Bert’s Llama Moment – JRE Toons

Self Publishing a Book – 3 Reasons You Should!

“What is self publishing a book?”, I can really hear you ask. Well we all know the good old adage that we can only run after we have learned to walk, so I will tell you what self publishing a book is all about, before we even attempt to write one.

Mistakes in Using Quotations & Case Histories

Quotations from the writings of other authorities on your subject, and case histories (AKA personal stories or anecdotes), are essential ingredients in most self-help/how-to books. These help illustrate and reinforce your points.

Publishing Your Book

You’ve finally finished your manuscript and now you want to publish. There is a clear process you can follow. This article talks about the steps you need to take to turn your raw first draft into a polished manuscript ready to send to publishers and agents.

7 Reasons Why iPad With FastPencil Makes Book Writing Easier

As we await the iPad’s arrival we have been thinking about who will really benefit from a device like this – and we think writers will – especially in conjunction with free authoring and publishing tools like FastPencil. The FastPencil mobile authoring iPad app gives writers access to all the rich end-to-end publishing solution features enabling them to write a book, collaborate with reviewers and fans and access a network of publishing professionals anywhere.

How Publishing Non-Fiction Differs From Publishing Fiction

Non – fiction publishing and fiction publishing operate in two radically different markets. This article discusses how the market affects writers.

Book Printing Tips – Five Questions to Ask Your Printer

If you are publishing a book and have chosen to print the books traditionally (using an offset method), then you will probably be sending out Requests for Quotations to various book printers. Before doing this, it might be helpful to learn a bit about each book printer.

Publishing Your Book With POD

If you’ve written a book and don’t know how to publish it, you may want to turn to POD services. POD stands for Print On Demand. It’s a fairly new idea. Not that long ago, you might have had to order dozens or even hundreds of copies ahead of time and pay for them yourself and then sell them.

The Keys to Successful Book Printing

Book printing can be a daunting process, if you’re new to it. It can be difficult to work out the ins and outs of it all and come up with the best possible book. There are some things that will help, though.

Failure to Fully Explain Exercises Before Presenting Them

One common error is to simply present an exercise and a title (and sometimes without). The author who does this makes two mistakes: First, in overestimating how easy it will be to entice readers into doing the exercise. Second, in assuming the reader will deduce what the exercise is for. Readers are notoriously reluctant to try exercises.

Failure to Write the Reader Into the Book

When you are writing about behaviors and problems shared by many people, it is easy to lose sight of the individual reader who has purchased your book, taken it home and is reading it. It is only natural to think, and write, your book in terms of “people,” “others,” “individuals” or in categories like “addicts,” “gymnasts,” “adult children of alcoholics.”

Failure to Make Instructions Direct and to the Point

You may think a statement like, “I recommend the use of light hand weights to build up your arms for hockey.” conveys a clear instruction to the reader that they should begin exercising with light hand weights. But to the reader your implication may not leap off the at all.

Not Using a Heading to Highlight Each Step of Your Program Or Exercises

What you do not call attention to, readers will not notice. You want readers to come away remembering the key elements of your program, or the key steps in an exercise. You can be confident they will if you type a heading for every new step or technique (even if that means one or more heading per ).

Failure to Explicitly State the Problem at the Beginning

There is no point in plunging into the solution to a problem or an explanation of how it arose unless you have first told the reader what the problem is. Perhaps the problem, say, compulsive spending, is identified in the chapter title or section heading. So it does not seem as if it ought to be necessary to restate it before an exercise.

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