Writing a nonfiction book: does it help to work with a buddy or two?

The prospect of writing a full-length nonfiction book can be a lonely one. Here are some options that could help you on your journey, involving a choice of partnerships…

Co-authors

If you are considering writing a book with one or more others, it’s worth working into your planning process exactly who does what, and on what criteria you will agree on structure, content, editing and so-on. (Saves arguments later!)

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: [Read more…]

New Year’s resolutions you must write for your pets

At New Year we get plenty of suggestions on what resolutions we humans should make, but there’s a strong need for us to write resolutions for our pets to follow if we are to lead a peaceful co-existence for the coming year.

Here are some suggestions for our cats, dogs and horses. Can you come up with more for, say, Parrots? Rabbits? Pigs? Goats? Donkeys? I’ll leave you to ruminate on that but for now, here are my three front runners…

Ziggy (my Canadian cousin, a Cornish Rex): you will not sit in the pasta pan just before your mom needs it to make tagliatelle alfredo.

New Year’s resolutions for cats

You will not swat your human’s head repeatedly when she’s on the family room floor trying to do yoga. [Read more…]

An, er, alternative Christmas quiz

Much as we all love to play games during the Holidays … I don’t know about you but I get heartily fed up with Monopoly, Christmas quizzes about the names of all Santa’s reindeer, and trying to laugh at the feeble jokes implanted into Christmas crackers.

Santa indicating the correct way to the North Pole after having been let down by his Sat Nav and found himself returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Here, then, is a short quiz you and your folks might like to play instead of the pedestrian old stuff. I have tried very hard to keep it Safe For Work but just in case, don’t print this out and show it to your five-year-old, OK? And the answers are not rigid: creativity and rudeness should probably score higher.

The HTWB Alternative Christmas Quiz: the questions

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A very Happy Christmas with some lesser-known but beautiful carols

Here’s wishing you the happiest of Christmases from me and the panel of worldwide writing experts who make up HTWB. [As well as my office staff of Furballs LaWoof, Pippin, Mousey (dogs), Kitten and Jeremy (cats.)]

My three favourite Christmas carols: hope you like them!

Gaudete

How’s your Latin? [Read more…]

What we ALL can learn from Hanukkah

While wishing all our Jewish friends a very happy Hanukkah which starts today, it’s worth looking at why this story has lessons we can learn from it – whether we are Jewish or not.

The story of Hanukkah

The Menorah that celebrates the story of Hanukkah

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“Everyone’s thinking Christmas. What can I blog about now?”

Does this sound like you? Need to blog for your regular readers but don’t want to fight with the endless recipes, decoration ideas, gift ideas and special offers?

My offering for Xmas 2019 – click on the photo for more info

Here are a few slightly ‘out of the box’ thought-starters

Food/catering/hospitality businesses
Ideas for ‘the morning after’ food and drink [Read more…]

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