Publish Your Book

tips and tools for writing, publishing, and marketing your book from Pete Nikolai (Publisher of Elm Hill and WestBow Press at HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Month: February 2014

Best Writing Advice: Challenge Happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shares in his TED Talk on “Flow, the secret to happiness” that people report they are most happy when they are doing challenging work and believe they have the skill necessary to do it well. If the work is not quite challenging enough then they feel they are in control but not as productive as they would like to be. Continue reading

Best Writing Advice: Don’t Try to Make Everybody Happy

As I was listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s TED Talk on “Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce” I was struck once again by his ability to teach by telling stories with humor and surprising insights. I enjoy his style of presentation more than others, but based on what I learned in his talk, I would have to conclude that other people do not share my preference–and that is a good thing. Continue reading

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