The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 12/29/17

Dec 29, 2017 | Reading Lists

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. The posts are about the intertwined tasks of reading and writing. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on working with editors, telling stories, using verbs and misunderstandings about Amazon.

From Karen Conlin: Hiring and Working With Editors: Do’s & Don’ts

“Okay, so you’re a new writer and you realize you need to find yourself an editor to polish your work until it sparkles. There are all kinds of editors out there and you’ll want to do some research to find some appropriate options for you and your book. Review this post from BW founder and veteran editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, for help with that process and then proceed with the following tips from indie book editor, Karen Conlin of Grammargeddon!”

From Ann Latham: How To Avoid The Hazards Of Treadmill Verbs

“Look around you. Listen to the conversations. Read pretty much any meeting agenda. What will you find? Lots of people discussing, reporting, communicating, and reviewing – activities described by what I call treadmill verbs.”

From Deborah Grayson Riegel: Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

“Leaders can invigorate the impression they make, increase the impact they have, and intensify their influence on others by mastering the art and science of telling the right story at the right time. Here are 20 peaks, pits, transitions and more to get you started on your storytelling journey:”

From John Doppler: 10 Myths and Misunderstandings about Amazon

“Despite its empowerment of indie authors, Amazon remains a common source of frustration. It’s a baffling creature, bristling with mysterious algorithms, pages of written and unwritten rules, and vague policies which are inconsistently applied. Is it any wonder that Amazon is the subject of countless misconceptions?”

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.

Alliance of Independent Authors

Frances Caballo

Jane Friedman

Jerry Jenkins

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Melissa G. Wilson

Men with Pens

Merce Cardus


Daphne Gray-Grant

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence