At last, my new baby’s here – to get your book out there!

Welcome to How To Write Better’s (HTWB’s) bouncy, bolshie young sibling … Better Books Media™ (BBM)! This is the new home for everything you need to get you started with a book or book-related project – even if you’ve never written a book or eBook before.

Like many youngsters BBM is still living at home with a parent (HTWB) but will have its own site one day when it’s earning decent money and has learned how to do its own laundry. In the meantime here’s how its concept can achieve what many more stuffy publishing services would say is impossible: it’s a blend of literary agency, author coaching, and a publishing service.  Eat your heart out, traditional publishing thinkers.better books media
Better Books Media™ is a wholly owned imprint and brand belonging to me, Suzan St Maur. For now it is delivering my own books – and of course my self-publishing clients are welcome to have their books published under this imprint if they wish, too. In fact two such clients already have joined me as BBM authors.

It is also delivering my very special, bespoke author coaching and publishing advice via my own experience and skillset, and that of my brilliant, hand-picked virtual team of nonfiction and fiction editors, book producers, book designers, illustrators, audio recordists, and more.

My business model is simple … [Read more…]

World Book Day: yes, YOU could write a nonfiction book

Is it your dream to write your story to share with the world? Do you have a precious fund of knowledge that readers will find invaluable? If you’ve been through some difficult times, will a book about your experiences help others in the same circumstances?

Woman writing

Don’t forget that whatever you want your book to achieve, it has to be good.

New tech and new business models: making the dream come true

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Have we really killed off vanity publishing? A conversation…

Do you still think paid-for publishing is ‘vanity publishing?’ Have an eavesdrop into the following (genuine, real) online conversation I got involved in recently. Have changed the names (apart from mine!) for obvious reasons…

The topic: self-publishing companies

Marianne: Really? Who is this to publish with? I work with many well known publishing companies but have never heard of this. Generally if you are paying someone else to publish your work, then you’re dealing with a vanity publisher.

Is vanity publishing really still around? Or do people confuse that with genuine book publishing services that normally are good value for money?

Eloise: There are a number of vanity publishers. I don’t really know much about them, but I think two examples are Pegasus and Austin Macauley. [Read more…]

Written a nonfiction book? 10 ways to repurpose its content (and grow sales)

One of the best things about the current spread of media and publication options is the fact that the basic content from your print and/or Kindle book can be shared in many more different ways than was the case 20 or even 10 years ago.

Repurpose, reuse, recyle … and max up your book’s earning potential

10 ways to max up the earnings of one single source of content: your book

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Swearing: would you open this book to find out more?

Please welcome once again my good friend and colleague Tsufit, from Toronto, whose emails are always interesting and this one, in particular, grabbed my attention. Swearwords are a hot topic in communications of all kinds today and Tsufit – as always – hits the nail right on the head…Sz.

Saw this book on display in a small local library. 

If you saw it on display in a library or a book store, would you open it?

cover illustration to promtoe book

Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure. [Read more…]

Marketing your nonfiction book: do you get what that REALLY means, and why it’s crucial?

When my former business partner, a rigid academic, tried to edit my forthcoming book – How To Write A Brilliant Nonfiction Book – he made a great fuss over the fact that the chapter about “marketing” at the end of the book only ran to 3,000-odd words.


“But you’ve only written 3,000 odd words about marketing” he yelled gleefully down the phone to me.

Anyway, I didn’t get what he meant, at first

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