Writing Better Books the Agile Way

When writing my previous book, I already wanted to write about project ... though, I decided to release it as Better Books with LaTeX and move the topic ...

Author: Clemens Lode

Publisher: Clemens Lode Verlag e.K.

ISBN: 9783945586815

Category: Computers

Page: 122

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The craft of writing and marketing a book has changed significantly over the past 10 years. It is no longer enough to just write a good book; you have to write for a specific audience and connect to your readers long before the book hits the shelves. Releasing part of your work early allows you to make adjustments to your book—or even discard your project entirely in order to invest your time into a better book idea. Using modern project management methods, you can organize your work into individual steps ("user stories"), and reuse them to market your book. Organizing the book into logical sections helps you to create preview materials for blog posts or newsletters. In addition, this will ensure that you make steady progress, avoid getting lost in the details and achieve high quality consistently throughout your book. --- Do you recognize yourself in one of these people? This book is for "Peter." - First-time author. - Has a "complete" script, "had a friend look at it," and now wants to publish it. - Might need (unsolicited) advice to properly edit it instead of just going through a "self-edit." - Needs to be reminded about the difficulties of selling a book. Has no idea about marketing. - Has not worked with an editor. - Creates his own book covers. - Would benefit from a "pep talk." This book is for "Mary." - Writes novels in Word but now wants to write a non-fiction book. - Undecided about what tools to use. - Works with an editor, but she and her editor have no real work structure. - Does not know how to market, find market niches, etc. Her past successes were random, and she never knew if her latest novel would sell or not. This book is for "John." - Professional editor seeking to expand his services from merely editing Word files to helping release books online. - Also is looking for better project management techniques to help guide an author along the way. - Often works in scientific fields and thus has to manage a lot of bibliographical references. - Spends lots of time indexing books. - Is OK with a LaTeX template but seeks to get a head start by making adjustments to it. This book is for "George." - LaTeX expert who wants to publish his work as an e-book. - Needs basic direction and then figures out the rest on his own. - Plans to do a series with a glossary and often needs to reuse blocks of text. - Needs some help in terms of book design, polishing, and graphics. - Loves to share work and collaborate with others. This book is for "Tina." - Professional self-publisher who is seeking additional ideas to improve her publishing process. - Looks for ways to establish herself as a brand and create a network of readers. This book is for "Clara." - Wants to write a book about her profession in order to establish herself as an expert but has no idea where to start. --- Table of Contents: - Great Expectations - Incorporate Books into Your Professional Career - Starting a New Book - What to Keep and What to Remove - Selecting Personas - How to Organize Your Ideas - How to Organize Your Ideas (Fiction Books) - The Rules of Your Book - How to Optimize the Work Process - How to Get Early Feedback from Readers - How We Can Help with Project Management

Write Better Stories and Essays Topics and Techniques to Improve Writing Skills for Students in Grades 6 8

The second objective of these workbook exercises is to provide tools in the form of techniques that middle school student authors in grades 6 through 8 can use to improve the content of their narrative, persuasive, expository and ...

Author: George Smith

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1479142573

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 524


Mr. George Smith, a children's book author, has been conductingwriting workshops at schools since 2004.Write Better Stories and Essays is his writing workshop published in the form of a workbook. It is designed to help students in middle school improve their writing skills. Key Benefits Explore different writing techniques Recognize common mistakes in writing Master creative techniques to improve writing Expand ideas into full length stories or essays Key Topics Covered Four Ways to Expand a Story Idea into a Story Creative Techniques for Using Words and Paragraphs Identifying Illogical or Incomplete Content, Inconsistent Voice (active or passive), Inconsistent Verb Tense (present and past) and Incorrect grammar Expressing the Emotions of a Character: Show, Don't Tell!! Using the Personification Technique Using the Flashback and Story Within a Story Techniques Using the Circular Text Technique Using the Five Senses Using the Persuasion Technique The Role of the Setting in a Story Presenting and Supporting Theories Techniques in Action: Stories and Essays Written by Middle School Students Detailed Answers Common Core State Standards Correlation Grading Rubrics Online Resources (QuillPad.org) Objectives The workbook has three objectives: The first objective of these workbook exercises is to give student authors practice in writing techniques that meet the standards for writing and language included in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). The second objective of these workbook exercises is to provide tools in the form of techniques that middle school student authors in grades 6 through 8 can use to improve the content of their narrative, persuasive, expository and descriptive writing. The third objective of this program is to create a platform for students to easily publish their writing online and get feedback from peers and educators. Writing is a skill that requires practice and mentoring. Children can become good writers through guided practice and constructive feedback. Please visit QuillPad.org to create an account and start publishing your stories and essays!

