Self-Publishing Helps, Tech Tips

How Long Should a Book Be?

A novel starts a word at a time, building one upon the other. A fellow writer stated, “A word upon a word upon a word equals power.” Words transform into an idea and that idea develops into a story. The story becomes a novel, and that work of fiction can inspire, and bring enjoyment or […]

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Self-Publishing Helps, Writing Tips

Your Editing Toolbox

If you haven’t read your manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, at least three-to-five times, you’re not ready to publish it yet. Use Control+F The little command of Control+F on your computer can be a lifesaver. Use it to find all the unnecessary words in your manuscript like “that” or “had” and then eliminate most of them. […]

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Self-Publishing Helps, Writing Tips

Change Straight Quotes to Curly Quotes

What About Curly Quotes vs. Straight Quotes? Does it really matter if you use straight quotes (“)? Curly quotes (“ ”), also known as “smart quotes” are used in good typography. Straight quotes are plain ASCII characters and are not confusing to web browsers and email servers.  In Microsoft, straight quotes can be changed to curly […]

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