Criticism or Feedback – Which is it and do you want to hear it?

The benefit of hiring a coach, mentor or editor to help you with your book is that they are experienced and (hopefully) expert at giving feedback. This means that any personal elements are avoided and you can receive their comments and ideas knowing they are given in a professional and detached manner.

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The power of setting a deadline

There is no magic trick to setting a deadline. All you have to do is decide when you want to publish your book then work out what you need to do to get the relevant work done. If it looks unachievable – or just plain silly – you will simply need to decide whether to invest more time or spend more money. It’s as simple as that.

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Taking a step back can move your book forward faster

Today has been a day of reflection, thought and planning for me. It’s a day we all need sometimes in our businesses – and indeed our lives. But it isn’t a day we often take. We can easily forget to take a step back. We get so wound into our goals and our to-do list…

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Five sure-fire ways to overcome blank page syndrome

If you find the blank page keeps you stuck, try these five tricks to get you going with your writing so you can ward off page fright. In using these strategies, remember that the words you write are less important than the act of simply getting words on the page. In doing so, you will relieve tension, zap the panic and free up your mind to start thinking.

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Add content to your under-length book

Usually, we worry about writing too much but there are times when we write too little. This often happens when you begin writing without a plan or with a plan that lacks detail. You begin by thinking you have a lot to say, then find that you are repeating yourself. As a result, you start cutting to get rid of the repetition but then you end up with a very short book – too short!

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What to do when you have too much content

It is very easy to write a book that has too much content. This happens because the title is too general, the topic is too broad and the book that lacks any clear argument, angle or focus. What happens is that you literally write everything you know about a topic. As a result, the book you create is often boring to read and very difficult to finish because you keep thinking of something else to add. All is not lost, though, because cutting back the ‘everything’ book is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is make one key decision.

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Finish writing your first draft before you start doing revisions

It is far too easy to get stuck when you are writing. One glitch or change of mind can make you feel as if the whole project is flawed. However, that is rarely the case. Doubts and fears can bring on the kind of negative thinking that has you believe you need to abandon the whole book because one small part of it is not working.

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Create a writing schedule

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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Check your book structure and key points

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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How does your book fit within your business

Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a…

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Check your book topic is right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 4: Check your book topic is right Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here…

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Get Your Book Structure Right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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Create a Book Project Plan

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are…

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Get Feedback on Your Book

When you are stuck with your book, getting feedback is essential. Only another person can help you because only another person can see your book with fresh eyes. When you get feedback you access the powerful perspective of your prospective reader.

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Why only a handful of authors make money

If you want to make money from your book, read this article by author and small business internet marketer Kathleen Gage about why many authors don’t make money: http://www.transformationalwriters.com/the-1-reason-authors-make-money-kathleen-gage/

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10 Top Tips to Rescue Your Unfinished Book

Anyone who has ever tried to write a book has one. Even prolific writers have them – they are unfinished books, abandoned brain-children that stare silently at us from our shelves and computer screens. Half-done, our unfinished books linger in our minds, prodding us with reminders of our inability to finish what we started. Some…

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A Brief Guide to the Book Publishing Process

The book publishing process is notoriously complex and confusing. It’s not helped by being littered with technical terms – many of which sound similar and so are easily mixed up. To help you navigate the publishing process, I have written a brief guide to the key points in the publishing process. Starting with the manuscript,…

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How to Avoid the ‘Everything’ Book

I first came across the concept of the ‘everything’ book when I went to an event hosted by Raymond Aaron in London in 2012. It struck a nerve because I could see how easy – and unwelcome – it would be for any new writer to make the very easy mistake of writing the ‘everything’…

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Proof-reading – do you need it?

Proof-reading is one of those editorial jobs that you can definitely do yourself if you know what to do. That doesn’t mean it is an easy job for you to do yourself, but it is possible. Sometimes, publishing consultants suggest that you can use proof-reading as a substitute for editing, however, proof-reading is not editing…

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Editing – why, how much and when?

Editing – it divides publishing consultants – some think you need it, others don’t; some think you need a lot, others think you need a little – so how can you decide whether to hire an editor at all and if you do, how can you work out what kind of editor you need? First…

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