Writing Better Lyrics

The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades.

Author: Pat Pattison

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599631660

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 959


The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics. Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.Songwriters will discover: • How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listeners • Techniques for avoiding clichés and creating imaginative metaphors and similes • Ways to use repetition as an asset • How to successfully manipulate meter • Instruction for matching lyrics with music • Ways to build on ideas and generate effective titles • Advice for working with a co-writer • And much more Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, Writing Better Lyrics gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong.

Writing Better Requirements

Addressing systems engineers, this book introduces techniques for discovering and expressing systems requirements.

Author: Ian F. Alexander

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0321131630

Category: Computers

Page: 159

View: 537


Addressing systems engineers, this book introduces techniques for discovering and expressing systems requirements. The authors treat requirements as simple pieces of text, supported by operational scenarios and informal diagrams. They present the information in a step-by-step format addressing capturing requirements from users, organizing them into a clear message, techniques for requirement writing, and informal review processes. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

How to Write Better Essays

This indispensable guide takes students through each step of the essay writing process, enabling them to tackle written assignments with confidence.

Author: Bryan Greetham

Publisher: Red Globe Press

ISBN: 1352001144

Category: Education

Page: 298

View: 861


This indispensable guide takes students through each step of the essay writing process, enabling them to tackle written assignments with confidence. Students will develop their ability to analyse complex concepts, evaluate and critically engage with arguments, communicate their ideas clearly and concisely and generate more ideas of their own. Chapters are short and succinct and cover topics such as reading purposefully, note-taking, essay writing in exams and avoiding plagiarism. Packed with practical activities and handy hints which students can apply to their own writing, this is an ideal resource for students looking to improve the quality and clarity of their academic writing. This book will be a source of guidance and inspiration for students of all disciplines and levels who need to write essays as part of their course.

Writers Read Better Nonfiction

By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence, Colleen Cruz helps you make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with 50 carefully matched lesson pairs centered around non-fiction texts.

Author: M. Colleen Cruz

Publisher: Corwin

ISBN: 1506311237

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 448


When It Comes to Reading, Writers Have an Advantage We know that writing skills reinforce reading skills, but what’s the best way to capitalize on this relationship? By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence, Colleen Cruz helps you make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with 50 carefully matched lesson pairs centered around non-fiction texts. Lessons can be implemented either as a complete curriculum or as a supplement to an existing program. Complete with suggestions on adapting the lessons to suit the needs of your classroom and individual students, Writers Reader Better offers a solid foundation for giving your students the advantage of transferable literacy skills.

The Good Thing About Writing Books

People Read Your Work: It Feels Good to know that People are Reading what You're Writing and it Feels even Better when They Take the Time to Leave You a ...

Author: Timeka Willis

Publisher: Timeka Willis


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 24

View: 613


Turn Your Hobby into a Full Time Career. Did You Lose Your Job? No Worries, You Can Write Your Book in Sell it in as Many countries as You Like. When you get your Book into Actual Stores You will have Great Credibility. Writing is a Great Stress Reliever and it's Fun to See Your work Come to Life, you Choice Everything about Your Book. I Can't Think of a Better way than to get Paid for Something that You Enjoy Doing. Get paid Writing Books Today

Building Blocks of Writing Skills

This is a must book for both students and teachers who have the drive to master the skills of writing and become better at it.

