An editorial style sheet is a mini rule book for your book manuscript. While editors use style sheets regularly, writers can also benefit from this handy tool. Here we describe what a style sheet is, what goes into one, and how it helps your writing project.
When sharing a complex concept, creating clarity for your readers is critical–especially for those who are new to the topic. This article offers 7 ways to enhance comprehension and cultivate readers willing to take mental leaps with you.
What type of nonfiction book should you write to tell your story? Memoir might seem like the obvious choice, but based on a number of factors, a knowledge-based book could be better.
Beta readers give authors perspective on what’s working and what’s not. Here, we cover alpha, beta, SME and sensitivity readers.
Poetry and nonfiction might seem like unlikely bedfellows, but nonfiction writers can learn a lot from poetry, use it to get unstuck, and maybe even incorporate some techniques!
At the beginning of your book, should you have a foreword, preface, or introduction? This post is a primer on what they’re for and whether you need them.
While writers are constantly told to be concise, it is possible to be TOO concise. Here are four ways to avoid overtightening your prose, as well as indicators that you might be doing it.
Getting feedback on your writing is one of the best ways to improve it. Need convincing? Read about the benefits & follow these tips for warming up to what could be a game changer for you.
In “making improvements,” we tend to default to ADDITION. But what if we tried SUBTRACTION? This post takes a look at writing books through that lens, identifying four areas of opportunity to make your book more impactful.
To keep your readers’ attention, look at your book with the mindset of removing any “friction,” whether in language, design, or emotion. This post also examines ways to ferret out hidden friction that can prevent readers from engaging with your book.
When given infinite options, like “write about anything,” our brains can freeze up. Try using these writing constraints to unleash your creativity and give your nonfiction writing momentum and focus.
Too little content? Too much? Lopsided content? This post explores how a simple spreadsheet can help you wrangle your book into being. Whether you’re just starting or nearing the end, adding some number-crunching to your wordsmithing can bring clarity and structure to your writing.