On Writing Nonfiction

Am I Boring You? How to Enliven Your Nonfiction Writing by Anne Janzer

Am I Boring You? How to Enliven Your Nonfiction Writing by Anne Janzer

My freshman year in college, I chose my course schedule based on class titles and time slots. Early-morning sessions lost out to late-morning or afternoon alternatives. After a few problems (don’t ask about calculus), I realized the professor might be the most important factor. By asking around, it was easy to discover who the good […]

How Can You Learn to Write Funny? by David Evans

How Can You Learn to Write Funny? by David Evans

We all love humor, because it’s fun to laugh.  But why do we laugh? And is there any way we can learn to write funny things so that other people will laugh?  Is there some secret to it? I’ve been fascinated by that question all my life.  When I was ten years old, I stumbled […]

How to Write Compelling Jacket Copy for Your Book

How to Write Compelling Jacket Copy for Your Book

The back cover is where you convince readers to buy. One trick that many writers use is to craft a compelling description before writing the manuscript because it can help to know what to focus on when developing the manuscript. You have a very limited amount of space on the back of your book so […]

Write Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction by Thinking Like a Developmental Editor

Write Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction by Thinking Like a Developmental Editor

There are just two things you need to write authoritative and compelling nonfiction: to be an authority, and write in a way that interests and informs your reader. “Obviously,” you say? Well, yes and no. The problem is that many books are published by authors with little first-hand knowledge of their subjects or experience in […]

A New Way to Generate More Ideas by Brian Jud

A New Way to Generate More Ideas by Brian Jud

Last year more than 900,000 ISBNs were assigned by Bowker. If you want to sell more books in such a crowded field, they need to stand out in a positive way. In their effort to rise above the competition, authors conduct innovation sessions to think outside the box, brainstorming for the best creative strategy. This […]

How to Compile an Awesome Anthology That Boosts Your Business

How to Compile an Awesome Anthology That Boosts Your Business

You’ve heard it before: Writing and publishing a quality book can help establish you as an expert, boost your visibility, and open the door to more opportunities such as speaking gigs and interviews. But when you’re already running your own business, who has time to write a book? Enter the anthology. An anthology is a […]

How to Write like a Historian… Without Actually Being One by Laura Suchan

How to Write like a Historian… Without Actually Being One by Laura Suchan

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936) As part of the advanced memoir writing class I teach, one of the  assignments is for the participants to write a brief narrative linking their family history  to  historical events happening on a local, national or international scale.   […]

Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Have you noticed how ampersands turn to gibberish when they are entered into Google’s blogpsot.com service? That is only the beginning of problems they cause for editors, and publishers of all kinds. A bigger problem is that many of the difficulties they cause go unnoticed except by the publishing pros we would all like to […]

6 In Demand Tools for Editing and Proofreading Your Writing for Self-Publishing by Paula Hicks

6 In Demand Tools for Editing and Proofreading Your Writing for Self-Publishing by Paula Hicks

You’ve poured your heart and soul into the writing process. You’ve produced a book, a blog post, or an article that you’re proud of. There were long hours of research and agonizing over your word choice. You’ve revised the work over and over again. Now, it’s time to self-publish it. But what if it contains […]

5 Useful Tips to Help You Finish Your Writing Project by Silvia Woolard

5 Useful Tips to Help You Finish Your Writing Project by Silvia Woolard

Many writers struggle to complete a task. The reasons for this are as unique as the writers themselves. It can be down to a lack of inspiration, trying to take on many projects at once, or trying to push themselves too hard. Many writers are so focused on the quantity that they neglect quality. Others […]