The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 4/15/16

Apr 15, 2016 | 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 articles and blog posts that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on apps that will make you a more efficient writer, growing your Twitter following, and transitioning from self-published to traditionally published.

From Frances Caballo: 10 Apps to Help You Be More Efficient as a Writer

“Anyone who endeavors to write a book, self-publish it, and market it to improve sales is a creative person who is in business for himself or herself. Producing and selling books is a business and it’s important to see yourself as a publishing entrepreneur.”

From Christy Kirk: 3 Keys to Growing Your Twitter Following

“With these three easy steps, you can build your social numbers and attract engaged followers. We’re focused on Twitter today, but these strategies will work on most social platforms.”

From Chip MacGregor: Ask the Agent: How do I transition from self-published to traditionally published?

“We’re doing ‘Ask the Agent’ for the entire month of April, so you have a chance to send in that question you’ve always wanted to discuss with a literary agent. The other day someone sent this: ‘What does it take for a book to transition from being self-published to being picked up by a traditional publisher? If an author wanted to make that transition, what would you recommend? Do I take down the manuscript and pitch as fully revised?’ Great questions (and there were a bunch of other questions asked by this author, which I’ll try to speak to in my answer). Let me try and cover some important ground with ten thoughts…”

Sources I Check Regularly

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

Digital Book World

Frances Caballo

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Men with Pens

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence