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Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

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Primer for New writers

June 8, 2014 – 8:42 pm
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What’s the most common question most writers get after ‘where do you get your ideas? How do you write a book? Neil Gaiman answered that question the best – you put your butt in the chair and type a sentence. Then another. It’s as simple and as hard as that. (Paraphrased, of course.) For some people – pantsers aka those who write by the seat of …

Facebook Traffic – Boost vs Giveaways

May 28, 2014 – 10:00 pm
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Many of you, I have seen, post questions regarding Facebook Boosts/Ads, how to use them properly, are they worth it, etc.
I did an experiment using two different forms. Number one was paying $10 to Facebook Ads, number two was offering two $5 Amazon gift cards to fans (again, only $10).
Here is what I came up with:
Experiment One (Using a Facebook Boost)
On 5/13 I paid the …

Points of view…

March 8, 2014 – 8:22 am
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From The Fellowship of the Rings – “There were some that shook their heads and thought that this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputably) inexhaustible wealth.
“It will have to be paid for….”
Notice that the sentence is in no discernible particular voice.
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From Dune – ‘Paul’ heard the fear in her voice …

Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

January 29, 2014 – 3:50 pm
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A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with Pinterest. This is where having a great cover makes a tremendous difference.  An intriguing cover will draw the interest of Pinterest viewers As with all social media, though, it is social media. It’s not just about promoting your books, but about getting to know you, the author, so you need to post more than just your covers. Post about …

The Indie Author’s quick guide to Twitter

January 24, 2014 – 4:49 pm
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In a new feature, we’ve decided to provide some quick guides to various social networks, from our social media based moderator (Kai).  Remember too, that we have our own Twitter and Facebook page, and will be launching a Pinterest profile for our members soon!
The Quick guide to Twitter
Twitter is a basic social network where you can post tweets, which are 140 characters or less.  Tweets …

Weekly roundup, week ending 19th January

January 19, 2014 – 4:55 pm
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Last week’s roundup
Every week, one of the IAG moderators will round up what’s gone on, on the group and in the Indie community as a broader view.  If you’ve been busy writing, editing, or promoting, let us catch you up and find conversations and blog posts that should interest you and dive into the information you’re really keen to see.
On the group
Nikki Broadwell started a conversation …

Indie Author Group Twitter list

January 19, 2014 – 2:25 pm

As many of you are probably aware, we’ve got an active and bustling twitter list, that we keep up to date and retweet indie authors worth reading, along with posts from our members.  Ordinarily, we’d keep the list in the Facebook group, but we thought we’d try something else.
Would you like to be listed on our Indie author list?  Follow the instructions below.
1.  Log into …

The four E’s of Indie publishing

January 16, 2014 – 6:24 pm
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There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a …

E-book formatting 101. When you’re new to this all.

January 13, 2014 – 4:13 pm

Dear reader,
I don’t consider myself an expert on formatting e-books, yet so far I’ve done a reasonable job on my own. I’ll let you in on the trick to my “success”.
There are a few things to remember when you’re formatting an e-book:
1. It is not a paperback or a hard-cover.
Well, that’s an eye-opener. Still it is important to understand. An e-book doesn’t have pages. In …

Dialogue – are you doing it right?

January 12, 2014 – 4:35 pm
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Dialogue plays an important part in connecting your readers to your story. Good dialogue helps a reader hear the voices of your characters and creates an additional layer of context and tone. But, effective dialogue doesn’t, and shouldn’t, mirror every day conversations. In our daily speech patterns, we stammer, stall, get distracted, and often end up talking about things completely unrelated to our original intent. …