Friday, September 29, 2017

7 Ebook Tools You Need To Try Out

Are you a first time self-publisher?  Do you have an eBook without a cover? Look no further, I'm going to show you 7 websites that will solve your problem.

If you're looking to earn some extra money or make selling eBooks part of your business then this blog post is for you.

There's no doubt self-publishing has exploded globally within the last five years.

People all over the world want to publish their own works on a free platforms (if they can) to keep their costs down.

Finding platforms that offer a product that is easy to use, enables you to create your own design and text and save it as an eBook cover can be pretty hard to find.

I've put together some of the platforms I've used as well as some that other bloggers have recommended.

Try out some of these cover creators for size:
The New EBook Self-Publisher

If you're just starting out, you need to do a lot of experimenting to understand how to create an eBook cover.

I've tried a number of different options for my eBook covers, and having an easy to use dashboard is always helpful.  Both Fotor and PicMonkey provide this for any new starters.

Some necessary features to look out for:

Custom canvas (so you can create different sized eBook covers)
Be able to save the JPG
Ability to add fonts of your own or have a good selection to work from
Letter Spacing

I'd love to hear your comments about eBook cover websites you've used in the comments below.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

8 Simple Proof Reading Tips

It's essential in any field of writing, whether your a student writing a college essay or writing a blog post or article, your own eyes are the best spell checker you'll ever need.  You can't always rely on your computers spell checker, things can be easily missed.  You'll find 8 tips to help you get the most out of your proof reading.

1. Concentration is crucial

When you're looking for mistakes it's vital not be distracted.  Concentration is key, this means closing yourself off from any surrounding distractions and potential distractions. You need to stay away from social media, emails, TV and radio and your cellphone or tablet.

2. Write it down

You read paper differently to reading a screen.  So try printing out a copy of your writing, try reading it outloud to yourself, you'll find your ear will catch the mistakes your eyes have missed.

3. Look out for Homonyms

Words that have different meanins but share the same spelling or pronunciation are homonyms.  If you decide to change complement with compliment your article could turn into a catastrophe.  There's no harm in using a dictionary.

4. Look out for Apostrophes and Contractions

It's easy to mix up they're, their and there.  These small mistakes can often harm the validity of your writing.  Keep in mind that apostrophes are never used to shape plurals.

5. Review the Punctuation

There's nothing wrong with focussing in on the words but don't leave out the punctuation.  Take notice of capitalized words, extra or missing commas, full stops used incorrectly etc.

6. Study it Backwards

Our brain usually becomes blind to our own mistakes and automatically "corrects" words inside sentences.  Try breaking this pattern by reading the text backwards.

7. Investigate the Numbers 

When using numbers in your document make sure the value of an aquisitiion is correct, e.g.:

$10,000 instead of $100,000

8. Let your friends or family Proofread Your Document

No harm in asking someone you know to run their eyes over it.  They can pick up on any mistakes you might have missed.  An extra set of eyes can work out whether the sentence makes sense or not.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10 Cool Gifts for Writers

If you're a writer I bet you're really tired of getting the same boring old notebooks and pens as gifts.

Even though notebooks are an essential part of any writer's toolkit, there are plenty of other non-notebook gifts out there.

So let's kick-off the list of non-notebook gifts for writers.

1. The sweatshirt, out of print t-shirt or tote bag

Writer clothing can be pretty nerd at times, but some are really quite fashionable, like Out of Print t-shirts, hoodies.  Which usually feature iconic book covers.

2. Audible Subscription

If you can't remember whether your special writer friend likes sci-fi or non-fiction then look no further than Audible membership.  This can be used to download audio books and magazines straight to their PC or tablet.

3. Rite in the Rain Pen

Yes that's right you can actually get an all weather pen, the Rite in the Rain Pen suitable for the wettest days.  you can pair this up with a Rite in the Rain notepad.  Handy for those days where you want to go outdoors and get some fresh air.

4. Guidebooks for Writer's

Why not help your writer build their bookshelf, hone their craft and actually make money from writing with these writing memoirs and guidebooks.

On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

The Elements of Style  - William Strunk Jr and E. B. White

Finding Your Writer's Voice: Making Your Writing Unique and Unforgettable - Bria Quinlan and Jeannie Lin

5. First Lines of Literature Coffee Mug

Get the first lines from some of the most well-known works of fiction, on a mug.  An unusual and clever little gift for any writer.

6. I'm Silently Correcting Your Grammar Sweatshirt

If you can't help correcting grammar then this shirt is for you.  A great gift for anyone who loves grammar and punctuation.

7. Amazing Story Generator

Get your favourite writer the Amazing Story Generator with 1,728,000 story prompts.

8. Vintage Canvas Leather Messenger Travelling  Brief Case

This classic yet snazzy messenger bag is suitable for any author on the go or travel writer, who loves to throw everything into one bag.

9. Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard

If you're writing friend loves anything futuristic they'll just love this keyboard.  Any gadget lover would jump at the chance to try this piece of kit out.  Works on any flat surface and can be simply attached to your key ring.

10. Typewriter Jewellery or Cuff links

Personalised jewellery, you can't go wrong.  Give your favourite writer their initials as a typewriter or ring.  Perfect for guys to, with typewriter cuff links.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

[Free Ebooks] 24 Places to Get Public Domain Books

Every year the intellectual property rights on certain publications expire.  These works become available for public use, meaning anyone is free to use it, or reuse it if they wish to publish a new edition.

A book entering the public domain can vary from country to country.  Also some rights depend on registrations, but the most important point is how many years have passed after the death of the author before the works enters into the public domain.

25 Places to Get Publish Domain Books

1. Projeckti Lonnrot

Public domain books in Finnish and Swedish.

2. Wolne Lektury

Collection of free public domain books in Polish.

3. Classical Chinese Literature

A selection of Chinese classics, each character hyperlinked to its definition and etymology.

4.  Planet Publish

Popular works in pdf format.

5.  Classic Reader

3810 titles by 358 authors are in public domain.

6.  Great Books and Classics

Discover classic writers and philosphers from Sophocies, Epicurus and Sun-Tzu.

7.  The Online Books Page

Over 1 million free  book managed by the University of Pennsylvania.

8.  Classic Literature Library

Organized into collections you can find the complete works of William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens amongst others in public domain.

9.  Open Culture

A popular blog that curates access to educational and cultural media.

10. Legamus

You can find free audio books from texts entered public domain in Europe.

11. LibriVox

A comprehensive library of free public domain audiobooks.

12. Authorama

An easily navigable site that lists completely free books from a variety of authors.

13. Bartleby

An offering of free Harvard Classics.

14. The Literature Network

Over 3,600 full books and 4,400 short stories and poems from over 250 authors.

15. Books Should Be Free

You can find thousands of free public domain books as audiobooks or text files in 30 languages.

16. Google Book Search

You can perform any search with Google Books search, when you see Preview or Full View under the book's title, this means you can read its scan in the browser.

17. DailyLit

Get an ebook delivered in daily installments, delivered by mail or RSS feed.

18. Manybooks

A popular catalog of public domain ebooks, garnered from Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive.

19.  Feedbooks

A site devised with mobile reading in mind, so you can download free ebooks directly to your tablet or smartphone.

20. Open Library

Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available on this site, with a steadily growing lending library of over 200,000 contemporary ebooks.

21. Internet Archive

A massive archive of text, audio and video files including public domain titles.  You can read over 5 million books from over 1,500 collections.

22. Digital Public Library of America

Get universal access to digital resources of America libraries and archives.

23. Europeana

Gain access to millions of digitized items from European archives, libraries and museums.

24. Project Gutenberg

The biggest destination for free ebooks on the internet.  Established by Michael S. Hart in 1971 it's the first ebook initiative in the world, with over 44,000 publications which are available for download on .mobi and.epub among other formats.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

15 Ways to Write in Plain Language

Writing clearly, simply and in plain language has made it much easier for people to understand legal documents and government forms.  Any information supplied through online publications giving information explaining a process, writing should always be plain and to the point.  Below are some concepts behind plain language:

1. Who are your readers?  Understand and identify their needs.

2. State the purpose of the fontent in an introduction or during navigational content.  Recognize what your readers need to do after reading the content, use your writing to show them how to do it.

3. Arrange the content so that it makes sense to the reader.

4.  Make requirements and responsibilities clear.

5.  Use tables, examples, anecdotes, images to provide clarity.

6.  Keep sentences short, avoid double negatives and keep the subject, verb and object close.

7.  Keep paragraphs short, stick to one topic.

8.  Use second-person pronouns to write to the reader, instead of third-person pronouns.  This will help you to write with an active voice.

9.  When indicating a requirement use must, not shall:"You must include a sample".

10.  Refrain from smothered verbs: "We will decide soon," instead of "We will make a decision soon".

11.  Don't confuse readers with elegant variation, use the same accepted terms every time you refer to them.

12.  Stay away from jargon and legal terminology like herewith, use terms your audience knows.

13.  Present information in a question-and-answer format, using conversational wording.  Providing clear and concise responses.

14.  Exclude unncessary words.

15.  Link wisely.  Don't use generic linking like "click here" etc.

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