Tag Archives: Writing

Use contractions for “friendlier” writing

Contractions are shortened forms of words and phrases. Let’s is the contracted form of let us. An apostrophe is used in place of all omitted letters. Contractions—such as “don’t” instead of “do not”—can make writing and speech sound friendlier. Contractions … Continue reading

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Use Find and Replace to remove extra spaces

You can use the Find and Replace feature in most software programs to spot extra spaces. Sometimes, if you type too fast, you can get an extra space or two. Professional book publishers and designers use one space after a … Continue reading

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Wider margin in print book not desirable in PDF version

By Barbara A. Fanson I was reading the PDF version of a book recently and realized that every time I scrolled down to the next page, I also had to shift the page left or right. After some time, it … Continue reading

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Use your book to gather email addresses and social media followers

In his book Creative Writing Career 2, author Justin Sloan shares his advice on becoming a professional writer of movies, video games, and books. He also does an excellent job of collecting email addresses of his readers, encourages them to … Continue reading

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Speed up promotions with a page of bios and summaries

Create a page of biographies about yourself in several different lengths. Sometimes, you’re required to submit a bio of 25 words or 50 words. Why not take your time and prepare several bios in advance? While you’re at it, create … Continue reading

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Don’t steal images

For your book or social media promotions Google has made it very easy to borrow an illustration or photograph. First, you can Google the topic you’re interested in and then right-click on the image to choose Save image as from … Continue reading

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Look for speaking events in less obvious places

Whether you self-publish a book or use the traditional publishing route, you have to promote it. Speaking engagements are an inexpensive way to increase awareness of you and your book. If you sell a few copies, you get to keep … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Once you pay for a domain name, you won’t want to change it, so take your time choosing a name for your website, Facebook page, and blog. A domain name is a name that you purchase for 1 year, 2 … Continue reading

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How do you autograph a book?

It sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? An autograph increases the value of a book for the recipient. Your book may be a gift for someone and an autograph personalizes the book and increases the uniqueness of the gift. Continue reading

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From blog to book: one post at a time

I’ve heard people say if you just write one page a day, you’ll have 365 pages in a year—enough for a book. Others have suggested that you can take all your blog posts and turn them into a book, assuming … Continue reading

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