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ISBN-13: 978-1568601106 ISBN-10: 1568601107 Edition: 5 Revised

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Travelwriter Marketletter Read this before you write your next bookit will streamline your activities. Sandy Whelchel, National Writers Association Creative people are more productive when they have the best tools. Get the best computer you can afford and this book. Ray Newton, National Coordinator, Reader's Digest Writing Workshops Dan shares his experience and insights in a readable, clear and educational way. Nat Bodian, author, The Joy of Publishing. I find the contents to be a treasury of wisdom, usable suggestions, and resource information that will be of much benefit to would-be authors. Its broad coverage also includes much that will appeal to old hands such as myself. I heartily recommend it. Mark Victor Hansen, Coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul series Dan is a genius in our business. Absorb his brilliance, wisdom, and re-duplicable insights by reading and employing this book. He'll show your how to profitably break into print and keep the money rollin' in. Hannelore Hahn, Founder and Executive Director, International Women's Writing Guild Busy people have trouble finding time to write. Savvy authors do several things at the same time. Dan Poynter shows you how. The Bookwatch. Writing Nonfiction is an invaluable, recommended addition to all personal, creative writing seminar, and public library writer reference collections. Jay Abraham, Getting Everything You Can out of All You've Got. I'd trust Dan's word, recommendations and predictions over about any publisher, editor, agent or book marketing consultant I've met and I've met the "supposed" best. Maryanne Raphael, Writers World This book offers the best tools and the best resources for becoming a successful writer. Bob Holt, Book Forum of San Diego I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a story but just can't imagine how to write it down. --Sandy Whelchel --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Writing Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Para Publishing; 5 Revised edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568601107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568601106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Book Writing and Publishing. (Aviation bio, below).

Dan Poynter is an author of more than 120 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

He is an evangelist for books, an ombudsman for authors, an advocate for publishers and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published books.

His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in The New York Times. The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishing.

Dan travels more than 6,000 miles each week to share, inspire and empower writers, publishers and professional speakers through keynotes and seminars.

Some of his books are Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's Handbook, The Expert Witness Handbook and The Older Cat.


Dan shows people how to make a difference while making a living by coaching them on the writing, publishing and promoting of their books.

He has turned thousands of people into successful authors. His mission is to see that people do not die with a book still inside them.

Follow me: http://www.Twitter.com/DanPoynter
See me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWl0fnBu7bs

Parachutes, Skydiving, and Aviation.

Dan Poynter is a skydiver, parachute rigger and pilot.
He worked as a parachute designer for years and has all the licenses and rating in skydiving.
He was recently nominated to the Skydiving Hall of Fame.
Dan has written a dozen books on parachutes, hang gliding, and other aviation activities.


Para Publishing LLC, PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206, USA.
Bus: +1-805-968-7277; Mob: +1-805-448-9009 DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com

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158 of 172 people found the following review helpful By DBO on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a fan of Dan Poyter's, and I have learned a lot from this author's monumental work, "The Self-Publishing Manual". I thought this title, "Writing Nonfiction : Turning Thoughts into Books", is another one of such great works.

I was so disappointed while reading this book when I realized that it was nothing but a rehash of the original book. I just could not understand how a professional author could have the audacity to publish the same book under two different titles and sell both to the same audience. I don't know if you get, I just don't.

To make matters worse, this title is not as detailed as the original work. So, if you are interested in learning from this man, I suggest that you get a copy of "The Self-Publishing Manual", rather than this one.

I gave this book 1 star, not because it does not contain useful information, but because it contains nothing new from the author's previous publication. It is really unfortunate. I felt cheated.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Stucker VINE VOICE on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Sitting down in front of a blank computer screen to write a book is intimidating. Where do you start? What should you say? How should you format your manuscript?
Dan Poynter takes much of the pain out of writing, even if you are not experienced. His organization systems help you to pull together all the bits and pieces you will need to write your book. Not sure where to start? Dan suggests starting not with the first chapter, but with the one that will be shortest or easiest to write. (Good advice--it always works for me!)
You may find it odd that he addresses creating a mock-up of your cover before you start writing. That not only makes good sense from an organizational perspective (after all, the book cover promises what you will deliver in the book), it also helps you to think of what you are writing as a "real" book.
Once you complete the book you need to get it published. Dan helps you decide whether to self-publish or seek and agent and traditional publisher. Of course, Dan is "Mr. Self-Publishing," so if you decide to self-publish, be sure to get a copy of "The Self-Publishing Manual," his excellent resource for publishing and marketing your book.
This is a user-friendly and approachable guide to writing a nonfiction book that can be followed by anyone who wants to be published.
Cathy Stucker
Special Interests Publishing
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Nunnally Jr. on February 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dan Poynter's self-publishing manual has for years been the state of the art guide to getting one's book into self-publication from dealing with printers to getting marketing done. The world of self-publishing has undergone a sweeping change due to the internet and changes in printing technology. This book helps explore the changes, and how to use the changes to help get new self-published works to market. The book discusses how to use new technology such as print on demand. The book has a chapter on the e book. The book's style is light and easy to read, with quotes to leaven up the mix, but the book is not a mere "wouldn't it be a good idea to write your own book". Instead, the book has tons of tips, supported by URLs and e mail addresses of real-live people who have been doing what the author advocates.
This book does not set out to be an encyclopedia of self-publishing, but instead is a good overview, which provides the reader with other resources, including the author's own materials available for purchase on individual topics, at the publisher's own website. Although we are going to see a lot more of this promotion of "for a fee" resources in modern books, I am not sure that this form of cross-marketing product is going to be the best sales device. To this reader, it is a dissonant note in the otherwise extremely helpful tone of the work. Indeed, more books would be sold if the majority of the information were free downloads rather than "for a fee" stuff. I don't want to overstress the point--you can read this work cover to cover and get enough tips, URLs and ideas to solidly launch into a self-publishing venture of your own.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mind-Body-Spirit VINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
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I've just finished reading/heavily highlighting this book. If you are planning to write/publish/market a book on your own, please read this book....with a highlighter in hand. You'll be glad you did.

Here are some of the things I love about this book, and why I have ordered every other of Dan's books that fall within the same category:

1. Some authors write in a way that unnecessarily lengthens a book--wordy phraseology, repetition of the same info within the same book, etc. Dan's not one of them. His writing style is very tight; he writes succinctly and each page is filled with important and relevant information and instruction.

2. He outlines exactly how to write your book, which is different and better than the way I've done it before. He explains the why and how step by step and it makes total sense.

3. He's a man who loves books, and although they CAN be a means to an end, he sees them as having great value, in themselves. I like that. In a world in which marketing websites, selling programs, and generating speaking careers is often the endgame for authors, Dan's motivation is to create a great book. I like taking advice from a guy who honors the process and the end-result.

There are more things I love about this book, but you get the drift.

I started reading Dan's books after visiting his website, and after about 3 minutes of reading the material on his website, I got a lightning flash idea that will save me about a month on the production of a book scheduled to be released late Fall. When a 3 minute investment saves me a month of hardwork, and probably results in a better book, I'm hooked.

I highly recommend this book and Dan as an important resource. You won't be disappointed.
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