Monday, April 13, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from April 6-10

5. "Words at Play: Words We Re-Learned at TED2015" on Merriam-Webster.com

Link: http://bit.ly/1CvWCxD

Do you know the meanings of these words: empathy, compassion, creativity? It's easy to believe you've got a grasp on their denotative meanings (exact definitions) ... but what if each word actually means more than what you think it means (and we're talking even beyond connotations)? Check out this fascinating post to find out more!

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4. "Do I Need an Editor?" on Just Publishing (Carly Bornstein)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HfZhRy

If you're self-publishing a book, it's easier than ever to just write it and upload it for readers. Why wait? After all, you went the independent publishing route for more than one reason, probably in part because the process takes way less time than going the traditional route (including acquisition, editing, formatting, publicity, and more). But what if you're overlooking a critical step in the process that applies universally to both traditional and independent authors? Find out here why you owe it to yourself to get your book edited.

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3. "How to Prepare Your Book for Publishing" on Savvy Book Writers 

Link: http://bit.ly/1PxK3L4

Another gem for self-published authors, this post covers the basics you'll need to know to format your book successfully for publication. For example, how many characters should the title of your book be? Fewer than ...? This post explains.

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2. "7 Free Tools to Attract Readers to Your Blog" on PR Daily (Stephanie Vermillion)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PxKEfU

Building your platform requires accruing readers and followers, not just publishing excellent content (unfortunately). Here are seven entirely free and user-friendly (bonus!) tools you can use to expand keywords and ensure that your reader numbers multiply.

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1. "How to Build Your Personal Brand" on Xen.com (Kerry Butters)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Hg2znM

You've heard about building a personal brand, developing something for which you are "known" by readers, colleagues, and other industry professionals. What practical steps can you take to build one? Here's a thorough, approachable post that will walk you through just that process.

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And that's the lineup for last week, ladies and gentleman. What was most helpful to you? What was least helpful? What surprised you? Why?

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