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Guide: Book Outlines
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This article will walk you through the process of generating a book outline based on your customer research. This is an essential time-saving tool, and the AI performs its best work with the help of your thoughtful oversight and input. Let's get started!

Have you watched Module 3's lesson titled Book Outline yet? Start there and

learn what a strong and detailed outline should look like.

Generating a Book Outline

1. Main Book Title

First, add a 'working' main book title for your book. This does not need to be your final title, but it should include your POC and any important target information for your audience. If you are unsure of how to write your title, please watch the Book Title lesson in the Module 3.

2. Subtitle

Next, enter your subtitle for your book. It does not need to be final but should follow the structure of the Book Title lesson in the course.

*Fun Fact!
Our software has a content moderation check to ensure that words you use in your title are in line with Amazon's terms and conditions. However, please do not use offensive words or profanity in your title.

Please do not attempt to troll or test the limits of acceptance within the software. It will flag your user account within Publishing.ai.

3. Vision Statement

Next, enter the vision for your book and your desired writing style.



For the vision of your book, this is your chance to provide additional requirements or wishes. Writing a vision for your book is an important step in the process, helping to guide our AI models to ensure that your final work aligns with your initial goals.

Here you can:

  • Define the Core Message or Theme

  • Establish Your Unique Perspective

  • Visualize the Impact

You can write the vision in any format you like:
- Bullet points
- Full sentences
- Paragraphs, etc.

It can be helpful to use chat GPT to assist you with writing your vision if you are not sure what to write. You can use this prompt and fill in the blanks to help you, and then copy and paste your vision statement from ChatGPT into the vision field after you have reviewed it.

Vision Statement Template for Chat GPT:

"I would like to provide a [transformative/comprehensive/informative/etc.] guide for [audience] seeking to [understand/manage/achieve/etc.] [core message]. It should include [actionable strategies, insights, exercises, etc.] to [specific goal or outcome]. It is important to draw from [source of knowledge or perspective] and provide relatable examples and case studies where possible following the outline structure and details. I aim to [shift the narrative/offer a new perspective/etc.] around [topic] from [current perception] to [desired perception], showing that [key insight]. This book aims to [educate/inspire/uplift/etc.], offering a path to [specific benefits or outcomes]."

Example Vision Statement

A book on anger management may have a vision statement like:

I would like to provide a transformative guide for individuals seeking to understand and manage their anger effectively. It should include actionable strategies to navigate their feelings constructively. It is important to draw from the latest psychological research and and provide relatable examples. I aim to shift the narrative around anger from one of shame and frustration to one of empowerment and understanding, showing that properly managed anger can be a force for positive change. This book aims to not only educate but also to uplift, offering a path to emotional resilience and a more harmonious life.

4.) Writing Style

For the writing style, If you don't have a preference for writing style, you can choose a default style that is neutral and not influenced by any of the 'select my own writing style(s). You can always change it in the writing sample stage if you change your mind later.

You cannot choose conflicting writing styles such as formal and informal. If you choose formal, Informal will grey out.


To learn more about writing styles CLICK HERE

You cannot choose conflicting writing styles such as formal and informal. If you choose formal, Informal will grey out.

4. Author Bio

Do you want to include an Author Bio? This field is optional, but if you wish to include an author bio, it will be used in the introduction of your book. Adding a bio can help engage your reader so don't be shy here if you have something great to share! You can list facts, information, accomplishments, etc... and the AI will turn it into a cohesive bio for you.

5. Number of Chapters

Choose the projected number of chapters if you have a desired amount. If you manually select the number of chapters, our software will do its best to fit generated content within that number of chapters you have selected.

If you do not change the number of chapters, the default number of chapters selected is 8. A default number of 8 ensures that each chapter can fully cover a cohesive idea or section, maintaining reader engagement and clarity within 30,000 words.

You can always edit chapters and their contents once the outline is generated using 'Edit Mode', found in the toggle on the top right.

Notes to Consider
If you have a ten-step-process, you can set your projected number of chapters to 10. You can always add or remove chapters and their bullets using the editor view on the left hand side once the outline is generated.

6. Generate

Last, click the Generate button. You will see the process begin in the output section on the right side of the screen.


Outlines are usually generated in 11-16 minutes, though this can be affected by how many people are using our software at any given time.

You will see a loading bar to show your generation progress. If you would like to leave the page and come back when it is done, you can!

You will be sent a notification within Pubishing.ai and an email notification when your generation is ready for your review.

If you are happy with the results, you can copy the entire outline by clicking the Copy button at the top right section of the page. Or, you can highlight specific sections and use Control-C to copy them to your clipboard.

If you would like a new set of results, simply click the generate button again to reset the prompt and create a new outline! The outline that you see is the one that our AI will use when you move onto the next step.

Example
If you can see 1 of 2 Generations, you have selected 1 to proceed with.
If you can see 2 of 2 Generations, you have selected 2 to proceed with.

Our Text Editor will allow you to make changes to your generated outline content.
You can move sections around or click on a section and type new text in/ paste from a document you wish to copy and paste from.

It is advised that you use bullet points in order to keep the content consistent within each section if you are adding content. Sections will be seperated by

**section title**:

If you use this formatting around any of your text, our AI model will bold it, and consider it a section title.

If you would like to learn more about our outline text editor please click here!

Pay attention to your wordcount at the top of your outline output. If your wordcount does not show a manuscript above 30,000 words, do not proceed onto the next step unless it is intentional for some cases (like educational books for a younger audience).

Once you are ready to move onto the writing sample, hit Continue and then Yes, continue when you see the pop-up.


The pop up is to let you know that you will not be able to change the order of the chapters and the content within the outline once you proceed, so only hit 'YES' if you are sure you do not want to make any modifications to the outline.


REMINDER: It is always best to read through the outline to ensure it aligns with what you want this book to be about as it may need further refinement. Make sure that if you have a personal coach, you book a call and go over your outline before moving on to the ghostwriting phase.

If you feel something in this guide is missing, please let us know by reaching out to [email protected] and sharing your feedback!

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