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Do you want to become a writer? Would you like to earn money from writing? Do you know where to begin? Help is at hand with Write From The Start – a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the world of non-fiction writing. It is a vast genre that encompasses books, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, business copy, the web, blogging, and much more besid Do you want to become a writer? Would you like to earn money from writing? Do you know where to begin? Help is at hand with Write From The Start – a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the world of non-fiction writing. It is a vast genre that encompasses books, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, business copy, the web, blogging, and much more besides. Jam-packed with great advice, the book is aimed at novice writers, hobbyist writers, or those considering a full-time writing career, and offers a comprehensive guide to help you plan, prepare, and professionally submit your non-fiction work. It is designed to get you up-and-running fast. Write From The Start will teach you how to explore topic areas methodically, tailor content for different audiences, and create compelling copy. It will teach you which writing styles work best for specific publications, how to improve your chances of securing both commissioned and uncommissioned work, how to build a portfolio that gets results, and how to take that book idea all the way to publication. Comprised of 16 chapters, there is information on conducting effective research, book submissions, writing for business, copyright and plagiarism pitfalls, formatting, professional support networks, contracts and agreements, the value of humour, ghostwriting, and much more… By the end of this book – full of practical advice and proven results – you will be well on your path to writing success! > Discover how to write not just good copy but great copy > Learn the submission techniques that will increase your chances of publication > Develop ways to earn money by writing about your skills, experiences, and hobbies > Understand how to write for magazines, the web, businesses, and books > Master freelance content writing for sites such as Textbroker > Explore traditional publishing, self-publishing, and eBook options for books you write > With additional contributions and guidance from other writing industry experts NOTE: This is a UK Edition title. The Author | Caroline Foster Caroline Foster has enjoyed a freelance writing career spanning more than 20 years, writing for national and regional publications on a variety of topics. In 2006, Caroline was selected for Writer’s Bureau ‘Writer of the Year Award,’ and by 2008 she was one of the founding partners of a successful Copywriting, PR and Digital Marketing company based in the East of England. Table of Contents Chapter 1: What it takes to Write Non-Fiction Chapter 2: Resources and Tools of the Trade Chapter 3: Writing Techniques Chapter 4: Writing for Magazines Chapter 5: Freelance Journalism Chapter 6: Food, Crafts, and Hobbies Chapter 7: Travel Writing Chapter 8: Writing Humour Chapter 9: Historical and Military Writing Chapter 10: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies and Ghostwriting Chapter 11: Writing for Children and Young Adults Chapter 12: Writing for Radio Chapter 13: Online Writing Chapter 14: Writing for Business Chapter 15: Book Submission and Publication Chapter 16: Legalities, Plagiarism, and Copyright


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Do you want to become a writer? Would you like to earn money from writing? Do you know where to begin? Help is at hand with Write From The Start – a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the world of non-fiction writing. It is a vast genre that encompasses books, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, business copy, the web, blogging, and much more besid Do you want to become a writer? Would you like to earn money from writing? Do you know where to begin? Help is at hand with Write From The Start – a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the world of non-fiction writing. It is a vast genre that encompasses books, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, business copy, the web, blogging, and much more besides. Jam-packed with great advice, the book is aimed at novice writers, hobbyist writers, or those considering a full-time writing career, and offers a comprehensive guide to help you plan, prepare, and professionally submit your non-fiction work. It is designed to get you up-and-running fast. Write From The Start will teach you how to explore topic areas methodically, tailor content for different audiences, and create compelling copy. It will teach you which writing styles work best for specific publications, how to improve your chances of securing both commissioned and uncommissioned work, how to build a portfolio that gets results, and how to take that book idea all the way to publication. Comprised of 16 chapters, there is information on conducting effective research, book submissions, writing for business, copyright and plagiarism pitfalls, formatting, professional support networks, contracts and agreements, the value of humour, ghostwriting, and much more… By the end of this book – full of practical advice and proven results – you will be well on your path to writing success! > Discover how to write not just good copy but great copy > Learn the submission techniques that will increase your chances of publication > Develop ways to earn money by writing about your skills, experiences, and hobbies > Understand how to write for magazines, the web, businesses, and books > Master freelance content writing for sites such as Textbroker > Explore traditional publishing, self-publishing, and eBook options for books you write > With additional contributions and guidance from other writing industry experts NOTE: This is a UK Edition title. The Author | Caroline Foster Caroline Foster has enjoyed a freelance writing career spanning more than 20 years, writing for national and regional publications on a variety of topics. In 2006, Caroline was selected for Writer’s Bureau ‘Writer of the Year Award,’ and by 2008 she was one of the founding partners of a successful Copywriting, PR and Digital Marketing company based in the East of England. Table of Contents Chapter 1: What it takes to Write Non-Fiction Chapter 2: Resources and Tools of the Trade Chapter 3: Writing Techniques Chapter 4: Writing for Magazines Chapter 5: Freelance Journalism Chapter 6: Food, Crafts, and Hobbies Chapter 7: Travel Writing Chapter 8: Writing Humour Chapter 9: Historical and Military Writing Chapter 10: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies and Ghostwriting Chapter 11: Writing for Children and Young Adults Chapter 12: Writing for Radio Chapter 13: Online Writing Chapter 14: Writing for Business Chapter 15: Book Submission and Publication Chapter 16: Legalities, Plagiarism, and Copyright

