How I wrote my first book (non-fiction) | Summary and Q&A

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August 6, 2021
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Simon Clark
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How I wrote my first book (non-fiction)

TL;DR

Simon discusses the process of writing his first book, from receiving an email from a publisher to submitting the complete manuscript, and reflects on how it improved his writing skills.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How did Simon get the opportunity to write a book?

Simon received an email from a publisher after creating book-related content on his YouTube channel, which eventually led to a meeting where he pitched his ideas.

Q: How did Simon find his authorial voice for the book?

Simon had to combine his academic writing style from his PhD with his popular science writing style from YouTube, finding an authentic voice that was convincing to him and would hopefully be so to others.

Q: How did the pandemic affect Simon's writing process?

The pandemic disrupted Simon's initial plan to visit places and research facilities for the book, as well as incorporate more personal experiences. It also delayed the submission of the manuscript.

Q: How did Simon improve his writing skills through the process?

Writing the book made Simon more comfortable and confident in his writing. He found his voice and became more skilled at summarizing complex concepts into digestible sentences.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Simon received an email from a publisher asking if he would be interested in writing a book after creating book-related content on his YouTube channel.

  • He pitched several book ideas to the publisher and they chose "Firmament," an introduction to and history of atmospheric science.

  • Simon went into research mode, compiling sources and structuring the book, writing a few thousand words as a writing sample for the publisher.

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