Category: Writing A Book

Demographic Descriptions Do Not Buy Books and Other Important Truths

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Thinking about writing a book and publishing it yourself? Lots of people are doing it and lots more are thinking about doing it. If this is your first book, you have no idea what you don’t know. There are many misconceptions about writing a book. It will probably take you a year or more to write your book. You’ll  »  Read More

Why Writing a Book is a Big Challenge

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I’ve had many conversations with people who are interested in writing their first book. Some are good writers and others aren’t. The good writers always seem to think that writing a book is like writing an article, only longer. They’re wrong. Books are Bigger An article might be 5,000 words. A few long form articles  »  Read More

What’s the Difference Between Legacy Publishing and Self-Publishing?

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My relationship with most of the people who become clients starts with my free Options Review Session.  That’s where I answer any questions that they have about the book-writing and publishing process. People ask a lot of questions. But almost everyone asks about the difference between legacy publishing and  »  Read More

Writing a Book: A Thousand Points of Right

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One of the great things about being a book-writing coach is that I get to tell people there are no rules. There’s no one best way to write your book or market it. Instead, I’m inspired by President George H. W. Bush’s Foundation to Promote Volunteerism. When you’re writing a book, there are a thousand points of  »  Read More

How many drafts does it take to finish a book?

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My clients are mostly mid-career experts writing a book anchored in their expertise. They need three or four full drafts before the manuscript is ready to go to a professional editor. But that’s not the whole story. How the Drafts Lay Out For most of the books that I work on, the first draft gets most of the  »  Read More

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