Damn! Why Didn't I Write That? Book Review
How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00 or More Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too!
I have been reading a lot of books lately on how to get published in today's fast changing book publishing environment. I was looking for a book that went beyond the basic “how to submit your proposal,” and dived into more of what is actually happening for many nonfiction book writers today.
I finally found what I was looking for. And to my surprise, it goes far beyond most books covering this aspect of nonfiction book writing. In fact, I have been able to apply so many things in this book, I have decided to make it my October 2011 BellaOnline Nonfiction Book Club choice. Here's why.
I agree wholeheartedly, with author Marc McCutcheon, when he says that nonfiction book writing is the "ultimate dream job."
The very first paragraph of what he calls "The Don't Skip This Introduction Introduction," hits a home run for all authors and writers.
"Among all the home businesses touted these days, I can think of none that is easier to get into, cheaper to start, or offers more potential for recognition, respect, and reward than nonfiction book writing. It is, in my opinion, the ultimate dream job. Whether we write dictionaries, how-tos, personal experiences, in-depth guides, or scandalous kiss-and-tells, nonfiction book writers today easily enjoy the most liberal of job environments with, possibly, more benefits than any other home-based business person."
This well written, to the point book, shows you how to do something that is becoming easier and easier to do these days. Write nonfiction books that are breaking the 100,000-copy sales barrier. More and more nonfiction books are doing this. Jump into this guide and find out how to do it yourself.
Marc begins by showing you over 300 nonfiction books by title that have sold between 50,000 copies to 90,000,000 copies. Yes, you read that right. 90 Million copies!
Now I know over the years we have all heard of huge selling nonfiction books. And in the past it was the exception more than the rule. Not so today. Marc continues by showing you many ordinary people, just like you, who have written many of these big selling nonfiction books.
Ordinary people like housewives, elderly men and women, even high school dropouts, are now writing 100,000-copy nonfiction books over and over again. What makes Marc such and expert on ordinary people doing what a few years ago was considered extraordinary?
Marc McCutcheon is an ordinary person doing this. He is not only a high school dropout. He is also the author of the highly successful Roget's Super Thesaurus. Amazon.com voted this book one of the “Ten Best” reference books published in recent years. Marc has thirteen books currently in print. He speaks from vast experience. Then he shares essential skills and ideas you need to know in order to write great selling nonfiction books yourself.
Inside this book you will learn what kind of nonfiction books you should write. How to figure out if your idea will fly, and why you don't need a college degree.
Then you'll discover whether or not you will need an agent. Plus how to toughen yourself up for rejection letters.
To help you over the hurdle of getting a publisher to look at your book in the first place. Marc adds chapters on The Query Letter, The Proposal, Negotiating Your Book Contract, and then how to do promotion for your book.
My favorite part of this book is chapter twelve. Lean and Mean: The Secrets to Full-Time Writing Success. Between today's new book publishing environment and the busy lives we all seem to lead. This chapter helped me to sort out some areas where I was losing a lot of precious writing time.
One big time waster for me was what Marc calls, “One of the most common traps that springs forth from working at home is the “flexible” schedule you think you're entitled to.”
By using The Writer's Checklist for Success along with personal experiences that Marc shares, I have carved out a lot more productive time for writing my books. Not to mention, a lot less stress along the way.
This book finishes ahead of the pack, in how-to write nonfiction books, with A Grab Bag of Tips and an excellent resource section.
All in all, I truly have learned a lot that I can put into immediate action from this book. I will also be referring to this book for a long time to come.
If you want to stop working part-time jobs, or quit your full time day job forever. If you truly want to write nonfiction books that will help others while providing you with a good income. This is the book for you!
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Damn! Why Didnt I Write That?: How Ordinary People are Raking in 00,000.00 or More Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too!
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher: Quill Driver Books.
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