Imagine for a sec that your book is a piece of communication. You have some info and you want to share it. That’s communicating, right?
“At the centre of every book is this formula: ask a question; go on an exploration to find an answer; find an answer; and from that answer, ask a new question” ~ Mattie Bamman
Your book has a soul. It’s an entity in its own right. And connecting into what it is and what it’s not is essential to writing a convincing book that takes off and takes on a life of its own.
So here I am on this writing retreat in Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve been writing all day and I need to go get some fresh air. There’s a park nearby that I decide to venture. […]
Some words say more than others. Some words evoke more than others.
Whereas some words dumb down or generalise, others conjure visions so detailed that a mere utterance doesn’t do justice to the insight you gain.
What do these famous authors have in common?
Multiple titles, sure.
Substantial books sales, check.
Earning money from their writing, undoubtedly.
But the one thing you might not realise they have in common is not so much an element of their incredible success, but rather a decaying element of it.
I left the room burning with shame and went to the bar. What the fuck did she mean ‘it could be perceived as racist’? How could what I’d written be taken to mean the opposite […]
It’s a well-worn cliché that editors are nit-picking and finicky, pedantic and scrutinising, but I’ve never related to that demand to be the person who provides rigid boundaries in which to write.
Most of the time, and certainly for the less enlightened among us, I don’t believe calling out works as a tool for change either. Honestly, I feel it divides, polarises, induces shame and provokes defensiveness much more so than convincing people to come around to a point of view.
Following the health books list at Learning Your Craft From The Best Published Authors: Part 2, here are the direct Amazon links to all 50 Wellness Books. As a health and wellness writer, you might well […]
Book addicts, delight! I have another book list for you today. I spend much of my time immersed in this specialist area for my work, where I get to absorb the delicious content while editing and crafting books for self-publishing authors.
Following the last post Learning Your Craft From The Best Published Authors, here are the direct Amazon links to all 50 Business Books. It’s important, when learning about life and business from all sources, but especially […]
Learn what goes into a book, what kind of structure speaks to you, and the writing styles that you like best, and those you hate. In other words, steal like an author.
Because of how broadly ‘editing’ is defined and because it means different things to different people, I am often asked by new clients exactly what I will and won’t do. This is a great question and one that every writer needs to ask their editor.
There are many misconceptions about creating a book. The internet is rife with misinformation about self-publishing. I have seen newly self-published authors encounter great success.