I can't really remember reading the reviews before buying this book in 2011 so I'm astonished to see now that so many people found a negative review useful. I actually feel sorry for anyone who decides against buying Suzan's book based on one star reviews because they'll never know what they're missing.
Cross-promotion seems to be a bone of contention but the books that Suzan recommends work hand in hand with hers to give the aspiring non-fiction writer a combined wealth of useful information. I had an £80 Amazon gift voucher and spent the lot on How To Write type books. The only two worth buying, that I referred to time and time again, were this one and Joe Gregory and Debbie Jenkins' The Wealthy Author
. I may as well have spent the rest on balloons.
From the start it seemed that my own idea for a book was ticking a lot of boxes in the chapter: How To Get A Good Idea, so I was immediately encouraged to continue with my plan. But what's the plan if you've never written a book before? That's exactly what Suzan will give you in this book and, if you follow all her advice, you'll soon find yourself with a workable structure. After that it's up to you. But guess what? When you have that skeleton of a book all laid out it actually becomes easy to flesh out the bones.
I recently discovered a pile of little bits of paper with all my ideas for chapters and content written on them. Now that my own book's completed I can see exactly where I started and, much to my surprise because I'm looking at it retrospectively, I seem to have stuck to the plan. I'd never have known anything about planning if I hadn't read Suzan's book and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be in the position I am now - about to self-publish - if I hadn't bought it.
Time will tell as to how successfully I followed Suzan's advice but, when my own book starts to sell well, I'll be back to say, "Do you recognise me now?"