The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 3/9/18

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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 a book manuscript checklist, book promotion, and stories in the age of data.

From Polgarus Studio: A Simple Checklist to Make Sure Your Manuscript is Complete!

“Getting your book ready for publishing is an exciting time. But there are a huge number of things to think about as release day approaches. As a result, it’s easy to overlook adding some of the front and/or back matter to your book. This article runs through the common (and not-so-common) sections that you might have forgotten to include. All of them are optional to one degree or another, but most books will have at least the first five items.

Thanks to Daphne Gray-Grant for pointing me to this post.

From Amy Collins: Book Promotion: Do This, Not That

“Man, Amazon is changing things up again and we have to make adjustments to how we work with IngramSpark and CreateSpace.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Human Beings Need a Story

“It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have much use for probabilities in our daily life, – outside of weather reports, election predictions, baseball and financial markets. But that’s all changed with the growing datafication of the economy and society. Probabilities have been playing an increasing role in our work and personal life given our newfound ability to quantify just about anything. In all kinds of everyday situations, – from medical diagnoses to financial decisions, – we now have to accept the fact that it’s impossible to predict what will actually happen. Instead, we have to get used to living in a complex world of uncertainties and probabilities. We have to learn how to deal with the very messy world of big data, and how to best apply our learning to make good decisions and predictions.”

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

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