1/3/14: The Writing Edge for Business Writers

Jan 3, 2014 | Better Writing

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to pieces on the experience of reading ebooks, predictions for publishing in 2014, and the worst social media advice you’ll ever get.

From the NY Times: How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience?
“The advantages of e-books are clear. E-books are immediate. Sitting at home in Pakistan, I can read an intriguing review of a book, one not yet in stores here, and with the click of a button be reading that book in an instant. E-books are also incorporeal. While traveling, which I do frequently, I can bring along several volumes, weightless and indeed without volume, thereby enabling me to pack only a carry-on bag. And yet the experience of reading e-books is not always satisfactory.”

From Chip MacGregor:  My Publishing Predictions for 2014
“I sometimes hate reading people’s predictions for the new year, since they tend to be incredibly safe (“a new author will arise and start selling well”) or so obvious a moron could have guessed it (“it will rain a lot in Oregon”). But I enjoy the notion of trying to guess what will happen, since I’ve spent my life in this business, and I tend to try and stay ahead of the curve. So here are my un-safe, non-obvious thoughts on what may happen this year…”

From Sharon Michaels: The Worst Social Media Marketing Advice You Will Ever Hear
“In this article, I make the attempt to go over a few common practices that may appear harmless but have the potential of sabotaging your social media campaign in the long run. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? If you don’t want that happening to you, stay hooked all the way to the end of the article. It promises to be educational.”

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writer’s Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

The CopyBlogger Blog


Digital Book World


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence