without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Wed, 12 May 2021 14:14:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 Why you should shun publishers that strip links from your articles https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-you-should-shun-publishers-that-strip-links-from-your-articles https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-you-should-shun-publishers-that-strip-links-from-your-articles#comments Wed, 12 May 2021 14:14:14 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11737 Links are as much a part of content as punctuation. If you submit an article and the publisher or site removes them, they’re removing substantive content, violating publishing ethics, and behaving arrogantly. Writers should avoid any site that behaves this way. Here’s why I’m talking about this today — it’s what happened when my friend … Continued

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Win-win https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/win-win https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/win-win#comments Tue, 11 May 2021 14:31:25 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11729 You want to win. Is there a better way to be a winner? Earlier in my career I worked for a startup software company. I was in product management. Then, as now, there was a shortage of qualified engineers, so the company paid a generous bounty if they hired someone you referred. Rachel was a … Continued

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What? Me, biased? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-me-biased https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-me-biased#comments Mon, 10 May 2021 14:52:04 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11725 My post Friday on Donald Trump’s new site and sort-of social network struck some nerves. One commenter said “As a social commentator, you cover for tyranny.” That seemed a little nasty. Two things are true. First, I am anti-Trump. I did a whole series of posts about it before the election. I’m not trying to … Continued

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Why Donald Trump’s “social network” is smarter than it looks https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-donald-trumps-social-network-is-smarter-than-it-looks https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-donald-trumps-social-network-is-smarter-than-it-looks#comments Fri, 07 May 2021 15:06:38 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11719 For months, we’ve heard the rumor that ex-President Trump was starting a social network. It’s up now. It’s called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.” As a social network, it sucks. But as a functional equivalent to Trump’s former Twitter account, it’s likely to succeed. How Trump’s new megaphone works Here are the rules … Continued

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Your book needs no introduction. So don’t write one. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/your-book-needs-no-introduction-so-dont-write-one https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/your-book-needs-no-introduction-so-dont-write-one#respond Thu, 06 May 2021 16:26:34 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11716 Nonfiction books should start with a bang. Introductions are boring. Ergo, don’t start with an introduction. Despite the logic of this, many business and nonfiction writers start their books with an introduction. They either think it’s required, or fall victim to the fallacy that, having created a book, they need to somehow explain it. Why … Continued

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The two words that (nearly) always cure writer’s block https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-two-words-that-nearly-always-cure-writers-block https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-two-words-that-nearly-always-cure-writers-block#comments Wed, 05 May 2021 14:58:52 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11713 You’re sitting staring and the page. You don’t know what to type. And the deadline is looming. Two words will break your trance: “Look, stupid.” Allow me to explain. What causes writer’s block This advice is for nonfiction writers only. (If you write fiction, you need advice from somebody else.) There are plenty of rational … Continued

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How to seduce readers with a sexy table of contents https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-seduce-readers-with-a-sexy-table-of-contents https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-seduce-readers-with-a-sexy-table-of-contents#respond Tue, 04 May 2021 15:57:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11704 I bet you never thought of a table of contents as sexy. But it is, or at least it ought to be. A table of contents is an invitation to go further, to create a new relationship. If that’s what you want, then being sexy is a good strategy. A potential book buyer peruses the … Continued

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How to sell 10,000 copies of your book — or decide you don’t need to https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-sell-10000-copies-of-your-book-or-decide-you-dont-need-to https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-sell-10000-copies-of-your-book-or-decide-you-dont-need-to#comments Mon, 03 May 2021 18:10:10 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11697 It’s a publishing truism that your book must sell 10,000 copies to be successful. It’s wrong. And it’s also very hard. So let’s take a look at whether you need to sell 10,000 copies, and what it would take to do that. Can you succeed without selling 10,000 copies? The analysis I’m going to share … Continued

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Struggling to say something new? Here are 6 ways to break out of your rut. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/struggling-to-say-something-new-here-are-6-ways-to-break-out-of-your-rut https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/struggling-to-say-something-new-here-are-6-ways-to-break-out-of-your-rut#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2021 15:24:47 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11692 If you want to attract attention with your writing, you have to say something new. If those thoughts running around in your head seem like what everyone else has already written about, that’s a problem. None of us want to read yet another post about how customer experience is important, you should measure what matters, … Continued

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What is “woke,” really? And why everyone is fighting about it? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-is-woke-really-and-why-everyone-is-fighting-about-it https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-is-woke-really-and-why-everyone-is-fighting-about-it#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2021 16:26:52 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11685 For years, progressives, especially Black progressives, have been explaining that people need to be “woke” — that is, fully aware of and pursuing action on racial and equity issues. Now there’s a conservative “anti-woke” backlash. But what exactly is “woke,” and why is it such a flashpoint? Merriam-Webster says “woke” is a slang term that … Continued

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