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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Latest: Writing Newz from Suze

Some quick reminders, and announcements, of what’s awaiting you here on HTWB plus a few other snippets you might enjoy…

Newz from Suze onm HTWBAre you due to give a wedding speech this season?

Have no fear – you’re OK here. (And it rhymes: WTG!) For now check out this category on HTWB and watch out for a brand new book that’s just for you, no matter who you are in the wedding heirarchy. Traditional roles are OK but there are new ones too, and pretty well everyone is covered on this site (and in the book.)

And here’s a freebie you won’t want to miss … [Read more…]

Writing a nonfiction book? Make sure you write the right title

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A title that really “does what it says on the label.” And it has been an Amazon top 10 best seller in the UK for the last 12 years, frequently hitting the Amazon #1 spot in all equestrian categories. Simple but powerful.

All book titles (fiction as well as nonfiction) are a very important part of the marketing of a book. With nonfiction and particularly business books, like every other piece of marketing communication should, the book title has to offer or at least suggest a benefit to the reader.

It’s the title people react to when they see a book displayed, whether that’s on a shelf in a bookstore or online. When people are looking through books you only have one chance to get their attention, which is why your title needs to be powerful enough to stop them in their tracks. [Read more…]

Writing a novel? For NaNoWriMo? Here’s how to bring yours alive – just in time!

How To Write Fiction Without The FussRemember how much we enjoyed Lucy McCarraher’s amazing series of tutorials called “How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss,” here on HTWB earlier this year?

Here’s some even better news… [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: submitting your manuscript successfully


Welcome to Part Thirty of this popular series. In this final part* of the series, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to submit your manuscript to a publisher or literary agent in the best possible, professional way, so – with luck – it will skip over the “slush pile” straight into the hands of an interested party. (*Don’t worry, by the way – Lucy is back in September with some really exciting new series – see below.)
How to write fiction without the fuss
Your story is the best you can make it; your manuscript is clean and professional; it’s time to send your baby into the big, wide world to seek its fortune. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: formatting that could make or break your manuscript


Welcome to Part Twenty-Nine of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to format your manuscript ready for submission to agents, publishers, et al. You may not think this deserves to be important, but it is – because it shows your professionalism and how serious you are about getting published.
How to write fiction without the fuss

Formatting your manuscript [Read more…]