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Should you compile your own index?

These last few days I have been indexing one of my health books. Actually, I have been re-indexing it, because I have updated the 2015 version of the book for a brand new second edition to be published in 2020, and the addition of new material and an amended layout has resulted in more pages, …

A trilogy of writing error …

I’d long been envisaging an eventual collection of four books in the Mistakes Writers Make series …. followed in future, perhaps, by a sequence of more specific titles written by other writing advisors — such as 50 Mistakes Travel Writers Make, 50 Mistakes Parenting Writers Make, and so on. More about those future titles later …

Three writing blogs

Following the publication of the paperbacks of my books 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make and 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make last month I have been pretty busy writing about writerly errors and answering questions about non-fiction. Allow me to direct you towards it all … 1/ First off, Patsy Collins, who runs both her …

Do me a favour

I struggle, truly, to understand people who don’t bat an eyelid at handing over £3.50 for their morning cococcino frappe-foamed mochalatte but baulk at the prospect of paying that, or less, for an eBook. Happy to support an international coffee-house chain but not an independent writer who may be shivering around a mug of thin …

100 mistakes in print!

Given that I launched 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make and 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make as eBooks over three and two years ago respectively, those polite students and readers who have been waiting patiently for their release as print books probably deserve an explanation. The best I can offer is that I had loosely …

Finding the right word (Mistake #125)

“The view is indescribable.” “There are no words.” “It’s hard to know what to say about …” All these are common expressions I’ve come across in the work of new writers. The first crops up in various forms in far too many travel articles. Writers: you have to find the words. The view is perfectly …

Writing Your Non-Fiction Book

This book originally started life as How to Write a Non-Fiction Book — a series of three long articles for a writing magazine. I’ve now updated the articles, added a lot of extra material, thrown in the word ‘oomphlessness’ — for real! — and the result is a fact-packed ebook called Writing Your Non-Fiction Book. It’s the …

New ebook: 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I’ll keep this one brief: the second in my planned series of Mistakes Writers Make ebooks is released today, and is called 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make. As I say in the blurb, its aim is to progress the aspiring writing of articles and non-fiction to the next level, expanding on some of the …

Reverse dictionary

I don’t know why I’ve not written about reverse dictionaries before. The subject sprung to mind recently during the weekly Twitter #writingchat — which turned out to be about gifts for writers. Trust me, a reverse dictionary would make a great gift for any writer — but one should be on your own bookshelf too. …

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