I’ve written three (actually, five now) books (my latest one is Helping Students Motivate Themselves), and have two more on the way. I’ll probably eventually write a post sharing my own advice to educators (and others) who might like to write a book but, for now and probably for the foreseeable future, I don’t think you’re find any better advice than what you’ll read in the posts and articles I share in this “The Best…” list.
However, I’d still love to hear suggestions of additional resources.
Here are my choices for The Best Advice If You Want To Write A Book:
Unleashing Your Inner Author…and Getting Published! is a good post by Bill Ferriter that offers advice to teachers who might want to write a book. It’s a must-read if you’ve ever thought about it…
Well-known teacher and author Alan Sitomer is writing a series on this topic right now, and you can see them here.
I think The Case For Self Publishing by Neal Pollack, which recently appeared in The New York Times, offers some valuable thoughts.
Ego Checks You May Encounter As A Blogger-Turned-Book-Writer is funny and has wisdom. It’s from The Awl.
Query Killers is another helpful piece.
Here’s a fun video on editing/revision. Thanks to LeeAnn Moore for the tip.
Chris Brogan is in the midst of writing a series of posts offering book-writing advice. I think his pieces on finding time and discipline are very good, while I’m less enthusiastic about what he wrote under Structure. Writing A Book — Marketing and Promotion is another post in his series that is helpful. Writing a Book — Making Money is yet another post in his series.
Writing A Book — Structure is Chris Brogan’s latest post.
How to Choose the Best Method for Publishing Your Book is from The Book Designer.
Q&A: Publishing Your Own E-Book is from The New York Times.
How To Be An E-book Author and Publisher In 4 Easy Steps is from Media Tapper.
5 Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing Your Book is from Mashable.
Here’s an interview with Bill Ferriter that appeared in Middleweb. The whole piece is worth reading, but I especially like his advice to teachers on writing a book that’s near the end.
The Joys and Hazards of Self-Publishing on the Web is from The New York Times.
“A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents provides helpful information to anyone wanting to write a piece of fiction.
Writer’s block and the drip is by Seth Godin.
Seth Godin has a great graph on the feelings one goes through when writing a book.
Applying to write for ELT publishers links is a useful post by Alex Case.
Everything you need to know about ebook distribution is from Vook.
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