4 Reasons It’s Hard to Write a Book

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According to one writer, 97 percent of the people who start a book never finish that book. I don’t know if that precise number is correct, but I do think the proportion’s about right. I spend my days working with mid-career businesspeople who are writing a book. They’re doing it to improve their reputation and  »  Read More

Better Writing: Why We Rewrite

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I hated spinach when I was a kid. Every time we had it for dinner, I would ask, in the whiniest voice possible, “Do I have to eat my spinach?” My mother would patiently explain that, yes, I did have to eat my spinach. I had to do it because it would help me grow strong and healthy. Rewriting is a lot like my spinach  »  Read More

How Keeping a Journal Can Help You Do Better

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A Haitian proverb says, “Beyond the mountains there are more mountains.” That may sum up the journey of life. The journey that has no clear endpoint. Beyond the mountains there are more mountains. Your life will be full of ups and downs, of successes and failures, of joy and pain. The one place you can bring it  »  Read More

Learning While Writing a Book

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Jeff Senne and I wrote two of the first books about how businesses could use the internet. Jeff liked to say writing a book was like getting a PhD. That’s certainly not true. In fact, if you get a PhD, you also write a book called a dissertation. But even if writing a book is not like getting a PhD, it is a time when you  »  Read More

Authors: How to make money beyond book sales

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Hardly anyone makes money from book sales. That’s true, but if that were all there was to the story, hardly anyone would write books. There’s good news, though. There are tons of ways for you to make money from your book besides selling it. I’ve divided them into four basic ways. Increase Fees and Engagements A good  »  Read More

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