Monthly Archives: July 2015

In Writing, Are You Confused with eN-Dashes, eM-Dashes and Hyphens?

In Writing, Are You Confused with eN-Dashes, eM-Dashes and Hyphens?

Avoid hyphen, en-dash and em-dash (ndash and mdash, n-dash and m-dash) Confusion
The use of dashes is inconsistent in lots of writing—regardless of the writer is (amateur or long-timer). The hyphen, em-dash and en-dash crop-up all the time while you’re using Microsoft Word, but most don’t know why and we use the different dashes inconsistently.
What’s the visual difference between the n-dash and m-dash?
The n-dash is about as wide as an uppercase N; the m-dash (or …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

 
 Three quick tips to enhance your blog clout and you that popped from the recent jammed paced webinar that Joel Friedlander, Joan Stewart, Amy Collins, Kelly Johnson and Judith Briles did.
 

1. Don’t make your blog’s “About” page about you. It’s about what you are bringing to the reader. “You” are the carrier … take care of that in your signature at the end of each blog.
2. Include a “call to action” with every blog post. …

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The Power of Ingram and How Authors Can Tap into It

The Power of Ingram and How Authors Can Tap into It

Alrighty … many have heard me push the need to do BOTH print and “e” versions of your books. For fast POD service that delivers quality, IngramSpark tops the list. 
In partnership with AuthorU, IngramSpark is offering to AuthorU members a variety of programs to consider. As The Book Shepherd, I am recommending to all my clients to first, set up an IngramSpark account and second, contact their respective book designers and get files uploaded pronto. 
Why? …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

 Don’t you love quick tips … ones that turn on the light bulb and you think–I can do that? Ideas were popping everywhere from the webinar I did last month with Joel Friedlander, Amy Collins, Joan Stewart and Kelly Johnson… I love it when I have pen and paper out, writing them as fast as the poured from my colleagues. You want to listen to the full hour. Download it on the Publishing at Sea website here …

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Google Slapdown Started for Websites – Authors Beware!

Google Slapdown Started for Websites – Authors Beware!

IS it a bird? A plane? Jeeze Louise, it’s Google and it’s not knocking at your door with a bouquet of lovely flowers. It dropped a dead bouquet for plenty of authors who we discovered at the AuthorU’s Extravaganza in May were clueless of the changes that started flowing in April. Although AuthorU blasted an alert in March that Google would be penalizing websites that weren’t mobile friendly, many didn’t see it, or chose to …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

 Ideas were popping everywhere from the recent webinar I did with Joel Friedlander, Amy Collins, Joan Stewart and Kelly Johnson… it was hot and you want to listen to the full hour. Download it on the Publishing at Sea website here … and come on the cruise in January of 2016. All details here.

If you want bookstore and library sales, but are nervous about returns… Set your book as returnable for 6 months and once …

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ONLINE: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 4 Weeks!

ONLINE: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 4 Weeks!

Yowsa … Today, I officially kick-off the How to Write a Book in 4 Weeks for  Non-Fiction. I’m based in Colorado and doing an in-person, face-to-face, workshop each Tuesday evening.
After multiple emails from readers and followers, I got the message … GET THIS BABY ONLINE for us. I heard you and next month, starting the first Tuesday of August and then every Tuesday, I’m creating the ONLINE How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 4 …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas – What is Independence in the Author and Book Publishing Worlds?

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas – What is Independence in the Author and Book Publishing Worlds?

 
 
It’s the 4th of July … a huge day in America … my one kick-butt tip for today is a reminder:
As the Author and Publishing Worlds Turn, the words “self” and “independent” have almost become interchangeable. There is a difference, agreed, a fine line at times. What is independence in publishing?

A self-published book can mean almost anything … from what gets spilled out of the fingers and mind of the author to the presentation from the …

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