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The Taxman Cometh Soon. Are You Ready?

The Taxman Cometh Soon. Are You Ready?

Google “Tax tips for writers” and you’ll get a cascade of hits. You’ll get so many tips, ideas and pointers that you may be confused beyond belief. Welcome to the world of Authors and the IRS. Federal income tax, that “temporary” measure introduced by ??? in ??? has persisted and now is the subject of…
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Nutella Riots Spread Across France & Other Disturbing News

Nutella Riots Spread Across France & Other Disturbing News

With reactions and protests to the pandemic shutdowns on the top, middle and bottom of the news for the past nine months or more, (along with the ups and downs of the US elections) the other riots, rebellions, and disturbances around the globe are not even reported.
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Google Books?

Google Books?

We’ve been talking about libraries of free images, now we’re going to introduce you to a library of free digitized books. Since 2004, Google has partnered with libraries and publishers around the world to preserve books and make the information accessible to people everywhere. To date there are more than 40 million titles scanned.
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Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, too. We’re very “Please” and “Thank you” people. We have turkey and sides (sometimes we call them “fixin’s”) and people travel from all over to be at the family’s gathering spot. But that’s where most of the similarities end.
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KDP Reports in a Nutshell

KDP Reports in a Nutshell

Are you confused by Amazon/KDP Reports? You’re not alone. Amazon/KDP Reports can be confusing. Let’s try to make them more understandable. The first thing that causes the most confusion and distress is their rolling 30 day accounting. One day you look at your total books sales and see 50 sales; the next day you look…
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Indie Author Project

Indie Author Project

Indie Authors in Your Local Library If you’re an Indie author, you know how hard it is to market your book and get it in a library collection. Now public libraries have gotten together and created The Indie Author Project. Authors are able to submit their e-book directly to their local public library to then…
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Whoever Said History Was Boring

Whoever Said History Was Boring

Whoever said history was boring? Our forefathers used urine to tan animal skins, so families would pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive, you were, “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even…
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Only a Month Until the Competition Deadline

Only a Month Until the Competition Deadline

The 2021 Hallard Press Covid-19 Short Story Competition kicked off November 1 and entries will be accepted until December 15, 2020. The top five short stories (curated by the Hallard Press judging team) will run in the publisher’s online Breakfast Serial feature starting with the January 22, 2021 issue.
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Do I Need to Copyright My Book?

Do I Need to Copyright My Book?

Well, no, Maybe? This is a question we get all the time. And the final answer is a lawyerly “Maybe.”Here’s how it works.The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (better known as the “Berne Convention” because it was originally signed in Berne, Switzerland and has been amended several times since) was…
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Bookstore Scent Powers Powells

Bookstore Scent Powers Powells

Overtones of old books with hints of wood, leather and glue. West coast bookstores, Powell’s, has happened upon a new product for bibliophiles—“Powell’s by Powells.” According to reports by CNN they have developed a unisex perfume that “creates an atmosphere ripe with mood and possibility, invoking a labyrinth of books; secret libraries; ancient scrolls; and…
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Low Adverb! Typo Free!

Low Adverb! Typo Free!

New Breakfast Serial from Hallard Press Herman Melville did it. So did Henry James. And Harriet Beecher Stowe, too. Story and book serialization was very popular during the late 1800s as magazines flourished and American literacy surged. Now Hallard Press is bringing it back on Fridays with their online Breakfast Serial.In publishing, serialization means releasing…
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Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster, and Style Sheets

Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster, and Style Sheets

All part of the Hallard Press proofreading process. But what about Grammarly? “Editing” is a nebulous term authors keep hearing and that often means whatever you want it to mean. Depending on whom you consult, the definitions vary considerably. Authors also keep hearing about the critical nature of the editing process. “Behind every great writer…
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Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Millions of Free Images and Illustrations You’re a writer. Looking for an image, an illustration, a graphic that will illuminate your prose. You have the choice of the usual contemporary online stock image companies that might work. Of course, there’s a cost for licensing and maybe even usage restrictions. There is another source, often overlooked,…
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New Website Created With “Future Hooks”

New Website Created With “Future Hooks”

Hallard Press has Plans to Add New Features Same name / different website. Click www.HallardPress.com and go to the indie publisher’s “new” website. Although not readily seen by the user, it contains future hooks, a build strategy that allow almost unlimited expansion in the future. “Creating a new website without ‘future hooks’ is like writing…
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New Writers Short Story Competition

New Writers Short Story Competition

Up to 3,000 Words of Timeless (Covid-19) Prose​The 2021 Hallard Press Covid-19 Short Story Competition kicks off November 1 and entries will be accepted until December 15, 2020. The top five short stories (curated by our judging team) will run in the online Hallard Press Breakfast Serial feature beginning in January 2021. (Read more about…
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Book Cover Prices Going Up

Book Cover Prices Going Up

Why that’s Good News for Indie Authors “Book cover prices have risen significantly during the past six months to a year,” according to Nancy Hellekson, Managing Director of Hallard Press. “Possibly due to the demand—people staying home and buying more books—during the virus, and other reasons.” Hellekson believes that indie authors are placing more value on…
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The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

It’s called “imagination” and most authors (and readers) are OK with that. Some fifty-plus years ago I was laboring away in London at a publishing house in The City transcribing American comic strips into the “Queen’s English.” An editor friend popped in one morning and asked, “Do you want to meet Hank Janson?” “Who’s Hank…
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Three New Thrillers from Hallard Press

Three New Thrillers from Hallard Press

It’s the month of the fiction thriller novel for those long cooped-up June Covid-19 days, and Hallard Press brings you three new, exhilarating adventures. Plunder from Keith Wilson sees Dr. Ben Carson, a CDC doctor fighting a viral epidemic (that sounds familiar!) while he and his new love, Kari Wheeler, are being chased by rebel soldiers in Guatemala…
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Medieval village self-quarantined for 14 months to prevent spread of the plague

Medieval village self-quarantined for 14 months to prevent spread of the plague

Eyam is a picture-perfect English village of less than a thousand people in the Derbyshire Dales. Through a series of happenstance events, Eyam, in 1665, was one of the pioneers in the concept of self-quarantine and social distancing. That summer a flea-infested bolt of cloth arrived at the local tailor shop. Within a week, people…
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Covid-19 Jumpstarts Book Sales in Some Genres

Covid-19 Jumpstarts Book Sales in Some Genres

Covid-19 Jumpstarts Book Sales in Some Genres By John W Prince, Partner & Creative Director, Hallard Press Since March 13, 2020 (which I credit as being “C-day” of Covid-19 in the US) book sales have surged online and fallen in the bricks-and-mortar shops. “Of course,” you might say. “When people have enforced leisure, they turn…
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