Words associated with salt

Here is a really interesting piece about words associated with salt.

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Formatting your ebook

Now here is a subject that comes up over and over again.

Many new authors fuss over their Word document so that it looks perfect on their screen. Most of this time is wasted, because:

  • It will look different on another screen, with different settings.
  • The software that creates the ebook will change everything anyway.

The important thing is to prepare your Word file to talk nicely to the software that makes the book. The way it looks on your screen will give you some clues, but the key is in the way the file is formatted.

This post will set you off in the right direction.

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5 Steps to land more writing gigs from your blog

As with many of these lists, there is an element of simplification about this post.

But still, there are some useful points about getting writing work by blogging.

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SEO tips for your book on Amazon

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is important, because if you don’t, nobody finds your book.

It is as simple as that.

So where do you start? Here are some tips for indie authors to make their self-published books more discoverable on Amazon.

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Getting your book into the High Street

editing_and_proofreading_blog_1052Here is some useful advice about dealing with your local book shop. It is all common sense, but it is still useful to have it all listed in one place, and coming from an authoritative source: The Booksellers Association.

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Some word histories

Time for some word history:

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About landing pages

A landing page is an important part of your book marketing campaign. Find out why, and what to do about it here.

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Hoity-toity and gibberish

Yes, I know it is an odd combination, but I just happened to come upon these two posts:

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15 Ways to choose characters’ names

You can waste a lot of time on sorting out names. Some people don’t really get into their first draft properly because they are fussing over names for people and places.

As long as you can keep track, there is a lot to be said for using very ordinary names just so you can start the writing job properly. You can always change them later, with cautious use of find and replace. And remember to ask anyone who reads your drafts to keep an eye open for names you have missed. You would be amazed how many stories I see with random characters appearing from nowhere half way through.

This post has some useful ways to find inspiration for names.

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Short story competitions in 2018

If you are a short story writer, you might find this list of competitions you can enter in 2018 useful.

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