Inside this section you will find reviews that I have written on nonfiction writing books. I love to read and research. I have spent a lot of years combing through all sorts of writing books. Years ago, I'm talking in the late 70s to early 80s, I ingested hundreds of books. I thought if I read them all, I'd hone my skills as a writer faster.
Through the years I have learned by writing, reading books that teach writing skills and reading the books that are written in one of my favorite genres, narrative nonfiction. As I read I try things out. If they work I add them to my writer's toolkit. If not, I let them go.
In recent years we have all seen the sweeping changing in the publishing industry. Another major change is how readers and writers of nonfiction communicate with one another. Hardly a week goes by without “something new” being announced. It is not just in the digital publishing industry that changes float by us like a cool spring breeze. Changes are happening across the board, in both the publishing and self-publishing industries.
Over the last year I realized as I was trying to catch up after an extended illness, that niche nonfiction books were replacing the large books on nonfiction writing. No longer am I finding huge books to dig a few golden nuggets out of. Quite the opposite actually. The new nonfiction writing books are very tightly focused on one theme. They give indepth coverage of their theme so I can walk away using a full range of tools and techniques, instead of getting lost in a general book that does not cover all the latest information.
Years ago I wrote and published a small independent newspaper. My goal was to provide entrepreneurial information that worked, thus saving people the huge learning curve in becoming self-employed. Then I wrote and published an ebook in the late 90s on how to market in the “new wild west” of Internet Marketing.
Now I find myself unable to recommend a large number of the books that I read. I read them to learn and also to review so that others can find helpful information without spending the hours I spend digging through a lot of rubble.
In light of my past experiences coupled with my recent observations I have decided to create a section here on my nonfiction writing site called: Editor's Picks. Inside this section I am doing something different than you will find in the main stream of Internet marketing.
Instead of writing reviews on books I do not find helpful, I am only going to write reviews for the top two or three books in each category of nonfiction writing I will be covering here on my site. This way I can bring you what I feel is the best, most timely information to help you develop and grow your career in nonfiction writing.
You can rest assured that I am not simply writing reviews to sell books. As I truly am not. I am writing reviews to highlight the skills and techniques you will need to succeed in any of the nonfiction writing areas available today.
I do receive a small commission from Amazon.com if you click on the sales link at the bottom of my reviews. This small commission helps me in my career. However, it does not influence my decision to review a book. Nor does receiving review copies from publishers.
I just wanted to let you know.
I'd love to hear your ideas and comments. Feel free to join me in my forum or send me an email.
To your writing success,