Meet Hassan Osman, a writer and author of non fiction books. The full title of Hassan’s lastest book is “Write Your Book on the Side: How to Write and Publish Your First Nonfiction Kindle Book While Working a Full-Time Job (Even if You Don’t Have a Lot of Time and Don’t Know Where to Start)”, which probably sounds familiar to the majority of writers these days.
When you work on a non-fiction book, you need to use a different set of skills than the ones needed to write a novel. Sure, you’re still working with words and putting them down on the page, but to compare the two is like comparing apples and oranges.
Be An Author is not a ‘how to’ book – it’s a ‘what would it be like if …’ book. In its pages you may just find what you need to inspire and motivate you to fulfil your potential as an author. If you’d like to be in with a chance of grabbing a copy for yourself, all you need do is leave a comment at the end of this post.
When I was musing on how to condense everything I know about the writing and publishing and marketing process into just a single blog post I had a eureka moment; ‘why not see if there is a presentation that explains it reasonably succinctly and easily so that anyone watching will understand and take away something useful they can work with’. And I found it on my favourite presentation network Slideshare. The blurb about the presentation says “An exclusive look at the making of the highly anticipated new book Likeonomics – including lots of practical real world advice on how to sell, research and write your own book.” It’s brilliant and very informative too and I hope you enjoy it.
There are many types of travel writing. There are the Berlitz style of travel guide which you pick up in the Airport when you’ve realise you don’t even know how to say ‘hello‘ to the locals in the country that is destined to share your holiday. These guides cover the bare bones of the tourist traps that are the ‘must see‘ of this particular destination; they almost always contain a section on ‘practical information‘ which tell you how to say ‘Sir, I have lost my hat‘ in 16 different dialects. They’re excellent at helping you to orient yourself in a new culture, but let’s face it they can be a bit, well, dull
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s International Day of the Book and World Book Night comes National Stationery Day. April 24th is a day of celebration of the written word and of all things stationery. It has been launched to get more people putting pen to paper, and writing more often by hand. There’s more to life than email and texting! Let’s face it, we all love to receive ‘proper post’, something with our name and address hand written on it sent to us personally and containing all sorts of things from a card to a letter from an old friend or a loved member of the family.
It’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) and the challenge is on to write a novel in a month. Have no fear, I’ve not hauled myself up for the challenge, it’s hard enough to trying to keep up with the odd blog post and Twitter without adding a further complication into my overly complicated life, but I do know someone who is doing the NaNoWriMo challenge and she can be found http://beanstalkwriter.wordpress.com/. I admire anyone who has this amount of self discipline because I know that this is something that eludes me and I find it difficult to concentrate on the job in hand.