Do you want your chapters to engage your readers, so they’ll finish and recommend your book?
Here, you can see how one client revived her yoga book chapters with specific examples and short tips, so they would be more entertaining, polished, and easy-to-read. When your chapters engage and don’t bore, your readers will gladly spread the good word of mouth about your book.
One Client’s Ahas from Coaching Session
“From just two sessions, I got so many ways to hook my audience for my yoga book to make each chapter more entertaining, polished, engaging, and easier to read. I loved your idea on using the tips as a separate blog post to promote the book. Thanks so much!”–Ntathu from UK.
When you use these hook elements like my client did to further brand her book in each chapter, you will write more authentically and naturally.
Now, Ntathu brands her book chapters further by including a special tip. She will place several tips in each section of each chapter. These please her working executive mother audience. Because they can zoom in on one tip and get value in a minute.
The Bookcoach Says. Indent the tips 10 or so spaces from each margin to make them stand out. You can shade them or put them into a box, but make sure they are readable to all eyes.
The Bookcoach Says. Think marketing throughout your non-fiction book–in chapter titles, in chapter headings and subheadings. They should all engage and motivate your reader to keep turning pages.
It’s Not the Book; it’s the Hook Here’s Six Ways to Hook
1. Branding Tip Example for Ntathu.
STREE-FREE YOGA TIP. Keep your spine straight in line with your head, neck, and trunk. This allows your life force energy to flow freely through the body.
The Bookcoach Says. Another way she can brand her book title of “Yoga Stress Management for Working Mothers–A Practical Guide to Worry-Free Living” is to place other short information throughout the chapter in between the copy that follows the headings.
2. Truth Example for Ntathu.
STRESS-FREE YOGA TRUTH. For the more advanced ”Alternate Nostril Breathing for Deep Calm” exercise it is best to learn it under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher. If you feel light headed, dizzy, or unwell, please stop and rest a while.
The Bookcoach Says. You may also make some of your wisdom pop out to your reader with something like these in all caps. TRUE FALSE MYTH. Just keep them short with the caps.
3. Wisdom Example for Ntathu.
STRESS-FREE YOGA WISDOM.
The practice of yogic breathing exercises offers you a way to move through your worries and manage your life in a more peaceful and balanced way. You will see my wisdom example here with The Bookcoach Says. I use a different tag in each book according to the subject.
4. The Case Study Example for Anyone
Stress-free Case Study is a sample short story–a vignette of your audience and their experience and solutions they got from you. These are powerful examples of how you can attract your audience to you. Be sure to give your story a title. And, use dialogue to keep the action going.
Case studies show you as authentic, professional and a great resource for your audience. In your case studies use dialogue to make them fresh.
5. Grammar and Word-Usage Alert.
“I had no idea that I was using capitalization wrong with certain words like yoga. I didn’t know how repetitive I was and also that using lazy words like nice, stress, and other vague, general words give my readers far less value,” Ntathu said.
You may not be aware of certain syntax rules. We all commit what I call “writing sins” or old die-hard habits we had years ago. A book coach can point them out.
6. Dialogue Sample.
As the above quote by Ntathu, you too need to use dialogue whenever you can. Some people refer to it as a sample of “creative non-fiction.” It will really juice up you copy. Dialogue means you write in present tense, which is always more engaging than past tense. It’s the here and now approach that engages rather than the past tense “telling” that gets boring.
Remember the side bars in a lot of non-fiction books? Or the opening quotes? These new six creative ways of adding new material to each chapter to hook your audience and keep them satisfied will serve you well in your next book. Be aware of your best targeted audience as you write your chapters. Serve them and they will return the favor and buy your book.
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