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These Words Were Born in Your Favorite Literature and Poetry

These Words Were Born in Your Favorite Literature and Poetry

Sometimes, words you read are not considered real words yet. A word gets added to the dictionary based on the popularity of its usage. Here are eight words that did just that.
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Opinion: License to be Stupid

Opinion: License to be Stupid

The silliness of some licensing regulations and suggestions for other licensing regulations.
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How Did The Months Get Their Names?

How Did The Months Get Their Names?

The names of the months were set in Ancient Rome, some 2,000 years ago. They went through a few changes in those earlier days, and there are clues that allude to that in the current names. As with most things in the ancient world, some months were heavily influenced by the gods, and the rest…
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Character Development

Character Development

Create characters your readers want to follow through the end of your story. 20 steps to write better characters.
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Innovative Ways to Market Your Book

Innovative Ways to Market Your Book

Have you ever thought of creating a video to market your books? Well, Marsha Shearer and Barry Robbins, not only thought about it, they did it. Click Below and enjoy the two minute clip.
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Contronyms You Use Every Day

Contronyms You Use Every Day

Words with multiple meanings for the same spelling and pronunciation are called “homonyms,” but there’s a special class called “contronyms.” A contronym is a word with multiple meanings that are the direct opposite.
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Upcoming Contests and Events for Writers

Upcoming Contests and Events for Writers

Sixteen upcoming contests and events for authors from FAPA newsletter.
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Merriam-Webster Added 455 New Words in October

Merriam-Webster Added 455 New Words in October

Just as the language never stops evolving, the dictionary never stops expanding. Merriam-Webster added 455 new words in Octobe
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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

What do J.D. Robb, Robert Galbraith, and J.J. Clarke have in common? Read on for hints. . . I write my Kate Anderson Mystery Series under the pseudonym J.J. Clarke. At book clubs or author events, I often get the question, “Why do you use a pen name?”
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Secrets of The Times Best Sellers List

Secrets of The Times Best Sellers List

Authors sometimes tell us that they want their book listed on The New York Times Best Seller List. I tell them that if their name is James Patterson, or Janet Evanovich, it’s a sure thing. Otherwise, maybe not.
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The History of the Emoji

The History of the Emoji

The word “emoji” (which is also its plural) is made of two Japanese words: e and moji, which translate to “picture character.” They were first introduced in the late 1990s by Japanese phone company NTT Docomo; users could choose from 176 picture characters to add to their pager messages
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SORRY! BLAME THE CHIMP

SORRY! BLAME THE CHIMP

What happens when things break down? Last Friday there was a failure of the electronic variety. Mailchimp, the email service we use to distribute Breakfast Serial refused to work. We don’t know why. We had paid the bill. Used all the right keystrokes and mouse clicks. Nada.
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Copyright: The Engine of Free Expression

Copyright: The Engine of Free Expression

You are an owner of copyright-protected material.Find out more about how this automatic right affects your work and what it covers.Learn about the U.S. Copyright Office and the work it does to encourage creativity.From 2021 National Book Festival
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From Gen X to Millennials

From Gen X to Millennials

Sociologists categorize people into many kinds of groups for study.   This practice is especially common in the United States, where generations are classified by agreed-upon time periods of around 15 to 20 years. From the Silent Generation of the 1920s, to the up-and-coming Gen Alpha, everyone falls into one of these groups.
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The Visible Book

The Visible Book

A Look inside at Book Construction, Historic to Modern. A Look inside at Book Construction, Historic to Modern. A Video from the 2021 National Book Festival presented by the Library of Congress.Look inside the covers and learn how books are constructed. Learn how to identify the influences of historic book structures in the modern bindings…
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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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