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Literary Agents: Good or Evil? (Either Way, You Need One)
by Lisa Silverman. I spent about five years of my life as an agent, representing both screenwriters and book authors. I wasn’t a scumsucking bottom-feeder. Then again, I ultimately decided I wasn’t cut out to be an agent.Agents, especially in today’s book busines...
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Top 5 Book Selling Tips
by Brent Sampson. TIP # 1Online reviews are paramount in importance when it comes to drawing attention to your book. And the best part is, you're in control of your own destiny!If you haven't yet submitted your own review on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, what ...
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Nine Points to Ponder When Writing Short Stories
by C. M. Clifton. Whenever I begin a short story, I remind myself of two things: to try to get in touch with readers' senses as much as possible by writing something to see, hear, touch, smell, taste, and feel (emotionally), and to try to keep nine points, specificall...
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Becoming an Expert
by Alyson Mead. One of the most coveted roles in our society is that of an expert. Experts are not just average people. They command respect, and get it. People hang on their every word, and make them their go-to source for information. Often, experts can create won...
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Writing Advice From The Experts Part #2
by Scott Lindsay. The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do. - Thomas JeffersonThere are many books that provide tips and guidance for publishing success. This series of articles takes you directly to a trusted source of wisdom – establi...
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Writing Advice From The Experts Part #3
by Scott Lindsay. You must be prepared to work always without applause. - Ernest HemingwayMuch of the wisdom available from established authors may be surprising in it’s honesty and straightforward nature. The reason this is likely true is the authors in question ha...
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Writing What You Want To Write: Personal Innovation
by Scott Lindsay. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale CarnegieSome of the special skills discussed in writing may have you feeling as if there is really no ro...
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Time Management For Writers
by Scott Lindsay. Most established writers have deadlines to follow. They are either pressed to complete an article by a certain time or they have a novel or non-fiction book that must be handed in by a deadline. In each case they have either a mandatory of self-impos...
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Blogging: A Writer’s Journal
by Scott Lindsay. A novel way for a writer to keep prospects and fans in the loop on their progress as a writer is through the use of a web log or ‘Blog’.“This notion of self-publishing, which is what Blogger and blogging are really about, is the next big wave o...
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The Difference Between Rich Authors And Poor Authors
by Steve Manning. There’s a real difference between what rich authors do and what poor authors do, and the difference has nothing to do with their writing ability. How many times have you read a poorly written book and then wondered why it was a best seller, only to...
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Great Technical Writing: Banish These Two Attitudes
by Barry Millman. OverviewIncomplete User Documents disappoint your Readers. Two attitudes of many Technical Writers result in incomplete User Documents. These two attitudes are:. "Everyone Knows That", and. "The User Can Figure It Out"This article describes t...
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Why Should You Edit Your Writing?
by Liz Palmer. So you’ve finally finished your first draft. Maybe it’s a novel. Maybe it’s a non-fiction book. Maybe you’ve written a picture book for children. Perhaps you love what you’ve written. Perhaps you’ve read it and decided it wasn’t really ...
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Personal Websites For Journalists
by Madison Lockwood. Traditionally, journalists have more or less worked alone. Journalists in both the news business and feature writers for magazines typically will develop their stories, dig up their leads, conduct their interviews and draft the final product themselv...
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Writing Contests: Building Writing Credentials
by Scott Lindsay. One of the ways many writers can successfully add credentials to their portfolio if to participate in a variety of literary contests. This type of contest encourages writers to put their best foot forward in both creativity and attention to detail.It...
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Deadline Management
by Scott Lindsay. “When length is a problem, I'd rather cut out sections -- entire thoughts -- than chisel off the texture and color from the most important parts of the story. Cutting is hard and painful work, but I'd rather do it myself than leave it to someone wh...
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What To Expect At A Book Signing?
by Scott Lindsay. One of the most thrilling moments for an author is when they are invited to participate in a book signing. This is often the stamp of approval many writers need, especially with their first book.Most bookstores see a book signing as a means of increa...
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Great Technical Writing: Has Anyone Ever Used Your Product?
by Barry Millman. Product documentation gives the feeling that nobody has ever used the product. Most documentation:. Ignores the product's failings (warts), and how to overcome them.. Leaves out tips that would improve the User's experience with the product. Leaves o...
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Why I Packed My Lifetime Knowledge Into A Single File…
by Jim Green. Well, not quite my lifetime knowledge, but certainly all of my expertise relating to creative writing, achieving publication, and aspiring to bestseller status in every literary work I set out to create.So why have I done this: pack all my knowledge ...
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Understanding the Parts of a Business Letter
by Robin Henry. In this short tutorial you will learn about the different parts of a business letter and for what they are used. You are already familiar with most of the parts, but may not know their names or all their functions.Parts of a LetterParker Morgan Finni...
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A Few Tips For Writing A Research Paper
by Gabriel Adams. Every person will have to write a research paper at some point in their lifetime. If you do not know the steps to writing a research paper, then it can become an overwhelming proposition. However if you know the steps to writing a research paper, the...
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The Perfect Freelance Writer
by Scott Lindsay. "Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines." - Gary SineseIf you pay close attention to the words and inferences of some who use freelance writers you will see that freelancers must be superhuman...
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The One You Love To Hate
by Scott Lindsay. Many of the best stories in fiction have both an antagonist and a protagonist.The protagonist is the main character or hero that we cheer on and hope conquers all.The antagonist is the story’s villain. The best bad guys are the ones we love to hate...
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The Banned Narrator-Are You An Epistolary Novelist?
by Scott Lindsay. Do you like to write letters to those who have meant something to you? Do people like receiving your letters? Have others said they always look forward to your letters?If you answered yes to any of the above questions you could be an Epistolary Novel...
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Writing a Cover Letter
by C. M. Clifton. As a novice writer, I had no idea that cover letters existed until I attempted to submit my first short story manuscript to a publication whose submission guidelines required that a cover letter accompany every manuscript. Once aware of cover letters...
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Books for Writers: "The Chicago Manual of Style"
by Lisa Silverman. "The Chicago Manual of Style," now in its 15th edition, is the style bible for anyone in the book industry who works with the nitty-gritty of the words on the page: copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, book designers, etc. And it should be a part of...
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