Category: Writing A Book

A Good Idea is Not Enough

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You’re all excited. You’ve got a great idea you’re sure will make a great book. OK so far. But what must happen for that great book to appear? Sharpen Your Idea Your idea isn’t new. As Mike LeBeouf said: “The great ideas are too important to be new.” So, evaluate what you’ve got. See what others have said  »  Read More

Writing a Book: So you want to write a best seller

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“Can you help me write a bestseller?” Some people ask me that question during the first conversation we have about working together. Here’s my answer: “I can help you write a great book, but I can’t guarantee a bestseller.” Writing a great book is a noble goal. A great book helps readers  »  Read More

Writing a Book: It’s Not That Easy

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What does it take to write a book? Many of the people who contact me for the first time believe that it’s just a matter of, “Sitting down and writing the darn thing.” They think it should take a weekend, maybe two weeks at most. They don’t understand why I tell them it will probably take a year or  »  Read More

How Ideas Grow Into Books

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Suzi McAlpine’s post is titled, “This Week, I’ll Finish Writing A Book. This Is What I’ve Learned.” It’s a delightful post. Suzi describes thinking about writing a book at 24 and sending a book off to the publisher 25 years later. You can learn a lot from Suzi’s post. There’s  »  Read More

Writing a Book: The Most Important Choice You’ll Make

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If you’re just starting to write a book, you’ve got a lot of choices in front of you. You’ll make choices about cover design and content and who to work with. Some of the choices you’ll make are what my friend and client Terry Moore calls “triage choices.” Those are the choices that rule  »  Read More

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