Category: Non-fiction and business books
I can't figure out the best way to structure my non-fiction book. Where do I start?
When you are writing a book – whether it’s fiction or non-fiction – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Where do you start? How do you know it’s going to be engaging? How in the world would you ever reach 60,000 words (or whatever word count you’re trying to achieve)? The following advice is specifically for non-fiction books and is ideal for business books.
Getting your first big break in writing can take a lot of hard work, determination, and maybe just a little bit of luck.
This is the tale of travel writer Brian Thacker, successful author of seven travel books including Rule number 5: No sex on the bus and The Naked Man Festival. His former life was as an advertising art director, and when you lose an account in advertising, many people lose their jobs. His was one of those jobs.
So he decided to do something different. "I saw an ad in a paper for tour leaders in Europe and winter work," he recalls. "So, I got this big silly dream. I went over and got a job as a ski guide in Switzerland. And, in the summer I was taking tours around Europe, busloads of drunk Aussies and Kiwis around Europe."
In 2009 Trudi-Ann Tierney left her role in Sydney as a television producer and writer to take up a unique and challenging opportunity – in Afghanistan. Initially she ran a bar there in the expat community known as "Ka-bubble", but she was soon working for a television production company producing soap operas for Afghanistan's burgeoning TV audience. Making Soapies in Kabul (Allen & Unwin) is her first book and the story of her years in Afghanistan.
Trudi-Ann began her television writing career at Foxtel where she wrote across a number of channels. In 2006 she spent time in Cambodia working on a feature film script then returned to Sydney where she freelanced for a number of years before moving to Afghanistan. She is currently working on a television series for audiences in Papua New Guinea.