Thursday, December 31, 2015

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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Monday, December 07, 2015

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 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 9 pm, 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 screenshot 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.
  • Rearrange 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 Proofread (days 29-30)

These last days will turn your eBook into a finished and polished piece of work.

Whichever 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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