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Three Possible Problems with Self-Published Books

Self-published Book Problems Self-published books carry a stigma of poor quality: weak writing, shoddy editing, second-rate production, and a product that often screams “amateur.” Unfortunately, this perception stems from the growing evidence provided by many self-published works. Though not all self-published books are substandard, too many are. Here are thee examples self-published book problems from … Continue reading Three Possible Problems with Self-Published Books

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Consider the Future of Book Publishing

What do the days ahead hold for those of us who publish books?  What is the future of book publishing? Given the rapid changes the industry is undergoing, we anticipate a different tomorrow, but just how much different will it be? Will today’s roles even exist in a decade or two? Predicting the future or … Continue reading Consider the Future of Book Publishing

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Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

I’m not sure who said it first, but over the past few years many have stated that “traditional publishing is the new vanity publishing.” As writers struggle with the quandary over self-publishing or traditional publishing, many cling to traditional publishing as the preferred solution merely because they see it as validating their work. In their … Continue reading Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

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UR Turn: Do You Post Videos on You Tube?

You Tube is the second largest search engine in the world In past months we’ve talked about our presence on various social media sites. Here’s my list: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+. Let’s connect on your platform of choice. There’s also You Tube. People gravitate to video. As a writer, I don’t so … Continue reading UR Turn: Do You Post Videos on You Tube?

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Why It’s Important to Write Every Day

Are you are writer? Do you want to be a writer? If so, are you writing every day? I heard it said that if you’re a writer and not writing every day, then you’re not really a writer, you’re a reader. While that may seem harsh, it is something to seriously ponder. Although it would … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Write Every Day

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Great Writing Quotes to Educate and Inform

We can find encouragement and instruction in reading great writing quotes Two weeks ago I asked you to share your favorite quotes about writing.  Mine was “Omit needless words.” Here are some more great writing quotes. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write … Continue reading Great Writing Quotes to Educate and Inform

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Are You a Rookie or a Professional Writer?

The Other Side of Article Submissions from an Editor’s Perspective For the past thirty-five years, I’ve been submitting articles to periodicals. For the past sixteen I’ve also been on the receiving end as a trade magazine publisher and editor. This gives me a 360-degree understanding of what happens to an article from conception to publication—and … Continue reading Are You a Rookie or a Professional Writer?

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UR Turn: Favorite Writing Quotes

Quotes by writers about writing can teach, inspire and motivate us Last month we asked the question, Who’s your favorite author? This month we’ll look at what writers say about writing. What are your favorite writing quotes? My absolute favorite writing quote is the concise, exemplary advice to “Omit needless words.” It comes from the … Continue reading UR Turn: Favorite Writing Quotes

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The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing?

Now is a great time to publish a book and don’t let anyone tell you differently What is your perception of the future of books? Is interest increasing, maintaining, or shrinking? The media would have us believing the end is near, at least as far as the book business, especially print books, is concerned. Eighteen … Continue reading The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing?

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A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

Just like their self-published counterparts, a traditional published author has much to do besides writing Last week I pointed out that self-published authors need to be entrepreneurs and listed what that entailed. The reality is that a traditional published author needs to adopt this same mindset, being entrepreneurial as well. A given requirement is writing … Continue reading A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

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Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

Being a self-published author requires a lot of hard work but offers great rewards In the rapidly changing world of book publishing, an emerging reality is that a self-published author needs to be ab entrepreneur. Writing a great book is not enough; penning compelling content is only the first step. Authors who desire to self-publish … Continue reading Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

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Peter’s Law of Reciprocity as It Applies to Writers

As writers we must seek to learn and to teach When it comes to learning and sharing information, I developed a guiding principle to direct me along the way. I call it Peter’s Law of Reciprocity. Peter’s Law of Reciprocity states: “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t, so politely and tactfully learn what it … Continue reading Peter’s Law of Reciprocity as It Applies to Writers

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UR Turn: Who’s Your Favorite Author?

We love some authors so much, that we buy every book they publish If you were to ask me who’s my favorite author, I’d shrug and say, “I don’t know.” However, that would be wrong. From my perspective one author rises above all others: Robin Mellom. I’ve gushed about her in the past. I bought … Continue reading UR Turn: Who’s Your Favorite Author?

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Pursue Just-in-Time Learning for Effective Education about Writing

Writers should consider just-in-time learning to round out their education I work at home. My office window looks out at the bus stop. Each school day I see kids waiting to get on the bus. And each afternoon the bus returns them home. They’re mostly excited, but more so when they’re learning for the day … Continue reading Pursue Just-in-Time Learning for Effective Education about Writing

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Using Dictation Software to Write Fiction

Speaking your punctuation when dictating slows you down, but it is possible to do So far I’ve only used dictation to write nonfiction. My next step is fiction. This becomes a little bit more complex, because we must speak our punctuation. And dialogue requires much more of it. For example, here is how I would … Continue reading Using Dictation Software to Write Fiction

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12 Tips For Better WordPress Content Creation

Presented at the 2017 Grand Rapids WordCamp Hi, I’m Peter DeHaan. Here’s a little bit of information about me. I’m a published writer. I’m a passionate blogger. I’ve written about 2,200 blog posts for myself and about 500 for other people. I’m a commercial freelance writer, a magazine and newsletter publisher, and a WordPress fan. … Continue reading 12 Tips For Better WordPress Content Creation

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UR Turn: What’s the Most Encouraging Thing Anyone Has Ever Told You?

A simple word of encouragement can mean a lot to a writer As a person who uses words to make a living, words have a great impact on me. The words of others have encouraged me—and discouraged me. Even the lack of words, the things left unsaid, can have a powerful effect—a negative effect. The … Continue reading UR Turn: What’s the Most Encouraging Thing Anyone Has Ever Told You?

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How Long Should a Blog Post Be?

Remember that we write for people and not computer algorithms People have different opinions as to the ideal length of a blog post. When I first started blogging almost ten years ago, I heard you needed at least 200 words for search engines to be able to learn enough information about your post to categorize … Continue reading How Long Should a Blog Post Be?

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Use Dragon Speech Recognition Software to Write Faster

Celebrate the benefits of using your voice to produce your first draft A couple years ago I heard about authors using dictation to write the first draft of their books. Although intrigued by the idea of using speech-to-text software to write, I dismissed it as impractical. However, as more and more writers extolled the virtues … Continue reading Use Dragon Speech Recognition Software to Write Faster

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The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish Five Downsides … Continue reading The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

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