How an Idiot Writes a Self Help Book

How an Idiot Writes a Self Help Book Author David S. Chandler
ISBN-10 9780595295982
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 108
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You think you could write a self-help book? You probably can. No writing experience? No problem. If you've read self-help books, you know that it doesn't take a genius to write one. In fact, idiots write self-help books every day. David S. Chandler and Elliot Kay reveal how an idiot, any idiot, can write a self-help book. This no-holds-barred expose that uncovers the secrets of the entire self-help industry is sure to be a treasure on your bookshelf for years to come.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing Business Books

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing Business Books Author Bert Holtje
ISBN-10 9781101130223
Release 2009-09-01
Pages 336
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The great idea is only the beginning. The typical business book author often lacks style, voice, pace, or focus. This guide takes the reader on a virtual tour of business book publishing, providing all the information essential to a successful book, from shaping the idea to writing the proposal to approaching an agent and beyond. ?Covers the essentials of marketing and publicity ?Addresses self-publishing, for those business book writers who simply look to sell their books at conferences ?The Complete Idiot's Guides® dedicated to writing and publishing continue to do well

The Power of Balance

The Power of Balance Author Frank Arricale
ISBN-10 9781440186059
Release 2009-11
Pages 284
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Have you ever been in love? What is it you fear? Growing up? Growing old? Death? Life? Is it too late? You'd assume that a book called The Power of Balance would, first and foremost, be about balance. A reasonable assumption. But, as you probably know by now, not all reasonable assumptions are correct, and the truth is this book has very little to do with balance. What does it have to do with? That's what John Penatucci, onetime pop musician, one-hit literary wonder, and second-rate college English teacher, finds himself wondering as he's held hostage by an enigmatic woman who identifies herself only as the Driver. As their journey progresses and he recalls some of the central moments and relationships of his life, it appears that what it's all about is for the Driver to know and for him to find out. Alternating between past and present, pathos and humor, dream and reality, The Power of Balance does turn out to have something vaguely to do with, of all things, balance. But it's more about love. And going home.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Self Publishing

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Self Publishing Author Jennifer Basye Sander
ISBN-10 9781440690730
Release 2005-10-04
Pages 336
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A practical guide for a booming market. Every aspiring self-published author needs this guide, which covers everything from design to sales. It reveals all the tools they'll need, including worksheets for estimating costs, timing, and resources; up-to-date information on production and design; formats for many genres; strategies for publicity and sales; plus success stories from self- published authors. * Publishers Marketing Association estimates there are 73,000 small and self- publishers in the U.S., with 8,000-11,000 new ones each year * Of the approximately 2.8 million books in print, 78% of the titles come from small/self-publishers (PMA) * For small and self-publishers, sales increased 21% annually from 1997-2002; in 2002, these 73,000 publishers grossed $29.4 billion * 81% of the population feels they have a book inside them; 6 million have written a manuscript; and another 6 million have a manuscript making the rounds

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Creative Writing 2nd edition

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Creative Writing  2nd edition Author Laurie Rozakis
ISBN-10 9781615644643
Release 2004-06-01
Pages 384
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A creative writing class in a book -REVISED. Major revisions take this popular Complete Idiot's Guide to a new level, offering readers a better way to unlock their creativity from the first page. Exercises help them explore their talents and experiment with different genres and forms of writing, including short stories, narrative fiction, memoirs, magazine articles, poetry, drama, blogging, and freewriting.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Working Less Earning More

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Working Less  Earning More Author Jeff Cohen
ISBN-10 9781440636653
Release 2008-09-02
Pages 288
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A down-to-earth resource for a more-for-me life. Through practical information from an author who works about three days a week, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Working Less, Earning More will help readers get more time and more money by learning how to: ?Think about the modern-day work ethic in a new way ?Set income-focused goals, and achieve them ?Build, and maintain, powerful relationships and networks ?Round out skill sets to be more marketable ?Maximize technology to minimize time spent on minutia ?Avoid time wasters and efficiency traps

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing Author James Mendrinos
ISBN-10 9781440696206
Release 2004-07-06
Pages 352
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Comedy is serious business - and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor a piece to its intended audience.

Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal Author John Schwartz
ISBN-10 9781101600511
Release 2012-11-08
Pages 304
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A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening story for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults. Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a failed suicide attempt. After mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe’s disclosure — delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes—was greeted with dismay and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose of pills. Additionally, John and his wife, Jeanne, found that their son’s school was unable to address Joe’s special needs. Angry and frustrated, they initiated their own search for services and groups that could help Joe understand that he wasn’t alone. Oddly Normal is Schwartz’s very personal attempt to address his family’s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe. Schwartz follows Joseph through childhood to the present day, interweaving his narrative with common questions, including: Are effeminate boys and tomboy girls necessarily gay? Is there a relationship between being gay and suicide or mental illness? Should a child be pushed into coming out? Parents, teachers, and counselors alike will welcome Oddly Normal and its crucial lessons about helping gay kids –and any kid who is different -- learn how to cope in a potentially hostile world.

A Writer s Guide to Nonfiction

A Writer s Guide to Nonfiction Author Elizabeth Lyon
ISBN-10 0399528679
Release 2003
Pages 225
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Discusses the art and craft of writing essays, memoirs, how-to guides, travel, technical reports, feature articles, recipes, and other genres, and provides tips on the business side of writing, target audiences, and marketing.

