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How To Write Non-Fiction: Turn Your Knowledge Into Words Paperback – May 22, 2018
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About the Author
- How to Make a Living with your Writing
- How to Market a Book
- Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur
- Successful Self-Publishing
- The Healthy Writer
- The Successful Author Mindset
- Co-writing a Book
- Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts
- Career Change
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1912105780
- ISBN-13 : 978-1912105786
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.82 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Curl Up Press (May 22, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I liked about this book are the many strategies to start up a book project from the ground up by someone who used her passion for writing and storytelling to launch her own writing career. While the voice in the narrative is authentic, it often felt like the author continuously and consistently directed the reader to her web site to cross-sell or expose other offerings. While I believe the web site, "Creative Penn" could be a valuable resource, it is cited so many times that it became annoying. Once per chapter is more than enough for us to remember where the website is located.
I found many layers of value.
The first layer is of the clear steps in writing a non-fiction book. There is every element needed to go from idea to publication mapped out for you.
The second layer of value is in the use of powerful questions at the end of each chapter. These questions help the reader to clearly assess their readiness for the next steps and provides a summary and reinforcement for the chapters’ key points.
Finally the layer I found most valuable is the authors’ personal experiences and her willingness to be vulnerable and share her stories. This made the entire book more relatable and the goals I’ve gathered from the actions more realistic. Her stories help me to see myself on the journey of writing my next non-fiction book.
The structure makes it an easy read and I appreciate how questions and resources are listed after each chapter.
Honestly, you can’t get much better than Joanna Penn when it comes to how-to and encouragement. I’ve been writing for 40+ years and I’ve gained new knowledge from this one book.
This is the perfect book for new authors and those (like myself) who have written fiction for years and now want to get into non-fiction but are unsure of where to start. This book lays it all out. Very helpful and I highly recommend this and any of her other Books for Writers. I am on my fourth or fifth one now and am taking notes like mad at all the things I want to implement in my own author biz.
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Joanna Penn is always bang up to date with tech, so if you’ve ever wondered about dictation, finding editorial services, marketing channels etc, it’s all in here. A great help in cutting through the overwhelming options, straight to what’s most useful and current.
There’s plenty about writing craft too – how to pep up factual material, focus, drafting and editing - and also stretch topics such as co-writing. And if you’re completely new to self-publishing, the opening chapters about mindset and audience will ease you into getting started productively.
Joanna also goes deep into the specifics of marketing non-fiction. I particularly love how this breaks down the different kinds of business and marketing models, so you get the kind of overview you’d normally wouldn’t have unless you were a publishing insider.
In short: a meaty, up-to-date manual for anyone with a non-fiction book burning to get written.
I have been looking for a book about writing non-fiction and this is it. The chapters cover coming up with an idea, how to identify a niche, personal motivations, publishing, and product creation, right through to marketing the finished product.
Recommended reads and quotes are feathered throughout, and the book is well-written and easy to read in a direct and honest style. It's what Joanna does best!
If you are looking for inspiration and motivation for your next non-fiction, then buy this book!
If you are considering writing a book, The Healthy Writer by the same author is a great accompanying volume.