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1 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting Strategies that take you from focusing on one problem and one solution to completing your book copy in just one day! ROAD MAP by Connie Dunn

2 Copyright © 2013, Connie Dunn Published by Nature Woman Wisdom Press How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting, Copyright  2013 Connie Dunn Published by Nature Woman Wisdom Press All rights reserved. No part of this ROAD MAP may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, recording, or photocopying, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in review or where permitted by law. Copyright  2013 Connie Dunn Published by Nature Woman Wisdom Press 2

3 Title Pick a title, even if you’re not sure about it! Titles can include a KEYWORD, but it also needs to be catchy and grab the attention of your readers. As a FREE E-BOOK, the title should sell not only the content inside the book, but be so attractive that your potential client will give you their name and (address, in some cases). 3 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

4 Introduction – An introduction usually does two things: Tells how to use the book, if it is a book that needs some explanation, such as a teaching book. Gives your readers an idea of how the book came about. Like what went into creating it or your experience with the topic. 4 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

5 Chapter 1 – The first chapter should introduce the topic. – Explain the problem, but don’t give the solution. – In your workbook, you created questions in Strategizing Your Problem- Solution Activity. These questions focus on this topic and your problem-solution. – If you have not organized your questions, go through them and organize them into most logical order. 5 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

6 Chapter 1 (cont’d) – You will likely discover which question should logically be discussed first, second, etc. – You may discover that not all of your questions are valid or separate questions, but that’s okay. You’ll likely still have 8-10 good questions. – Take your first question, this will be what you’ll write about in this chapter. 6 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

7 Chapter 1 (cont’d) During the Data Mining, you should have found all your articles on this topic. Look for the article that addresses this Question. You will still need to spell out the Problem in this Chapter, do it before you add the copy from your article. 7 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

8 Chapter 2 In the second chapter, we need to discuss your second question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem-Solution Activity) while doing the exercises in your. You will still be looking at the Problem part of the Problem-Solution in this chapter. 8 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

9 Chapter 2 (cont’d) Look through your articles to find the article that most closely aligns with the second question. You may have to modify the article in some way, but you will likely have the bulk of this chapter already written. 9 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

10 Chapter 3 In the third chapter, we will address the third question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem-Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem part of the Problem-Solution in this chapter. Look for the article that most addresses the question for this chapter. Again, it may need to be adapted, but you will have a large part of the copy. 10 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

11 Chapter 4 In the fourth chapter, we will address the fourth question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem- Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem part of the Problem-Solution in this chapter. Look for the article that most addresses the question for this chapter. Again, it may need to be adapted, but you will have a large part of the copy. 11 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

12 Chapter 5 In the fifth chapter, we will address the fifth question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem-Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem-Solution in this chapter, but depending on the number of chapters and this particular question, you may be addressing the Solution. Find the article that most matches the question for this Chapter. Adapt the article to fit. 12 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

13 Chapter 6 In the sixth chapter, we will address the sixth question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem-Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem- Solution in this chapter, but you will likely be addressing the solution here. Locate the article that best matches the question for this chapter and adapt, as needed. 13 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

14 Chapter 7 In the seventh chapter, we will address the seventh question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem- Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem- Solution in this chapter, but you will likely be addressing the solution here. Find the article that best matches the question for this chapter. Adapt it to fit. 14 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

15 Chapter 8 In the eighth chapter, we will address the seventh eighth question from the list you developed in Strategizing Your Problem-Solution Activity while doing the exercises in your Workbook. You will still be looking at the Problem-Solution in this chapter, but you will be addressing the solution here. Find the article that best matches the question for this chapter. Adapt it to fit. This could be the last chapter of your book. However, if you have more chapters, repeat this one for two to four more chapters. 15 How to Eat an Elephant Book in One Sitting- ROAD MAP

16 About the Author Connie Dunn is the owner of Publish with Connie and creator of 12 Easy Steps to Publishing, How to Eat a Book Elephant, Book Launch 101, and other courses and books. She is an author, speaker and educator. She has more than 25 years of experience in writing for magazines and newspapers. She had a regular column in the Dallas Morning News, which focused on small and home-based businesses. She won an award from the SBA for the work she did in highlighting home-based businesses. Connie also developed courseware for a number of start-up technology firms. She worked with publishers, such as Prentice Hall and Taylor Publishing as a Developmental (content) Editor. She self-published her first book in 1981, and developed a collection of stories with a collaborator in the 1990s. She writes children’s books, non-fiction, and fiction. Connie believes that everyone has a book in them. She wants to help you fulfill those valuable contributions of wisdom to the world that you have locked away in your mind. If you don’t write it, no one will ever know the wisdom you have to share. 16

17 About the Author Connie’s specialties are: independent publishing, and making book writing, publishing, and marketing easy. See her courses at Connie believes that everyone has a book in them. She wants to help you fulfill those valuable contributions of wisdom to the world that you have locked away in your mind. If you don’t write it, no one will ever know the wisdom you have to share. Connie’s specialties are: independent publishing, and making book writing, publishing, and marketing easy. See her courses at She started writing early and now has about 30 books, screen plays, and curricula published. She has taught creative writing, freelance writing, religious education, and a variety of creativity workshops. She writes children’s books, non-fiction, and fiction. See her books at 17


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