10 "How to Write" Books With Reviews

Looking for a book on "how to write", ready for your writing project in the New Year.  I've compiled a list that has been reviewed and ranked.  Each book is linked to Amazon and to the review of the book.

Quick note: If I've missed any favourites please  feel free to send me a comment with your suggestion.

In the mean time enjoy!

7 Easy Steps to Write Your Book

"7 Easy Steps to Write Your Book" teaches you how to write your book using examples and exercises making i totally interactive for the reader.  The reader participates in learning how to prepare to write, creates a writers identity and their own powerful writers power tools.  The book offers solutions for procrastination and strategies for dealing with "writers block".  The reader learns how to "schedule your success" and get their ideas onto paper.

The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published

The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on eBooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more - making The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book.

How to Write a Book from Outline to Finish Line

Are you looking for tips on writing a book? In this book strategies on how to write a book are shared from outline to finish line.  The focus is on writing non-fiction books, Shelley Hitz has personally written 35+ non-fiction books and has developed a system that works for her.

How to Write a Novel

The most import thing to know about writing novel is this:  You can do it! If you have already written one, you can write an even better one.  Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plot lines, fleshing out your ideas, crafting compelling characters and staying sane in the process.

How to Write Your Own Life Story

A warmhearted guide for those who would like to record the events of their lives for family and friends.  This revised third edition contains new selections from the authors students, more on library research an inspiring chapter on how our great-grandparents preserved their stories under impossibly difficult circumstances.

Writing Fiction for Dummies

So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason,  But don't settle for just writing a noel.  Aim high.  Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher.  "Writing Fiction for Dummies" is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author.

Outlining Your Novel

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling.  But when properly understood and correctly wielded the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writers arsenal.

How to Write It

This authoritative and encyclopedic reference shows how to write a business letter, a social note, a press release, or complaint.  The helpful guide includes a time-saving compendium of sample letters that can be used as templates to suit any situation.

How to Write a Book and Sell it on Amazon

Like chess, there is a strategy to selling on Kindle.  Figure out this strategy and your Kindle business will be an unstoppable  full-time writing career.  "How to Write a Book & Sell in on Amazon" explains exactly how Amazon's algorithm works which is your key to self-publishing success.

Structuring Your Novel

Why do some stories work and others don't? The answer is structure.  In this IPPY and NIEA-Award winning guide from the author of the bestselling "Outlining Your Novel", you will learn the universal underpinning's that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs.  An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story's major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel's pacing and progression.

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Write an eBook in 30 days and Finish it with this Guide

Is it possible to write a novel in 30 days, and have it ready to be published?

Is it really that impossible?

I would say "no".  It's a task that can be done providing your time is managed well.

I'm not talking about something that has no thought and is thrown together.

With the points below, I'll show you how you can organise, plan and edit your eBook properly.

This is how you do it:

Choose Your Topic (days 1-2)

If you have an idea in mind, or subject you'd like to write about.

Write down your ideas and store them in a safe place.

Come back to your ideas and start making notes.

Your book needs to be:
  • Clear cut: Don't overwhelm your readers with a definitive guide.
  • Beneficial:  Make your eBook useful to your readers.  If you have a blog do your readers  ask for specific issues?
  • Narrow down your ideas: Start going through possible subject ideas.
Build an Outline (days 3-4)

This is like a road map.

There's no right or wrong way to write your outline.

These tips may help you along the way:
  1. Connect your ideas together and create a a mind map.  Write everything down.
  2. Go to the end of your eBook and start working backwards.  Tell your readers what they'll achieve once they've finished reading your eBook
  3. Compose a list of chapters for your eBook.  Start by writing 3-5 points for each chapter.
  4. Look at what other people have written about on your chosen subject.
When your outline is clear and structure is in place, you can ......

Begin Writing (days 5-25)

For the next 20 days this is where you'll spend your time.

Below are tips to accelerate your writing:
  • If you're a morning person write in the morning.  Likewise if you're best time is after 9pm, write then.
  • No distractions while you write.  That includes the Internet and mobile phone.
  • Set a timer and write until the alarm goes off.
  • Keep writing even if you have a fact to check, or a link or screen shot to add.
  • Leave your editing until last.
Your goal is to write for 20 days, so write as much as you can.

