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10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They're Not About Craft). Makealivingwriting.com.

What happens when freelance writers want to build their careers? Well, since we’re ‘word’ people, we tend to ask our friends, “What good books for writers should I read?”

Lengthy chats erupt on Facebook in response, about the most inspiring and useful books on writing craft. Books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King’s On Writing are enthusiastically discussed and endorsed.

I’ve read and loved these books, too. But I don’t think they’re the ideal books for writers, especially if your focus is making a reliable living at your craft.

My experience is writers read these books, think, “Aaah, wonderful! Terrific insights.” Then, they go straight back to starving.

Also, most writers I know don’t need to improve their craft. They write just fine.

The books for writers that will make a bigger impact are the ones about how to make a business from writing. How to freelance successfully. How to finally find the confidence to put your writing out there.

Those are the books for writers that can really change your life. The books that show you how to feed your family, on a regular basis, with your craft.

If that’s the sort of help you need, here’s a list of practical books on the business of being a writer that I frequently recommend.

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Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell

Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you have a book idea, but aren’t sure whether or not it would succeed in today’s market?

Undecided whether or not that book would be worth all your time and money?

You’re not alone. Many authors ask this very question. With Amazon becoming more crowded, some believe that you have to be famous or have a following before succeeding in self-publishing.

But this isn’t true.

No longer do you have to blindly guess at whether or not a book will do well on Amazon. It turns out, there are vital numbers, analytics, and even some tools that will help any author figure these things out before they decide to write a book.

I like to call this process “Book Idea Validation.”

Book idea validation, a/k/a book market research, doesn’t guarantee sales and success – I’m not talking about a silver bullet. However, it does give you a better understanding of the book market before you dive in.

So, if you’d like to know a little more about your potential book market, and find ways to give your book a better chance to succeed, then read on.

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My Best Book Marketing Tip for Creating Maximum Buzz

I recently put out a traditionally published print book — The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Starting Your Business on a Shoestring. I did a lot of things to promote the book. I had a launch party. I wrote

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