet critically important first step is.
  • Why you need to write a book proposal before you dive in and invest too much time into writing the entire book
  • What the very best way is to structure your book proposal… what parts do you need and what you can simplify down
  • How to tell if your book idea is commercially viable (or not) and what makes you attractive to a literary agent and a publisher
  • …and ultimately, what it (actually) means if you get a book deal – what you can expect and what myths you need to dispel.

If the world of book publishing is an absolute mystery to you, don’t worry… you are not alone. It’s a machine all into itself. I highly recommend going back and listening to Elizabeth Kracht’s episode 104, how to write your first book, as a preamble to today’s conversation. Grab your notebook and pen, there are lots of tips and tricks shared in today’s talk as well.

If becoming a published author is on your bucket list for this year and beyond, you’ll definitely learn one or two new things today.

Q: Are you ready to become a published nonfiction author? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!


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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and start to become a nonfiction author this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Jennie Nash

Jennie Nash – She is the founder of Author Accelerator, a business that has trained more than 60 book coaches to support writers through the entire creative process. Author Accelerator also matches writers with the right coach who can give them the sustained editorial support they need to complete their book projects.

She’s spent 30+ years on all sides of the publishing industry and is the author of nine books in three different genres.

Where Jennie hangs out online:

Website: authoraccelerator.com

Website: bookcoaches.com/

Twitter: @jennienash

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Rachel Rodgers – She is an intellectual property attorney and business coach. Rodgers started her career working for state and federal judges, nonprofits, and even Hillary Clinton. Today she’s the owner of a multi-million dollar business, mother of four, and visionary featured in publications like Time, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and The Washington Post.

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