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Byline: The Art of Writing and Business of Publishing

Peter DeHaan

Discussing the art of writing and the business of publishing

Writing a Book Versus Blogging

If you want to write a book and blog, what should you do? It’s a book versus blogging debate. Too many writers starting out try to do both and end up doing neither one well. Or they try to write a book before they’re ready. Then they end up with something not suitable for publication, … Continue reading Writing a Book Versus Blogging

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The Successful Author: Discover the Art of Writing and the Business of Publishing

Do you have questions about writing? Publishing? Peter Lyle DeHaan has answers, which he shares in The Successful Author. With over three decades of experience as an author, blogger, freelancer, and publisher, Peter will help you on your writing journey. On this grand adventure: Learn why you shouldn’t call yourself an aspiring writer. Uncover tips … Continue reading The Successful Author: Discover the Art of Writing and the Business of Publishing

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Writing Tips on Formatting Numbers

Do you have questions about formatting numbers? There are two main rules that apply to writing numbers: 1) Write out single-digit numbers (one through nine) and use digits for numbers for 10 and higher, or 2) Write out one hundred and everything less. Use numbers for everything greater than one hundred. Some style guides say … Continue reading Writing Tips on Formatting Numbers

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The Purpose of Blogging: Discover When and Why to Blog

Blogging is important, but what is the purpose of blogging? Blogging serves two purposes. The First Purpose of Blogging: To Write Better First, blogging can help us improve as a writer, train us to meet deadlines, and encourage us to write regularly. Blogging helps us get better as writers—and we all want to do that. … Continue reading The Purpose of Blogging: Discover When and Why to Blog

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What’s the Difference Between a Category and a Tag on Your WordPress Blog?

Part 5 in the continuing series on using WordPress for blogging: a platform-building, book-selling tool. WordPress categories and tags are confusing. They seem to do the same thing and offer similar results. WordPress Category A category is like a file cabinet drawer for your posts where you place related content. Categories are general groupings of … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Category and a Tag on Your WordPress Blog?

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What Is Your Twitter Strategy? Discover How to Use Social Media

At one time, publishers would be impressed with your sheer number of Twitter followers (or Facebook likes), but now their focus is more on engagement. What is your Twitter strategy to build your author platform? Are you interacting with your Twitter followers? Do you try to connect with them, and do they appreciate the value … Continue reading What Is Your Twitter Strategy? Discover How to Use Social Media

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Self-Editing Options to Improve Our Writing

Self-editing is hard for most writers, I suspect all writers. We know what we meant to write, so that’s what we tend to see when we try to edit our work. To combat this, try these self-editing options. To find errors, such as typos, missing words, extra words, and confusing phrases, I use text-to-speech software … Continue reading Self-Editing Options to Improve Our Writing

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Finding Balance in Writing and Life

Personally, when it comes to finding balance, it seems something is always slipping, with the areas of writing, work, and life being in a constant state of tension. Yes, there are times where I may go a couple of days keeping everything in balance, but one little bump in the road and the whole thing … Continue reading Finding Balance in Writing and Life

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Finding a Writing Mentor

Many Writers Wish They Had a Mentor The problem is that those who are most qualified to be a mentor are also the busiest, and the people who have time are usually not as experienced. If you find someone who would make a great mentor, just ask them, but leave them room to say, “No,” … Continue reading Finding a Writing Mentor

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Five Things You Can Do With E-Books

There is some writing that we almost never see in printed form, due to its length, content, format, market size, or other factors. When it comes to e-books these are no longer issues. Here are five things we can do with e-books that we seldom see in print. Novellas A novella is a work of … Continue reading Five Things You Can Do With E-Books

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How to Blog Your Fiction Book

We discussed ways to connect our blog with our book, which works well for memoir and nonfiction but not so much for fiction. While the vision is clear to blogging a memoir or nonfiction work, it’s murky when it comes to fiction. With fiction, we can’t simply blog excerpts from our book because we will … Continue reading How to Blog Your Fiction Book

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Three Perspectives on Hybrid Authors

A hybrid author is someone who uses both traditional publishing and indie publishing. Though the reasons for pursuing this dual approach are many, there are two base motivations: more sales or more income. Generally, traditionally published books are better vetted, have higher quality, enjoy wider distribution, and produce more sales. The benefits of indie-publishing tend … Continue reading Three Perspectives on Hybrid Authors

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What’s Next For the Publishing Industry?

The Publishing Industry Is Changing In round numbers, five hundred years ago the world witnessed the invention of the printing press, changing the way people communicated. This innovation (along with advances in shipbuilding) ushered in the modern era. There’s a definite connection between the printing press and modernity. Though the technology of printing has advanced … Continue reading What’s Next For the Publishing Industry?

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Four Ways to Stay Informed About Book Publishing

In the world of book publishing, if we blink, something’s apt to change. Every day there seems to be a new option, a different twist, or better pricing. The best solution for a particular situation soon yields to an even better answer—often within months or even weeks. Publishing books becomes an art of aiming at … Continue reading Four Ways to Stay Informed About Book Publishing

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Blogging Your Book

I blogged parts of two books, and the posts serve to draw readers into my topic, and then point them to my books. Some people turn blog posts into a book, while others blog parts of their book once they have written it, and a few people blog the book as they write it. This … Continue reading Blogging Your Book

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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 I’m not the first to say 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 minds, finding … Continue reading Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

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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 in increasing, maintaining, or shrinking? The media would have us believe the end is near, at least as far as the book business, especially print books, is concerned. … 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 traditionally published author has much to do besides writing In the last post, I pointed out that self-published authors need to be entrepreneurs and listed what that entailed. The reality is that a traditionally published author needs to adopt this same mindset, being entrepreneurial as well. A given requirement … Continue reading A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

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