How to tell if you are a literary snob

Written by David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy

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Well, not quite. In fact, his book is about humorous anecdotes from many years in his particular profession. Hmm. That wouldn't qualify him as an author, even if he publishes. It would put him in that blurry purgatory between "writer" "and" "author" inrepparttar company of so many silver medal winners who almost made it and whose names we almost remember .

Why? Because he doesn't qualify for that crucial qualifying praise, "I just couldn't put your book down." That comment is reserved for novels, "serious" non-fiction like biographies and history, and how-to books on topics that require wads of glue. Other lowly books just don't count.

But what if a lowly book could attract an " I just couldn't put your book down?" Would that makerepparttar 129390 writer an author, or wouldrepparttar 129391 author remain just a writer?

My book is a self-help book. Climb your Stairway to Heaven:repparttar 129392 9 habits of maximum happiness. Self-help books are certainly not considered second-class books byrepparttar 129393 literary elite. They wouldn't even let self-help books into fourth class. In other words, mine is not a title any self-respecting New York Times book reviewer would allow to qualify for "I just couldn't put your book down."

At least, not in theory. But several people have said exactly that. (Too bad they said it to me and not torepparttar 129394 New York Times.)

One lady even apologized for not calling me back one morning because she had stayed up intorepparttar 129395 wee hours ofrepparttar 129396 morning reading my book. Now that'srepparttar 129397 kind of feedback that makes an author smile. Whatrepparttar 129398 heck, that kind of feedback would make even a writer smile.

Call me a writer. Call me an author. I couldn't care less. As long as you tell me "I just couldn't put your book down," I'm happy as a pig in ... uh ... Jell-O.

he's an author. But he's also a writer. And a book reviewer. And a speaker. This article is an excerpt from the popular ebook Musings, written by a dozen prominent authors. Pick up your free copy at Or sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at

How to Find a Good Content Writer

Written by Heather Reimer

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4. Ask for samples ofrepparttar type of writing you need, whether it's website content, a sales letter or a news release. Do you like what you see?

5. Make sure their work comes with a guarantee. Not just "I keep writing until it's good enough", but a full money-back offer.

6. If you think you've found your writer, commission a small, inexpensive project first. If you're happy withrepparttar 129386 quality and repparttar 129387 speed with which it's produced, you know you can send him or her more important work.

7. Be wary of writers who take days or, heaven forbid, weeks to answer your correspondence. That's your first clue thatrepparttar 129388 customer does not come first.

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