How to make your self-published book look like it’s been traditionally published

How often have you looked at a self-published book and seen straightaway that it’s a DIY job? It’s not just poor content that gives it away; in fact many truly good books are ruined by goofs which mainly are simple and cheap to correct.

article about self-publishing books

Can you tell if a book has been traditionally or self-published?

Here are 11 key points to watch out for:

Is the cover attractive and designed so when its image is shrunk down to a small size as it would be on Amazon or other sites, you can still see the key points? Make sure your book’s cover is properly designed: it’s well worth paying for a professional cover designer to do it. [Read more…]

Weddings during coronavirus: you can still write (and give) a great speech

Updated June 19th, 2020. Everyone knows that weddings have been very hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s only now that small weddings are allowed to go ahead in Northern Ireland. Other British nations are considering allowing small weddings later this summer.

Other countries like the USA, Canada and Australia are at similar points of allowing simple, small events – and many are saying that weddings are likely to be smaller than normal for quite some time to come.

article about wedding speeches during coronavirus pandemic

Even with a very small wedding like we’re experiencing post lockdown, you can write – and give – a great speech

But that’s no reason why your speech should be any different from what it would have been at a healthier time. Even if your audience will be just a few close friends and family sitting around a table, here’s how to prepare it so that when the day finally does come, it will be a great one!

13 articles packed with tips and inspiration for you. And in addition to the traditional speech-making roles we have some ideas for other family members and friends who want to get up and “say a few words.” Enjoy!

Why Coronavirus need not damp down your wedding speech – whoever you are

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Book writing courses for nonfiction: are they worth it?

I read a lot of books and scrutinise a lot of courses about how to write books. (Well, it’s my job.) You would be amazed at how complicated some of these make the process.

Some focus on formulæ more complex than a Google algorithm (and that’s going some) which they laughingly refer to as a system-based approach guaranteed to make your nonfiction book follow exactly the same cookie-cutter model as that of everyone else.Very few of these approaches champion originality and flexibility, because such formula-driven bullsh*t doesn’t have room for it. [Read more…]

Why you need to write tight for corporate audiences

by Jack Willard

Please welcome business consultant Jack Willard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who shows us how to get complex messages over to corporate audiences – in two minutes. (And Jack hastens to add that by ‘write tight’ he does not mean ‘drunk!’)

How do you prepare a two minute presentation about a two-year corporate problem?

Realize first that there may be a primary audience but there is no such thing as a stand-alone audience.

The primary audience might be the executive suite but there are assistants, subordinates, end-users, competitors, attorneys, marketers, consultants and more, all of whom could have an interest in your output. [Read more…]

25 better writing tips to print and stick on your, er, wall

You may have noticed that I’ve started sharing some new/updated ‘how to write better’ tips in social media and in my email sig file.

I thought you also might like to have the first 25 here in one hit, maybe to print out and er, stick somewhere? 🙂

25 better writing tips from, you guessed it: How To Write Better

1.If you write regular blogs and plan them right, they can be turned into a great book.

2.Hate writing, but have to? Try dictating instead. Then transcribe, edit & hey presto!

3.Writing for marketing? Remember, it’s always about what’s in it for THEM, not you. [Read more…]

How to write with a tomato

Do you do Pomodoro? Yes, it’s Italian for tomato, but also it’s biz-speak for a productivity-increasing method. We writers like to think we can use methods like this to crank out the words faster. (Or do we?)

Pomodoro for writers

It’s named after a timer that looks like a tomato. Not exactly romantic, but it has caught on.

So we asked business admin expert Jean Weir to give us the skinny on how this technique works. And then we asked some other writers what they think about writing with tomato …

Over to Jean… Sz 

What is the Pomodoro technique from a writer’s point of view?

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