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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

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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For New Writers – What I didn’t know – Basic Self-Editing and Polishing

August 29, 2011 – 9:43 am

First, please hang in there and read the entire blog, there is some good stuff here. Okay now, that being said, before you do anything else, before you research agents, write the perfect query letter for this spectacular idea you have and get all excited – write your book. Yes, all of it. (It never […]

A Simple Guide to Creating a Basic Book Trailer – Cheap

August 26, 2011 – 5:39 pm

So you want to create a book trailer/video but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? It’s easier than you think but be prepared to spend some time on it. At least a day. Thanks, though, to some basic computer software that might already be on your computer – if you have a […]

Five minute fix – setting up your gravatar

August 25, 2011 – 8:53 pm

One of the major areas that indie authors have problems with is social networking and marketing.  Part of the reason for this is in many cases, we use tools that require repetition, or don’t work for us.  Which is what the ‘five minute fix’ articles are all about.
What’s the buzz?
On WordPress based blogs, if you’re commenting, a small image comes up next to your comments.  You …

How to Write a Killer Blurb

August 24, 2011 – 4:28 pm

A blurb is the book description you find on the back of a book or online to describe a book’s contents. After your cover, blurbs are the second most important selling tool you have for your book, so you want it to grab the reader’s attention. The blurb is the essence of the book, a distillation of the characters, tone and conflict of your story …

Keeping the community honest

August 21, 2011 – 1:51 pm

At the Indie Author Community, one of the things we’re very keen to help support is the idea that the community has standards of some description – and that while we don’t suggest internal policing, bringing to light some of the issues indie authors face, because, by knowing about them, we can know what to watch out for, and support those caught in the trap …