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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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Sharing Good News on Social Media

Sharing Good News on Social Media

Social media has changed a lot about how people interact with one another — including how we share good news. Whether it’s a new job or a personal accomplishment, it’s important to acknowledge hard work and celebrate achievements, even if it might feel uncomfortable.
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Free Storytelling Webinar

Free Storytelling Webinar

To find out how you can dramatically improve your storytelling, join Steve Harrison for a free, live training on Zoom on Tuesday, August 10th.
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A Novel Way to Sell Your Novel

A Novel Way to Sell Your Novel

Eddie Price is an entertainer. He is also an award-winning author. And a former high school history teacher. A winning Kentucky Derby jockey from the early 1900s. A frontiersman, and Civil War sailor. Puppeteer is also on the list. He does all of these activities to sell books.
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Do You Know When to Use “Which” or “That”?

Do You Know When to Use “Which” or “That”?

It’s hard to know when to use ‘which’ or ‘that’— in part because we used them interchangeably until the 1700s.
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Unique Author Branding and Content Ideas

Unique Author Branding and Content Ideas

It’s time to run through our August observances and unique author brand enhancements and content ideas for your monthly book marketing plan!
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Words You May Never Hear Again

Words You May Never Hear Again

Within the last 30 or so years, technology has increased in scope and power, but language is scurrying to catch up. As we’re developing new words and phrases to describe evolving technology, let’s take a look at some analog terms that may soon become obsolete.
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Three Big Guidelines for Book Integrity

Three Big Guidelines for Book Integrity

Ingram just announced that they will be reviewing their catalog to ensure that books are compliant with their catalog integrity guidelines.
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Heteronyms

Heteronyms

Have you ever heard of “heteronyms”? They’re words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently.
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Looking for Literary Awards?

Looking for Literary Awards?

Just written a prize-winning novel, poetry collection, memoir, or YA? Want to enter a literary contest? Well, there are plenty of choices from national to local. Here’s how to start searching.
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Three More Book Marketing Ideas

Three More Book Marketing Ideas

We were talking about indie book marketing the other day, Nancy and I. The subject crops up every few days in our business.
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What is a Flat Adverb?

What is a Flat Adverb?

What Is a Flat Adverb and When Do You Use It?
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