Design Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Design Tips For Writers: A Design Guide For Writers To Get Better At Designing (Authors Unite Book 4)Design Tips For Writers: A Design Guide For Writers To Get Better At Designing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the shortest book in Tyler Wagner’s Authors Unite series, he even admits it himself. There is one reason for this that I can see: he simply tells you to hire a designer (or several). Oh, he does go through how to find one, what you should pay for it (editor James comes back to add his 2 cents), and what a designer should do for you.

There’s a little joke about “judging a book by its cover”, but for the most part that’s all this book is. If you had to skip a book in his series, this would be the one.

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Editing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Editing Tips For Writers: An Editing Guide For Writers To Get Better At Editing (Authors Unite Book 3)Editing Tips For Writers: An Editing Guide For Writers To Get Better At Editing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook is where the author shines! He brings in his own editor to add to the information presented here on editing. While there is heavy evidence on getting a professional editor, there is some good information here for editing your own work.

This is where the series deviates from a focus on non-fiction, as editing is something every book needs. James, the editor, gives us detail information on the editing process from his point of view, and then gives us information on how to prepare a rough draft for the editing process.

This ebook is most likely the best book in the series because of the information from the editor and the de-emphasis on genres.

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Writing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing (Authors Unite Book 2)Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this ebook from the Author’s Unite book series, the author works through developing mind maps, outlines, brainstorming, and then finally developing a writing routine by just sitting down to write.

He gives you all the rehashed information during the brainstorming phase, again being dedicated more so to non-fiction, by creating a mind map. Then, organizing the mind map into an outline. After that he gives some motivational pep talks on getting down the writing part of the book.

There’s a bit on silencing your inner editor so you can get on with writing, but there’s nothing really new here either – but it’s a part of the series like the previous book, and together the books work a little better.

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The Big Idea by Tyler Wagner

The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas (Authors Unite Book 1)The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a seven book writing series that focuses almost exclusively on non-fiction books, as that is what the author knows and has written. Those who write fiction might gain some insight from this series, but it is not technically written with that in mind.

The Big Idea is the book that helps a person develop their book topic ideas. It’s all fairly well rehashed common sense: write what you know; make a list, then condense the list. It’s short and to the point, with a dash of self-promoting, as the author also runs a writer’s group called Author’s Unite.

All in all, there are a few gold nuggets to pluck from this ebook, but I can’t say that it is anything interesting by itself, it’s a series for a reason.

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NaNo for the New and Insane by Lazette Gifford

NaNo for the New and the InsaneNaNo for the New and the Insane by Lazette Gifford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a book about National Novel Writing Month, something I had meant to read before last year’s NaNoWriMo event but never got around to it. Basically is series of essays meant to help you stay on track and finish NaNoWriMo.

There are sections on tackling plots, surviving the forums, and staying motivated to write 50,000 words in one month. I love that the main theme is that whatever happens, have fun. NaNoWriMo is meant to be a fun writing challenge so that even if you don’t ‘win’ you still have a wonderful experience.

I especially enjoyed the interview with Chris Baty, the creator of NaNoWriMo. Essays are also pulled from Vision, a writing ezine, and blog posts from the author. I did find this ebook inspiring and do have some new techniques to try out with my writing routine.

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The Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle by Tim L. Gardner

The Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle: 2 Books: The Quiet Cupid and The Lone Wolf TycoonThe Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle: 2 Books: The Quiet Cupid and The Lone Wolf Tycoon by Tim L. Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always known that my personality is more introverted than not, but have never thought of it as a positive, rather as a negative to overcome (which is why I like hiding behind a computer screen reviewing books). However, since reading my first book on introverts (this one) and relating to it very easily, I now know a few more things about myself.

I wouldn’t say this is an in-depth psychological look at personalities book, but the author does lay down some ground rules about being and introvert, the types of introverted personalities and the features of most introverts.

The author then turns those features (which I always thought as negative) into positives and then applies them to finding a romantic partner and succeeding in the world of business. Who knew?! I surely didn’t, and this discovery has made me want to seek out more books about introverts and what it means to be one.

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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, thank you computer. This is my second attempt at writing a review, my computer somehow decided to “eat” the first one. Anyway, this book is full of information, to the point where I reread paragraphs and pages just to make sure I understood the concepts David Allen was laying out before me. Therefore, it took me much longer than I expected to read this book, but it was very much worth every minute I spent doing it.

Allen is inspiring with this book, including quotes from famous people to reinforce his methodology, and little experiences Allen has had working with others on his methodology. This book is also very good for quotes itself, as Allen makes some very good statements that encompass his strategy. I also found out that I had been implementing a few things from his methodology since first finding out about from Boho Berry on her blog some years ago.

The methodology is set up to be effective throughout the changes life throws at us: career changes, technology, and even relationships (Allen relates that he and his wife add ‘stuff’ to each others’ inboxes). Another thing that Allen advises is after implementing this methodology, to come back and read the book again in two to six months. I think I just might do that.

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