The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 4/27/18

Apr 27, 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 the parts of a book, Derek Sivers’ book notes, and writing lessons from Keith Richards.

From Michele DeFilippo: The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

“Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, ‘What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?’ We’d like to help you avoid that issue. Here’s a list of the various book parts in the order that readers expect them to appear.”

From Derek Sivers: about my book notes

“At I have a collection of my notes from the 250+ books I’ve read since 2007. This page is just to answer some questions about it.”

From Daphne Gray-Grant: Five writing lessons from Keith Richards

“But what surprised me the most were his sophisticated thoughts about writing. Here are five writing lessons you, too, can learn from Keith Richards.”

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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