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Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts Into Books

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  95 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Writing Nonfiction provides a roadmap. You will learn how to break the topic down into easy-to-attack projects; how and where to do research; a process that makes writing easy; how to improve material; how to evaluate your publishing options and how to develop an individualized and workable plan. Using the pilot system of organization, the binder concept and the check-off ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Para Publishing (first published 2000)
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Joni Baboci
Jan 02, 2013 Joni Baboci rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
In the first chapter the author says that a nonfiction book can be written in 700+ hours, he then goes on to explain how various unknown yet best-selling individuals have written their best-selling books in a couple of weeks or, in one of those rare cases, in a mere 4 hours. That is the approach the author seems to have taken as well. He might have written more than a hundred books yet if this is a representative example they might be lacking in quality and refinement. The book is filled with hy ...more
Gerald Prokop
Jul 20, 2011 Gerald Prokop rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This is not a book about writing. It's about what the author calls "building books," which seems to mean all the steps of self-publishing with the writing regarded as an afterthought. The cover screamed "hastily thrown-together self-published book" but I gave it a try anyways because the reviews seemed ok.

I'm a big fan of people who can do self-publishing well, but it has to start with good writing. Oddly enough, that is not the focus of a book called "Writing Nonfiction."
Matt Burgess
May 05, 2010 Matt Burgess rated it it was amazing
Dan Poynter has put together a wonderful collection of assessment, resources and strategies that will help anyone write their first, second or tenth book. In Writing Nonfiction, Poynter exemplifies his own tried and true techniques for organizing, researching, publishing, and selling expertise in written form.

I highly recommend Writing Nonfiction as an excellent guide and on-the-shelf reference. If you plan to write a book its a must have. If you don't have plans to write a book, but desire succ
Mick Pletcher
Apr 24, 2013 Mick Pletcher rated it it was amazing
This book is very informative. It guides you from how to choose a topic, to narrowing down the topic and finally how to write your book. One great thing I never thought about that the book tells is to dictate while driving. It also tells of sources for writing templates and how to find out how popular a topic is. The source information given in the book is very helpful in researching the topic. This book is definitely worth reading when writing non-fiction.
Vicki Ward
Dan Poynter is known to be a leader in self-publishing. I used this book following the detailed instructions to write and publish my book. The wealth of information for new and established self publishers is presented in a format easy to understand, and follow. I strongly recommend this book and continue to refer to it.
Feb 07, 2010 Karla rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource for writers.
Aug 09, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it
Very short, but perfectly entertaining. I took away a lot of good ideas from this book and will probably be returning to it sometime in the future.
Feb 27, 2014 LJ rated it it was amazing
An excellent source for helping me organize my writing thoughts.
David Salisbury
Feb 09, 2011 David Salisbury rated it liked it
Some interesting tidbits but its just too dated for the current book publishing world.
Mar 02, 2009 Adrienna rated it liked it
This book laid out what you need to know to write. I even took some notes myself for my Blogtalkradio show.
Joe Waynick
May 24, 2011 Joe Waynick rated it it was amazing
A must read for non-fiction authors who want to publish.
Daniel Wieser
Apr 21, 2016 Daniel Wieser rated it really liked it
Good to read, for beginners as well as advanced SPs.
If you ever want to write non-fiction books, this is a great start.
Kelsey T. Lane
Dec 08, 2014 Kelsey T. Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am ready to write.

Using no extra words, Poynter laid out the plan. Practical and inspiring, I now feel like I have a reliable roadmap.
Mar 02, 2012 Rick rated it liked it
Shelves: never-finished
I never really finished reading this. I just stopped. Don't know exactly why, but I can say it probably did not hold my attention.

Maybe I'll pick it up again. If I do, I'll revise this.
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Since 1969, Dan Poynter has written and published more than 100 books including Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, and The Skydiver's Handbook.

Dan Poynter's seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in U.S. News & World Report. The media comes to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishin
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