8/31/12: The Writing Edge for Business Writers

Aug 31, 2012 | 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 posts and articles on how to launch a bestseller, book reviews that are bought and paid for, tricky grammar problems with solutions, and a 5-step plan to improve your blog posts.

From Michael Hyatt: How to Launch a Bestselling Book
“Ever since my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, hit the bestseller lists, I have been asked how I did it. Aspiring authors want to know what they can do to enhance their chances of success.”

You may also enjoy Daniel Decker’s post, “A Proven Way to Get Your Book on the Bestseller List,” which pointed me to Michael’s.

From the NY Times: The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy
“Reviews by ordinary people have become an essential mechanism for selling almost anything online; they are used for resorts, dermatologists, neighborhood restaurants, high-fashion boutiques, churches, parks, astrologers and healers — not to mention products like garbage pails, tweezers, spa slippers and cases for tablet computers. In many situations, these reviews are supplanting the marketing department, the press agent, advertisements, word of mouth and the professional critique. ”

From Writer’s Digest: The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
“I trust that you all know the difference between who and whom, and I trust that typos are the only reason you use the wrong it’s. It happens to the best of us. For most writers, if you can just maintain your focus (perhaps with caffeine and frequent breaks), you’ll get the basics right. The following problems, however, may have you scrambling for a refresher.”

From CopyBlogger: A 5-Step Plan to Improve Every Blog Post You Write
“If your posts aren’t getting the traction you want, you might think you’re not a good enough writer. But the truth is, every writer can follow a few simple steps to improve their posts. (And that goes for the old hands, too.)”

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