The Top Ten Struggles in Writing A Book Manuscript (and What to Do About It)


Is writing a nonfiction book harder than you thought it would be? This episode explores:

  • What your reader needs from you, and why.
  • Which writing struggles are the most common, and how to fix them.
  • How to make sure your purpose in writing your book isn’t getting lost.
  • Ways to more effectively focus on what you need to say.
  • What to polish up [and how to do that] before you send it off.
  • Why you can send it out before it’s “perfect.”

Our guest is: Dr. Laura Portwood-Stacer who earned a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is a publishing consultant and developmental editor for academic authors, and offers a free newsletter entitled Manuscript Works. Before starting her consulting business, she was a scholar and academic whose research focused on lifestyle choices; and taught at New York University in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. She now lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is a two-time Jeopardy champion.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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