Is Your Book Thesis Too General?


by Dave Goetz

One of the most counter-intuitive aspects of writing is the idea of specificity.

In book writing, general is bad, and narrow is good. It's critically important that you begin your book writing journey with a narrow thesis, an idea that you develop over the course of your book.

In this short video, I simply make the point that your thesis probably needs to be more narrow. Spend some time on your thesis this week. How will that change the trajectory of your writing?

Will Your Reader Stay with You to the End?


by Dave Goetz

You hear about a great book from a friend. You order it from Amazon, and after the first chapter, you never again pick up the book.

The job of the writer is, in part, to maintain the reader's interest until the last word of the final chapter.

No matter what kind of book you are writing, the challenge is daunting.

The same techniques that fiction writers use to raise and resolve tension throughout the narrative are available to nonfiction writers.

What promise are you making to your readers, if they continue after the first chapter?