Writing a Book? Check Out These Three People First

In book publishing, the spirit of the ‘sixties is in full swing. It’s a time of creativity, chaos, and rebellion. A new business model is emerging, and nobody knows what it is.

The rise of ebooks and self-publishing creates a plethora of options for writers. If you’re writing a self-help book—or any book, for that matter—you’ll benefit by staying on top of the latest news.

Following is some information about three people who can act as reliable guides.

Michael Hyatt, Intentional Leadership

Michael is the chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade publisher in the U.S. He writes about several topics, and his posts about publishing are not to be missed.

If you’re a first-time author, start with this post and this one.

Also check out Michael’s ebooks on how to write a book proposal and contact an agent.  They are useful even if you’re planning to self-publish. Writing a proposal helps you think through your project and avoid common mistakes. Michael’s instructions are a beacon in the book publishing wilderness.

Jane Friedman, Being Human at Electric Speed 

Jane is a professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati, a former editor at Writer’s Digest, and an active presenter to people in publishing. She’s particularly insightful about how new media will affect the future of book publishing.

Do check out her page of free advice for writers.

Another of Jane’s strengths is her writing about the difference between a book and a blog. And her post about book proposals in the digital age is an essential supplement to Michael’s ebook on that topic.

Dan Blank, We Grow Media

Dan is a compassionate and experienced guide for authors who want to build a marketing platform for their work. His blog is another must-read, and his video interviews with authors add a human touch to the topic of book writing and publishing.


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