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From Idea to Published Book … How to Self-Publis

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From Idea to Published Book … How to Self-Publish the Easy Way!

by: Edward B. Toupin

I’ve been involved in publishing for over a decade now as an author, editor, and project manager; however, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I decided to move into self-publishing. Indeed, my first few projects involved consulting for others and, now, I am involved in my own, personal projects. It has taken a while for me to come back around to my own works, but in the process I learned how to minimize time and expenses in producing a book and getting it to market.
This short article will not try to explain every aspect of book publishing in detail, but it will brush on a few of the important topics...

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Four Easy Ways to Get a Book Written (Especially I

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Four Easy Ways to Get a Book Written (Especially If You Don’t Like to Write)

by: Michelle McGee-Jones

Becoming an author is probably a lot easier than you think. It’s time to get that book out of your head and onto the printed page. Ready? Boot out your excuses. Here’s how to do it.
Method One: Think Quality, Not Quantity. To be classified as a book – as opposed to a booklet or pamphlet – your work needs a mere 49 pages (excluding the cover). Not only that but, depending on your topic, you can be liberal with photographs, charts, illustrations, bullet points, fill-in-the-blank worksheets, etc. Use them strategically in place of text. If it fits your theme, intersperse powerful quotations throughout your book, and give them a page of their own, even if it’s only a line or two...

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Made in Heaven

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Made in Heaven

by: Nithya K

Consumed by my loss, I didn’t notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend – my Mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times.
Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my football matches, held a box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, supported me at my father’s death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life.
When Mother’s illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle child without entanglements, to take care of her. I counted it an honour.
“What now, Lord?” I asked sitting in church...

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7 Writing Muse Kickers to Fill Up That Blank Page

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7 Writing Muse Kickers to Fill Up That Blank Page

by: Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

Nothing is more daunting for any writer than having to stare at a blank sheet of paper.
When we stare at a blank sheet of paper, we often think, “What am I going to write?” A few minutes later, it becomes, “Oh my goodness, I can’t think of anything to write!” And several minutes later, it turns into something like, “Write, dangnabit! Write! Write! WRITE!”
Some writers call this writer’s block. But I call it the “Writing-Muse-Needs-A-Kick” syndrome.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to do with your writing muse gone truant. We’re going to kick her back into gear so you can fill up that blank page.
Here are 7 writing muse kickers for you to try right now:
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Do You Plot With Your Character In Mind?

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Do You Plot With Your Character In Mind?

by: Nick Vernon

Creative Writing Tips –
You are plotting the story. You write down what will happen, what problems will arise, what obstacles you will place so the character won’t reach his goals immediately, what he’s going to do to overcome these problems etc…
So all these things will be happening to your character since it’s his story we are telling.
Does it make sense then to have your character in mind as you plot these things?
It does. Because it will depend, based on the type of person he is, how he will face these problems, what he will feel, what he will think, what he will do.
Different types of personalities make up our world. Some people worry too much, so whatever problems come along, they will worry with the same intensity...

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