The Author Training Manual

The Author Training ManualThe Author Training Manual, Nina Amir’s newest book, was released by Writer’s Digest Books in March 2014 and immediately hit the Amazon bestseller list.  The Author Training Manual trains aspiring authors to become successful published authors by taking them through the process of creating a business plan for their books, seeing themselves and their ideas through the eyes of acquisition editors and developing an Author Attitude. In this way they produce marketable ideas–ones that sell to readers and to publishers–and become savvy indie publishers and attractive publishing partners.

The business plan you produce is based upon a book proposal. You are asked to see yourself as an entrepreneur starting a publishing company or asking venture capital partners (publishers) for backing for your products (book). The Author Attitude entails developing willingness, optimism, objectivity, and tenacity. Woot!

Purchase your copy of The Author Training Manual today so you can learn 9 steps to prepare you and your book idea for publishing success:

  • Develop marketable ideas
  • craft books that sell
  • become the author publishers want
  • self-publish effectively

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Here’s what industry experts have to say about The Author Training Manual:

“This excellent book is loaded with practical, proven techniques you can use continually to become a ‘high-earning’ author as well as a top seller.”
Brian Tracy, author, Unlimited Sales Success


“Nina’s abbreviation for The Author Training Manual is a good description of the value of her book. The abbreviation? ATM. Nina’s book can enable authors to create their own ATMs to withdraw money whenever they need it simply by creating new books. Nina’s advice is solid. And there’s a gold mine in the four sample book proposals (or business plans), especially with the insightful comments by agents. Read these first. Then go back and read the rest of the book. And her training exercises at the end will help you develop your own book proposals (if you want to sell your manuscript to a book publisher) or business plans (if you plan to self-publish or do ebooks).” John Kremer, author of 1,0001 Ways to to Market Your Books


“In The Author’s Training Manual,Amir offers aspiring authors a sure-fire way to evaluate themselves and their book ideas to increase their odds of producing books that attract both publishers and readers. She offers them a process by which they can tell if they have an idea that will stand up against the thousands of other books published every year—and if they, as authors, can stand up against the other authors willing to do whatever it takes to get their books out in front of readers in their market. In the competitive publishing world, aspiring authors need an edge. This book and the process it offers, provide just that.”
Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual and 132 other books


“To succeed in the world of publishing, you need to produce a marketable product and have business acumen. The Author’s Training Manual teaches you to produce a business plan for your book and to evaluate that plan through the lens of acquisitions editors—essential knowledge for any aspiring author.”
Rick Frishman, best-selling author, publisher and speaker


[“The fledgling author may not have been waiting for Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual, but they should have been. Ditto for those who have been around publishing for a while but not as successfully as they hoped.” Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers]


“If you’re aspiring to success in writing and publishing, Nina’s guide should help hugely in developing an approach that’s both realistic and professional.” Aaron Shepard, author of The Business of Writing for Children and From Word to Kindle


“Among the myriad of books written about the business of writing and publishing, Nina Amir’s The Author Training Manual is the first I’ve seen which combines all of the elements necessary to learn how to be an actual (rather than “aspiring”) writer.  What makes this book special is its focus on how authors can view themselves and their art from a third person perspective to evaluate why someone might want to purchase or publish a book.  She recommends an analysis of the true size and demographics of a book’s potential market, and she shows how to take the point of view of readers and publishers to assess how well a book’s purpose matches the needs of its prospective audience.  With this foundation in place, the reader can begin an examination of how to sharpen a book’s focus; how to structure a work so the content will match the excitement of the description; and how to write a proposal and build a platform.  The Author Training Manual presents a complete package which, if followed, will serve writers well with their professional careers and with their craft.” Brian Felsen, President, BookBaby


“Nina Amir is on the leading edge of the changes in book publishing, and in The Author Training Manual she provides authors with the tools—and even more important, the thinking behind them—that every author will need to be successful today. This up-to-date manual should be in every author’s toolbox. Highly recommended.” Joel Friedlander, author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion,


“The Author Training Manual lifts the fog of confusion around getting published and illuminates every nonfiction and fiction writer’s need to create a plan, keep on track, navigate all publishing options, tackle promotion, open possibilities for sales and, plain and simple, succeed as an author. This is the book I’ve been waiting for to recommend to all editing clients and writers.” Elizabeth Lyon, author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and Crafting Titles


“An extraordinarily helpful guide for writers who want to take control of their own career and destiny. This book is full of simple tips everyone writing a book can use.” Chuck Sambuchino, author, and editor of Guide To Literary Agents,


