The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 6/12/15

Jun 12, 2015 | 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 becoming an Amazon best selling author, how to tell if your book idea is a good one, and image standards for social networks, plus two reading lists.

Helpful Posts

From Sue Anne Dunlevie: How I Became an Amazon Best Selling Author and How You Can Too

“Amazon has their own way of determining Kindle best sellers and updates sales statistics every hour. They call it the Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store list. To have a best-selling book on Amazon your book must be among the Top 100 Paid Kindle books in its category in the Kindle store. Follow these tips to place your book in a place to sell well on Amazon.”

From Darren Rowse: How to Tell if Your Idea for an eBook or Course Is a Profitable One

“I was at a mastermind event recently and a blogger shared her list of ideas for eBooks and courses and then looked at me quizzically and asked – ‘but which one is the most profitable idea?’ To truly answer the question my blogger friend would need to create and launch all of the products – but it got me wondering if there might be some ways to test her ideas before creating the products to see which might work best as a product. What follows are some questions to ask and some techniques to try to do just this.”

From Jeff Bullas: Content Marketing Tips: Image Standards For The Top 7 Social Networks

“There are two things you need to consider. Optimal size and acceptable. Let’s have a quick look at the key images for the top social networks and the optimum image requirements. The infographic below will provide more detailed instructions for each of the 7 platforms. These include file size, file type and pro tips.”

Reading Lists

Andrea Lee’s Five Essential Books for Living Heroically Despite Difficult Circumstances

Announcing Results of the 8th Annual Axiom Business Book Awards

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

Joanna Penn

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence