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Are You The Author You Want to Be?

Are you already the author you want to be? Or is there something, some little thing, holding you back? If you aren’t already the author you want to be, you’re unlikely to get there with the help

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Why It’s Way Better to Write in Active Voice

Why is it better to write in active voice? It’s what every writing coach and editor will tell you. But why? And how do you keep from slipping into the nasty habit of passive voice? Active Voice Versus

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Why Now is the Best Time to Write Your Book

Deciding on the best time to write your book is a little bit like having a baby. You may believe that the best time to write your book is only when you have enough money, enough experience, and enough

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The Eight Simple Tips You Need to Write in Plain English

You probably know the feeling: you read something, probably more than once. And you find yourself asking, “Could you explain it again, but in English this time?” You don’t want this to happen

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Why We’re Grateful for These 5 Big Authentic Gifts

In this blog post, we’re doing something a little different. To celebrate the holiday season, rather than sharing “how-to” tips on writing or marketing or publishing, we want to explain why we’re

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Image Copyright and Authors: How To Avoid Legal Trouble

Image copyright for authors. We authors are usually pretty sensitive and aware of copyright issues around the written word. But with so many images seeming to be freely available online, do you know

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PASSIVE VOICE IN NONFICTION

4 Big Reasons to Use Passive Voice When You Write Nonfiction

Could you use the passive voice when you write nonfiction?Ah, yes, the passive voice. The bane of every editor's existence. The thing that makes writing coaches shudder. But why is this? Why do writers

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How to Embrace the Imperfect First Draft of Your Book

It can be hard to get that first draft of your book down. New and wanna-be authors often struggle to complete a first draft. Heck, experienced authors can find it a challenge too. We'll talk about some

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Getting Nonfiction Dialogue Wrong: 8 Bad Mistakes to Avoid

Learning to write nonfiction dialogue is a must. It adds life and colour to the text, helps to move the narrative forward, and tells us more about the characters. However, bad dialogue, and bad use

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BOOK SIGNING KIT THUMB

Ten Simple Things You Want for an Outstanding Book-Signing Kit

With a little thought and pre-planning, book-signing events can be a valuable piece of your marketing pie.  Like everything else related to being an author, you can't just waltz into a book-signing

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