without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Use the “reader question method” to plan and organize your business book https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/use-the-reader-question-method-to-plan-and-organize-your-business-book https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/use-the-reader-question-method-to-plan-and-organize-your-business-book#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:10:08 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11044 If you are writing a book as an expert on a topic, you may be having challenges with organizing your content. You should build your table of contents around the questions your reader will ask. The wrong way to organize your book I was recently helping a consultant who was planning a book on a … Continued

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How authors can work with a developmental editor https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-authors-can-work-with-a-developmental-editor https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-authors-can-work-with-a-developmental-editor#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:46:18 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11032 A developmental editor can help make your book better. They also cost money — and spending that money wisely demands some preparation. Here are a few tips on getting the most out of a developmental editor. Choose the right kind of editor The job of the (nonfiction) editor is to stand in for your eventual … Continued

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Calculating your Thanksgiving COVID-19 risk https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/thanksgiving-covid-19-risk-calculator https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/thanksgiving-covid-19-risk-calculator#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:35:28 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11016 One of my correspondents posted recently that, rather than living in fear, he was having 13 or more people to Thanksgiving at his house. Liberals and health professionals would have you believe that is risky. But just how risky? We all do risk calculations every day. If cars are speeding by on a busy street, … Continued

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How the Fairness Doctrine should apply to social networks https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-the-fairness-doctrine-should-apply-to-social-networks https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-the-fairness-doctrine-should-apply-to-social-networks#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:07:29 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11009 Simply put: social networks like Facebook are contributing to the polarization of American politics. The solution is not to break them up. The solution is to require them to expose members to a diversity of viewpoints. Why is America so divided? Why, even now, are there partisans so desperately afraid of Biden’s election that they … Continued

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Trademarks in books and other prose: how to mark and when to claim them https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/trademarks-in-books-and-other-prose-how-to-mark-and-when-to-claim-them https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/trademarks-in-books-and-other-prose-how-to-mark-and-when-to-claim-them#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:52:29 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11001 Trademarks confuse writers. Here are some tips on how to address trademarks in prose — and whether you ought to protect your own special names for things with them. Start with this: I’m not a lawyer. I hope you find this helpful — it’s based on decades of experience as a writer — but if … Continued

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Why every edit I do is a “close read” https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-every-edit-i-do-is-a-close-read https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-every-edit-i-do-is-a-close-read#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:18:59 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10994 Sometimes people request that I do a “light edit” on their document, book chapter, or book. “Just give it a read and let me know what it needs,” they say. I can’t actually do that. I only know how to do a close read. How I do a developmental edit There is a switch in … Continued

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What it means if I ask to share book revenue with you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-it-means-if-i-ask-to-share-book-revenue-with-you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-it-means-if-i-ask-to-share-book-revenue-with-you#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:18:40 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10990 I charge what I’m worth. Whether it’s a book proposal, book editing, or ghostwriting, I figure out how much work it will take, multiply by my hourly rate, and price accordingly. My price is fixed. I don’t charge by the hour, I charge by the job. If you propose to pay me out of your … Continued

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Don’t capitalize Random Crap https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/dont-capitalize-random-crap https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/dont-capitalize-random-crap#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:23:38 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10986 Even if you feel a need to make your favorite magic words more important, don’t capitalize them in running text. It makes prose look uneven — and makes you look like an eighteenth-century pamphleteer. Do you write to impress? I edit a lot of prose intended for that purpose — including “thought leadership” blogs, business … Continued

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Nonfiction writers: Start every chapter with a story https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/nonfiction-writers-start-every-chapter-with-a-story https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/nonfiction-writers-start-every-chapter-with-a-story#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:25:29 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10982 I don’t care whether you’r writing a memoir, a historical narrative, or a business book full of advice. You should start every chapter with a story. Why? Because stories draw people in. It’s that simple. Here are the starts of some chapters in my first book Groundswell. Would you want to read these chapters? When … Continued

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For editors, it pays to specialize https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/for-editors-it-pays-to-specialize https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/for-editors-it-pays-to-specialize#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:59:53 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10978 There are a million editors out there. If you aspire to make a living as one, you can’t just be “an editor” — because only those who specialize will be paid what they’re worth. (Author’s note — I’ll now resume posting mostly about writing, editing, and books. Thanks for your tolerance of my political posts … Continued

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