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A Writer's Best Friend ~ Avatar

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A Writer's Best Friend ~ Avatar

You sit down to write a book or even an article, and often the first thing that comes to mind is the topic, the ideas. Which is great! But before you put pen to paper, spend a moment thinking about your reader. No I don't mean all your readers, with all their diverse needs and wants. That would overwhelm anyone! Think about the one person this piece is going to help.That is your key reader, your avatar. All your writings on the topic should be directed specifically to that person. One of the biggest issues I see when working with...

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10 Steps To Clean Up Your Manuscript

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10 Steps To Clean Up Your Manuscript

So you've written your masterpiece and you are ready to dive into the deep end of self-editing or perhaps you've hired an editor. All you need to do is send off that document, or start doing edits, right? Well you could, but if you want a truly professional piece there are a few things you need to do before you start editing to ensure your document will be ready for formatting as soon as your edits are complete. Here are 10 steps you need to do to clean up your manuscript for a truly professional result. I'm going to assume...

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Your Words Matter - Keep writing, even when it's hard

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Your Words Matter - Keep writing, even when it's hard

As a writer I'm often plagued with self doubt and fears about whether what I am doing is good enough. If my words will actually have an impact. If my story will affect anyone. It's nice when friends and family say nice things about my writings, but the proof in the pudding (so to speak) is when I get comments and reviews from the public. That's when I know what impact my words have... for good or bad. Recently, I was on Amazon and noticed a new review on my book, And Then My Uterus Fell Out. This is a...

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Key Amazon Self-Publishing Terms You Need To Know

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Key Amazon Self-Publishing Terms You Need To Know

There are many important terms, names and acronyms in the self-publishing world. In order to navigate your publishing process successfully it's important you understand what they all stand for, and what they mean for your project. It's easy to get confused with all the jargon, so here's a few key terms specific to Amazon that you should know. KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing - This is Amazon's self publishing portal. This is where you sign up to publish your book on Amazon, check your sales, payments, etc. Kindle Select - Amazon's exclusive program. If you are only interested in publishing...

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The Project Management Triangle - What you need to know

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The Project Management Triangle - What you need to know

In the world of project management there is a special rule called the Project Management Triangle. As a project management specialist with the government, every project was launched discussing this important rule. As the name implies there are three prongs on this triangle: Time, Cost, Quality (or Fast, Cheap, Good). But here's the rule, you only get to pick two of the three, you can not have all three. I'm often approached by people new to publishing and writing who do not understand this important paradigm. It's very important that, as the project manager of your self-publishing project, you understand...

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