Why writing nonfiction books is not just about books any more

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One of the best things about the current spread of media and publication options is that the basic content from your book can be shared in many more different ways than was the case 20 or even 10 years ago. I have mentioned quite a few of these en passant in my new book but it’s worth taking another look at the main ones, so you can bear them in mind.

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Who knows to what other communication treasures your book could lead you?

Blog to book and back again
Depending on the nature of your content, a series of blog posts form a very good basis for a book. I’ve done this a couple of times now and so have a number of other authors who contribute to How To Write Better. You get the double bite at the cherry. Don’t worry that people won’t buy the book if an equivalent but spaced-out version exists on your blog, by the way. They will buy the book because the formats are very different and will be used for different purposes. [Read more…]

Thinking of buying a book on how to write a book?

Here’s what the beta readers said about mine…

If you’re thinking about buying a book to guide you through the journey of devising, planning, writing and publishing a nonfiction book, I would recommend my new one.

Don’t just take my word for it…

“Love the narrative style, so live and speaks to me (I’ve often chosen to not read a book for the very reason of the narrative style not suiting me)… I very quickly get the impression you can actually help me get started. And I don’t have to gloss over terminology I don’t understand, as you’re explaining it. I feel I’m being guided to write ‘like me’ not what I think others want.”
V.L., counsellor and charity managerhow to write a brilliant nonfiction book“As someone with no experience of book authorship, I couldn’t have hoped for a more informative guide to the perils and pitfalls of writing and publishing – essential reading.
If you’re looking for someone to hold your hand through the process of writing a non-fiction book from start to finish, answer all your questions, and even ask you some searching ones, then look no further than this. [Read more…]

Why you won’t need me to help you write your nonfiction book

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I’d love to help you write your book but frankly, with all my experience and skills having been poured into this book, you probably won’t need me!

“Suzan is full of knowledge and common sense so this book is a must have from the moment you consider writing a book”Elizabeth Toogood, Insightful Business Mentor

It’s here at last for you to learn, write, make the right decisions about publishing, and above all to enjoy the whole experience.

I give you… the long promised, much-agonised-over

How To Write A Brilliant Nonfiction Book!

It was worth the wait…

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Not sure what to write about in your nonfiction book?

If you want to write a nonfiction book to help promote your business, charity or other activity, you may find that – to start with – you don’t have a clear idea on what content your readers would appreciate most.

In this article, adapted from my new book which will be published early November 2020, you’ll find a number of suggestions that will fire up your inspiration and help you refine your choices. Here are some ideas to be going on with (see below):

what to write a book about

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Writing humour: fishy stories for pescatarians

I know it’s not as fashionable as being vegan, but for pescatarians like me there is nothing more heavenly than a luxurious Dover Sole Meunière or even the humble ‘fish and chips’ with steaming fresh cod encased in crunchy beer batter. If you feel the same way (or just like a good laugh) … read on…

jokes about fish

Humble but glorious fish-and-chips…

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Loving Our Language: Indo-European languages and where they come from

As we all write in English, it’s great to find out more about the language in depth! Welcome to a new mini-series here on HTWB by Senior Transcriber Neil Wright – an avid expert on historical linguistics. This week Neill looks at where Indo-European languages come from. Over to Neil…

‘Indo-European’ languages might not sound similar to you, but linguists have scratched their heads over the apparent similarities of the Indo-European languages for centuries. Today, huge swaths of populations covering most of Europe, Asia Minor, and northern India speak languages that are so similar in construct, they must have had a single progenitor tongue.

article about Indo-European languages

Scientists and linguistics are closing in on the true origins of the Indo-European languages. Shown above: the flag representing Indo-European languages. Source: Wikimedia Commons

One of the very first people to draw the dots together was a man named William Jones in 1786. He was serving as a judge in British India at the time. Jones was a well-educated man, and had studied Greek and Latin, as well as English in school. Not long after arriving in India, he began to take an interest in Sanskrit — the language of the ancient religious texts — and wrote the following: [Read more…]

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