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How to Write Good

How to Write Good

Ten tips on things to avoid when writing.
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All About Editing

All About Editing

When I was a kid reporter back in the early 60s THE CHIEF EDITOR was akin to a deity. The stereotypical editor was short, rotund, pugnacious, mean spirited, and subject to sudden, violent temper tantrums. He often had a fat cigar stuck in his face, half smoked, which he used as a pointer, hammer, and…
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Words That Aren’t Synonyms

Words That Aren’t Synonyms

Let’s get technical – Words you thought were synonyms – aren’t. That’s right Graveyard and Cemetery are not the same thing.
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10 Commonly Misspelled Words

10 Commonly Misspelled Words

Here’s a refresher on ten commonly misspelled words you might need to double check
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IBPA Conference in Orlando

IBPA Conference in Orlando

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced a flexible IBPA Publishing University conference in 2022. This flagship event for IBPA, taking place continuously since 1984, is the leading annual meeting for small publishers, author-publishers, and other professionals in the independent publishing industry.  IBPA Publishing University 2022 will present a top-notch educational agenda over a two-part, virtual…
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9 Words No Longer in the Dictionary

9 Words No Longer in the Dictionary

The English language is comprised of thousands and thousands of words (more than 170,000 in the Oxford English Dictionary). But as language evolves and new vocabulary (including slang) is coined, older words that have fallen out of favor are continually retired and removed from dictionaries.
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IngramSpark Raises Printing Prices

IngramSpark Raises Printing Prices

As a result of these industry-wide challenges, effective November 6th, 2021, IngramSpark is increasing print pricing as follows: US (United States) market: 6% increase UK (United Kingdom) & AU (Australia) markets: 3% increase These changes do not apply to freight, handling, or title setup related fees.
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Do You Have an Elevator Speech for Your Book?

Do You Have an Elevator Speech for Your Book?

When someone asks you about your book, you need to be ready. You certainly want to tell them about your book, but you don’t want to bore them. That’s where the elevator speech comes in.
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CLIMATE CHANGE, FOSSIL FUELS, & ALTERNATE ENERGY NOT A NEW TOPIC OF CONVERSATION

CLIMATE CHANGE, FOSSIL FUELS, & ALTERNATE ENERGY NOT A NEW TOPIC OF CONVERSATION

We tend to think that discussions about climate change and the use of fossil fuels is new territory. Not so. Google has helpfully digitized many years of the magazine, Popular Science, which were stored as paper at the Princeton University Library.
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Five Types of Words That Need a Hyphen

Five Types of Words That Need a Hyphen

A hyphen is an essential punctuation mark used to join words and show they have a combined meaning. Hyphens are the glue that hold words together, and like glue, they can get a little messy. It can be tricky to know when to use a hyphen and when to just leave a space.
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A+ Content Now Available to Self-Published Authors

A+ Content Now Available to Self-Published Authors

Amazon’s A+ Content are images, added to your book page, to help readers delve deeper into your book via images, stand-out reviews, book quotes, etc.
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How an Individual Can Change the Course of Language

How an Individual Can Change the Course of Language

If you’ve ever read the original texts of English writers like Shakespeare or Chaucer, you might have wondered if you were reading English at all. Not only did both writers write in verse, but they used different spellings of common words.
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Metadata

Metadata

By Nancy Hellekson While doing book marketing research, I came across two excellent sources on Categories and Keywords aka Metadata.Metadata can be a scary word to some, but the simplest definition is that metadata is data that conveys information about your book. It helps your readers find your book! And it helps you sell your…
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So, You’re Entering a Literary Contest

So, You’re Entering a Literary Contest

The literary contest season is coming up over the next few months. It’s a season when authors send in their “children” for assessment, add a few more dollars to their credit card debt, and live in various levels of anxiety awaiting the letter or email that will help define their future.
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Local Media Marketing

Local Media Marketing

Local media is one of the most underused resources for authors, and second–and maybe even more important–local media loves local authors; there’s almost no exception to when you can pitch them.
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What’s in a Mile?

What’s in a Mile?

Various tools and units of measurement have served ancient and modern civilizations alike in helping to build, travel, and develop land. The earliest measurements were often based on materials directly available to people — namely, body parts and nature.
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Four Contests Open to Indie Authors

Four Contests Open to Indie Authors

There are many contests open to indie authors, but you must do your research. All too many are scams. They take your entry fee and you never hear from them again. You may email them to find out the winners and never get a response. There was no contest; they have just made some easy…
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Common Submission Mistakes

Common Submission Mistakes

Fiction, nonfiction, short story, or flash: Regardless of genre, there are a few easy things you can do to ensure your story makes a good first impression. It might seem rudimentary, but it is shocking how often editors see mistakes in the following categories:
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10 Most Confusing Grammar Rules

10 Most Confusing Grammar Rules

We’ve rounded up the 10 most confusing English grammar rules and provided some quick tips that you’ll always remember.
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A Librarian’s Look at Book Awards

A Librarian’s Look at Book Awards

The number of book awards can be daunting. Just doing a cursory Google Search can result in over eight million results. Which ones are good? Do some of them have more importance than others?
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