Category: Writing A Book

Writing a Book: When it’s time to write, throw all your mental energy into the task

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If you’re a part-time author, you’ve got a lot of things on your plate. You’ve got your day job, of course. Then there are family obligations, what you do for recreation, and any volunteer work you do. Writing time is scarce. You must make the best of it. The only way to do that is to throw all your mental energy  »  Read More

Writing a Book: How to Beat Outline Block

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Most of us learned to write for the first time in elementary school. That’s why so many of us are outline-dependent. We imagine an English teacher at the front of the room waiting for us to hand in our outline before we can write. I try to get most of my clients who are planning a book to use something other than an  »  Read More

Why you should do a book proposal, even if you self-publish

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There are plenty of good reasons to self-publish your business book. Since you’re the “self” in self-publishing, you get the final decision on every aspect of the final product. Self-publishing is faster to market, too. You avoid the lengthy process of writing a book proposal and selling it to an agent. You  »  Read More

Is there an easy way to write a book?

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Jamie’s email was straightforward. “I just read your white paper on the publishing process. What you described seems like an awful lot of work, and I see ads all the time for easy ways to write my book. Why do you think it’s so hard?” You may have the same question that Jamie has. There are lots of people who claim  »  Read More

Murphy’s Law and the First-Time Business Author

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You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law, but do you know where it came from? I don’t either, at least not for sure. One origin story says it’s named for a Captain Edward Murphy. He was an Air Force engineer working on a project at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1940s. No one is sure if he actually said what we call  »  Read More

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