How to insult nicely in writing, with business jargon…

Jargon and slang as metaphors are wonderful tools to use if you want to insult or express rage in a business context without swearing or ranting.

business jargon and slang to use when youre angry

MBWA: Management By Wandering Around, suggesting that managers simply walk around rather than do their jobs properly…

Here is a selection for you to keep handy, excerpted from my jolly little book English Business Jargon and Slang…  [Read more…]

How to write a simple nonfiction book plan

Does the thought of writing a nonfiction book scare you witless? It needn’t! With the right planning you can simplify the process so it becomes a series of manageable, do-able stages or layers if you like … rather than one mammoth and seemingly insurmountable project. (And this can even work for fiction, too.)

simple way to plan a book

Planning each chapter and section of your book is a little like pegging laundry out on a clothesline…

The beauty of devising and producing a plan of your own is that it’s tailored absolutely to your own needs. Another of its beauties is that you build it up slowly, step by step – this process always reminds me of hanging laundry out on a line: you keeping pegging clothes out in clusters until you have everything hung out neatly! (Well, I do, anyway, although these days I cheat and use a tumble dryer.)

So here’s how you start: [Read more…]

How not to write book reviews on Amazon

Much gnashing of teeth has been heard recently from the bottom-feeders of the book publishing world, about the rather sensitive topic of Amazon reviews.

how not to write book reviews

If you go to the trouble of setting up the review of a book you’ve read (whether on Amazon or elsewhere) your job is to give an honest opinion of it…

There have been several years of laughable scams – too many to document here but voici a few examples to refresh your memory:

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 2

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

Although it took a while, Amazon finally lost its sense of humour a while ago, tightened up the regulations, and stopped allowing obviously fake reviews. No longer will people be able to get reviews from willing workers in countries where English is hardly spoken at all, members of their own family (using the same last name), one person with 18 Amazon accounts in fake names, etc. etc.

But still the scammers wriggle their way around the rules

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Business jargon and slang: now for the right answers!

Seems you all need to work harder on your jargon and slang … no-one got them all right, so I am awarding first prize to the talented Yasmin Ali who scored highest with 9 out of 10! (Only #10 was wrong…) Full answers are below.

Winner of business slang quiz

Making polymer clay beads that Yasmin turns into beautiful, bespoke jewellery

Yasmin, founder of jewellery company Beadeze, is an incredibly talented jewellery designer working mainly with polymer clays, creating hand-made beads, pendants and other pieces to her own designs and also bespoke pieces to match wedding outfits, as bridesmaids’ jewellery gifts, and other special occasion work.

Business jargon quiz

She also shares her skills with people who want to learn this amazing craft [Read more…]

Know your business jargon and slang? Win a free mention and link on HTWB!

Do you know your business jargon and slang? Of course you do!

Get all 10 of these brain-twizzlers right and I’ll give your business a free plug

Business jargon and slangJust pick the right answers (no cheating or Googling, although I’ll forgive you if you buy a copy of my new book in which all the right answers appear…) [Read more…]

Book cover design: key tips to make yours work

Great news! You’ve written a book – your first book perhaps? – and if you’re self or hybrid publishing (as many people do now) you need to commission a cover design that will do your superb words the justice they deserve.

Book cover design: key tips to make yours work

My own design for an eBook – hardly art, but it ticks all the boxes for nonfiction

Not surprisingly, what your book cover design needs to take into consideration depends to a large extent on the following key issues… [Read more…]

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