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Jargon Buster from Oxford Dictionaires

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Does proper grammar give you a headache?  Do you throw your pen down when frustrated with thinking of the perfect word?  If you answered yes then you need to Jargon Buster from Oxford Dictionaries.

This quick reference list is alphabetized and includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, forms of verbs/moods, sentences, clauses, speech, other parts of speech and dictionaries.

If you are a frustrated writer this list is perfect for you!

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Day One by Amazon.com

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Amazon.comOn October 30, 2013 Amazon.com announced that it would begin offering a digital literary journal weekly.  Their plan is to publish fiction-including work from debut authors and stories from around the world translated into English-and poetry. Day One will showcase one writer and one poet per week.  Day One will be priced at $19.99 a year and publish direct to Kindle or the Kindle app.  You can learn more about this brand new literary effort by Amazon here.

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Outwit Writer’s Block

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Are you sitting and staring at a blank notebook on your desk?  It’s a common problem among writers.  You’ll find lots of advice on how to outwit the dreaded writer’s block but here’s an idea that may be new to you.  Instead of starting at the beginning of your book start at the end.  Pretend your book is in your publisher’s hand and they are asking you to write the book jacket copy.  You’ll need to write something concise and intriguing to get readers to buy your book.  You might want to do some research first by reading the jacket copy of books in your genre.  Don’t agonize over this exercise… it’s meant only to stimulate you to write a brief outline of your plot.  Once you have this done go back to that blank notebook and use this copy to outline your book.  You’ll find it much easier to get started in outwiting writer’s block.

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A Fabulous Book Quote by Neil Gaiman

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book marketing“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors

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25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About

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Thanks to Daily Writing Tips and author Ali Hale we have an excellent article about 25 different writing software packages for writers.  It’s true that you can use your pen or pencil and paper or your laptop but writing software offers so many perks that it may be worth your time and/or money.  Read “25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About“!

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Storyboarding Video

Watch this video from award-winning author, and master writing instructor Mary Carroll Moore.  She teaches the storyboarding technique.  You’ll learn:

How a storyboard designs your book’s flow of chapters and ideas

How to handle your book’s creative tension
—and avoid writer’s block

Why you can throw away your outline
—random writing leads to perfectly linked chapters

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National Novel Writing Month Starts Tomorrow

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writing a novelNovember is “National Novel Writing Month”.  If you have been struggling to finish your novel then this month is the time to do it!  Not only can you finish your novel but if you finish in November you can have it up on Kindle and Nook for Christmas.  If you need some help sign up for “NaNoWriMo“.  You’ll get daily reminders and lots of encouragement for FREE!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Click the link to join.

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7 Types of Headline Headaches by Mark Nichol

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Thanks to Daily Writing Tips we have a great article “7 Types of Headline Headaches“.  Authors often spend more time on creating their headlines or chapter headings than they do while actually writing.  News sites are particularly guilty of using confusing or inaccurate headlines.  In his article Mark Nichol says “However, in publications that are not carefully edited, especially on post-it-right-now websites, headlines can invite the wrong kind of curiosity, combined with confusion or derision, when they’re published with errors. This post examines various types of common mistakes.”  To read the entire article click the link above!

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Writing Habit Mastery – How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block

This new book by author S.J. Scott is available only for the Kindle but given that you can read Kindle books on other devices might be a good resource for authors.  The goal of the author is to get you writing 2,000 every day of the week.

The author says “Do you struggle to write every day? Many people dream of becoming a successful author, but can’t *find* the time to write. The truth is this: Great writers don’t have more time than you do. They make time to write. Not only do they make time, they also follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block altogether.  By developing the “writing habit” you’ll have the confidence to sit down in front of a computer every day, knowing the words will come.”

Click the book image to learn more!

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7 Invaluable Writing Tips From Stephen King from Policymic

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Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn has written an article from information included in Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“.  He offers seven tips from King including “Everything Begins With Rejection”, “Master the Fundamentals Of Writing” and “Always Be Honest”.

