On Writing Nonfiction

Why Authors Need a Niche and How to Choose Yours

Why Authors Need a Niche and How to Choose Yours

When you’re setting out to launch your book into the world, you will be faced with a lot of competition. There are millions of book titles available today, which means that book categories are jam packed. At this very moment, here are the total number of titles listed on Amazon for various nonfiction book categories: […]

Why Now is the Best Time to Be a Writer: 31 Wonderful Truths About Writing

Why Now is the Best Time to Be a Writer: 31 Wonderful Truths About Writing

You are the most important person in publishing because you make it go. Technology enables you to control the two basic challenges of being a writer: creating content and communicating about it. The phrase “unpublished author” is obsolete. All you need is a manuscript. You have more options for getting your work published at less […]

How Self-Publishing Can Give You Benefits for Your Writing Career

How Self-Publishing Can Give You Benefits for Your Writing Career

Publishers know what an average reader likes. They have specific expectations that you, as an author, have to meet if you want to get your book published through them. They shape your content and mold you as a writer. In a way, they butcher your work to make it fit into their own understanding of […]

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. When it comes to citing sources in your manuscript, there are some general style guidelines to follow. […]

How to Research the Competition Before Your Write Your Book

How to Research the Competition Before Your Write Your Book

Before you even begin to write a book, you need to find out what other books exist on your topic. If you are pitching to a traditional publisher, this exercise is a required part of the process. But even if you are self-publishing, you should evaluate your competition so that you know how to position […]

How Many People Should Read My Book Before It’s Published? by Amberly Finarelli

How Many People Should Read My Book Before It’s Published? by Amberly Finarelli

You’ve done it: you just finished the first draft of your manuscript! Once that adrenaline-surging moment of completing such a monumental task has passed, you can’t wait to have someone else take a look at your work…and, okay, you’re probably a little nervous about it, too. Will readers “get” it? Does the development and flow […]

Learn the Tricks to Making Your Readers Pay Attention – Guest Post

Learn the Tricks to Making Your Readers Pay Attention – Guest Post

The greatest writers in the world had to start somewhere. Stephen King wasn’t born famous, nor was Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, or George Orwell. Gaining the attention of the masses is the dream of many writers. The task of attracting readers is not easy, but it can be very rewarding. In order to gain the […]

Write Your Book at Sea Event with Ghostwriter Melinda Copp

Write Your Book at Sea Event with Ghostwriter Melinda Copp

This is not a Nonfiction Authors Association event, but we think it looks like a great time and we’re fans of host Melinda Copp. Check it out: Do you know you have a good story to tell, but you’re not sure how to write it in a compelling and engaging way? Have you always wanted […]

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 […]