On Writing Nonfiction

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 […]

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 […]

Power Up Your Nonfiction Book: Essential Content to Include when Writing Your Manuscript

Power Up Your Nonfiction Book: Essential Content to Include when Writing Your Manuscript

As you write your next book, you will likely follow some sort of outline and include some of the usual elements like footnotes and appendix. But there are some additional items you may want to consider adding to your manuscript in order to maximize the reader experience while building your mailing list and revenues. Free […]

How Do You Carve Out Time for Writing?

How Do You Carve Out Time for Writing?

The Nonfiction Authors Association recently sent out a request for writers around the world to answer the question: how do you carve out time for writing? Here are the replies we received. NFAA: How do you carve out time for writing? Chloe Grabham Sometimes it can be really hard to carve out time to write, […]

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Flow Better by Barbara McNichol

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Flow Better by Barbara McNichol

Whether it’s a marketing email or the chapter of a book, you might be challenged to make your writing easy to follow. How can you create a smooth flow that helps your readers? Give these techniques a try: Use subheads: When you use subheads throughout your piece, readers can skim your content and quickly discern […]

Freelance Writing for Magazines

Freelance Writing for Magazines

One great way to get exposure as an author and expert in your field is to write for publications that reach your target audience. Whether you want to write purely for exposure or you want to get paid for your efforts, the following are steps to begin landing writing assignments. Start Small It’s not easy […]

Tap into the Power of “3” in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

Tap into the Power of “3” in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

Our society loves “3”; we remember things in “3s”; we’ve learned it from kindergarten when we were told to hop, skip, jump and stop, look, and listen. Businesses gravitate toward “3” when they create marketing taglines. Look at these examples: Reduce, reuse, recycle (recycle guide) Buy it. Sell it. Love it. (eBay) Grace, space, pace. […]

Checklist for Manuscript Writing

Checklist for Manuscript Writing

Use this checklist when writing your manuscript. Identify a clear target audience for your book. A niche audience is almost always better than an audience that is too broad. Evaluate your competition. It’s important to determine how your your book will be different from others in your genre. Set a goal to write _______ number of […]

How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Nonfiction Book Title

How to Create an Attention-Grabbing Nonfiction Book Title

Titles are a crucial part of a book’s appeal and selling ability. You want to have a title that grabs attention and has emotional pull, while also clearly explaining to the potential reader what the book is about. For prescriptive nonfiction, offering a promise (benefit to the reader) is also important. You should also consider […]

25 Reasons You Need to Write Your Book Now

25 Reasons You Need to Write Your Book Now

Authoring a book is a goal for many, though few will actually see this goal through. If you’ve been thinking about writing a book, here are some reasons why it’s time to finally focus on achieving this important goal. 1. Life is much too short. Don’t wait until the kids are older or you have […]