Book publishing today: top 10 myths exploded

Updated January 15th, 2020. You probably know that book publishing today is a very different ballgame than the publishing picture of 20 years ago and more. But as you’d expect with a comparatively new and still evolving industry, “fake news” runs rife.

10 most popular myths about book publishing today

Today, there are options for people to read our words on their laptops, on their phones and tablets, through earphones while they work out at the gym .. as well from the good old-fashioned printed page. And that’s something that should be celebrated.

Here, then, are some of the myths that are flying around, and what the truth is about them. Enjoy.

1. Self-publishing is the same as vanity publishing

No, it’s not. Vanity publishing was a rather unfairly named con played by scammers not so much taking advantage of wannabee authors’ vanity, as of their hearts and souls. [Read more…]

How To Write Better: thank you, 2 million page viewers in the last 4 years!

More than 2 million page views in 4 years! Nothing could have made me happier than being greeted on my return from Canada (Sept 10th, 2017) to find that our humble How To Write Better (the REAL one) has exceeded the 2 million page view mark since September 1st, 2013.

2 millions page views for HTWB
For a niche site that’s a labour of love (rather than the off-shoot of another site that exists in the USA as part of a large commercial enterprise…) I have to say I am truly proud of our achievements. [Read more…]

Want to write better? Some advice in (humorous) verse…

Fed up with reading articles on how to write better? Try a quick lesson in verse, instead … fresh from my hard-working keyboard. (And if you’d like to read some more funny poems, see here…)

funny poem about how to write better

HOW TO WRITE BETTER

Grammar fascists please take note now
Better not play games with me
Split infinitives then gloat how
You have got away scot-free…

Nor will stupid, foolish use of
Apostrophes in the wrong place
Get you more than my own tough love
(More likely a hard slap-ped face.) [Read more…]

Happy New Year from HTWB

With all good wishes from us here on

How To Write Better

Happy New Year from How To Write Better (the real one)

Hope you have an excellent year with

health, happiness, prosperity and more…

and enjoy your writing, whatever you write!

Suze and The Crew

How to write better follow-ups to your seminars and training sessions

If you read my recent article “How to write better F2F seminars and training sessions” you’ll know I dangled a carrot – about how to make your messages stick in participants’s minds, rather than get dribbled away by time, stress, cluttered brain syndrome and more.

Writing better follow ups to seminars and training

Geography permitting, you could set up a semi-social networking group, or (if appropriate) an internal social group, consisting of the original live events’ participants and a few other key individuals.

It doesn’t matter how interested people are. It doesn’t matter how dramatic and fascinating the content is. It doesn’t matter how much you pay a famous keynote speaker to whip them up into a frenzy and get them dancing all the way out to the parking lot shouting the company tagline.

They forget. [Read more…]

How to write better than your spell checker

Did your spell checker make mistakes for you last week? Especially with homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently)?

How to write better - spell checker

Trouble is, spell checkers don’t get homonyms. What happens is if you type in the wrong homonym, as long as it’s a real word itself, your spell checker in its profound deafness will cheerfully let it go. And if you’re in a hurry or not paying full attention, the goofs go straight out to your readers, customers and other important people.

Of course there are the other goofs you can’t even blame on your spell checker…and they are caused by, er, human error. Let’s see if we can put at least some of them right, and have a few smiles at the same time. [Read more…]

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