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Amazon Translate

If you want a fast, inexpensive way to translate your work into multiple languages, Amazon Translate might be the ticket. It’s got a slick interface

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Book Club for Kids

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is

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A+ Content

Learn how to use Amazon’s newly released A+ Content to market your books with a detailed explanation from fantasy author Jason Hamilton. You’ll find his

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Accessibility: Visual Impairment

Here’s a quick read and helpful reminder about what matters to website visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Holly Tuke shares her experience in

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Timeboxing

Audra Spicer shared a great tip with us: Use a calendar app to timebox every day, then adhere to it to increase productivity and spend

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How to Sign Your Books

From the website: As I’m getting ready to release my collection of modern fairy tales When Magic Calls, I’ve been thinking about things like book

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Word List for Writers

“Uh-oh. You just reviewed your novel and found more than one hundred instances of sighed. How can you fix your story without a major rewrite?” This

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4 Ways Movement Effects Deep POV

Ever had an editor or beta reader flag the moving or disembodied body parts in your fiction? Eyes roaming/flying/darting… Fingers flying… Hand creeping… Feet following…

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14 Ways Authors Express Gratitude

All authors are grateful for the readers who support them, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to express it. This post has some fascinating

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Outlining a Crime Novel

If you’re writing a “howdunit” crime novel, here’s an intriguing way to create your outline. Use this modified version of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.

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Sourcing Sustainable Stickers

Biodegradable stickers out of sugarcane?  Artist Harmony Hardin has curated an excellent resource for those who want to  create promotional materials that are environmentally friendly. 

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Typewolf’s 40 Best Google Fonts

The Google Fonts library is a convenient choice for building an author website. In addition to the open source fonts being free, using them helps

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Creating a Greener, Faster Website

If you want to create a website that’s eco-friendly, here are four tips worth considering.   From the Themeisle blog: “In this post, we’ve looked

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Web Design Best Practices: Accessibility

Web design isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s a much more complicated world where user experience, accessibility, and business goals all should connect. Check out these

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Your Writing Platform

Need an online platform but feel squeamish about connecting with strangers? Best-selling author Barbara O’Neal shares tips for creating a bond with your readers that

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End hovering Pin It buttons

If you use images on your blog or in your email newsletter and have the Pinterest Pin It extension on your browser, you’re going to

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Free download guide to Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher is one of three integrated software programs (Publisher, Photo, Designer) that is similar to Adobe programs for publishing, illustrating and photo manipulation, with

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Finding the Buried Hooks in Our Writing

In one post writing conversations, a fabulous teachable moment burst to the front of the lesson. In the least likely moment, my class discussed—hooks. It was by accident. You could say we were hooked. Haha get it… Anyway, it started with a simple request. “Share three of your favorite sentences.”

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Outlining a Novel with the Plot Pyramid

In seventh grade, students learn the plot pyramid structure. Because academic English education relies on a keen familiarity with the plot pyramid, I teach my emerging authors to use the plot pyramid as a tool for outlining their novels.

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How to Use Descriptive Details to Bring Your Story to Life

Well written descriptive details bring a story to life. As authors, we love hearing a reader say, “When I read your story, I saw a movie in my head.” With that being said, too much detail has the reverse effect. It bogs a story. So how do you know which details to add? This is an exercise to help answer the question

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Skeleton Drafting

Plotting or pantsing? Gardener or architect? Writers love to argue over which method is best to create engaging fiction. Personally, I believe this isn’t a

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The Captain’s Guide to Writing

A selection of short posts on writing your book, from idea to editing, told from the viewpoint of a master mariner. Posts appear in reverse

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Note Taking Apps

 The blog post is writer-centric. It discusses the types of note-taking apps in terms of the types of writers (architect, gardener, librarian) and lists 16

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Whitelisting Instructions

Great resource page from David Gaughran. It’s an easy, unintimidating guide to whitelist your newsletter so that your potential readers see the mail you’re sending

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