How to sharpen up your blogs and articles with one quick chop

Have you ever looked at something you’ve just written and thought, “that first paragraph isn’t needed?

No? Well, maybe you should. Even we pro writers often go back and chop off the first paragraph or even two, and let the blog, article or other piece of writing start a few lines along, when we really get down to business.

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Either leave preambles and back stories out altogether, in a box, or at the back.

When your writing engine is still running cold…

It’s a bit like when you start your car on a cold morning. I know most modern cars have automatic chokes, but you still don’t get the best performance from even a late model Bentley until the engine has warmed up. [Read more…]

Write Around The Web: literary festival, proofreading, typography, adverbs and a smile

Welcome to our new selection of curated info from around the web — hand-picked for HTWB readers by yours truly. Enjoy!
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Milton Keynes Literary Festival 18-22 September 2019

A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordyMilton KeynesAfter a triumphant debut in 2017 – with Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Michael Rosen and much more – we returned in 2018 with an even more ambitious programme, working with new Festival partners and venues to bring a cornucopia of the finest contemporary writing to the city.  Highlights in 2018 included Hollie McNish, Mark Haddon and Lemn Sissay. [Read more…]

How to make your nonfiction book a true success

Thinking of writing a nonfiction book? Great! But if you want it to sell commercially, you need to make sure it delivers good value to prospective readers. Here are some tips to help you make sure it does.how to make sure your nonfiction book succeeds

What does your book need to be successful?

Much as we authors like to think even our business or self-help books are the next best thing since How To Win Friends And Influence People, ego must be dumped and business acumen must prevail. [Read more…]

Want to write a nonfiction book? Check me out here

Writing a nonfiction book today is something many of us want to do, especially now it’s so easy and affordable to self-publish. But since the internet started the nonfiction book’s goal posts have moved, and only in some ways to authors’ advantage.

microphone for radioGet some useful and up-to-date tips on the realities of writing your first nonfiction book in this interview with me on Duggystone Radio — starts at 09:10.

So what is the nonfiction book market like today?

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How to work with co-authors and ghostwriters

When you’re writing a book, report, professional paper or other large writing project, you’ll often find yourself working in a team either with a co-author or a ghostwriter. Needless to say that involves developing some sort of relationship with them.

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People who use ghostwriters are not necessarily bad at writing.

Here we take a look at how these relationships can work – or not!

Co-authors

I have the experience of working with a co-author on two of my books. In both cases we split the proceeds 50-50, and I believe that’s customary when both co-authors contribute equal amounts to the project. This issue can be a tricky one if you don’t know what to watch out for, especially as people are likely to have differing views on what constitutes 50% of the effort.

One expert and one (topic-literate) writer

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Q: Is it worth writing a business or self-help book? A: Yes, as long as it’s GOOD

The book publishing picture has evolved a lot in the last 30 years. With the advent of self and hybrid publishing in addition to the traditional types, today there are literally millions of books for sale out there, and not all of them are good.

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How will you benefit from writing and producing a business or self-help book?

Depending on your reasons for wanting to write a book, its concept and content don’t necessarily have to conform to traditional publishing values as they would have had to do 20 years ago.

Traditional publishers’ first criteria were, and still are, that any business book – or any book, for that matter – must be likely to do well out there in its market on its own, with some promotional help, perhaps, from the author and what frankly can be the publishers’ rather lame marketing efforts.

However as some of us already know, many of these books are published (usually self-published) as marketing tools as the means to a PR or promotional end … [Read more…]

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