Whether you want to write a business letter, report, e-mail, memo, or a best seller, this authoritative book is the place to start. Drawing on her own extensive writing experience,as well as interviews with other writers, Jan Yager demystifies the art of using words gracefully and effectively. This is the second edition of the book originally published with the title How to Write Like a Professional, under the author's maiden name of J.L. Barkas. In this second edition, the author, who has published more than 12 books, tuaght writing at Penn State, and appeared on Oprah and other talk shows, helps you learn how to improve your business and nonfiction writing. The book covers these topics and more: a self-evaluation to access your current writing skills, the 4 basic steps to effective business or nonfiction writing, how to overcome writer's block, how to craft a style that's right for you and your audience, how to get your writing published including reprinting a book proposal that actually sold to a major house (Single in America, published by Atheneum,) time management tips for writing and writers, exercises to hone your writing skills; includes references, web sites; index.