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Ask the Coach, Beth Mende Conny, your writing questions

Ask the Coach: Book Revisions

Q: Any tips for making book revisions? A: All revision begins with re-vision, a stepping back to determine if you’ve delivered on the promise of your work. Almost always there will be something you need or want to change. Welcome the opportunity, for it gives you a second chance to “deliver the goods.” Accept that no work is perfect, nor should it be. Revision is what allows you to hone your skills and improve the […]

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Ask the Coach: How do I choose among book ideas?

Q: I have so many book ideas. How do I choose among them? A: To limit the number of possibilities, ask yourself the following questions. Your answers will help you make a more informed decision. When did this particular idea first enter your life? Where were you personally and professionally at the time? What promise, challenge or appeal did it have? Given how you’ve changed in recent months or years, does the idea reflect the […]

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Ask the coach: What’s the best place to conduct an interview?

Q: What’s the best place to conduct an interview? A: Sometimes you don’t have a choice, given your interviewee’s location or schedule, or whether or not you need access to her files and other materials. Try, however, to choose a place that is as neutral as possible; namely, one where you would both be on equal terms. Out-of-the-way places work well you need privacy or need to avoid distractions. The more relaxed a setting, the […]

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Ask the coach: Book wholesalers and distributors

Q: What is the difference between a book wholesaler and distributor? A: In simplistic terms: A wholesaler carries an inventory of books, which it ships to stores and libraries as orders are placed. Publishers send their books to a wholesaler, so they don’t have to deal with fulfillment. The wholesaler gets a percentage of the book’s retail price. It does not promote books; that’s up to the author and publisher. A distributor promotes and sells books to […]

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Ask the coach: Book front matter defined

Q: What is the difference among a foreword, preface, introduction, and prologue? Do I have to include all or any of them my book? A: The four sections are optional. A foreword usually is written by an expert or public figure. It can lend credibility to your work, as well as help market it, especially if a contributor’s name appears on the book cover, (e.g., “Foreword by John Doe.”) A preface discusses the story behind […]

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Ask the coach: Stock photos and design costs

Q: Should I use stock photos to save on design costs? A: Stock photos are those that can be licensed for specific uses, such as on book covers, websites, and in magazines and brochures. Terms of use, like licensing costs, vary. You can spend pennies to hundreds of dollars or more for a single image, group of images or a subscription to stock photo companies, for limited/unlimited use, and for commercial/non-commercial use. Sometimes, you can […]

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Ask the coach, Beth Mende Conny, how to establish a daily writing routine

Ask the coach: How do I start a daily writing routine?

  Q. How do I start a daily writing routine? A. First, define what you mean by “daily.” Every day of the week? Monday through Friday? Two to three days a week? There’s a huge difference among them. Choose carefully. Setting a routine is a waste unless you can follow it. A routine is not meant to be wishful thinking. It should be practical, not just in scope but also in ability. Producing 25 pages […]

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Ask the Coach, Beth Mende Conny: What does a ghostwriter do?

Ask the Coach: what does a ghostwriter do?

Q. What does a ghostwriter do? A. Generally, a ghostwriter is a hired hand who writes a book, article, blog or some other work in someone else’s name. That someone is considered the “author.” The ghostwriter and author agree verbally or in writing on the scope of the work, who will get credit for it, and if and how profits will be assigned. Projects vary, as does the relationship between the parties. Using books as an […]

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Ask the Coach: Who should I ask to critique my work?

Q: I’ve just finished the second draft of my book. Who should I ask to critique it? A: Be fussy when choosing a critiquer. Share your work with individuals whose opinions matter, not so much personally but professionally. These individuals need to be discerning readers who can offer detailed feedback about what does and does not works. The latter is especially important because it gives you an opportunity to improve your work; that, after all, is […]

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Ask the coach: Who should critique my book?

Q: I’ve just finished the second draft of my book. Who should I ask to critique it? A: Be fussy when choosing a critiquer. Share your work with individuals whose opinions matter, not so much personally but professionally. These individuals need to be discerning readers who can offer detailed feedback about what does and does not work. The latter is especially important because it gives you an opportunity to improve your work; that, after all, […]

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