Book Review – How To Write Non-Fiction

How to write non-fictionFor the past three weeks I have been on a journey exploring authorpreneurship by reading the books of Joanna Penn on the subject. This is the final book I am reviewing from Joanna and personally it’s the best one I have read out of the four. Below are the links to the previous reviews:

Successful Self-Publishing – click here to read

How To Make A Living With Your Writing – click here to read

The Successful Author Mindset – click here to read

How to write non-fiction is a book that lays out the basics of writing non-fiction and the advice in the book, if followed will get you started and support you to publish your first non-fiction book and more. This is a large book with over 400 pages so there is a lot of content in it.


The book is divided into five parts which are:

  1. Part 1 – Before you write: Mindset
  2. Part 2 – Before you write: Business
  3. Part 3 – Writing and Editing
  4. Part 4 – Publishing and Product Creation
  5. Part 5 – Marketing Non-Fiction 

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Book Review – The Successful Author Mindset By Joanna Penn

Successful author mindsetThe Successful Author Mindset subtiled, A handbook for surviving the writer’s journey is another book by Joanna Penn and the third book I am reviewing from her. You can read the others I reviewed here and here. As part of my focus on authorpreneurship I have been reviewing books from Joanna Penn who has been able to build a successful business from her writing. While the previous books I reviewed focused on the technical aspects of making money from writing, this one is quite different. It deals with you the writer and explores the kind of mindset you need to have to be successful. Writing is not easy because it is a lonely exercise and many times when we do want to write we can be our own biggest critic because of our self-doubts and other negative thoughts going through our mind. Joanna hopes to use this book to encourage us. She writes that:

So this book collects the mindset issues that writers go through, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience yourself as different times on the author’s journey. These words are an attempt to help you understand that what you’re going through is normal and to be expected as part of the creative process.

The book is divided into three parts. Below are the topics you can learn about from each part of the book. Continue reading