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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Marketing Tips, Writing Tips

Audiobooks – The New Book Look

Guest Post by Author Kwen D. Griffeth Johannes Gutenberg introduced his printing press to the world in 1439.  The device, with its ability to move the type, started a social revolution, and I have no doubt, the morning after the announcement, Mister Gutenberg found himself beseeched by authors, all wanting to get their books printed. […]

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Marketing Tips, Writing Tips

Great Book Reviews for Free

It’s a fact. Books which have won awards get better reviews and more attention from readers and buyers alike. But how do you get awards?  Reviews help. Every author desires good reviews for their book. The more reviews on Amazon, the further up the ladder your book will go. Reviews do help sell the book. […]

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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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Writing Tips

Single Quotes or Double Quotes?

It can be confusing to know where to use quotation marks. Writers are familiar with using quotes for sentences but what about thoughts? What about words with another meaning? This is simply a question of style, and what country you live in. The British do it opposite of Americans.  Single or double quotation marks denote […]

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Tech Tips, Writing Tips

PLOTTING BY DESIGN

Plotting a book doesn’t happen by accident, it must be designed. Just as a baker needs a recipe, a seamstress needs a pattern, and a builder needs a blueprint, a writer does best with a plot. Structuring your manuscript doesn’t have to be hard. A plot is simply like a road map. It doesn’t mean you […]

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