The reader of your book thinks you are wrong and you should agree with them ... ... for a while. It is tempting to set out your argument and leave it at that. You’ve spent a lot of time getting experience, gathering evidence, crafting the flow, and clarifying your...
A startup based in a garret in Rotherham, England, has announced that they have solved complexity. Using a laptop running Ubuntu Linux, a small team of researchers, well actually a guy with a beard called Aubrey, has coded an artificial intelligence (AI) that can...
What does the author get after it? What am I thinking about and watching for? What do I NOT do? What are the steps? 1. I read the book like a reader. First, I just read the book from start to finish. No notes, no stopping, no analysis. I want to take in the book...
If you are going to keep the specialist words for your subject then it is all the more important to use small simple words when you can.
“Never use a long word when a short one will do.” – George Orwell
A developmental edit is not about spelling and commas but big questions about structure, flow, completeness and the reader.
To get the best out of your developmental editor, remember three things:
Writing about complexity and systems thinking can be hard to understand.
When writing about complexity or systems thinking, there is a lot of nuance. There are fine distinctions to draw and subtleties to highlight. Not to mention the abstractions.
The worry is, if you simplify, you lose that.
I’d found it. The One Thing. It was Microsoft Access.
Yes! No laughing at the back. Microsoft Access.
You can stop fretting because your book is bad.
“The first draft of anything is shit.” — Ernest Hemingway
The first draft is something to be incredibly proud of.
Your blurb is another stage in selling the book. No more, no less.
The back cover or book description copy, called a blurb, is sales copy. It comes after your title, after your cover, and is the next step to get your potential reader to buy. If the reader likes the blurb, they will buy, so make sure you answer the questions in their head.