On Writing Nonfiction

The 5 Habits of Successful Authors

The 5 Habits of Successful Authors

1. Commitment to Marketing –Unfortunately, simply having your book available on Amazon is not enough to inspire sales when there are millions of titles competing for the attention of readers. Books don’t sell without marketing.  Book marketing requires consistent, on-going effort. Successful authors do something every day to promote their books. 2. Willing to Invest – […]

Expert Interview with Melinda Copp on Ghostwriting

Expert Interview with Melinda Copp on Ghostwriting

Name: Melinda Copp Website URL:   http://www.writerssherpablog.com Social Media Links: http://www.facebook/thewriterssherpa Describe what you do as a ghostwriter: I help people write the books that they can’t write themselves.  How did you come to do what you’re doing today? My first job out of college was working as an editorial assistant at a self-publishing company, and […]

10 Secrets of Successful Writers – Guest Post by David Mitchell

10 Secrets of Successful Writers – Guest Post by David Mitchell

Having a passion The most essential and important attribute in writing is to have an interest and passion. Writers should first have an interest in what they write because this is what will drive them to the most. As a writer, having a passion for what you write brings out the originality and creativity in […]

Escaping the Nonfiction Author’s Time Trap – Guest Post by Anne Janzer

Escaping the Nonfiction Author’s Time Trap – Guest Post by Anne Janzer

Every successful nonfiction author must answer one critical question: “How do you find the time to write a book?” Time is precious for all authors. Nonfiction authors often face a conundrum: the same work that develops their expertise steals time from writing. Many people write from a position of authority earned while conducting their careers […]

Setting Your Literary and Publishing Goals  – Guest Post by Literary Agent Michael Larsen

Setting Your Literary and Publishing Goals – Guest Post by Literary Agent Michael Larsen

You can create a self-portrait of the author you want to be by summing up your short- and long-term literary and publishing goals and how you will achieve them by answering these sixteen questions. When possible, start your answers with the word “I.” Why do you want to write? What do you want to write–novels, […]

What About the Index? by Sue Klefstad

What About the Index? by Sue Klefstad

Back-of-the-book indexes can have an air of mystery that I would like to dispel by providing answers to some basic questions: Does your book need an index? Should you index your own book? Can a computer write an index? What does the indexer need from you? How much does an index cost? Does your book […]

7 Editing Tricks to Speed Up Your Writing Activities – Guest Post by Kate Simpson

7 Editing Tricks to Speed Up Your Writing Activities – Guest Post by Kate Simpson

As a writer, you may find yourself pressured to create a coherent and inspiring piece, the best anyone’s ever read. Unfortunately, there are some realities that we need to face, and deadlines are one of the harshest realities out there. Envision a Structure Do this before you even start. This gives you a clear direction […]

Outlining Non-Fiction – Guest Post by David Colin Carr

Outlining Non-Fiction – Guest Post by David Colin Carr

Don’t cringe! I promise, on a 30 year career of editing and a lifetime of writing, that it’s not as complex as you fear. I am forever grateful to Miss Delia Stebbins who had the foresight to teach our eighth grade class to outline. Benefits Outlining will speed the writing process and prevent blocks that […]

The 4 People Every Author Should Hire

The 4 People Every Author Should Hire

Professional Editor – If you’re self-publishing your book, and most people are these days, nothing is more important than having your book professionally edited. It’s fine to have it reviewed by a friend or relative, or by teachers and people with English degrees (I hear this a lot), but you still need a professional editor […]

How to Write a Book FAST and Overcome the Fear That Prevents Most People from Finishing

How to Write a Book FAST and Overcome the Fear That Prevents Most People from Finishing

Studies show that as many as 80% of people want to write a book. I hear this goal all of the time from people I meet in the business world. Countless numbers of people over the years have proclaimed their desire to write a book, but only a small percentage will actually make their book a reality. […]