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…]

Get your copy of “Wedding Speeches For Everyone!”

At long last, a book about writing wedding speeches that are bang up to date – not still based on the traditional roles from the last century or two, although there’s plenty of advice on how to do those well if they are your choice.

Added to that, though, are speech ideas for all the women in your family and circle of close friends … your children, both adult and younger … and of course, partners, friends and families of same-sex marriage partners.

Interestingly enough as of today’s date, there are no other books on Amazon or elsewhere that I can find, and I have been researching… that cover such a wide spread of wedding speech makers in as many social circumstances as I have included.

Although this is an eBook it’s not a short one. In all it runs to more than 90 single-spaced A4 pages, nearly 25,000 words which is just over half the length of an average business or self-help paperback book.

In fact I had to restrain myself with this book as there was so much more I could have shared … maybe in the next edition which I will produce and publish as a full-length book if you folks decide you’d like that!

Get your copy (click on) here – it’s just £1.99 as an instant PDF download

And here’s the list of chapters…something for (almost) everyone!

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Book reviews: the HTWB pick of the best for summer reading

Here are my reviews for a great choice of summer reading from sharp police thrillers to vintage whodunnits to a romantic family saga, and even a fictionalised memoir that will bring joy to your heart. Some of the original reviews were quite long so I have given them a haircut to save you reading my extended thoughts on the books!

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What books would you recommend for summer reading this year?

Let’s start with the hard stuff

Retired detective and now author Stephen G Collier has now published his second book in a chilling series of murder mysteries set in and around the city of Northampton, England where he served many years on the Northamptonshire Force. This being just up the road from where I live, I enjoy the stories even more as I know the places he’s talking about. [Read more…]

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