Writer s Guide to Nonfiction

Writer s Guide to Nonfiction Author Elizabeth Lyon
ISBN-10 9781101153505
Release 2003-03-04
Pages 240
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A WRITER’S COMPASSDirection for your writing career Don’t get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer’s Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing instructor, mentor, and marketing consultant, Elizabeth Lyon helps you navigate the art and craft of writing—with clear, easy-to-follow directions: NORTH Getting Your Bearings Understand your purpose and your audience; learn to refine your ideas, select effective titles, and find the best method of organization for any piece SOUTH Troubleshooting Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them EAST Learning to Market Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales WEST Refining Your Vision Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Copywriter s Words And Phrases

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Copywriter s Words And Phrases Author Kathy Kleidermacher
ISBN-10 9781440650512
Release 2005-11-01
Pages 352
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Market more successfully-with thousands of powerful, persuasive words. This reference is for anyone who needs to write effective marketing copy-for ads, catalogs, brochures, letters, press releases, displays, fundraising materials, and more. With thousands of entries, it does the brainstorming for you-and sparks ideas that stand out in a sea of hype. -Three A-to-Z sections: descriptive words, promotional words, and words organized by industry (cosmetics, food, travel, computers, etc.) -Extensive synonym lists for frequently used marketing words: 45 words for big; 19 words for authentic; 27 words for clean; 46 words for money; ... and 10 words for purple -Additional lists of Related Words and Phrases, Expressions, Symbols, and Antonyms -Also features A Concise Guide to Copywriting, with chapters on consumer psychology; tricks of the trade; grammar and style tips; and 7 Qualities that Make a Great Copywriter

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Novel 2nd Edition

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Novel  2nd Edition Author Tom Monteleone
ISBN-10 9781101198117
Release 2010-07-06
Pages 384
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A completely updated guide for first-time novelists. Completely revised to include new interviews with best-selling authors; more detailed information on writing genre fiction from paranormal romance to cozy mysteries; and everything a writer needs to know about self-publishing and eBooks to get started. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference on how to write and publish a first novel. ?Expert author with over thirty published novels ?Includes interviews with new best-selling novelists ?Features new material on writing genre fiction and self-publishing

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Book Proposals Query Letters

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Book Proposals   Query Letters Author Coleen O'Shea
ISBN-10 9781101478615
Release 2011-02-01
Pages 320
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Tips for catching and holding an agent's attention. Essential reading for any fiction or nonfiction writer seeking publication, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Book Proposals & Query Letters provides in-depth information on composing a successful query letter as well as detailed suggestions on how to craft each element of a book proposal - from author bio to marketing and competition information to a synopsis for fiction writers. By following the same guidelines an agent uses when submitting her client's book proposals to editors (and selling them), writers are given proven techniques for creating winning submissions. ?The most comprehensive information on query letters found in any book on writing ?The only book on book proposals that also targets a fiction audience ?Author is an agent who also blogs to a readership of about 1,500 daily

How to Work for an Idiot

How to Work for an Idiot Author John Hoover
ISBN-10 9781427095169
Release 2008-08-21
Pages 400
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How to Work for an Idiot is the confession of a recovering I-Boss (Idiot Boss). After decades of writing and consulting, John Hoover, also known as Dr. John, finally realized that the vast majority of people he kept trying to energize, motivate, and enlighten were, wellidiots. He also realized that he was an idiot for trying to change them. Instead, he has decided to enlighten you, the poor schlubs who actually must continue working for these Idiot Bosses. You cannot change them. You cannot challenge them. And no, you cannot practice anything on them that you saw on CSI or even CSI: Miami. But you can survive them; even thrive under them, if you know how to deal with them.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing Well

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing Well Author Laurie Rozakis
ISBN-10 9781429526579
Release 2000-01-09
Pages 480
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You're no idiot, of course. You know how to tap out an email to your boss, scrawl a note to your sweetheart, even throw in an extra flourish when you sign a greeting card. But when it comes to really writing that excruciating process of transferring your thoughts to paper without inventing some strange new language well, let's just say you think you lack the write stuff. The written word was a great achievement in human history; don't give up on it just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well' is the writing book you've been waiting for everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. In this 'Complete Idiot's' Guide, you'll get : -Expert advice on making your writing as clear, persuasive and painless as possible, whether it's a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing. Easy-to-follow guidelines on a structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and style. No-nonsense advice on figuring out the three hardest parts of any writing: the beginning, middle and end.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Motorcycles

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Motorcycles Author
ISBN-10 0028642589
Release 2001
Pages 428
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Covers everything from how to choose and maintain a motorcycle and how to buy appropriate gear to how to ride safely, and how to make the most out of trips on the open road. It also discusses motorcycle history and the timeless motorcycle mystique.

Low Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health

Low Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health Author Luciano L'Abate
ISBN-10 9780387368993
Release 2007-06-06
Pages 526
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Most health professionals would agree that time and funds are in short supply, even under optimal conditions. Patients, too, would admit similar shortfalls, even with optimal motivation. This book offers self-administered and easily administered interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. Editor Luciano L’Abate continues his long tradition of prolific innovations by identifying major changes in today’s health care systems and explaining how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas.