nonfiction writing tips

Strategies for Becoming a Successful Nonfiction Author

Becoming a successful nonfiction author takes more than being a subject matter expert, effectively researching and writing about your topic. Before you even put pen to paper, you should give some consideration to what your goal will be in publishing a book. Part of being a successful nonfiction author involves learning the writing and publishing processes so that you are ready to write …

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Communicate Effectively to Your Nonfiction Readers

One key to successfully writing nonfiction is to provide timely, accurate and, in some cases, detailed information on your topic, written in a reader-friendly format. For the latter point, find your own writers voice (what and how you will deliver your message) by deciding things, such as, (1) Your purpose for choosing the topic and writing about it, (2) What you …

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Adding Credibility to Nonfiction Books by Quoting Experts

Nonfiction authors must be conscious of the desire of their readers to gain new cutting-edge ideas or substantiate what they believe or what they are looking for. While nonfiction readers search out thought leaders in a given industry for the latest, greatest strategies and techniques, they also want to know that what they are reading is in fact true and accurate. They do …

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Book Marketing is Primarily the Author’s Responsibility

One thing I did not understand when I started writing for major book publishers in 1994 is that the publisher takes care of functions such as getting the ISBN (the coded number that appears on the back of every book), the product development, editing, cover and layout design, and all the technical sides of the printing and publishing of a …

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Most writers that I know have encountered what has been termed “writer’s block” at some point in their career. This often occurs for a variety of reasons but typically revolves around four factors: (1) Planning, (2) Environment, (3) Competing priorities or distractions, and (4) Knowing when to stop. Planning. Like any other successful venture in life, it is crucial to …

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The Role of Research in Successful Nonfiction Book Writing

Many nonfiction authors come up with great ideas for book topics and often have a lot of knowledge, experience and expertise. Even so, they still need to spend some time doing research on their intended content areas in order to be successful. This is because there is typically not a lot of original ideas out there; just variations on a theme.  …

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