The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 5/18/18

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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 writing rituals, questions to ask a self-publishing service provider, and how to behave like an author expert.

From Daphne Gray-Grant: Why you should resist the writing rituals of famous authors

“Clients of mine and others who aspire to write frequently seem to grasp at the habits of famous writers and seek to emulate them. It’s almost as if the aspiring writers believe there’s some magic formula that — if only they could figure it out — would propel them to New York Times bestseller status. Or, at least, help them finish their damn book (or blog post.)”

Book Suggestion: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Wally’s Comment: As Daphne says, the rituals that work for other writers, even great ones, may not work for you. They’re certainly not magic. But they can provide you with ideas of things to try for yourself.

From The Alliance of Independent Authors: Production: 10 Questions to Ask Self-Publishing Service Provider

“This list of ten key questions will help you navigate the tricky task of choosing the self-publishing services that will help you self-publish your book and reach readers successfully.”

From Sarah Bolme: How to Be an Author Expert

“When you author a book on a particular subject, you become an expert on that subject. In marketing your books, you must accept this and proceed as an expert.”

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

Ann Handley

Frances Caballo

Jane Friedman

IngramSpark

Jerry Jenkins

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Kindlepreneur

Michele De Felippo

Penny Sansevieri

Daphne Gray-Grant

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence

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