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Some Favorite Books for Writers

Some Favorite Books for Writers

We asked other nonfiction authors what some of their favorite books for writers are. Here are their responses: Sanjida Kay I’d recommend The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne, an editor who describes how to develop one’s craft as a writer. There’s an accompanying podcast, Story Grid Podcast with Shawn Coyne and aspiring novelist, Tim Grahl. […]

Giving Back to Your Writing Career by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Giving Back to Your Writing Career by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Consider Writing Professional Reviews as Part of Your Marketing Plan Excerpted and expanded from the recently released 415-page book in Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s multi award-winning How To Do It Frugally Series of books, How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically Because you are a writer, you’ve always known that a review is the best kind […]

Define Your Target Audience

Define Your Target Audience

Before you begin to write your book, it is important to know WHO you’re writing for. Identifying your audience will help you not only develop your manuscript, but you will be better able to choose marketing methods for your book. Are you writing a book for:  Single moms with young kids?  Single moms […]

Authors! Embrace these Three Tips and Get Ready for Success!

Authors! Embrace these Three Tips and Get Ready for Success!

To say our world is changing quickly is cliché. In fact, quick change is the new norm, so we must be willing to learn new things and change quickly, too. Never has this been more true when it comes to book publicity and visibility. If you have a book, before you reach out to a […]

Round-Up Question of the Week: If you were beginning your author career today, what would you do differently?

Round-Up Question of the Week: If you were beginning your author career today, what would you do differently?

Last week we asked our community on Facebook to answer this question: If you were beginning your author career today, what would you do differently? Here’s what they had to say: David Evans: When I first start writing, I had some good indications that writing was the thing I was good at, and should seriously […]

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As” by Barbara McNichol

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As” by Barbara McNichol

Have you ever wondered about the distinction between “like” or “such as” in your writing. Here are two phrases to consider: . . . the answers that so-called geniuses “like / such as” Newton seem to embody. . . . centuries of innovations “like / such as” the airplane and space shuttle have resulted. In […]

8 Secrets to Delivering Great Presentations

8 Secrets to Delivering Great Presentations

While you may think you have good public speaking skills, that doesn’t always mean that you will dazzle an audience. Professional speakers spend years developing and refining their craft. At the very least, you should put some effort into cultivating your skills so that leave your audience with a great impression. Here’s how: 1. Develop […]

4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

“Writings are useless unless they are read, and they cannot be read unless they are readable.” – Theodore Roosevelt If Roosevelt lived in today’s world, he might have known that 6% of the time wasted in corporations is due to poorly written communications. Of course, your goal is readability. At the same time, you desire […]

Nonfiction Authors Summer Challenge – Join Us!

Nonfiction Authors Summer Challenge – Join Us!

Summer is a time when we typically relax and enjoy time with family and friends, as we should because making memories is what life is all about. But the slower summer months can also present an excellent opportunity to dedicate time to meet your author goals. Whether you’re writing your first (or next) book, working […]

Ask, Don’t Tell (And More Books You’ll Sell) by Brian Jud

Ask, Don’t Tell (And More Books You’ll Sell) by Brian Jud

Doctor asks questions to get information before making a diagnosis. Litigators ask questions of witnesses to build their cases. Journalists ask questions to generate information for their articles. Similarly, when selling to a corporate buyer, authors and publishers should ask questions to acquire information, exchange ideas, build their case, establish rapport and trust, and uncover […]