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Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books 5 Revised Edition
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the old Chinese proverb goes "if you wait for perfection, your book will never be complete." Poynter teaches you how to get your thoughts quickly on to paper. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Kumar
Not a bad book, but not that good either. The reason is that the book is 10 years old, and so much of the information is way outdated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book, starts the process of writing a book. Step by step on developing your idea to self publishing it and everything in between. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. I'm a skilled writer, but knew nothing about publishing. This book as absolutely fantastic! Even though some of the technologies referenced are out of date, the principles... Read morePublished 15 months ago by PsychoSchematics
If I had read this before I wrote my first book it would have saved half the time. Dan shows you how to break the book, and the publishing and distribution, into small bite size... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ivy Lea