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Creating A Blog That Has Personality

Creating A Blog That Has Personality

by: TJ Philpott

When creating a blog you generally want to give it some personality. Most popular blogs display a certain style or attitude in the way they deliver their updates which makes them more distinctive within their own niche. Another advantage is that in most cases the personality any blogging platform assumes is generally that of the blog writer! This makes the writing process much more natural and therefore easier for the person updating the site.

Here are 3 simple ways you can add ‘personality’ to any blogging platform to make it more distinctive enabling it and you to stand out more within your niche.

Share Opinions

When appropriate do not be afraid to share your opinion on a subject or particular issue if you have one. Although not everyone may feel the same way as you most people are usually interested in what others may think. In fact most popular blogs will offer opinions simply for the sake of provoking a response from their readers in order to initiate some type of discussion. Interactivity like this helps encourage visitor involvement and create a stronger sense of community!

Be Passionate

As a blog writer allow your ‘feelings’ to show in your writing if you are passionate about a subject or issue. This tends to draw people further into the content you have posted and makes for much more interesting reading! This passion also helps you be more persuasive or influential in terms of swaying the opinions or perspective of others pertaining to the subject you are blogging about. Once again by getting people more involved in what is being posted on your blogging platform you are increasing their interest along with your own ‘uniqueness’ as well! Remember others do not have to agree with what you are saying for them to find your perspective interesting or thought provoking!

Maintain Your Convictions

Do not ‘cave’ in to the opinions or feelings of others if you do not share them. Maintain your own convictions since if they are strong enough there must be a reason why! Explaining your reasons, if they are compelling enough, will make for interesting reading and likely will also provoke more thought and stimulate further interaction.

Creating a blog that ‘displays’ a certain personality helps to make it more distinctive allowing for it to better stand out from the crowd. In most cases the blogging platform normally ‘mimics’ the personality of the blog writer which helps make composing new updates more natural and thereby easier for them. The 3 simple suggestions above serve to help you introduce personality to your own platform. As you can see it is not a complicated formula to follow and done correctly will succeed in helping to make your blogging platform more noticeable. In this way it is likely you will attract more visitors and hopefully evolve into one of the most popular blogs in your niche!

About The Author

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

To learn more about creating a blog with personality and to also receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques for your online marketing needs simply visit:http://blogbrawn.com

Writing and Publishing My Book: Sources Of Ideas For Writing Your Books

Sources Of Ideas For Writing Your Books

A writing source provides not only inspiration, but also a place from where you can derive knowledge about the topic you are writing about. So, if you are writing about carpentry, it is essential that you learn some basic technical terms associated with carpentry such as hammer, chisel, etc, and their uses. It would definitely help if you have done carpentry work yourself, because that experience will give you a much deeper, personal understanding of your subject.

You might fall short on some ideas while writing, so you will have to research more on those subjects. You can do that by reading magazines or watching videos and CDs. You can also consult an expert carpenter, and he can give you many tips. You could even get tips by searching the Internet, which has now become a sea of information — just be careful about the quality or truthfulness of some of that information.

Since there could be thousands of books already written on carpentry, you need to either present new information in your book, or you can present your information in a different way so as to make your book more interesting than others. Writing a book without a proper source of information could result in a badly written book or faulty data. Either way, the results could be damaging.

Whenever you are searching for a source of information for your book, you should first ensure that you yourself are interested in that subject. Next, you have to ensure that people who read the book would also be interested in it. Also, you will have to write the book in a new, appealing way.

Nowadays, unscrupulous elements in the scientific world are using ‘copy-paste’ methods to pass off important research as their own. Use technical data, combined with your imagination, to present it in an attractive way. So, if you have taken your source from a previous book, you will have to acknowledge that source and also seek permission from that author before writing your book.

Children’s books, especially, require a lot of imagination to be full of attractive photos. The subject matter should be informative and the photos should be relevant. A fictional book is a place where you could let your imagination run wild. But here again, the source of your book and character should be properly researched. Incorporating and acknowledging a source in your book also gives it credibility and respectability, and helps people to know that you know what you are writing about.

So, just as a river requires a source of water, you too will require a rock solid source to ensure that your book turns out to be a bestseller.

About the Author

Victor Epand is an expert consultant about books. When shopping for books, we recommend you shop only at the best bookstores for used books, autographed books, and vedic books.

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Writing and Publishing My Book: The Curse of Writer’s Block

The Curse of Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block. A curse well known to anybody that has ever been required to put quill to ink, pen to paper or, in keeping with technology, finger to keyboard. The sudden phenomenon that comes out of nowhere like a falling piano and lampoons all efforts at creativity when it is specifically required.

