Episode 19

Mick Silva

Evaluating Your Book Idea

As a long time editor and writing coach, Mick knows how to spot a good idea, and he knows how to help clarify your idea into a book project worth working on. Mick joins me to share his questions for evaluation.
As a long time editor and writing coach, Mick knows how to spot a good idea, and he knows how to help clarify your idea into a book project worth working on. Mick joins me to share his questions for evaluation.
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Show Notes:19. Mick Silva — Evaluating Your Book Idea

As a long time editor and writing coach, Mick knows how to spot a good idea, and he knows how to help clarify your idea into a book project worth working on. Mick joins me to share his questions of evaluation.

Mick’s Vision Questions:

  1. 1. What is the 30-word summary of the one thing your book is about—the unique, compelling appeal? (Why would anyone read it over other books?)
  2. 2. What is the specific demographic and psychographic of the book’s audience? (35-to-50-year-old working mom with degree who wants solutions for balancing discipline and love in parenting.)
  3. 3. What is your reader’s felt need, i.e. the big problem? Also define the size of the need.
  4. 4. How will your book meet your readers’ felt need? What is your solution to their problem? Be specific. (Where are they mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and where will they be afterward?)
  5. 5. What support helps prove your market exists? (stats, research, trends, reports, etc.)
  6. 6. Survey the competition and compare the content of the significant competition in print. Find at least 3 similar titles and how yours is different.
  7. 7. Outline your writing experience and annual sales of your previously published works.
  8. 8. Summarize your education, experience and career background.
  9. 9. Explain your qualifications to write on this topic and your platform (speaking, ministry, affiliations, churches, groups, endorsers, friends/influencers in the industry, etc.). Provide endorsements and/or a foreword, and share how you will promote.
  10. 10. In 100 words, share why you wrote this book. What does it mean to you personally?
  • Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
  • This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
  • I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
  • This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
  • Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
  • Working from home.
  • This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
  • They are the best.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
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This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
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I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
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This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
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Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
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Working from home.
Working from home.
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This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
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They are the best.
They are the best.
They are the best.
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