Writing becomes easier the more often you do it.

You're not quite finished.  You need to .......

Edit Your eBook (days 26-28)

Normally you'd put your eBook to one side for a few days before you start your revisions.

The clock is ticking in this case, so you need to print out or copy over to tablet to start editing.

Once you've done this you need to go through your document in one go taking note of:
  • Look out for information that you may have repeated.
  • Information that you want to include but missed out on your first draft.
  • Re-arrange chapters that don't flow together.
Use three days to go through:
  • Spelling mistakes
  • Additions
  • Re-ordering
At this stage your eBook is almost finished.

You have a couple of days left to ......

Final Changes and Proof Read (days 29-30)

These last day's will turn your eBook into a finished and polished piece of work.

Which ever you choose you can view it over PDF or reprint it again.

This time go through it slowly, meticulously.  Every word and sentence.

Looking out for:
  • Confusing sentences
  • Typos you may have missed
  • Absent words.  Sometimes hard to spot but surprisingly common
You've Done It!

Your eBook is ready to sell and your that proud author.

You could use your eBook as promotional content for your blog.

A month of work can equal money for years ahead.

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6 Tips to Stay Focused When You Write

You've probably noticed that I don't put my blog posts out on the same day every week.

Sometimes I may even miss a week without a putting a post out.

Like any writer one of the biggest struggles is staying focused on my writing.

Once you decide you want to write for a living you need to find your own way of writing and staying attentive.  No matter what is happening around you, you need to sit down and write.

To put it in a nutshell:
  • A half finished manuscript won't make a good story.
  • Half drawn blueprint won't make a well built house.
  • Half drawn painting won't make it into an art gallery

In order to make an impact you have to make sure you're writing on a regular basis. 

Writing like any other type of creative work requires discipline to get you to the finish line.  Stay motivated with the following tricks:
  • Set a goal and stick to it
Set an attainable goal such as writing in the morning/evening.  If you can't manage writing everyday try setting a goal of 3 or 4 times a week.  Start off small and build on that.
  • Write spontaneously
If you feel inspired, write what you feel.  This is your creativity kicking in.  Keep a notebook with you when you're out and about and try free writing.  Give yourself room.  Even if  you fail another idea will always come into your mind.
  • Edit when you've finished and not before
The important thing is that you need words on paper or on your computer screen.  When you've finished you'll have plenty of time to edit your work.
  • Shut off all noise and distraction
This includes all devices (mobile phones, Ipad or tablet), social media especially.  Write without interference and do it as much as you can.
  • Award yourself breaks
Write for 1-2 hours and break for 15 minutes.  Take your break away from your desktop, laptop and relax.  Take your mind off your writing by watching TV or walking the dog.  Don't read your emails or go on Twitter, neither constitutes as a break.
  • Take time to be creative
Experts would say writing for 4 to 6 hours is unhealthy and not very productive.  Alternatively write small chunks more frequently.

Everyone has different ways of staying focused.  Whatever it takes to get your butt in the chair to write, then do it!  It's much easier to write once you've started and you're more likely to finish.

Happy writing!

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Get Traffic to Your Blog with these Easy Steps

You've established your blog and feel its time to get serious about attracting readers (traffic) to your blog.

Follow the steps below and increase your blog traffic:

Create Better Content

Write quality content to attract your readers. "Content is King" to put it in a nut shell, also hits the nail on the head (sorry for the two synonyms).  Find your niche and write, write, write. Discover what's popular in your chosen subject and find out what your audience wants.

Make it Evergreen

Type out information that will last.  As an example a post about what is fashionable this month will be impractical information in a month.  If you write about classic item's of clothing they will never go out of fashion and the article will stay evergreen.

Find Your Audience and Establish Your presence

Promote your blog but create a strategy as to where you will spend your time promoting it.  Don't spread yourself to thinly across the board.

Remember its more important to get good content out there than spending hours on social media.

