On Writing Nonfiction

How to Cite Sources in Your Manuscript

How to Cite Sources in Your Manuscript

Nonfiction authors know the importance of citing sources in their work. But sometimes it can get confusing figuring out how to correctly quote and give credit to your sources within your text without losing your flow of thought. Fair Use Under Fair Use law, you can reprint a small amount of text as long as […]

Checklist of Key Components to Include When Writing Your Nonfiction Book

Checklist of Key Components to Include When Writing Your Nonfiction Book

Following are components to consider including in your book, though most are optional. Endorsements – Endorsements can add credibility to a book, provided they come from influential authors. Don’t be afraid to ask—you might be surprised by how supportive your fellow authors can be. A well-known author’s quote can be printed on the front cover […]

Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Readers What They Want You to Write by Heidi Thorne

Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Readers What They Want You to Write by Heidi Thorne

Trying to figure out what to write about for your next book, or even blog? An online survey might be just what you need to do to get feedback and insight from your ideal audience. One mistake that authors can make when doing such a survey is to ask their prospective readers and fans, “What […]

Questions to Answer Before Writing Your Book

Questions to Answer Before Writing Your Book

What do I ultimately want to accomplish with my book? What opportunities can I create with my book? How can I stretch out of my comfort zone? What do I need to learn to be successful? Who are some people I can model on my way to achieving my goals? Is there anyone who could […]

6 Tips to Write a Mesmerizing Memoir by Merryl Hammond, PhD

6 Tips to Write a Mesmerizing Memoir by Merryl Hammond, PhD

1. Prepare Ask: Do I have a unique story to tell and/or message to share? (If not, maybe you could invest your time and energy elsewhere?) In my case, for example, I wrote my memoir, “Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country” to help break the stigma against bipolar disorder and mental illness in general. […]

100+ Best Books for Writers, Authors, and Creative Entrepreneurs

100+ Best Books for Writers, Authors, and Creative Entrepreneurs

As an author myself, a former bookstore owner, and an avid reader, I love book recommendations. I especially love it when they have a business focus and TEACH me something new. I gravitate to lists of best books for entrepreneurs and writers, and I’m always disappointed when they miss many of my personal favorites. So, […]

5 Formats of Nonfiction Book Content Beyond Words by Carrie Anton

5 Formats of Nonfiction Book Content Beyond Words by Carrie Anton

One of the best writing tips I ever received came from the eight-year-old daughter of a colleague during my first year as a nonfiction book editor for American Girl. Our contemporary line of advice and activity books were geared toward young girls, so my coworker’s offspring was comparable to having our own mini focus group. […]

Before You Publish: Pro Tips for Finalizing Your Nonfiction Manuscript

Before You Publish: Pro Tips for Finalizing Your Nonfiction Manuscript

Writing an entire manuscript in preparation for publishing a book is a huge accomplishment, and one that is worthy of celebration. But, before you send your manuscript off to your publisher (or printer), there are several ways you can improve the overall professionalism and maximize reader engagement. Bonus Downloads –When you sell your book through […]

Write First to Consistently Increase Your Productivity by Nina Amir

Write First to Consistently Increase Your Productivity by Nina Amir

How do you begin your writing day? If you are like most people, the first thing you do is check your phone to see if you’ve gotten any messages. You may answer emails and reply to social media posts. And you handle priorities—your own or someone else’s priorities. But you don’t write first. Writing isn’t […]

The Power of YES: Why Community Matters in Your Writing Life by Joan Gelfand

The Power of YES: Why Community Matters in Your Writing Life by Joan Gelfand

Do you know how John Lennon fell in love with Yoko Ono? Lennon was visiting an art gallery—he himself was a sketch artist, had gone to art school and was a fixture on the London art scene as well as a famous Beatle. Ono was on a ladder installing her one woman art show, a […]