The most common cause is a simple lack of inspiration yet the curse can also be linked to depression and anxiety, mood disorders caused by changes in the brain’s frontal lobe. A widely held belief is that the sudden ceasing of ideas and creativity is all part of the natural ebb and flow of the process. It could also be claimed that it is a result of trying to pin down something elusive and free in the same way that a comedian who, upon discovery of their trade, is beseeched “go on then, tell us a joke.” Ask a writer to give a thousand words on a set subject and the words will flow, ask a writer to give twenty on a subject of their own choice and sooner or later the well runs dry.

Henry Roth is perhaps the most famous sufferer of writer’s block. Roth’s first novel “Call It Sleep” was published in 1934 and was regarded as a depression-era masterpiece. After beginning and aborting his second novel, Roth was struck with the dreaded Writer’s Block and worked as a firefighter, a teacher, a labourer and anything that didn’t require him to write before retiring. His second novel “Nature’s First Green” was eventually published in 1979. Roth’s block was due to a combination of depression, an unwillingness to confront the problems of his past and, strangely, political problems.

Widely-acclaimed film makers the Coen brothers also suffered under the curse of Writer’s Block whilst working on a screenplay for their prohibition-era film “Millers Crossing.” A dark and twisting story of gangsters and corruption revolving around a femme fatale, “Millers Crossing” is certainly a great film yet when Joel and Ethan Coen hit a block they decided to make an art of Writer’s Block. More specifically, they wrote a film, “Barton Fink,” about a writer of social realist plays whose creative juices run dry when he is called up to Hollywood to draft a script about a wrestler. The result? “Barton Fink” won the coveted Palme d’Or atthe Cannes festival by unanimous vote and awards for Best Director and Actor.

For most writers afflicted by the terrifying Block a clean sweep of Cannes’ top three awards is unlikely. So it needs to be overcome, easier said than done, right? There are some strategies for battling the Block. Tike time to write and work and write no matter what, regardless of the quality. The writing muscle needs to be exercised like any other and the more you practice the more will flow easily.

If, as commonly opined, Writer’s Block comes from a lack of inspiration or new ideas, do something unusual. Take a journey, go to the Zoo, take a drive, just leave your desk and something will spark off a fire of creativity. Alternatively, simply go somewhere and don’t write. Take a couple of days off and relax, let your mind un-clutter and return to that empty page with a clear mind. Fresh air is a great healer. When getting away from your desk don’t just move to another chair, go for a walk. Get some exercise and oxygenate your brain. Walking is one of the widest practice cures for the Block and you never know what or who you’ll see while you do it.

Whatever you do, don’t give up, or try writing about Writer’s Block, it’s already been done and done well. Don’t lose faith, if you do run out of original and creative ideas you can always join the writing team for an American sitcom instead.

About the Author

Patrick is an expert travel researcher and writer currently researching Manchester Airport Parking, Bristol Airport Parking and Glasgow Airport Parking (http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/glasgow-airport-parking.html)

Writing and Publishing My Book: The Concept Of The Perfect Author

The Concept Of The Perfect Author

They are people that know everything about everything; When I was there, when I did that, when I met her; I am sure you get the idea.Enough about the I-experts and more about sharing your knowledge, your products, your services and even your experiences. How are you going to do all of that? Easy: submit articles. One has the opportunity to submit articles about any subject in the world and beyond. One can submit articles on how to do almost anything, how to fish, how to swim in a strong rip tide off the Australian coast. The limitation of subjects is no existent, the quality of the content must however be kept in check, if you want anyone to take you seriously as well as to publish the work you have done.

Everyone is an expert in some or other field, and when the submit articles they are effectively sharing their knowledge with the world via the internet and possibly making someone elses life a little easier by providing real solid advice and tips that are applicable to the real world. So think if you submit articles to an online directory and you have positively impacted upon someone somewhere in the world, does this not positively contribute to your own self? I believe it does, it is a process of sharing and giving with an open disposition, as you are writing the article from a point of view that you are not expecting to get paid for it, yet you are doing it out of passion for what you are writing about, and you have the opportunity of the spin off of affecting someone in a positive way. This is enough motivation for anyone to write and submit articles.

When you submit articles relating to sales and marketing of products and services you have the ability of constructing them correctly, without creating a marketing or advertising brochure, you will have the opportunity of driving so much more traffic to the desired website and thereby stand to gain tremendously from rankings and potential sales. When you submit articles related to your business the opportunity of elevating your perceived skill and knowledge level is realized, as the content you write with reference to your products and services will be reflect by your articles insight, advice and professionalism.

