The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018 | 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 posts on self-publishing, business jargon, and newsletters.

From IngramSpark: 8 Tips for Self-Publishing a Book

“Technology has made it easy for authors wondering how to self-publish a book. Self-publishing offers a cost-effective way to share your book with the masses and make a bit of money off of your writing. Whether you are hoping to self-publish a print book or electronic version, here are eight tips on how to self-publish a book.”

From Andre Spicer: If We All Hate Business Jargon, Why Do We Keep Using It?

“Having studied organizations up close for two decades, I know businesspeople fall prey to meaningless jargon from time to time. I also knew that while this might satisfy a momentary need, empty talk usually winds up annoying bosses, team members, and clients. In best-case scenarios, this management piffle can crowd out more-important issues. At its worst, companies begin to believe their own bullshit, resulting in entire strategies based on a fantasy.”

From David Grossman: 10 Steps to Create An Employee Newsletter That Delivers

“Innovation is often powerful when it comes to communications, and so is the tried and true. A printed or electronic newsletter can be an effective means of breaking through the clutter by bringing timely and valuable information to employees where they’re at – whether that’s in front of a computer, on a mobile device, or in the field.”

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



Daphne Gray-Grant

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence