Poke the Box – release the book

I have been reading Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box in which he discusses (or to use his word, rants) about our apparent reluctance to start, finish and innovate projects. The book is both a celebration of action and a huge call for us to take action.

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How to handle negative feedback

Sending your book out for feedback or comments is a brave act and reviewers of all kinds can sometimes forget the impact their words can have. However, getting feedback can also be enormously rewarding and encouraging so it is worth the risk. The feedback you get is often only as good as the feedback your request.

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How to handle a revised deadline

Deadlines can change in the blink of an eye. When I worked at BBC Books, deadlines changed all the time as television transmission dates altered.

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What to do when your book structure falls apart

The revision stage is there for you to sort out glitches, move things around, delete things and add things. If you get bogged down in this while you are writing, you will never finish. Even if you end up deleting material, it’s fine. You can use that material as the foundation for another book, for articles or even for a related product.

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How to handle a major competing book title

Books on the same topic are being written all the time. It is nuances like the design of the cover, the content, style of writing, expertise of the author, length of the book – and a whole slew of other factors that makes one book more appealing than another to a particular set of readers.

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Five book-writing nightmares – and how to solve them

What do you do when you realise your book writing task has turned into a version of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ or ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’? Every time you think about it, horror strikes. Oh no! It’s all gone horribly wrong, now what? Here’s what to do if your book writing work turns from heavenly to horrible in a few moments.

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What is your writing style?

If you don’t know what your style is the best way to figure it out style is to do a lot of writing. The best way to get a lot of writing done quickly is by setting yourself short writing exercises or writing blog posts.

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What is your writing method?

We all have ways in which we do things – these are strategies, approaches and methods that we have developed in order to achieve goals or meet our needs in some way. Most of us develop writing strategies when we are at school and university and we continue to use them for years afterwards.

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The benefits of time off – how kicking back can help you leap forward

Today has been one of those impromptu days off that you can only have when you are self-employed. It is a joyous interlude that helps to balance out the stressful, ‘everything is going wrong’ moments that happen in any business.

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Publishing a resources guide

Although a book is less dynamic than a website, it is more stable. Also, a book presents its content in a far more structured way the information has been researched, verified and comes with the benefit of being recommended.

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Publish a book based on articles

If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network publishing a book based on articles written by a range of contributors is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.

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Using the hints and tips book structure

The hints and tips structure is similar to the quotations format, except that all the words are your own. You don’t need to go hunting for material as you will create it.

You will need a number of hints and tips and a bold offer in your title to make this kind of book work: i.e. 21 Killer Tips on Optimizing SEO so You Get More Traffic Fast! That is a tempting proposition for a reader. It suggests they will get some fast fixes (tips are by necessity short and easy to do) for a complex problem that can be overwhelming and difficult to understand.

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How to use quotations to structure your book

One of the key pitfalls of creating books of quotations is to keep researching and researching to find one more great quote. To avoid this, decide on key topic areas you want to focus on and decide to get a specific number of quotes for each one.

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Using the ‘How to’ structure to organise your book content

If you have been struggling to come up with a topic, the ‘how to’ factor will help as it will focus your mind on what you can help someone to learn how to do or understand better. Using the ‘how to’ will bring some topics to mind and you will probably then begin to think of the steps or method you need to follow to achieve the result implied in the title.

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How to create a book from a list

We all value information that is delivered to us in an easily consumable format and lists are a great of doing this. They present information in an amazingly easy-to-digest format that makes the information accessible, simple to use and fast to review.

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5 Top Tips for a Great Writing Session

Writing your book is a job and one you can plan and get done in an organised way. Along with your book plan, your word targets will make getting the writing done far easier. Apart from anything else, you can plan the number of words you want to write each day and know when you have met that target. This is very motivating and will allow you to see progress each time you set out to write your book.

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Using the interview structure as the foundation of your book

Interviews are a great way to create a high-value book quickly. You have two options:

You can ask someone to interview you about how you help your clients and get it transcribed into a book.
You can interview someone who has a well-established business, process or reputation who has information of value that you can share with your readers.

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7 simple structures that make great business books

When book ideas for your business are difficult to nail down, you need to take a different approach. If you focus on the way in which you are going to deliver material, you will find that ideas start to flow because the topic will emerge from your research and preparation.

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7 key reasons why you haven’t written your book

If you don’t think your book topic idea is good enough, do more research. Look at other books, do a keyword search to find a better topic and ask your contacts for feedback. Work on your title, too. Getting that right can make a huge difference.

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How to improve your writing

Today, I have spent a great deal of time reading. As a writer, I value reading enormously. Not only do I gain the benefit of having some ‘input’ but I also have the chance to develop my own ideas and learn new information. Reading is a very important activity for us as writers because it…

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