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May 17, 2005


Brad Hill

Another reason to write a sample chapter: It helps new authors gauge the pace of their writing, and understand how much space is actually needed to cover their outline points. One of the common mistakes of new book writers (and I was vulnerable to this) is to overestimate how many words and pages are required to explain something. In particular, first-timers tend to think that important points require more space than less important points--definitely a false correlation. The most crucial feature of the book's topic might be the most easily explicable. I've helped a few newcomers, and in some cases whole chapters can, and should, be reduced to sidebars. There's nothing like doing some actual writing to figure out the book's pace.


You hooked me within one minute of looking over the blog. I'm emailing the link to this website to everyone I know who is or might be an author. Now on to a comment about sample chapters. All of my coauthored books, which are textbooks, were sold to the publisher through a detailed outline plus two sample chapters. I intend to write at least one additional nonfiction book in the next year and will follow the same game plan. As I put the plan into motion, I'm looking forward to going through the archives and seeing what additional tips I can pick up.

Joe Wikert

Thanks for the support!

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