Take the initiative to submit articles, even if it is about an experience or personal knowledge you have gained over the years, you may find a publisher wants to use the article and that may well be the start of a writing career or boost your writing hobby. Go ahead find a directory and submit articles.

About the Author

If you believe yourself to be an author , you should join an article directory, exposure of your articles will achieve maximum results. Find out more at http://www.talkinmince.com/

Writing and Publishing My Book: How To Effectively Market Your Manuscript

How To Effectively Market Your Manuscript

It is extremely important that your manuscript is clean, clear and easy to read. For writers of both fact and fiction, there area few do’s and don’ts for anyone writing for a publication.

Some Useful Rules for submitting manuscripts

DO
* Establish the editorial requirements before you submit your manuscript.
* Include a brief covering letter and return postage.
* Ensure that the return envelope is large enough for your manuscript.
* Type/word process your manuscript double spaced on one side of A4 white paper.
* Put your name and title of the piece at the top of each page.
* Number each page consecutively.
* Indicate that more is to follow by putting ‘m/f’ or ‘contd’ at the end of the page.
* Use a paperclip to keep small manuscripts together.
* Take note of any advice given in rejection letters.
* Ensure that the manuscript neat, clean and easy to read.
* Use a dictionary to check your spellings.
* Check your manuscripts through for errors before sending it off.
* Persevere, persistence does pay off.

DON’T
* Submit handwritten manuscripts.
* Forget to number each page.
* Forget to put your name and the title of the piece on each page.
* Rely on a spellchecker to correct your spelling mistakes.
* Fasten the pages together with a staple or pin.
* Put your manuscript in a plastic folder.
* Decorate your manuscript with fancy fonts and squirls.
* Use a faint typewriter or a printer ribbon.
* Use continuous feed paper joined together with holed strips down the sides.
* Send a reply-pain return envelope too small to take your manuscript.
* Include irrelevant personal details in your covering letter.
* Send your manuscript to a totally unsuitable market.
* Telephone or email the editor, the day after you send the manuscript to see if it has arrived.
* Telephone or email the editor to ask why your manuscript was rejected.
* Telephone or email the editor (unless they ask you to or know your personally).

Choosing a title is very important because a title provides:
* A label for your manuscript.
* An eye-catching headline.
* An idea of the content.
* A hint of the tone.

Make sure that your title clearly reflects the content of the article or story you are submitting but don’t agonize too much over it. No matter how closely you feel it reflects the magazine’s style, the editor may have other ideas. Alternatively, it may be that your carefully thought out heading simply won’t fit the space available and has to be cut down to size, so be prepared to be cruel on yourself. You should of course also enlist the help of an online editor who can help you with your manuscript, taking a huge weight off your shoulders.

About the Author

Nick Sanders is the owner and founder of www.Supaproofread.com, an online proofreading and editing services company, specialising in manuscript proofreading and editing services. You should visit them if you are looking for a book proofreader

Writing and Publishing My Book: Publishers and Publishing: Why We Still Need Them

“Publishing is a $30 billion industry that relies on one of the oldest and most basic of human creations, the word. If people initially used words to express simple ideas and feelings, they eventually sought more complicated means of preserving extended thoughts, transmitting them to other people, both near and far, and creating structures, such as laws, plays, and sonnets, that were aided by the ability to record, arrange, and store words for later use. Publishing has been a focal point of this human effort to preserve and distribute.

But now one hears of the death of publishing, that computers and the Internet are rendering obsolete publishing and publishing houses. After all, one can write an article or a book and post it online. Or for a small fee, anyone with a computer can format a book and get it printed digitally without a publisher.

What is indisputable is that publishing is undergoing an electronic revolution, much of which has improved quality and made the industry more efficient. Computers and the Internet have affected publishing more than many other industries because its basic product, the word, despite being ancient, is highly adaptable to modern technology.

Three areas in particular have changed in publishing. First, the production process, from editing to typesetting, has been computerized, making it easier to perform certain tasks while greatly reducing costs. Second, publishing has begun to abandon paper for certain works, creating entirely electronic or web-based products. This is especially seen in newspapers and reference books, but novels and books in other genres are increasingly being produced in electronic format. Finally, computers and the Internet have allowed for a new “distributed” workforce. If in the 1990s most work in publishing was still handled in-house, now manuscript preparation is increasingly done by individuals in their own offices or homes, connected to a publisher by phone and e-mail. In our own company we have abandoned the traditional office completely, operating out of a virtual office of electronic workspaces and webcams.

