Listed here you will find print and electronic titles CNW highly recommends. Some were written by CNW members; but not all. For your convenience, each title is linked to its listing on amazon.com (if it's available there) and/or other Web sites.
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Do you know why over 81% of authors fail? It's for the same reason businesses fail; there is no viable plan. In business, it would be a business plan. In publishing we write a book proposal. Before you ever start writing that book, read Patricia Fry's Propose Your Book, How to Craft Persuasive Proposals for Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children's Books (Allworth Press). paperback or Kindle edition
How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle by Russ Crowley, Red Dragon Publishing (January 2, 2015); digital, 180 pages (per my PDF review copy; other editions may vary). $6.99 Kindle, http://amzn.to/1uf1nIa; $7.99 paperback http://amzn.to/1DQUmWr - How many manuscripts do you have on your hard drive, waiting to publish to Kindle or CreateSpace, but you don't really know how to do the formatting? And you don't want to pay to outsource it? I know I have my share! Well, Russ Crowley has come to our rescue. A long-time Word expert, Russ has put together an excellent step-by-step blueprint to get you from raw doc file to formatted and published Kindle and/or CreateSpace book. This is not a typical short Kindle overview. This is a full-length 180-page book, with 144 screen shots and other images. I use WordPerfect by choice, so have only basic familiarity with Word, and even I can follow Russ's instructions. A nice-sized section is available in Amazon's "Look inside" feature for you to review the complete Table of Contents and the full list of illustrations. (Hint: You can also get a free Kindle book template that he uses from that "Look inside" – worth joining his email list to download.)
The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent, Marin Bookworks (December 16, 2014); $10.55 paperback, http://amzn.to/1BRkKyR; $7.99 Kindle, http://amzn.to/1BkOql9 - When you start a big, complicated project like self-publishing a book, you know you're going to be "stuck" in numerous spots. What to do next? Where to go for help with this snafu? You probably turn to Google, which is great, but it can be a time-suck until you find the correct answer. This book lists more than 850 "curated and verified" resources in 26 categories to guide you through the publishing labyrinth and to the answers you seek. Resources are divided into Preparation and Promotion sections. The Kindle edition advantage: you can click on all those links and go directly to the web-sites.
What to Charge – Second Edition by Laurie Lewis, Outskirts Press Inc.; Amazon.com: Paperback, 186 pages, $20.59; Kindle $9.99.
Subtitle: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants. Much has changed in the freelance world since the first What to Charge appeared in 2000, reflected in the many updates in this edition. The chapter on negotiating has been expanded. There's a new chapter on frequently asked questions, as well as updated sample fees. Among the samples our members will find particularly useful: Letter of Agreement for Editing a Manuscript, Worksheet for Calculating a Project Fee (this one is for writing a newsletter, but it could be adapted to any kind of project). Chapters also cover methods of pricing, task-based logs, identifying typical fees, preparing to price, contracts and letters of agreement, when you lose a job, end-of-job and year-end analyses, and increasing fees. Update: What to Charge was selected as a Finalist in the Business: Writing & Publishing category of The USA Best Books 2011 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.
Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer's Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books by Kelly James-Enger.
If you write for a living—or to make extra money, have you considered adding ghostwriter/coauthor to your freelancing repertoire? Eighty percent of "big name" books (think Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donald Trump, David Beckham, Clay Aiken) are ghostwritten, and publishers, agents, and corporations hire ghostwriter every day. Professionals like physicians, financial experts, and business owners pay ghostwriters to author books to heighten their visibility, as do everyday people who just dream of getting their books into print. How do you get started in this lucrative field? What sets successful ghostwriters apart from the "wanna-bes"? How do you find clients, negotiate fees, work efficiently, and take advantage of the increasing demand for ghosts? Check out the answers in Goodby Byline, Hello Big Bucks.
Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers by Brigitte Thompson, Crystal Press, www.CrystalPress.org. In addition to the basics of bookkeeping – tracking income and expenses, it covers the legal and practical aspects of setting up and running an editorial business by viewing the completed recordkeeping forms of a fictitious writing business. Among the topics covered in friendly terms: choosing a business name, accounting methods, business vs. hobby, bartering, possible business deductions, business use of your home, auto and travel deductions, subcontractor vs. employee, how to use the numbers to manage your business, taxes and audits. Chapter 10 includes more than a dozen blank forms you can copy or scan and use for your business. Also of value is a sample freelance writing contract you can present to clients, as well as a sample subcontractor agreement. Scattered throughout are tips for success. Also available at Amazon
One Word, Two Words, Hyphenated? by Marie Louise Gilman. Keep this one close to your keyboard — I do. It´s a quick reference to 14,000 words and phrases. Perfect tool for editors and proofreaders. You will have to find a used one, but worth looking for. I still use it after alkl these years.