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Turning Books into Workbooks
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I’m looking for resources for converting my book into a workbook — if you have any tips on how I can do it myself, or, better yet, know of somebody who does this sort of thing.
— Leanne Hoagland-Smith
I just published my first book and created a workbook to be sold off my Web site. I used a Word document format, imported the book cover as the front page cover and just followed the content of the book. I included a table of contents as well as some additional resources at the end of the book.
After you create your first workbook, you will find yourself doing a lot of copying and pasting for the second and the third ones.
— Ed Peters
If you turn your book into a manual you can sell a ton of them and you can sell them at a price many times that of your book. But ... people will not pay to do “work.” You can’t call it a workbook if you want to make money from it.
Manuals help your audience become the expert you are, the expert they want to copy. Manuals have to give them that expertise; workbooks make them work for the answers and they don’t want to do that.
— Theresa Moulton
Callie McDowell has been working with me over the past six years in this area. I know that she has a bit of availability now and she is extremely efficient. Please feel welcome to contact her directly on my recommendation. You can reach her at 781/620-1635.
— Debbie Elicksen
I've just done this on my own book. For my workbook, I did a couple things. I transcribed my workshops, used my podium guide for those workshops and used my published book to guide me through the order of where things might go, plus looked at other workbooks I already had in my possession from other speakers and took the best out of each of them.
— Janita Cooper
You may want to contact Dr. Kent Gustavson (firstname.lastname@example.org). He knows his stuff, from NY and very smart!
— Linda Keith
Kimberly on my staff is doing virtual assistant duties for others as well. One of her many talents is excellence at Adobe InDesign, which is the software we use to create pretty amazing looking 200+ page manuals. She also has “training” in her own background besides working for me. 360/866-1982.
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