Author: Robert Iki Leso

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781479711765

Category: Education

Page: 188

View: 460


Building Blocks of Writing Skills has been purposely written to meet the writing skills need for the Schools in Papua New Guinea. It is designed to be user-friendly and simplified to meet the teaching and learning needs of the students and teachers in the classroom. This book is a rich material for students and teachers who wish to prepare for National Written Expression Examinations that is organized annually across the country. In five well written chapters, the author swiftly takes the student how to write good narrative, descriptive, expository argumentative papers and letter writing. Each chapter is carefully blended with a step by step direction on how a student should prepare and present a well constructed paper. Indeed, the author has systematically arranged this book in order for the students to easily define, recall and display the different types of writings. It is equipped with useful, handy and practical activities to test the students' knowledge and skills in writing. In all, it is a well written book for students who need it. Without a doubt, this book is not only about helping the students to write clearly and logically to present their narrative, descriptive, expository, argumentative accounts and letter writing but also to develop the knowledge and skill levels of the students to become better person in the future. Those who begin to use this book will acclaim it as a gift from someone who has seen the need for good writing and has given some thoughts and time to come up with this resourceful book. This is a must book for both students and teachers who have the drive to master the skills of writing and become better at it.

52 Dates for Writers

If you're a new writer looking for new ways to find ideas, or an experienced writer wanting a new way to approach your storytelling, you'll find a lot of value in this book

Author: Claire Wingfield


ISBN: 0957527918

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 138

View: 304


This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. Suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, and those who would like to generate a store of ideas before starting to write.

The Magic Words Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

Speaking personally, I've found writing a book on “how to write children's and young adult ... that can help us live better lives or write better books.

Author: Cheryl Klein

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393292251

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 818


This master class in writing children’s and young adult novels will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish a great book. The best children’s and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fiction—intention, character, plot, and voice—while addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book’s exercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. With its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing Business Books

How to Write a Book Proposal, Michael Larsen (Writer's Digest Books). Mike is a good friend, and you have every right to think that because of this my ...

Author: Bert Holtje

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101130223

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 982


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

A Quick Guide to Writing Better Emails

This book is your quick guide to writing better emails.

Author: Heather Wright

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 151755652X


Page: 54

View: 663


This book is your quick guide to writing better emails. Ten short chapters outline the strategies you need for writing emails that get the responses you want and mark you as a professional. People spend a lot of time on their computers or smartphones communicating for fun. Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging have made us very fond of short forms, acronyms and multiple punctuation marks!!! But business writing is different. Writing for business has two purposes: 1.to make your company look good. 2.to make you look good. In ancient times, such as those when I first went to work in an office, managers had secretaries. Managers dictated letters and secretaries typed them up, corrected the grammar, and were responsible for accurate spelling and formatting. Those days are gone. There is no skilled buffer be-tween your thoughts and the words that go to your cli-ents, co-workers, and your boss. And the pace has changed, too. Letters could be proofread, retyped, and changed again, before they were finally put in the mailbox at the end of the day. The recipient knew that it could take a week before he or she got the answer to the original letter. Business today would collapse with that kind of time line. The expectation is that email gets answered within a matter of hours or even parts of hours. Quick response is expected. Your limited time is the reason that this book is short. You don't have the time to muddle through a large text. You need quick fixes fast. Read this book from the beginning or just read the chapters that apply to the questions you have now.

Writing Children s Books For Dummies

Join SCWBI or find a really good critique group — a group that is not just there to encourage you but to give you constructive criticism. Take a writing ...

Author: Lisa Rojany Buccieri

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118356463

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 844


Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's book Everyone loves a children's book—and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is! Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date recommendations, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know—from researching the current marketplace to developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills, dealing with editors, and submitting proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers. Updated and improved writing exercises All new content on social media and establishing an online presence as an author Fresh, updated content on publishing via hard copy and all the e- platforms From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.