As newspapers are now experiencing, or as encyclopedias found out in the 1990s, there are real changes for publishing in the Internet era, and there’s no going back. The Internet, organized by search engines like Google, is a much less costly and more efficient way to organize and distribute information. It is also likely that the planet will be better off with fewer trees cut, with fewer stacks of old newspapers, and with less pollution caused by paper production.

So is publishing on its way out? It’s unlikely, at least in the foreseeable future, as publishers have long served as more than a middleman between writers and readers. Here are four important functions that publishers have in the Internet era.

Selection. The Internet can provide unlimited access, and search engines can help people find information, but the Internet and search engines can’t determine what’s good and what’s accurate, despite user-generated comments. People will likely still rely on publishers to identify their needs and interests and to select and create works that best meet them.

Preparation. Publishers do more than choose articles and books. They work with authors in organizing, reorganizing, and otherwise improving their text. They also edit and proofread the material and professionally format it into pages, whether on paper or on the Internet. Self-published works are rarely of the same quality as books put out by publishers.

Marketing. Even books sold in electronic format need to find readers. Publishers are in the business of selling books and other materials, and they know their markets. Books sold by publishers far outsell books self-published.

Professionalism. Although writers might be enticed by the possibilities and freedom of self-publishing, they are well served by an industry that maintains standards and provides support and infrastructure for their works. Newspaper publishers enforce journalistic, including ethical, standards that give readers confidence in their text. Reference book publishers ensure accuracy and authority of their works. General trade publishers help identify consumer needs and find books to satisfy them, as well as nurture and support authors who write books of literary merit.”

About the Author

Thomas Riggs & Co Thomas Riggs and Co is a book developer based in Missoula Montana. Thomas Riggs and Company is working within emerging technology that is driving the future of the publishing industry.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 7

Step #  7 – Marketing and Promoting Your Book

You made it!!!  You are OFFICIALLY an AUTHOR!

By now, if you’ve followed these steps, your book is not only written, it’s listed for sale on Amazon.com!

Now the next step is to market and promote your book…

That’s a whole other subject that could take a multitude of posts to cover…

For now, let’s just stick to making sure you maximize your income potential by also signing up as an Amazon Affiliate/Associate at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

From there you not only gain royalties from CreateSpace and Amazon, you also get commission as an Amazon Associate.

There are SO many avenues available to you to promote your book – that I’m sure you can find online – and I won’t insult your intelligence by providing yet another list here…

What I will say is that if you are passionate about your book and would like our personal coaching, we would love to talk with you…

What you have to say MATTERS!

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.”

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 6

Step #  6 – Submit to CreateSpace and Approve Sample

WOW!  You have made it to the point of submission!

Bear in mind, what we are discussing here is self-publishing through CreateSpace and selling your book on Amazon.com.

There are many other avenues to get published, this is just one…

…AND you’ve made it this far!!!

Now, let’s submit your work, get a sample to approve and then get you published as a REAL author!!!

First, you will need to create an account with createspace.com and submit your manuscript and cover artwork, and select the ‘market on Amazon.com’ option.

Second, they will send you a sample of your book (for which you will need to pay a negligible amount) to approve before your book goes into production.

Action Item:

As Nike says … Just do it!

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 5

Step #  5 – Design Your Cover and Back-Cover Synopsis

OK…  So by now you have a fully formatted manuscript – WELL DONE!

Now, we have two MAJOR steps…

Writing your back page synopsis and designing your cover.

Back Cover Synopsis

As for the synopsis, this is CRUCIAL as many people will buy (or not buy) based one what you write here…

Here is a basic formula:

  • Who is the protagonist?
  • What’s the problem?
  • What is the protagonist’s goal?
  • How are they going to achieve that goal?
  • What’s in the way?
While this may take you a while, and you will need to fine tune this many, many, many, times until it is succinct and grabs a potential reader’s attention, this step is a MUST to get right!

Cover Artwork

Now (unless you are a graphics whizz) we need to enlist the services of an expert to design your cover – and to publish your book on Amazon.com, we use createspace.com.

If you would like to use our ‘Graphics Whizz’, go to http://writingandpublishingmybook.com/let-us-do-it-for-you/ for more information.

Here is the next step to Create a Cover PDF for your Book

Calculate the spine width of your book

The spine width is based on the number of pages in your book:

For black and white-interior books:
White paper: multiply page count by 0.002252
Cream paper: multiply page count by 0.0025

Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page black and white book printed on white paper: 60 x 0.002252 = 0.135″
For color-interior books:
Multiply page count by 0.002347

Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page color book: 60 x 0.002347 = 0.141″
Set up your document

Your cover must be a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image.

