5/31/13: The Writing Edge for Business Writers

May 31, 2013 | 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. Here are some recent blog posts and articles that might help.

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on compelling first lines, getting your writing done, promoting your blog posts, and asking your friends to help promote your book.

From Kelly Diels-Rostant: On Hamburgers and Hooks: How to Effortlessly FIND (Not Write) Your Compelling First Line
“So let me tell you where your blog post beef is: it’s the best, most quotable line of your piece, and I promise you it’s already there. Really, it’s there. You already wrote it. It’s just in the wrong place.”

From Zen Habits: The 7-Step Method to Find Focus for Writing
“Why is it so hard to focus on writing for most people? Or other creative work, for that matter?”

From Samuel Pustea: 50 Ways to Promote and Market your Blog Posts
“it’s just time to roll up the sleeves and build traffic one marketing tactic at a time. It will involve some social media marketing, old fashioned blogger networking and also understanding the nuances of Google.”

From Sandra Beckwith: 7 Ways Friends Can Support Your Book (and How To Ask For Their Help)
“I recently read an article that detailed seven ways people could support their author friends. It was well-done and offered the type of specific information I’m always looking for, but honestly, it felt a little . . . well . . . self-centered. I mean, really, am I supposed to expect my friends to ask me how they can promote my book?  Or, worse, am I self-absorbed enough to think that my friends are using Google to find ways they can support my book marketing?”

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

Tools of Change for Publishing


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence