The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 9/25/15

Sep 25, 2015 | 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. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

Articles & Posts

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on how to be a successful author and one-sentence social media hacks.

From Judith Briles: 7 Rules to be Successful as an Author

“The Author’s Guild recently reporting that authors’ and writers’ earnings had plummeted from 2009 to 2014. The full-time author/writer was making an average of $17,500 – down from $25,000. The part-timer, was making $4,500 – down from $7,250 per year. With the 2014 Federal Poverty Level for a single person at $11,670, there has to be a better way … and there is.”

From Jonathan John: 50 One-Sentence Social Media Hacks for Bloggers

“My aim is not that you’ll have a huge amount of new knowledge after you finish reading it. Instead, I want you to come away with just a few quick, actionable (big emphasis on actionable) tips that you can start applying immediately. To that end, I’ve collected 50 one-sentence, bite-sized social media hacks that you can start implementing today. These are short, easily-executed tips that you should be able to apply in as little time as 10 minutes.”

Reading Lists and Suggestions

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This section of the Writing Edge is about the “read a lot” part.

From Theodore Kinni: Daniel Pink’s Required Reading

“Given the influential reach of his work (more than 2 million copies of his books have been sold), I asked Pink to name several books that had made a lasting impression on him. He called out four titles.”

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.

Digital Book World

Frances Caballo

Joanna Penn

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence