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Self-Publishing: Book Cover Design Mistakes to Watch Out For – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

Self-Publishing: Book Cover Design Mistakes to Watch Out For – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

There are quite a few things to do before you self-publish a book, and most writers know that this list includes steps like thoroughly checking the manuscript and writing an engaging book description. However, many of them forget an aspect that’s an equally essential part of the process: designing an attractive book cover to represent

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5 Psychological Benefits of Writing by Hand – Josh Carlyle | Guest Post

Not so long ago, people were inseparable from paper and pencil. This clerical couple helped them literally in everything: keep a budget and arrange business correspondence, take notes and save cooking recipes, congratulate loved ones on holidays and in many other things. Today, for these purposes, we use electronic documents, press the share button on

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials

When you see a younger person using their phones, it’s easy to associate it with social media or mobile gaming. But what if I tell you there’s a good chance that they’re reading? Would you believe it? Well, maybe not, but the data from a new infographic from The Expert Editor tells another tale. Research

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The Process of Book Editing: 10 Ways to Save Your Nerves – Jennifer Pauli | Guest Post

Finally, your dream came true: after long months of writing, your book is done. The next step is finding a professional editor to give your masterpiece a final review before it gets to the bookstore shelves. Even if this is not your first book, it is natural to feel nervous about shipping your dearest offspring

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Happy Hybrid – Susan Moss | Guest Post

In the autumn of 2018, I celebrated becoming the owner of two passports – and thus two citizenships – German in addition to my native British. I’ve always enjoyed being something of a mongrel, and I believe that in the future, having experience of both cultures, languages, and ways of doing things will stand me

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Why Writers Should Join Book Clubs and How to Make the Most of Them – Grace Carter | Guest Post

Most authors find themselves in an industry utterly inundated with all sorts of competition. There are enormous numbers of other writers competing within the print and online publication industries and as such, it requires everything you have as a writer to stay ahead of the curve: and even then, it cannot be enough. There are

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7 Attention-Grabbing Publishing Trends That Will Define Books In 2019 – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

Industry-altering book publishing trends have been a feature of the publishing industry for a while now but heading off into 2019, new and modified old trends jostle to be the attention grabber of the year. One startling fact is that the number of Americans reading for pleasure has fallen by almost a third since 2004.

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Caveat Author – Robert L. Barclay | Guest Post

I have a long history of publication, beginning with a career in museum conservation and musical instrument technology. The segue into writing fiction was an easy one, but my access to publishers was limited by severe competition at a time when word-processing meant that many writers could aspire to produce a novel. After a considerable

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How Writers can Use the Power of Instagram – Chrys Fey | Guest Post

Instagram has gained in popularity and is now one of the most popular social networks worldwide. Although Instagram is most popular with teens and millennials, people of every age, race, ethnicity, and location use it. There is something so unifying about Instagram, more so than any other social media platform. And creative types of all

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