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How to Research a Book

Whatever kind of book you want to write, chances are you’ll have to do some research. With Chapterly’s free e-course, you can learn all about researching a book, where to go to find the information you need, and how to organize your research so you can spend less time reading and more time writing.

From checking the weather on the night your romance hero and heroine get together, to learning the route your great-great-grandfather took to California in 1849, to finding out enough about space travel to write an intergalactic adventure, research is crucial to telling your story right. Over five short, daily lessons you’ll learn how to approach researching your book in the most effective way, and how to create a research design that will keep you on track.

As well as providing a framework to help you with your research, Chapterly’s course will provide hints and tips for good places to look for information, and how to tell a useful source from an unreliable one. We’ll also review how to use your research in your book without all the details you’ve learned overshadowing the story.

Learn all this in just five lessons:

● Why research matters

● How to know what you don’t know

● Locating reliable sources of information

● Useful websites for author research

● How to make and use a research design

● Organizing your research

● The 80/20 rule of using your research

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