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Don't Write A Crappy Book!: 17 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Business Book (And How Savvy Authorpreneurs Avoid Them)

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Stop making costly author mistakes you don't even know you're making!

A great book can launch your business into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, most self-published business books rank somewhere between “meh” and “flaming pile of crap.” But your book doesn’t have to suck!

In Don’t Write a Crappy Book! editor and entrepreneur James Ranson unpacks the most common–and to

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Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published September 25th 2018
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Steve Brailsford
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In today's busy world of work, life, fun we all have to make a lot of choices. Where do we want to spend our valuable time. I read a lot of books. I have half written a few that I have been meaning to finish one day. So I was drawn to this book since I'm a writer of software. I write good software, and I have no patience for those who can not code well. When it comes to writing a book, I need someone who can tell me how to write well. I think this book does that. The layout is very “self taught” ...more
Leslie M.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I am not necessarily the target audience, as I haven’t written a nonfiction business book. However, the author lays out techniques that will be helpful to authors, in general … and particularly if you plan to write a nonfiction book. This book is set up in a “user friendly” manner, succinct and to the point. There is a lot of information on what not to do (and thankfully, the author doesn’t do it!). The book doesn’t have to be read in order, so the reader can skip to the sections they f
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Seth Ulinski
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Speed kills (and makes for crappy books)

I had the opportunity to meet James at a conference in Atlanta. My first takeaway: he is a class act and super passionate about his work.

As a self-published author toying with the idea of entrepreneurship or "authorpreneurship" - this was an invaluable read. We've learned that the old saying "any press is good press" is a myth. The same is true for publishing: a poorly written book is not an asset (it can be just the opposite).

A few takeaways:
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Lori Goshert
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-writing
I'm not the target audience for this book since I'm not a business owner. However, as a ghostwriter, I found the majority of the information in the book relevant. I already knew much of it, but it was a good reminder (these pointers would probably be completely new to a business owner who isn't yet an author).

I found the "idea sex" opener rather gross and unnecessary. I thought it was an unprofessional way to begin the book, but it did get better.

The book lists a number of common writing mistak
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Debbra Lupien
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the outset it’s obvious that Author Ranson has given this topic a great deal of thought. He’s obviously passionate about books and elevating the quality standard, so he can be forgiven for getting a bit ranty at times. Are there shortcuts to creating a book you can be proud of as promised by enticing internet ads? Maybe...unlikely. If you don’t put effort into creating something of value, readers will be disappointed and you'll end up with "A Crappy Book." The world doesn't need more crappy ...more
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