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Two Tips to Writing Nonfiction Books

Journalists are trained to speak the truth of an issue. They do this by getting information from both sides of an issue or many sides. They lay it out in the story so others can read it and make up their own minds which source to believe and trust. While personal biases aren't supposed to be in the story, often, journalists let their beliefs enter into the copy. However, most do try not to let biases enter into the copy. In some of my stories, I will admit that I had a preconceived notion going into the story, but I changed direction of the piece after talking with the experts. However, I will admit that sometimes the media are biased. That is sad because speaking truth is one of our most precious gifts as journalists. We are given rights in the Constitution because people need to know certain information. That is why I became a journalist to help people know and understand the world around them. I am especially proud of the fact that I spent most of my career writing abou

How to Determine Word Counts in Books

When I meet people during networking, I often hear, "I think I have a book in me." For most, the idea of writing a book is something fleeting that does not materialize into anything. But, for those who have started to write a book, they usually want to know when they have written enough. I am often asked how many words do you need for a book. Traditional publishers have different guidelines, so you have to write exactly what they request. If they want 60,000 words, don't try to send them 100,000 expecting an editor to cut the words. It is your job to cut the words. But, it is easier to think in pages instead of words. As a rule of thumb, you want to write about 250 pages after it has been edited. This doesn't include the copyright page, the blank pages, the table of contents, etc. In addition, your 250 pages must flow like a river , be thoroughly researched and be organized correctly . Basic Information While it sounds like a simple question, it really

Three Tips to Stand Out in Sea of Books

Motivational speakers often talk about owning your thoughts so you do not feel trapped. What you say in your mind determines how you act and feel. Often, it determines how successful you can be. For example, if your car breaks down, you can look at the incident in a couple ways. You can moan and complain that you have the worst luck and are inconvenienced or you can see the bright spot in a mishap. When my car broke down, I thought that I was bound to get more exercise because I had to walk more places. I wouldn't let a situation I can't control interfere with my attitude. You can do the same. Authors have to control their thoughts every day. If you write fiction, you have to be in charge of the characters' thoughts and movements. If you write nonfiction, your thoughts become the book. If want to be successful, you have to keep out the negativity. People don't want to read about your complaining unless it's humorous. Erma Bombeck was successful doing thi