Episode 223 – Smoke and Mirrors with Gemma Milne

Episode 223 - Smoke and Mirrors with Gemma Milne

‘Writing the book was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life… There’s no quick fix. Everybody finds it hard. What differentiates people who have written books from those that haven’t is the ones who wrote the books dealt with the fact that it was really hard.’…

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Episode 222 – Future-Proofed with Tom Cheesewright

Tom Cheesewright spends his life gazing into the future to help businesses identify and respond to trends and technology, but his advice for writers is rooted in the here and now. A fascinating conversation taking in principles for business survival in a fast-changing world along with super-practical tips for writing…

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Episode 205 – Loonshots with Safi Bahcall

What does it take to write the most-recommended business book of the year? Safi Bahcall, author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, talks about learning to write (and rewrite) a business book that matters, and it’s pure gold for anyone…

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Episode 185 – Fear, Money, Purpose with Nancy Youssef

Episode 185 - Fear, Money, Purpose with Nancy Youssef

‘But that’s really vulnerable. I don’t really want people to read that.’ ‘Well, that’s your story. And if you really want to give this your best shot, you’ve got to go deep.’ When financier, businesswoman and philanthropist Nancy Youssef decided to entitle the book about the lessons she’s learned in…

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Episode 145 – The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

Episode 145 - The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

If you’re a working parent, you won’t need telling that this isn’t really working. You might not, however, be aware that it’s not working for pretty much everybody. In her research for The Mother of All Jobs, Christine Armstrong uncovered a conspiracy of silence that means every working mother feels…

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Episode 134 – Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

Episode 134 - Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

‘Now, I look at work and life and what I know in a different way, it’s almost like I’m attuned to looking for opportunities to bring my thinking together and get it out there by way of a book.’ Michelle Sales never thought of herself as a writer. She didn’t even…

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Episode 133 – Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

Episode 133 - Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

‘The first draft of the manuscript is just ugly. There are pieces, and parts, and this part doesn’t match that part. It looks like a Frankenstein monster. And that’s why I call it Frankendraft. It sets that expectation low, that this will be an ugly, ghoulish creation with parts and…

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Episode 88 – The art of the business book with Nigel Wilcockson

Episode 88 - The art of the business book with Nigel Wilcockson

Matt Watkinson described Nigel Wilcockson, publishing director at Random House Business Books and his own editor, as the brains behind many of the best business books he’d ever read. Nigel is more modest about his role: ‘a good editor is more like a mentor… there in the background to offer…

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Episode 48 – Writing with the Crowd with Guy Kawasaki

Episode 48 - Writing with the Crowd with Guy Kawasaki

‘I don’t think many authors would put themselves through what I put myself through. How many authors are confident enough or stupid enough to send their manuscript to a thousand people who they have no idea who they are, and just say, “Okay, just tell me what you don’t like.”‘…

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Episode 35 – Don’t Make Me Think with Steve Krug

Episode 35 - Don't Make Me Think with Steve Krug

Steve Krug tells it like it is. ‘People don’t read nearly as much of [your book] as you think.’ Painful though it is, he says, much of writing is actually editing: reworking sentences, cutting out fluff, converting long paragraphs to bullet-points, so that you get your point across. Steve used all…

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