Writing Prompt #5: Message and Promise Redux

Why all this work on message, promise, and differentiation? If these foundations are weak, the entire book will be weak—unfocused, not engaging or memorable, and unmarketable. Continue with Writing Prompt #3 on message, promise, and differentiation.

1. Based on your research into competitive titles (see Writing Prompt #4), refine your message and promise to improve or reflect your book’s differentiation in the market.

2. Test your message and promise on some people who could realistically be members of your core audience. Try gathering a group to discuss the core idea of your book. If you are working with an editor, share your preliminary thoughts. (Check out this post on finding an accountabili-buddy.)

3. Refine your message, promise, and differentiation again.

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