How to Write for a General Audience: A Review


Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen. How to Write for a General Audience: A Guide for Academics Who Want to Share Their Knowledge With the World and Have Fun Doing It.  New York: American Psychological Association (APA); 2007. 286 pages. $19.95 paper. $9.99 Kindle.

Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

If you’d like to improve in your writing, then you’ll really love Kathy Kendall-Tackett’s, How to Write for a General Audience: A Guide for Academics Who Want to Share Their Knowledge With the World and Have Fun Doing It. WOW!! What a title. And it delivers just as described . . . and MORE!! Not only does Kathy help those writing academic non-fiction for general audiences, as the title describes, but anyone can find great nuggets for whatever you’re writing.

As always, I enjoyed reading another book by Kathy. She not only informs, but entertains. I love her humor, her fresh voice. She makes what could have been a dry subject enjoyable. She writes from experience and will prove to be a great writing coach for you because she’s so practical. No froth or filler here. Lots of real help and advice from someone who’s been there. Done that!  Got the T-shirt!

Kathy is Kathy. Because I know her not only through her writing, but as a friend, I can tell you that what you see is what you get!  She’s down to earth and user-friendly. No pretense. Just plain insider helps on writing and publishing (she’s an acquisitions editor too).

BOTTOM LINE: How to Write for a General Audience should be in your personal library on the craft of writing. You do have a personal library right? If not, I invite you to read my post–“How to Build Your Personal Library.”

I also recommend another of her books–The Well-Ordered Office–in my list of  “Essential Books for Writers.” Her advice got my work-space in order. You will be greatly helped as you read BOTH of her books.

QUESTION: What books on the craft have you found helpful?

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