8 Things Startup Founders Should Know Before Writing a Book 

Written by Sophia Clark

 You have started your own business and now may be considered a person who has succeeded at least at one sphere of life? Want to open new horizons or simply want to explain your company mission? Write a book. If you don’t know where to start, we have collected some tips for you to follow.

#1 Write for the Right Reason

It is hard to deny that your goals and motives are very important for one’s success. Curiously, money is never a good goal. You need a big idea to make your startup work. The same thing is with writing. You will never sell a book if all you want is to sell it. But if it is written for a higher goal and with feeling – it will sell itself. Besides money, you should never write out of mere vanity. If someone else’s fame keeps you restless, you will never be a good writer.

#2 Be Realistic

Before you start an actual book, try yourself as a writer in smaller things, like social …

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Notes on eBook Structure – Get It Right the First Time

This is an excerpt from ACE YOUR EBOOK

How will you structure your book? The array of options may seem daunting, even infinite at first. But they are not. Here is a menu for you. You can’t choose all of them, but you can mix two or more to present a successful narrative that will make your readers happy.

Personal story

The most compelling stories (for most readers) are personal. Let’s call this one the biographical approach to your book. If you have a compelling personal story that includes some key learnings about your industry, work, or your life, telling it as a chronological tale might work well for you. If you choose this option, remember this: Telling a personal narrative doesn’t mean you must begin at the beginning and end at the end. Most successful biographical movies start with a crisis point in the main character’s life to set the scene and hook the viewer, and then after that they flash back to the beginning of the story. They do not begin at the beginning.

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3 Ways to Write Your Book Using the Most Popular ebook Formats

Written by Sophia Clark

Writing a book is not all about drinking coffee and waiting for inspiration. To a much greater extent, writing a book requires discipline and hard work, even though and recognition will be your reward too. In this article, we will discuss the process of creation an eBook. However, we will start with different eBooks you can think of creating.

What eBook formats are the most popular?

Before publishing your book, you should make sure you chose the best and the most popular eBook format. Such formats determine how popular your book will get given its availability for a broad range of readers. Each reading device has its format that it can read. Therefore, think of your target audience and analyze what kind of reading devices people of this country/age/social group, etc. are using more frequently.

After a short investigation, we have found out that the most popular eBook formats are AZW, ePub, and PDF. Let’s see what these formats mean and what devices can read them.

AZW is an Amazon’s proprietary format. It is used on …

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No more gatekeepers. It makes the heart sing.

I’ve pitched a lot of media: movies, books, tv shows, series, specials, documentaries, dramas, comedies. I’ve been in the room with a raucous band of comedy writers riffing off my every word.  I’ve met with studio heads who excused themselves to use their executive wash room – with the door open – just to make a visible and noisy point about their personal power. I’ve been on the receiving end of early morning phone calls from producers who were not in a good mood at all.

I have developed a thick skin, as the expression goes, when it comes to writing, but I am glad to see the power of institutional gatekeepers eroding.

This redistribution of power started with crowdfunding. Once upon a time, if you wanted to get your movie funded, you had to go to a studio development executive and get them to like it. Or you had to sell your rich uncle on the idea, or your rich dentist, or both, and then you had to get a distributor to like it. If you wanted …

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Disrupting the Publishing Distruption

The publishing industry is ripe for disruption hahahahahah.

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist a giggle there, because writing a line like that is sure to be misinterpreted.  Since I live in an apartment with WiFi, and not in a cave, I realize that the publishing industry has already been quite well disrupted, thank you.  Amazon has blown it up and the resulting shattered walls have created light and freedom for writers. More readers have access to more books than ever. There’s more control than ever for the indie writer. Costs of publishing a book are near zero. You can get good cover art by contracting on Fiverr and a good editor on Elance. There is also a kind of digital slavery involved, since Amazon controls access to your online work.  Amazon is working hard to be the digital railroad baron of our age, controlling delivery and distribution. But as Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written so effectively and articulately (her blog kriswrites.com is worth your time) Amazon’s destruction of publishing’s old ways has created a boon for the old publishing houses.

In Rusch’s clear-eyed analysis, …

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