Find a couple of social networks that suit you, and go where your readers hang out!  Don't be shy ask your Twitter followers to "RT" your posts.
  • Is your blog Mobile Friendly?
Make sure blog uploads quickly because your visitor's won't hang around if your page isn't coming up fast enough.

Check your site speed at Google's Page Speed Insights tool.
  • Be polite
If you want to build your traffic you need to establish a good rapport with your readers.Stay active in all communities that matter to you.

Link to your own blog posts and outside sources to.  Follow these simple rules and your traffic will sky rocket.

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A Simple Guide to Writing an Article in 30 Minutes or Less

If you're running a business or just writing a blog and you need to get your blog posts out daily or weekly.  You're finding that it's taking up too much time to write each post.

What you want to be is more productive with your time.

If you're writing your blog post and you think by writing it out quickly it isn't going to be much good. Think again!  Follow my tips below and discover how you can write a great article in 30 minutes or less:

List Your Ideas

Carry a notebook around with you and write down the ideas that come into your head straight away.You can go through each idea with a fresh set of eyes when you're ready to write it down.

Nurture Your Ideas

If you can't think of information to support your article, wait a few days.  Let your article idea slowly fester.  Anything that comes into your mind, write it down .  You'll have all the information you need when the time comes to write your article out.

Refine Before You Start

If you're over run with ideas at the beginning, take action and write down the good stuff.  Remember you're writing your article in 30 minutes so it doesn't have to be a saga.

Use Bullet or Numbered Points

Simplify your article with numbers or bullet points.  You don't need to shift from one idea to the next. Lists are easier on the eye so they'll benefit your reader.

If You Have Writer's Block Come Back to it Later

Never force your words out.  Put it it to one side and concentrate on something else.  You can even go between blog posts, and "kill two birds with one stone".  This will save you loads of time.

Don't Hold onto Your Good Ideas

If you have a list of ideas and you think you should save the best till last, don't!  All of your information is fresh in your mind making your articles easier to write.  Start on the articles you know are the easiest to write and work your way down your list.

Follow this guide and you'll be writing scintillating articles in half the time.

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Respect Writer's Online By Not Correcting Their Mistakes

Do you have the urge to correct someone elses typo?  Do you thrive on correcting other peoples grammar or punctuation?

If that sounds like you, you're a "grammar bully".  On the other hand if you send someone an email quietly pointing out their mistake, and its out of public view.  You can relax.  You're just human.

Shaming a writer in public is different to sending a message via email politely.  I read a lot of blogs/articles with spelling errors, but don't feel the need to leave a comment about the writers' mistake.

If you've ever written a blog or article and have been really proud of what you've created, you'll know the crushing feeling of someone pointing out a spelling mistake or grammatical error.

Unfortunately these days it's fashionable to pick out peoples mistakes and make them public.  People wear titles such as "grammar Nazi" and "grammar bully" with pride.

Typographical Error = Stupid?

The simple answer to that would be :
"Stupid is as stupid does"
It doesn't matter how perfect your punctuation is, a bad blog will always be a bad blog.  If a grammar bully finds a mistake they won't waste their time reading the rest of your blog.

But they will be quick to point out a minor error and leave an unpleasant comment.  Sounds really dumb, if you ask me.

Using spell check or Grammarly is never a guarantee that with will pick up every mistake.


"Grammar is a piano I play by ear.  All I know about grammar is its power. Joan Didion"

If grammar and spelling mistakes upset you that much and make you angry, then stop using the internet.  Go for a walk instead.

The next time you want to call someone out on a typo, relax, take a deep breath, keep reading or don't!


8 Rules of Writing on the Internet

When I started writing on the internet in 2010 I knew I had the drive and passion to write articles of interest, being able to string a sentence together also helped.

I discovered along the way that you need structure and balance to write and there are certain rules you should abide by.

These are some of those rules, please feel free to use them as you see fit:

1. First Impressions Count

Grab your reader in the first paragraph.  Make it interesting and even a bit humorous.

If your first paragraph is long winded you could lose your reader, so keep them enthralled with your words and phrasing.

2. Write Clearly to be Understood

Are you writing to show off or are you writing to make a point?

