The very clever Ann Handley has a new book due out in the next few days. I’ve seen an early copy and it is terrific.
Everybody Writes is your go-to guide to creating ridiculously good content to market you and your business.
With wisdom and an infective wittiness, Ann shows you how to take your writing from awkward or awful to electric or elegant. She’s your favorite teacher, cracking you up while her tough love gets you to do the work to improve.
Even though I’ve written ten books, I still learned a great deal in these pages and now I’m eager to flex my newfound content creation muscles.
As Ann says: “If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.”
A writing guide for those who hate writing guides
Gathering dust on my (physical) bookshelf I have copies of the two books that my professors told me I needed to learn to write: The Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. Bo-ring! I couldn’t get through them. And I could care less about the “rules” of writing.
Ann’s book Everybody Writes is different. It is practical and approachable for those of us who just want to write well and don’t aspire to a PhD in English.
Ann doesn’t mess around with stuff you don’t need but she slaps you around (in a nice way) to get you thinking about what you can do to express well yourself using words.
Disclosure: Ann is a friend and I wrote the foreword to her previous book Content Rules(which she wrote with CC Chapman).