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    Monday
    Nov142016

    Three Tips for Managing Source Notes in Your Book

    If you are writing an academic, technical, or family history book, the source notes may be as important as the text itself. Here are three tips to help you manage source notes.

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    Sunday
    Nov132016

    Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

    As authors grow close to finishing the writing of their book they are also often anxious to get it into print as soon as they can. The impulse is easily understandable, however rushing to publication can not only result in a book of lesser quality than the author hoped for, it may actually result in higher costs, and cause the process to take longer than it needed to. Successful self-publishing is not a process of doing multiple things simultaneously; it is a process of following a simple plan one step at a time.

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    Saturday
    Nov122016

    Point of View - Seeing Your Book Through a Telescope

    Most writers have been admonished to show and not tell. Far fewer understand how to manage their narrative’s point of view while showing what happened. Handling point of view well is essential, because your choice of a point of view character or characters establishes several things you must do in telling your story, as well as creating a list of things you shouldn’t do. Let's take a look at both.

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    Friday
    Nov112016

    Why Write a Family History If Nobody Wants to Read It?

    Researching and writing your genealogy or family history is a strange bug. It bites some people, but leaves other members of their families untouched. I feel a bit sad when I talk with a person who says, “I’ve been researching my ancestors for years, and I would like to preserve my family’s history in a book, but none of my relatives care about it.” The truth is it doesn’t have to be that way. Let's look at some ways to make sure it isn't.

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    Friday
    Oct212016

    Miami Book Fair: What’s Your Story?

    We are looking forward to the Miami Book Fair International, just about a month away. Hundreds of authors and thousands of visitors will attend a full week of book events from November 13th -20th. We’ll be exhibiting at the Street Fair November 18th – 20th. It’s a great event with half a dozen blocks of downtown Miami shutdown to celebrate nothing but books. One of the things that makes the fair such fun is that organizers plan events throughout the year leading up to the November celebration. Here’s one we can all participate in.

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    Wednesday
    Oct052016

    Storytelling Helps Elders with Memory Issues

    An innovative program called TimeSlips uses creative storytelling to improve the lives of elders. TimeSlips has had remarkable success with people suffering from memory issues by opening up storytelling to everyone and replacing the pressure to remember with creativity and the freedom to imagine. Let's look at how.

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    Sunday
    Oct022016

    Editing Tool to Sharpen Your Writing

    C.K. MacLeod on Tech Tools for Writers recommends the Hemingway Editor, a tool which “will give you something to correct in your first draft, just minutes after you’ve written it.” The app designed by Adam and Ben Long is a standalone program available for $9.99 for Mac or PC. You can also try the free online version. The creators promise that the Hemingway Editor will “make your writing bold and clear.” It’s easy to use. Put in the text and see where you can simplify your prose.

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    Thursday
    Sep152016

    Do Judge a Book By Its Cover - The Stargazer’s Daughter

    This is one of an ongoing series of commentaries on trends in book cover design by Stories To Tell Founder Nancy Barnes. She discusses the cover of The Stargazer's Daughter.

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    Sunday
    Sep042016

    Three Tips for … Announcing You Have Published a Book

    How do you get the word out when your book is about to be published? Here are three tips to help you create a buzz around your book launch.

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    Wednesday
    Aug312016

    Print Is Back

    When Nielsen BookScan reported that 571 million print books had been published in 2015 it flew in the face of a string of claims that print books were dead. In fact, the 2015 figure was a 17 million book increase from the previous year. WNYC radio, a New York City NPR station explored the reasons for the renaissance in print books in a recent episode of its weekly show On the Media. Co-host Brooke Gladstone began by noting that e-book sales which had been predicted to reach a 60% market share have leveled off at 25%. She asserted that we might be, “reacting to our digital lives by embracing the analog.”

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    Monday
    Aug292016

    Need Help With Your Genealogy / Family History? Check Out genealogyDOTcoach

    Sometimes you just need a little help getting over your current genealogy challenge. GenealogyDOTcoach, which launched today, provides personalized help to anyone who is searching for their family history through a video chat with an expert genealogy coach. The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories. Topics include: getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation. Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups. The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece. They are researchers, authors, and lecturers. The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

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    Saturday
    Jul302016

    How Long Does It Take to Publish a Book?

    A traditional publisher often takes twelve to eighteen month to publish a book and bring it to market. Self-publishing can allow an author to accomplish the same goal in a considerably shorter period of time. However, as a self-publishing author it is important to understand that publishing a professional quality book can take several weeks to several months. Here are some questions you will need to consider in estimating how long it will take to get your book into print.

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    Monday
    May022016

    What's the Best Way to Design a Family History Book?

    When you set out to self-publish a family history book you need a variety of skill sets. These skills include research and writing, but there is another there is another type of expertise that many family historians overlook – technological skill. Let's take a look at what it takes to create a beautiful heirloom quality book.

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    Friday
    Mar182016

    Save Money as an Indie Self-Publisher

    Who should publish your book? Every author faces the same choice. Increasingly the choice is between “assisted self-publishing” and becoming an “indie” who truly self-publishes. Before you sign up for an all-inclusive package with a heavily advertised giant like Author House, Xlibris, or Outskirts Press it’s important to understand that when you choose one of them you will pay an inflated price for every book they print for you. Let's see how it works.

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    Tuesday
    Mar082016

    What Makes a Memoir Great?

    Writing a memoir that connects with an audience is not about telling your story. “Unless you're Bill Clinton or Mick Jagger,” said novelist and memoirist Holly Robinson, in The Huffington Post, “nobody but your best friend cares about your life story (and she might be pretending).” Writing a great memoir depends on telling your story in a way that gives readers an insight into their own lives and the human condition. Great memoir relies on the tools of the story teller and is reflective rather than reportorial.

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