How to research for your nonfiction book (or other project)

The first port of call in any nonfiction book’s research journey must always be the book’s potential readers. By knowing these people well and understanding their issues and problems, you may even find that the book’s structure and content suggest themselves. So how do you go about it?

how to research for a nonfiction book

Start at your desk with some common sense.

There’s no great mystique to it. If you want to get to know your readers, simply go and talk to them. That’s what I do. But I don’t always follow the most obvious route. [Continue reading]

Poem for a hot summer day

I’ve lost my gin in the greenhouse

by Andrea Kingston

Please welcome Andrea Kingston, a retired GP (family doctor) who volunteers with me in our local cancer group and – it turns out – is also a talented and hilarious poet! Here is one of hers I particularly enjoyed…

I’ve lost my gin in the greenhouse
Well goodness, gracious me!
As the glass is green
It remains unseen
And I’m thirsty don’t you see?

funny poem about lost gin

“Where’s my gin? I’m still in the greenhouse.”

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Trying to write and sweat at the same time…

funny poem about working during a heatwave with no air conditioning

If you're working from home and do not benefit from the rewards (hopefully healthful) of working in a fully airconditioned office building, right now during COVID-19 issues anyway ... have a read. I sympathise. And right at the bottom is a suggestion … [Continue reading]

How writing a business book leads to a priceless marketing tool

article about writing business books

. “Having a book published” still holds a certain kudos and perhaps in Pavlov-dog fashion, people automatically associate someone who writes a book about something, with that someone being an expert on the subject. The “$30 business card” gets … [Continue reading]

Enjoying your Zoom meetings? Really?

funny poem about zoom meetings

Much as we owe many of our small (and bigger) businesses' survival to the likes of Zoom, MS Teams and other platforms during this Coronavirus pandemic, some meetings are more successful than others. . Here's a short, sharp ode to the … [Continue reading]

Loving Our Language: Indo-European languages and where they come from

article about Indo-European languages

As we all write in English, it's great to find out more about the language in depth! Welcome to a new mini-series here on HTWB by Senior Transcriber Neil Wright - an avid expert on historical linguistics. This week Neill looks at where Indo-European … [Continue reading]

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