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Avoid These Common Self-Publishing Mistakes

Avoid These Common Self-Publishing Mistakes

AFTER CONSIDERING THE PROS AND CONS, you’ve decided to self-publish your book. It feels good to have made your decision. And you know I think that’s a great choice. Especially since, in my last post, I gave you 5 reasons why to choose the self-publishing route. To improve your chances of success, it’s important not to jump directly into publishing. Instead, take the time to educate yourself about what it takes to self-publish and market your book, and avoid making the following common mistakes — almost all of which I have made myself, so I know what I’m talking about! Common Self-Publishing[...]
5 Reasons to Self-Publish

5 Reasons to Self-Publish

SELF-PUBLISHING no longer carries the stigma it once did. Yet, for many writers, being published by a traditional publishing house still feels like the ultimate success — and the ultimate confirmation that their writing is “good enough.” There are advantages to being published (which I will discuss in a separate article), but here are five advantages that self-publishing has over traditional publishing and why doing it yourself may be your best choice. No gatekeepers. The competition to be published by traditional publishing houses is fierce and controlled by a multitude of gatekeepers — agents, editors, committees, bean counters — all focused on what they think the[...]
Blogtalk: Using Technology to Aid Memoir Writing

Blogtalk: Using Technology to Aid Memoir Writing

IN HIS CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE ARTICLE, Finding Truth in Technology, Sejal H. Patel discusses the potential for conflict between writing the truth as we remember it and using technology to reveal and research the facts. “Technology,” as discussed in the article, includes pictures, recordings, video, online web tools, such as WordReference.com, Google maps, historical websites, and online communities where we can reconnect with the characters of our lives. Patel highlights stories from five writers detailing how the use of such technologies has both helped and hindered them. While photos and videos can jog memories and help us remain true to the facts,[...]
Activate Your Writing with Powerful Verbs

Activate Your Writing with Powerful Verbs

DO YOU WANT your writing to take hold of your readers and pull them from one page to the next? Do you want to imbue your writing with more tension, movement, and power? One of the most potent ways to strengthen your writing is to use strong, precise, and active verbs in place of weak and passive verbs. What is this nefarious thing called “passive verb” (also known as “passive verb construction” and “passive voice”)? It is where the subject of the sentence is having the action done to him, her, or it. In contrast, in active verb construction (active voice), the[...]
Word for Writers, Part 13 - Working with Images

Word for Writers, Part 13 - Working with Images

LEARNING HOW TO MANAGE IMAGES in Microsoft Word is an essential skill, yet it is not a skill that writers need or call upon every day. After all, writing is all about creating pictures with words. Still, there are times when you’ll need to be able to include pictures in in your documents. You might need to create a flyer for a book launch or reading. You might want to write a legacy letter that includes family photos. You might be self-publishing a memoir and want to include photos, drawings, or scanned images. Or you might simply want to add[...]