Keep it simple use the words that come into your mind first.  You don't need to look up words in a thesaurus, use the words you already know.  Read more and you'll gain a better understanding of language which will in turn increase your vocabulary.

3. Keep to the Point

While short clear sentences and paragraphs, let them flow in a logical order for your reader to understand.

4.  Keep Punctuation and Grammar in Control

Run your eyes over all full stops, commas, dashes and apostrophes.  Then move on to your next sentence.  Don't just rely on a spell checker for spelling mistakes, use your own eyes.  Make it consistent throughout.

5. Rules of Formatting

One Comma

You can often rework a sentence with multiple commas.  Keep it to the point and be concise.

Bold Highlighting

I use bold highlighting in all of my blog posts/Hubs to identify key points.  It helps readers while they're skimming through a page to make sense of it.

Sub Headers

These headers make your article easier to read and more digestable.

6. Avoid Unnecessary Words

If you're not sure about something leave it out.

Keep it short and to the point, don't waste words or get attached to your sentences.

If it makes no sense, kill it!

7. Scrutinise the Serious Stuff

If you're quoting someone or have allegations about someone, make sure your text isn't in breach of copyright or is defamatory.

If you're satisfied it's your highest standard still read it over one more time just to make sure.

8. The Conclusion - Final Read

Be your own worst critic and scrutinise everything with a fine tooth comb.  Read it out loud to yourself.

Embrace your imperfection, learn and have fun with your writing.

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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Write an eBook

"If you've got idea's to share with people it not only benefit's you but your reader's also".
The above statement is my thought on writing online and creating eBooks.  Financially there is no cost involved especially if you're working during the day.  There is no publisher or printer needed, any tool's you require to create and edit your eBook can be found online.

You can use Amazon Kindle to sell your eBook and market it, making yourself money to.

There are so many other reason's why you should starting writing an eBook but here are my 6 top reasons:
  1. Choose a subject you're interested in and become an expert.  Your subject could be work related or something you enjoy doing in your free time.  When you share your knowledge you can help other people and build your reputation at the same time.  Writing an eBook will increase your credibility in your chosen niche.
  2. Once it's written its there for keeps.  When your eBook is published it will be earning for you indefinitely.  It may require tweaking every once in a while just to keep it up-to-date but the hard work has been done so you can watch your passive income roll in.
  3. Use it as a Sign Up tool.  Giving your eBook away for free may sound crazy because you're not making any income from it, but if you're just starting out it's a great incentive for people signing up to your mailing list.
  4. Creating and Publishing was easy.  Marketing your eBook is where things get tough.  Use blogging as your platform to market your eBook.
  5. eBook's are everywhere!  People of every age group have access to a device, whether it be a mobile phone or Ipad.  In 2014 $5 billion of Kindle Devices were sold according to Morgan Stanley.
  6. It Will Increase Your Authority Online.  The more exposure you have the more trust you'll have with your reader's.  Exposure builds credibility.  Saying you're an author will you take you to the next level.
Keep your blog fresh and brainstorm continuously.  Follow your competitor's tactics and strategies and evolve!

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How to Write About What You Love and Get Paid

I started writing in 2011, writing on Ezine and Hubpages.  I want to show you how writing can make you an income and change the way you look at writing on the internet.

The internet is a hive of information some good some bad.  You can and join and be a part of the huge wave of writer's that populate the internet currently.  If you can construct a sentence and want to earn some extra money, starting your own blog is a good place to begin .

1. Make Money with Ad Revenue Sharing Sites

Upload your articles to these sites and make money from the clicks they share with you.


They offer Google Adsense, In-house Ad Program and Amazon.  You get 60% of the ads that are clicked.

Hellium Network

Publish knowledge based articles on a network of 27 sites.  Money is earned with incentive payments, assignments are performance based using the traffic you receive.

Article Marketplaces
  1. Hire Writers
  2. Fiverr
  3. Article Sale
  4. Constant Content
  5. Textbroker
  6. Digital Point
My Experience on Hubpages

I started writing on Hubpages in 2010 and discovered over time that it can be a  great side line for making money and learning how to write online.

What is Hubpages?

