Direct Quotes in Non-Fiction: Do it Right

Direct Quotes in Non-Fiction: Do it Right

You may be thinking that direct quotes belong exclusively in fiction. The truth is that you read either dialogue or direct quotes in non-fiction all the time—from news articles to blogs to books. Here’s an example from the CNN website. South Bend mayor and...
Meet Blogging Deadlines: 5 Step Process

Meet Blogging Deadlines: 5 Step Process

An actively updated blog does wonders for your search engine optimization. Recently I attended a conference of women entrepreneurs. Of the approximately 75 people present, about one third of them had blogs. Only two people in the room, including me, blogged once a...
Book Cover: How You are Judged

Book Cover: How You are Judged

Whether people are browsing on Amazon or another bookselling platform or in their local bookstore, a book’s cover is the first element to attract them. That’s why a good book cover is vital to your book’s selling success. Whether you are self-publishing a book or...
Put Your Writing on a Diet

Put Your Writing on a Diet

Is there fat you can trim from your writing? Is it time to put your writing on a diet? Deleting redundant phrases makes your writing more professional. I wish I could say that one of the most dramatic signs of amateurish writing is using redundant phrases....
How to Make Time for Writing

How to Make Time for Writing

The biggest reason I hear would-be writers give for why they don’t write is “I don’t have time.” The secret of time is that we can make time for writing. Earlier this year I Interviewed Seth Greenwald for Legal Nurse Podcast. He wrote his book while commuting back and...