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April 17, 2014

Author's advice to writers: Don't give up

Local man shares methods of getting published

William Bond found his niche in the world of writing in 1977, when a publisher released Bond’s first book, “Secrets to success in your job.”

After that, Bond found success through a series of books in which he showed thousands of people how to operate mail order, catalog marketing and newsletter publishing businesses — all from the comfort and cost-saving convenience of home.

Since then he’s taught business courses at local colleges, including Northern Essex Community College, and has led workshops on how to reach your goals and form new objectives in life. He loves talking about time management and life management, which he’s also written books about, and about exploring your interests and earning money while following your passion.

After all these years he’s still writing, and is now working on a book about managing personal finances.

Bond, who lives in Haverhill, said he found his niche as a writer, and so can others who dream of being published. He has a few tips for those who want a career in writing, including making sure there’s an audience for your ideas.

“You have to have something that will have a market, and a large enough market where people will want to purchase your book,” he said. “And you need to be able to convince an editor that you know enough about the field you’re writing about. Also, you’ll have to do the research, and it has to be thorough.”

Bond was working in the accounting field in the 1970s when he began writing at night and on weekends, drawing on his experiences in the world of business. He was also an entrepreneur who operated the kind of home-based businesses he eventually wrote about.

“I think there’s a story in every one of us,” he said. “But getting published isn’t easy and it’s more competitive now than ever.”

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