Writing a Book: How to Defeat the Blank Screen

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The best writing sessions start strong. They build momentum for writing and even for the rest of the day. But there’s a problem. Too many writers start their writing session by staring at the screen, starting to prepare to begin to get ready to write. They’re trying to think about what to say. Many of my clients  »  Read More

Sell Your Proposal with a Great Executive Summary

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In 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote the following to his First Lord of the Admiralty: “Pray state this day, on one side of a sheet of paper, how the Royal Navy is being adapted to meet the conditions of modern warfare.” Some call it the “Executive Summary.” Less formal people might call  »  Read More

Cooking Up a Great Book

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Chef Thomas Keller said that “Success is about ingredients and execution.” Yeah, right. That and a couple of thousand details. Writing a great book is a lot like preparing a meal. On the one hand, it’s simple. Have great content and write your book well. In real life, though, it’s not simple at all. There’s a lot  »  Read More

3 Ways to Deal with Writer’s Block (only one works)

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We’ve all been there. The writing’s going well and you’re cruising right along when suddenly… cough… sputter… click… stop. You quit writing and you stare at the screen. The screen doesn’t say anything. The blinking cursor mocks you. Writer’s block has struck! What to do? What to do? If you write  »  Read More

Make your table of contents a selling tool.

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Most people who write books want to sell at least a few of them. That’s where your table of contents can help. Here’s why. People use the table of contents to help decide what book to buy Here’s how most people go about buying a book. They usually start with either a recommendation or a search. Whether  »  Read More

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