You can submit your cover on any size page as long as the printable area is:

Measured exactly to your book’s trim size, spine width, and at least .125″ bleed
Centered horizontally and vertically
Minimum Cover Width: Bleed + Back Cover Trim Size + Spine Width + Front Cover Trim Size + Bleed

Example calculation at 6″ x 9″ cover with 60 B&W pages on white paper: 0.125″ + 6″ + 0.141″ + 6″ + .125″ = 12.391″
Minimum Cover Height: Bleed + Book Height Trim Size + Bleed

Example calculation: 6″ x 9″: 0.125″ + 9″ + .125″ = 9.25″
Get a head start with one of our cover templates:
Our templates make it easier for you to quickly create print-ready files in Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe InDesign®, or any software that will allow you to open a .png or PDF file and save a PDF file. These templates contain the proper dimensions, layout, and bleed for the trim size and page count you select.

Safe Zone

Text and images must be at least .125″ inside the trim lines to ensure that no live elements are cut during the bookmaking process.

Title and Author Name
Your book’s title and the author’s name must appear on the cover exactly as it was entered during the title setup process.

Images
Images may be CMYK or RGB color. All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

The spine of your book
Every book will vary slightly when bound. Allow for 0.0625″ variance on either side of the fold lines for your cover. For example, if your spine width is 1″, your text should be no wider than 0.875″. Because of this variance, avoid hard edges or lines that end on the fold line.

For books with a page count of less than 130 pages, we strongly recommend a blank spine. Blank spines are required for books with a page count of fewer than 100 pages.

Barcode
When your files go through the review process, the system will place your ISBN barcode in a 2″ by 1.2″ white box in the lower right-hand corner of your book’s back cover. The standard trim size templates will show you exact barcode placement.

Images or text in the barcode location will be covered when the book is printed. Make sure no important elements appear where the barcode will be placed.

If you choose to provide and place your own barcode, be sure it is a high-resolution image.

Prepare for Printing

The printable area of your document must be the right size, including bleed.
Make sure the printable area is centered within your document.
Make sure all live elements are inside the safe zone.
Export your file as a print-ready PDF. Be sure fonts are embedded.
The maximum accepted file size for your book cover is 40 MB.

Action Items:

BACK-COVER SYNOPSIS:  Write – and rewrite – and rewrite – your back cover synopsis to the point where you are proud of it!

COVER ARTWORK:  This is going to be the thing people see (or don’t see) so it needs to effectively represent you and your work…  Don’t stop until it is just what you want it to be…

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 4

 

Step # 4 – Edit & Format Contents, including Copyright page

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You now have a first draft on which to work!  Well done!!!  You are further than 98% of ‘wanna-be’ writers.

Now, you need to take every element of self-esteem you have and take a deep breath…

…have you done that?  Seriously?

This is perhaps one of the most challenging this you have ever done…

You are about to send your un-edited baby out in the world – and more than that, you are about to ask the world to tell you everything they can find that’s WRONG with your baby!

…and this is a GOOD thing!  Trust me…

You WANT feedback – positive or negative – you want feedback.

This is the stage where you create a copyright page (for examples, just look at any book in your library shelves) – and apart from the ISBN, you are at the point of creating your copyright page and editing the entire manuscript ready for publication.

…and if you can’t afford (or don’t want) a professional editor, your support team are perhaps your next best go-to people.

FIRST:

Read through your manuscript and correct any glaring errors, typos etc.

SECOND:

Create a copyright page

THIRD:

Format your manuscript to LOOK the way you want it to look.  In other words, if you want the end result to be a 6″ x 9″ book, then

a)  Change your page size in your word processor to be 6×9

b) Make sure the font is one you like and is the size you want

c) Ensure the page breaks are where you want them to be

…etc…

FOURTH:

(if you don’t have a professional editor) Send your manuscript to your three best critics and ask them to review it (and tell them you will love and respect them no matter what they say – and mean it!)

FIFTH:

Take all comments and criticisms on board, and edit your baby to the point where you are exceptionally proud of what you have created.

SIXTH:

Have someone you trust beyond measure to review your final (edited) work and give it the thumbs up – and remember, we are not after ego-boosts here – if they still find issues, you need to decide whether those issues need to be addressed…

SEVENTH:

You now have a finished, formatted manuscript!

…scary, I know!!!  But you DID IT!!!

Action Item:

Have a glass of wine…  You deserve it!

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.