Review: Profit From The Author Inside You

Written by Michael Southon

Profit From The Author Inside You by Roger C. Parker pdf format, 120 pages $37.00

I've reviewed a number of eBooks recently, and none of them excited me, but this one definitely did. If you've ever hadrepparttar slightest desire to write a 'How To' book, I urge you to read 'Profit From The Author Inside You'.

It's worth pointing out right atrepparttar 129571 start that Robert Parker does know what he's talking about - he has written 24 books that have been translated into 37 languages and there are currently over 1.6 million copies of his books in print.

This book assumes that you offer some kind of professional service. Robert Parker argues that writing a 'How To' book is not an end in itself, but a means of positioning yourself as one ofrepparttar 129572 leading experts in your field. As Robert Parker shows, books possess "magical" powers - writing a book opensrepparttar 129573 doors to speaking engagements, spinoff books, newsletters, columns, and hefty consulting fees.

I once knew a human resources expert in Australia and he was very good at what he did. But he used to complain bitterly that there were people with half his expertise earning 20 timesrepparttar 129574 amount he was. Why? Because they had written a book!

If you've always thought of writing as a painful process that requires a huge creative effort, you may be in for a pleasant shock.

Robert Parker shows that most successful (i.e. top-selling) 'How To' books are based on a formula - they are written in a 'paint by numbers' fashion.

The most exciting part of this book for me is a technique that Robert Parker calls 'Painless Writing'.

He urges you to throw out ofrepparttar 129575 window two very common (and unsuccessful) approaches to writing a book: Marathon Writing ("Getting away from it all" and dropping all other activities while you work on your book) and Linear Writing (trying to write your book from first to last chapter in an ordered sequence).

Surefire Ways to Get Your Magazine Article Queries Accepted

Written by Kathy Burns

One of my writing discussion groups recently had a topic thread going aboutrepparttar success rate of pitching magazine article ideas. It seems thatrepparttar 129569 standard acceptance rate is about 30% - 40%. In my own experience though, Iíve had about a 90% acceptance rate and I mentioned that inrepparttar 129570 group. This inevitably led to a nuts and bolts discussion, and I thought Iíd share these tips with you.

1. Never send a query without first looking atrepparttar 129571 magazineís editorial calendar. By looking atrepparttar 129572 editorial calendar, you can see immediately what topicsrepparttar 129573 editor will be most interested in, and when. Not all magazines publish an editorial calendar and some require that you request it via email. If you cannot find one onrepparttar 129574 publicationís website, and you find nothing that states they do not publish one, then send a short note torepparttar 129575 Editor asking if it is available and if so will they please send it to you.

2. Pay attention torepparttar 129576 publicationís lead time. Most editorial calendars or writersí guidelines will tell you what their particular lead time is. Lead time is simplyrepparttar 129577 amount of advanced time that advertisements or articles must be submitted in order to be ready for publication in a particular issue.

So, if a magazine states their lead time is 3 months and you were looking for ideas to pitch to them in May, you would want to look at what topics they will be covering in September, October or November. You can pitch ideas that are further ahead onrepparttar 129578 calendar as well, just remember thatrepparttar 129579 farther ahead you pitch,repparttar 129580 longer you may have to wait for payment.

3. Readrepparttar 129581 publication. Most publications can be read partially or completely online now days, so there is no excuse for skipping this step. By reading several of their most recently published materials, youíll gain two critical advantages: A. You will not send in an idea that was recently covered Ė doing so is an almost guaranteed way to have your query rejected. B. You will get a solid feel forrepparttar 129582 publicationís style. Crafting your query and article to their particular style is essential to getting published.

As a side effect, readingrepparttar 129583 magazine may also help you to generate some great topic ideas for your own queries.

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