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Blackledge

    NOTE: this is a rare (3/5) negative(ish) review. I don’t do (many) of these. Ordinarily, if I don’t LOVE the book I’m reading, I drop it like a hot potato covered in TRUMP and COVID. That means I start a lot more books than I actually finish. Maybe I should make a practice of staying with it. But there’s too many good books and not enough time. So try as I may, I simply can’t finish a book that sucks. Unless I really want to write a negative review about the book. Which I almost never do. Becaus NOTE: this is a rare (3/5) negative(ish) review. I don’t do (many) of these. Ordinarily, if I don’t LOVE the book I’m reading, I drop it like a hot potato covered in TRUMP and COVID. That means I start a lot more books than I actually finish. Maybe I should make a practice of staying with it. But there’s too many good books and not enough time. So try as I may, I simply can’t finish a book that sucks. Unless I really want to write a negative review about the book. Which I almost never do. Because I just don’t like negative reviews. That is…. Unless the book is required reading for a class. As this one is for me. And that is LITERALLY the ONLY reason I kept reading after the first few pages. So anyway. In case you haven’t figured it out yet. This is a negative review. I didn’t really like this book. I didn’t find it it to be very helpful. It’s dated, and too general, and overly (almost entirely) focused on aspects of publishing and marketing. And not at all focused on craft, methodology or process. Which is what I want and need. I found it odd that a book titled ‘Write From The Start’ (a) didn’t discuss the writing part all that much, and (b) focused on the parts that come after the writing e.g. hiring an editor, choosing a cover and deciding to self publish verses traditionally publish. I think it should’ve been called: “What To Start After You Write” Or something like that. Not nearly as cute. But much more accurate. But what the fuck do I know about writing a book? Not much. That’s why I read it. Well… Sort of. As previously mentioned. It’s a required text for a course on nonfiction writing that I am currently taking. It’s the last course in my doctoral program before the dissertation phase (officially kicks off). When I started this degree (back in 2016 - and yes it will take me like 10 years to finish my doctorate) I made myself a promise that I would take this course. And I saved it for the very end. And it has been motivating me this whole time. Because… I have a secret (shhhh) desire to write a book. Or at least a few articles. I love writing. I love learning about stuff and sharing it with people. And. Being a therapist is really cool and weird. None of the books that are available on the subject match my experience. And i’d like to share what it’s honestly like. At least for me. I think it could normalize someone else’s experience. Or maybe it’ll just memorialize the fact that I’m a freak who should not be allowed to do this work. My secret suspicion. Either way. I think it should happen if I can swing it. Also. I’m working on a dissertation on addiction and trauma. I want to translate my research into a book for a general audience. Lastly. Being in recovery my self, and after working in addiction treatment for minute or two, I have some inside baseball on the subject that may be useful. Maybe not for everyone. But for someone. Just maybe. But only (ONLY) if it sees the light of day. So that is my confession. And after reading this book. I don’t feel any more prepared to embark on this project than I did before I read the book. That might just be a feature of my neurotic ass self. You might find this book very helpful. So don’t skip it because of this stupid fucking review. But from where I’m sitting (I’m sitting right now by the way). This book sort of sucked. So I’m giving it three out of five stars ⭐️. NOTE: I have so much respect for people who write books. It seems like it’s really hard. So giving a book 3/5 from the comfort of my easy chair always seems like a gross dick thing to do. Plus the author of this book seems like a really nice (British) lady. And I would hate it if these words somehow found her eyeballs and somehow hurt her feelings or discouraged her from writing another book. But I really doubt she’s gonna read this. And she talks about receiving criticism. And the whole function of good reads is to let people like you and me write honest reviews of books. So 3/5 stars ⭐️ (with a long neurotic disclaimer).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rob Bignell

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    Christopher David

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    Nesrine Gueb

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    Barbora

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    David Brown

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