If you’re a fan of using Getting Things Done to stay on top of all the, well, things you need to get done – you’ll love How to Take Smart Notes for staying on top of all the things you want to learn. I’ll give you an introduction – in my own words – in this How to Take Smart Notes summary. keep on reading »
ARCs, galleys, advance reader copies, or advance review copies – whatever you want to call it, you want to get your self-published book in the hands of readers in advance of your launch date. Where’s the best place to print your advance reader copies? keep on reading »
If you want to write a book, don’t ask, “How much money does the average book make?” In this context, “average” is meaningless. You’re in the world of Black Swans. The Black Swan is a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and I have found the ideas in it critical to navigating my career as an author. Here – in my own words – is my The Black Swan book summary. The ideas in The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable are what I think about when I’m considering writing a new book.
When I first heard of Getting Things Done, I was skeptical. How could it possibly live up to the fanaticism of its cult following? But once I saw the power of the “next action,” of “someday/maybes,” and of organizing tasks by “context,” I knew there was a good reason for the hype: “GTD” works.
Now that I have written several books, people often ask me how to start writing a book. They say “I want to write a book, but I can’t get started,” or they say, “I don’t know what to write about,” or ask me “how long does it take to write a book?” If you need help writing a book for the first time, the following is what I would suggest. keep on reading »
UPDATE (8/31/2015): I loved the form factor so much, I upgraded to an Alphasmart NEO, which has a much nicer keyboard feel, and (regrettably) displays slightly more type 😉
Technology has made a lot of things about writing easier. You can save little scraps of information in Evernote, write and edit with ease, and you don’t have to go to the library to do research. keep on reading »