Our favorite quote from the article is “To be a good writer, you must master the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and style. Use only the vocabulary that you feel most comfortable with. Know your grammar.”  Too many authors forget the basics of good writing because they see badly written books like “50 Shades Of Gray” selling millions of copies and getting made into a movie.  This book was the exception to the rule and writers need to understand this.

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Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers.   Readers can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

This book is really for people who want to sell what they write.  This book is particularly helpful for new writers but will also help writers who haven’t been able to get sales.

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Tell Readers Who You Are

erachTo help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams.  Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you.   Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies.  Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue?  Talk about that too.  Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works.  Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books.  It can work for you too.

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Mini Q&A with Seattle author Wendy Call

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The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“.  Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers.  Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.”  All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter.  You can read the Q&A here.

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Write Erotica? Be Careful With Your Kindle Books

Amazon.comAmazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica.  This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes.  In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started.  In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.

According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen.  The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover.  Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents.  If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com.  Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.

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If You Write Fiction Giveaway Short Stories

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Here’s a brilliant idea we had for promoting fiction books.  There are so many fiction authors out there and more joining the market daily that it makes one wonder how can you stand out from the crowd?

Certainly there are many marketing tasks you should be doing, and we cover many of them in this blog, but aside from marketing how can you give your potential readers a taste of your writing?  Give them a taste by giving them a taste.  Write a short story or two featuring the characters of your book and give it away to potential readers.  There are so many places on the web where you can post your short stories for free that we won’t list them all there but Wattpad is a good place to start.

Your short story may be a prequel to your novel or perhaps a sequel.  It could be an expansion on a plot device in your novel or it could introduce a new character.  Use your innate creativity to create this short story and then promote the heck out of it.  This is a great way to grab the attention of potential readers by giving them a “taste” for free!

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 24, 2012

Author Marketing Experts has a very interesting newsletter that covers topics for writers and publishers.  They do a good job in collating content from around the web that you might find interesting.  Take a look at a recent newsletter here.

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Free Webinar “Publish Your Book in 2013: The New Rules of Publishing Make it Easy!”

Has publishing a book been on your To-Do list for far too long? Then make 2013 the year it gets done! This webinar explains the strategy and process of taking your book idea from being just a glimmer in your eye to a real-live book on Amazon.com.

Attendees will learn:
* How to make your book work for you before it’s even written
* Publishing strategies that get your book to market fast
* How to make your book title drive website traffic and sales
* The 5-steps to writing a great book…really fast!

About your presenter: The 42Rules book series was started by long-time marketing executive, author and founder of Impact Marketing Group, Laura Lowell. Laura wanted to help experts write books and share their wisdom, while maintaining their current workload and lifestyle. Today, the 42Rules series outperforms industry standards for sales of independently published trade paperback book.

Join Laura Lowell on February 20, 2013 at 10:00 am PST.  Register here!

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Free Webinar “Publish Your Book in 2013: The New Rules of Publishing Make it Easy!”

Has publishing a book been on your To-Do list for far too long? Then make 2013 the year it gets done! This webinar explains the strategy and process of taking your book idea from being just a glimmer in your eye to a real-live book on Amazon.com.

Attendees will learn:
* How to make your book work for you before it’s even written
* Publishing strategies that get your book to market fast
* How to make your book title drive website traffic and sales
* The 5-steps to writing a great book…really fast!

Date and Time

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Register now!

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Does Every Consultant Need To Write a Book?

John Jantsch has written a great article “Does Every Consultant Need To Write A Book?” and it includes input from Guy Kawasaki.  We agree with John on many points and think the article would be helpful if you’re considering writing a book to build your business.

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Got Acronyms, Abbreviations Or Initialisms? Acronym Finder To The Rescue

How do you know if you’re using the correct acronym or abbreviation when you’re writing your book?  You don’t know but Acronym Finder does.  This nifty website has been online for years and it is very easy to use.  It has more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions and is free to visitors. Check it out!

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