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One-Letter Difference

One-Letter Difference

“Homo” means “same” and “phone” means “sound.” So, “homophones” are words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings. The English language is filled with hundreds of homophones (flour/flower, profit/prophet), but some words are especially tricky.
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Dada to Bauhaus

Dada to Bauhaus

Art of specific styles or tendencies can be grouped into “movements”. Uncovering the history behind a movement’s name can provide a more complete picture of its artwork and artists, forming a deeper understanding of the style.
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She Becomes Her Dreams

She Becomes Her Dreams

By J.J. Clarke Small miracles,Unnoticed miracles,Miracles—Angels. She saw the love of GodShine through the eyes of a man.A man—part angel? He gazes at her and she becomesA ballerina —Long legs, graceful, alive -Another life remembered. He gazes at her and a songForms in her heart -She sings her soul song. He gazes at her and…
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“Your Story”, a New Breakfast Serial Feature

“Your Story”, a New Breakfast Serial Feature

YOUR STORY LETS YOU SHARE AND HELP OTHERS “Your Story” is a new Breakfast Serial feature that lets people share their personal, emotional stories anonymously with readers. “Often people have personal stories that really resonate with readers, but they may be painful or emotional, and writers are often reluctant to put their name on them,” says…
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Parts of a Book

Parts of a Book

Once again, Dave Chesson has come through with some valuable information for authors. As a retired librarian, one of my pet peeves is an incorrectly constructed book. Don’t let your book scream “self-published, read this article.
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Hallard Press Speakers Bureau

Hallard Press Speakers Bureau

Groups in The Villages and surrounding areas are always looking for speakers that would be of interest to them. Hallard Press is in the process of setting up a Speakers Bureau as a resource for area groups. The plan is to make speakers available to groups at various levels including ‘at home’ reader book clubs,…
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1920’s Slang

1920’s Slang

It’s been 100 years since flappers, mobsters, and speakeasies were all the rage.  This energetic era had its own rebellious language to match, and nonsensical words littered conversations in dimly lit speakeasies and on hectic city streets. It’s high time to bring more of the colorful terminology into this century’s roaring ’20s.
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When a Common Noun Becomes a Proper Noun

When a Common Noun Becomes a Proper Noun

Common nouns are lowercase, and proper nouns are capitalized. Simple, right? But what about those tricky nouns that can be both? When are they capitalized? What turns a common noun into a proper noun?
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Amazon Was Not The First

Amazon Was Not The First

Amazon was not the first to offer everything. Back in 1893 the internet was not yet a thing when the first Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was printed and distributed. It included watches and jewelry and a year later also featured sewing machines, sporting goods, musical instruments, saddles, firearms, and clothing—among other items.
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Etymology of the Animal Kingdom

Etymology of the Animal Kingdom

Have you ever thought about how animals got their names? Here are some animal names with truly wild origin stories.
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Meet Ilana Segel

Meet Ilana Segel

Meet Ilana Segal, the new student intern at Hallard Press. A native of Tampa, she is a senior at Florida State University in Tallahassee majoring in English and minoring in Business and Communications.
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Free Book Marketing Webinar Tomorrow

Free Book Marketing Webinar Tomorrow

Discover how to get the word out about your book or business. FREE WEBINAR, JANUARY 25 – THREE SESSIONS
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Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did

Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did

Words and their definitions change all the time. Sometimes we try using a word in a different way, or in a new context, and it ends up sticking. Ask any linguist, and they’ll tell you that the definition of a word is only accurate if that’s the way people are using it.
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“Butterflies” is the Latest Release From Hallard Press

“Butterflies” is the Latest Release From Hallard Press

Miami poet Ron Feldheim is the author of a new “chapbook’ from Hallard Press: Butterflies, Snowbirds, and Passions: Poems and Fantasies. A chapbook is a small publication, often poetry. (Ron’s book is just 67 pages.) In early modern Europe a chapbook was a type of printed street literature.
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BookExpo2022 Cancelled

BookExpo2022 Cancelled

COVID THREAT CANCELS BOOKEXPO2022For the second year in a row the Covid pandemic has caused the cancellation of the Central Florida BookExpo. Linda Lee Keenan, president of the Writers League of The Villages announced the news late on Friday.“Due to the increase in cases of the virus in Florida, the WLOV Board has made the…
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Why is Mama a Baby’s First Word?

Why is Mama a Baby’s First Word?

Despite different languages and cultures, there are several words that are the most common for babies to say first. What makes these words likely to be a baby’s first?
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Prepping Your Manuscript for Formatting and Publishing

Prepping Your Manuscript for Formatting and Publishing

How do I format my manuscript for publishing? We often get this question. So we compiled five tips to make it easier for your publisher to format.
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Hypercorrection

Hypercorrection

English grammar has a lot of conflicting rules, in part, because it borrows from so many languages. Those conflicting rules can sometimes lead us to overcorrect or hypercorrect when writing or speaking. Here are some common hypercorrections and learn how to avoid them.
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Stay Computer-Savvy with Nine Techie Terms

Stay Computer-Savvy with Nine Techie Terms

Language is constantly evolving, but nothing speeds up the addition of new words to the dictionary as technology. A few decades ago, “mouse” and “web” meant a rodent and a spider’s creation, respectively.
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Indie/Self-Publishing Outlook for 2022

Indie/Self-Publishing Outlook for 2022

The POD/Ebook revolution continues into 2022. Along with three predictions for self-publishing in 2022.
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