“The Author Training Manual is a must-read for writers who aspire to publish, and for published authors who want to publish more successfully. Successful publishing requires more than great writing. It requires a mindset backed by smart strategy and execution. Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual delivers the secrets to successful authorship.” Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords


Becoming a successfully published author requires a lot more than simply writing a book. The Author Training Manual provides the specific steps necessary for both fiction and non-fiction writers alike in an upbeat and empowering style.  Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master


“Whether you are getting ready to break in—or almost ready to break out, this book is your essential manual for becoming the market-ready partner publishers seek. I am one of the agents who met this author when she herself was in author training; now we’re all clamoring to be included in her books!”
Katharine Sands, literary agent and author of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye


“If you are serious about getting published, you will stand out from your competition by using all of the resources at your disposal to set yourself apart in the most positive way. Nina Amir’s approach taps into your natural creativity and applies it to the important business considerations that will help get your book in the marketplace.” Sheree Bykofsky, Literary Agent and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition


“In The Author Training Manual, Nina Amir distills the essence of what it means to be a successful author and delivers it with intelligence, grace and tough love. Every author would do well to have a copy.” Peter Beren, literary agent and book shepard, co-author of The Writers Legal Companion


“Nina Amir’s The Author Training Manual will be of help to any writer, fiction or nonfiction. It’s easy to follow and inspiring.” Elizabeth Pomada, literary agent, Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents


“I’ve read a lot of books about writing and publishing. I’ve also written a lot of books and e-books on the subject. And by page four of Nina’s newest book, I already learned something new. The Author Training Manual is up-to-date with statistics that should shock every aspiring author into taking the actions Nina recommends. From descriptive step-by-step instructions on how to write a book that will sell for almost any genre to the specifics of what’s in a book proposal and why you need one even if you choose to self-publish, this book chunks down the writing process and the publishing industry into actionable steps any author will have no problem taking. My favorite part of the book is Step #9: Gauge if You Make a Good Publishing Partner or Indie Publisher. So many authors jump into self-publishing not realizing all that goes into running a publishing company and marketing a book that sells. By following Nina’s advice, authors will be well on their way to success and leaving their self-published competition in the dust. And I guarantee you’ll never see the word, “WOOT!” quite the same way!” Kristen Eckstein, publishing consultant and author of 35+ books including the Author’s Quick Guide series


“Finally a book that offers indie publishers a tool for becoming savvy business people. Fiction and nonfiction authors alike will benefit from The Author Training Manual, which shows them how to create a business plan for a book that can succeed in the marketplace. A good idea is great; a marketable one is better.” Jim Kukral, author of Attention! This Book Will Make You Money and founder of The Author Marketing Club


“I have always believed that authors need to focus on the business side of publishing and this book will help you build a plan for success. If you’re serious about your author career you need this book!” Stephanie Chandler, author of The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books


“Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual is more than, well, a manual: Beyond telling you the ins and outs of writing and publishing a book, it helps you hone your Author Attitude to ensure success on all levels. Any serious author needs to have this book on her shelf.” Linda Formichelli, author of Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race…And Step Into a Career You Love


“Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual will save fiction and nonfiction writers decades of fumbling their way to publication. Her book is a sharp, supportive guide to give any writer all the tools to become a confident, savvy author in an ever-changing publishing landscape.” Jordan E. Roseneld, author of Make a Scene, Write Free, and Forged in Grace


“One of the most important things an author can do for themselves is to prepare to become published and to succeed in this role, which takes more than just writing a good book. It takes a solid plan. If you want the tools to succeed no matter what or how you plan to publish, this is the book you want to read.”
Penny C Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., adjunct professor NYU and author of Red Hot Internet Publicity

The Author Training Manual is a practical look at the crucial business side of the publishing process that so many writers fail to consider. This is a must-read for aspiring authors who are serious about publishing a successful book.”  Dana Lynn Smith, the Savvy Book Marketer


“If writing a book that people will want to buy and read is important to you, then follow Nina Amir’s instructions in this excellent manual for success. You won’t be disappointed.” Sandra Beckwith, author, Get Your Book in the News: How to Write a Press Release That Announces Your Book, and publisher of Build Book Buzz


“Nina Amir has deconstructed the author process, providing a focused journey through the many steps from idea to completed manuscript. The questions and exercises are excellent tools for author self-assessment and refinement of an idea, effective communication of the business plan and confident and professional pitch the book. For the emerging writer, this is the one, can-not-do-without, must have in the writer’s toolbox.” Victoria A. Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups and Critique


“Nina Amir’s ideas on Author Attitudes in her new Author Training Manual are exactly what all authors need to know and what authors who yearn for greater success need to hear.” Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers


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