The Better Writing Breakthrough

William Butler Yeats proclaimed that ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ This book lights the fire for the teaching of writing.” —John Hattie, author of the Visible Learning books

Author: Eleanor Dougherty


ISBN: 9781416618843

Category: Education

Page: 180

View: 624


Every teacher knows the challenge of trying to engage reluctant readers and struggling writers—students whose typical response to a writing prompt is a few sentence fragments scribbled on a sheet of paper followed by an elaborate shrug of the shoulders. The best way to engage less confident readers and writers is to give them something powerful to think about. The Discourse and Writing Cycle explores writing as a means to focus student thinking, fuel deeper learning, and build complex understanding in English, social studies, math, and science. This field-tested approach from well-respected experts Eleanor Dougherty, Laura Billings, and Terry Roberts is designed for use in grades 4–12. The book explores the three interrelated sequences of the cycle—the Discourse Sequence, the Transition to Writing Sequence, and the Writing Sequence—and includes classroom examples and sample lesson plans from across the content areas. The cycle will inspire you as a teacher and help you to inspire your students to write with confidence and competence. “How often we dim or extinguish the creative sparks that can come from good writing! William Butler Yeats proclaimed that ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ This book lights the fire for the teaching of writing.” —John Hattie, author of the Visible Learning books

Secrets of writing and selling books

The Better thing Failing and falling on your face is good for you. And also is rejection. Because then the Better thing comes on your path.

Author: Jasmin Hajro

Publisher: Jasmin Hajro


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 995


If you think that from just reading this book your life will change... Don't bother to read it... If you understand that you get results from taking action on what you learn... and you are a starting author or just have a book or 2 finished... And want to reach more people with your work and sell more books... Then this book is for you.. some strategies on writing and selling your books from real life experience. No false promises, because like Brian Tracy says : ''it takes 7 years to master a skill or build a successfull business'' You wanna do both, so it will take time and practise a lot of time and practise... But this book will help you get ahead with writing and selling books.

Writing In InDesign CC 2014 Producing Books

InDesign CS5.5 can produce validated ePUBs: but your book layouts take a lot of work. InDesign CS6 did quite a bit to write better code: but it still takes ...

Author: David Bergsland

Publisher: David Bergsland


Category: Computers

Page: 474

View: 326


This is a major update for me. The ePUB production techniques have changed quite a bit: both for fixed layout and for reflowable ePUBs. Many of the changes I've been waiting for with ePUB production have been implemented. InDesign now stands at the top of the heap for book production in general and ePUB production in particular. You do not need to know code, though understanding how HTML and CSS works will aid your conceptual understanding. I was lukewarm about FXL until I realized that the new fixed layout ePUBs would show gradient paragraph rules, gradient strokes and fills in tables, and much more. The only major things we're missing are justification and hyperlinked test does not work in FXL. The exported ePUBs upload flawlessly to the iBooks Store and Kobo Writing Life. Finally, the 21st century book publishing software we need is within our grasp. There's still more to come, but this version is very good.

The Everything Guide to Writing Children s Books

How to Write, Publish, and Promote Books for Children of All Ages! ... you have a better shot at catching content errors and noticing areas that need to be ...

Author: Luke Wallin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440505492

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 903


Writing for kids can be fun and rewarding-- if you can break into the competitive world of children's book publishing. Learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher.

Writing Bestselling Children s Books

It may take forever, but changing it will produce a better book (and, no, you can't just change all the 'I's to 'he's and 'she's or vice versa).

Author: Alexander Gordon Smith

Publisher: Infinite Ideas

ISBN: 9781907755125

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 398


Some people think that writing for kids is easy – short books, no big words, non-existent attention spans and then fill in any gaps with pictures. But nothing could be further from the truth. Children are the harshest critics imaginable. Give a grown-up a copy of Ulysses to read and they’ll pretend to like it just so they don’t look stupid. Give a copy to a kid and they’ll tell you straight up that it’s no good. Writing for children is much harder than writing for adults because it’s all about catching their attention and keeping it – whether for five pages or five hundred. And being restricted by theme, vocabulary, length and a wandering attention span makes things infinitely more complicated. But creating books for children is also one of the most rewarding activities any writer can experience. To kids, stories are everything – they fuel their imaginations and provide endless hours of entertainment.

How to Write how to Books and Articles

what is good, what is better, what might be best, to express in words a particular
piece of instruction in a way that will most effectively convey information to the
reader. In this particular specialized type of writing that we have here under ...

Author: Raymond Hull

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898790573

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

View: 657


Provides advice and practical exercises for developing the skills necessary to research, write, and find a publisher for explanatory articles