Book Planning Day

Make a detailed blueprint for your book in just one day.

one-day book-building writing workshop

Do you have an idea for a book but can’t get started?

Do you  need professional help to structure your book?

My Book Planning Day is ideal for authors starting from scratch on all types of non-fiction, but is perfect for business books, history, cookery, self-help and mind/body/spirit.

One of the many reasons authors fail to finish their book is because they did not plan it correctly. During the Book Planning Day you will benefit from my years of publishing experiences and creative talent for structuring books so that they are quick and easy to write. By the end of the Book Planning Day, you will have a detailed contents page together with a sensible writing plan for getting the job done in the time you have available.

book planning day

How it works

Whether you take the Book Planning Day in one session or two half-day sessions, I will start the day by discussing your goals for your book, your readership and the type of book you want to write. We then conduct some detailed market research into other books in your subject area and create a title, subtitle, blurb and introduction ideas for your book. We then mind map and outline your book in full, creating a contents page that acts as the recipe you will use to write your book. You then take away a digital mind map of your book and a contents page with chapter details.

What you will learn

During the Book Planning Workshop you will learn:

  • What you can achieve by writing your book
  • Who your reader is
  • How your book will help them
  • The Unique Selling Point of your message
  • The content of each chapter of your book
  • What material to include and what to leave out
  • How long your book will be and how long it will take you to write it
  • What makes a good title
  • How to write a blurb
  • A unique way of planning your book that creates a detailed chapter-by-chapter plan for each section, with word counts
  • How to create your own One-Page-a-Day writing schedule that will fit your writing into your working week

If you would like to kickstart your writing journey with a Book Planning Workshop, contact me to arrange a FREE consultation.


Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Book Planning Day:

How is payment made?

Payment is made in advance via GoCardless, or direct bank transfer. If for any reason you have to cancel your Book Planning Day, as long as you let me know at least 7 days in advance you will get a full refund.

What do I need to bring?

In advance of your Book Planning Day I will send you a client questionnaire which will ask you to provide more information about your book and your goals. If you are a business author, I will also ask you to provide details of your business. Please ensure you complete and return the questionnaire in good time. I will also ask you to send me links to any material you have already written, to include blogs, articles, other books or workbooks for your business.

On the day, it is helpful if you can bring something to write with and any books related to your subject that you find interesting.

What happens afterwards?

The digital mind map and contents page we create, as well as all the day’s material, is yours to take away. If you then feel like you need more help writing your book, get in touch any time to discuss how I can help you with my coaching programme.

Where does the Book Planning Day take place?

I usually come to your business or home, but I can also arrange a boardroom in a convenient location. Please discuss with me at the time of booking.

Is lunch included?

No. Please make your own arrangements for lunch. Alternatively, you can book two half-day sessions for your Book Planning Workshop at the same cost.

Can I do the Book Planning Day online?

No. Planning a book can only be done face to face. I am happy to travel a reasonable distance to meet with you, but larger distances will incur a small mileage charge.

I recently took Sophie’s One Day Book Building Workshop, which was fantastic and exactly what I hoped it would be. During the workshop, I went from having a few ideas for a book to having the title, subtitle, each chapter planned out and even a writing schedule. I would highly recommend this workshop if you are planning on writing a book. Thanks Sophie!

Chris Gough, RAW IT