Hubpages is a website that allows writer's to publish content on their website.  Your content can be any length, this means that each Hub (their jargon for article) can be about any topic you choose, from writing about the "Second World War" to your "Ten Best Fitness Tips".

Being a great writer isn't essential, by any means, I've seen some pretty awful writer's do well on there.  You just need the ability to write a little about something.  You never know this could be your first step to making money from a blog.

2. Making Money with Your Hubpages

The most straight forward and effective way is by using Google Adsense.  You can join Adsense and add your ID to Hubpages then you'll start sharing the revenue with Hubpages for your Hubs.  If visitor's click on this advertising you will receive 60% of the revenue.

Getting Started with Hubpages

  • Sign up to Hubpages.
  • Start your first Hub.
  • Start up an Adsense Account.  If you don't have one already it may take a few days for approval.
  • Connect your Adsense ID to Hubpages.  After your've logged in click the "My Account" button, then "Affiliate Settings" link.  Insert your Adsense ID.
  • Your Done.  Once you've installed your Adsense ID you can start making money on hubpages.

Warning:  Never click on your own ads or get other people to do the same, Google will find out and ban you from the Adsense Program.

Useful things about Hubpages


Linking to other peoples blogs and websites is a good idea,  joining bookmarking websites, social media is helpful to.  Linking or grouping your Hubs together also helps.

Content is King

The more you have to say in each Hub the better.  My rule is usually 500 to 1,000 words per Hub.  If you can get close to the 1,000 mark or over it's even better.  You can include as many capsules as you like, things like poll's for your reader's, or even a Youtube video is a good to.

Stick With It

You'll notice not every hub is popular, it always surprises me what is popular from one day to the next.

Hubpages Referral Program

You refer new writer's to Hubpages if they become writer's within 30 day's, you receive 10% of their Hubs lifetime impressions.

The 10% doesn't come from the new Hubber but through Hubpages, meaning you still receiving 60% of impression's, Hubpages then takes 30% (instead of their usual 40%) and you get the remaining 10%.

3. Go Freelance

This is another option, time and effort are required to set-up your blog and patience is required to find clients.

How Much Money Will I Earn Sharing?

This depends on your subject matter how popular your content is.

Promote Affiliate Links On Your Blog

You can write product reviews, with a couple of affiliate links in every blog post you produce.  You call the shots when you have your own writing platform.  This includes how you choose to make extra money.

If you put any affiliate links on your blog, always make sure you have a disclosure on your terms and conditions page or where you decide to put your affiliate link.

How Much Do Affiliate Links Make?

Depending upon your chosen program you can be paid up to 50% commission.  If you use Amazon Associates program yu'll receive around 5-6% commission.

Obviously the larger your audience the better your commissions will be and how big your audience is.

4. Website Advertising

Adding Google Adsense to your blog is really easy, and has a lot of potential.  Most bloggers have some kind of advertising, even if it's just one Google Adsense ad on a blog post.

Use the less is more approach, customising your adverts on your chosen subject.  That way your blog won't be too garish and full of unwanted advertising.

How Much Does Advertising Make?

This depends on the overall size of your website.  Don't rely on earnings from one specific place of revenue.  Combine it with other methods.  Not everything will take off at once, it will take a while for people to trust to you and your blog.

As a long-term strategy, advertising is a really good one. It took me a while before I got my first Google Adsense payment,  it was definitely worth the wait.  If you're a competent writer and will to go that extra mile and build a popular website, you'll make good advertising revenue.

5. Sell Your Own Books

If you're starting your own blog, you need to think seriously about writing your own products for people to buy.  It benefits both you and your readers.  You'll discover how to create your own eBook, while passing valuable information onto your followers.

How Much Money Will I Make Selling My Own eBooks?

If you're writing non-fiction ebooks rather than fiction you can charge as much as you like.  A few years ago website owners would sell their eBooks for $97 or more.

With the popularity of Kindle and e-readers most people are used to cheap eBooks.  With non-fiction you can still sell your own premium product, and sell it at around $10-$50 depending on the length and topic of your eBook.

You could sell your eBook through Amazon at a much lower price but to a larger audience.

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