Fun English Language Facts That All Writers Should Know

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by Laura Peters

As a writer, it’s all too easy to get bogged down with the boring bits of the English language, such as grammar rules and sentence structure. But it’s also important to remember that there is also a fun side to language! If you do your research, you’ll find that there are a lot of fun facts related to English. Here are some to get you started!

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How To Use Flipboard

Hugh's Views & News

Flipboard is a social media platform where users create their own virtual magazines and add articles to them. With over 40 million users, it’s no wonder why I have seen a sudden upsurge of traffic on my blog from Flipboard.

The following figures speak for themselves, although I should add that I’ve only started using Flipboard within the last few days. Up until then, Flipboard was nowhere in sight on this list.

Referral stats for Hugh's Views & News WordPress Blog

The good folk at Flipboard have been in contact with me after I published my recent article on how to add a Flipshare sharing button to a WordPress blog. They thanked me for posting the article and asked if there was anything else they could help with. I asked them for a link to an article that detailed how Flipboard works. They kindly sent me a link to a page that shows new users how to use…

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The Ultimate Guide for Independently Published Authors – Chapter 1

Don Massenzio's Blog

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This book is something that was put together over the past year as I navigated my way through the world of independent publishing. A lot of this voyage was guided by trial and error. I spent a great deal of time and a minimal amount of money determining what works and what doesn’t. Have I mastered everything involved in the independent publishing platform? Not at all. I still have a lot to learn.

I put together this book to help others who are either beginners or seasoned in the area of independent publishing. I have compiled my own experiences and ask that you use this book as a set of guidelines gathered from one person’s experience. I welcome a productive discussion around the topics in this book and view it as a dynamic tool that I will adjust as I learn more on my own and from you as…

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The Ebook R/Evolution – Not as Easy as It Seems via @scholarlykitchn

How To Ebook

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More than a dozen sessions focused on ebooks during the three-day event. Whether addressing acquisitions, platforms, analytics, standards, or marketing, the overwhelming take-away was: Digital book evolution in academia and research turns out to be much harder than it seems. Librarians and publishers alike are fretting over low usage and uneven user uptake of diverse, ever-changing digital book products. This is leading us to a clear inflection point in the scholarly ebook evolution, with less urgency to launch the latest app or widget, and more willingness to slow down and…

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You know stuff, use it

Story Empire

Craig here today. I’ve said many times that the rules of writing fiction are more guidelines. I was struck recently with how many novels feature a main character who is an author. Therefore:

Today’s topic is, “Write What you Know.”

Okay, I just said they’re more like guidelines, so if you want a main character who’s an author, have at it. You should think of why they are an author, and make it fit the story if you can. Do they need to work from home? Could they be a software engineer instead? Maybe an inventor, a masseuse, a drug dealer?

Sometimes we choose our characters because they need to be a front line type. They’re going to encounter a body somewhere along the line, and if they’re solving the mystery it makes more sense to make them a front line type. Front line type = cop, firefighter, reporter, coroner…

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6 Ways for Indie Authors to Use Goodreads to Network…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

by Barb Drozdowich on Self Publishing Advice Centre:

Social media expert Barb Drozdowich counts the ways for indie authors to network on Goodreads to help market their self-published books.

Goodreads is often the site that is dismissed as difficult to navigate or full of nasty people.  Let’s talk about these elephants shall we?

  • Can Goodreads be difficult to navigate? I think so.  But like learning to write excellent dialogue,  navigating Goodreads can be learned  with a little bit of patience.
  • Is Goodreads full of nasty people?  Not really.   There are 50 million account holders on Goodreads.  In a group that large there are bound to be nasty people.  Take your local mall as an example.  Not everybody there is pleasant,  yet you continue to shop there.  You develop a way to cope with the nasty people –  you can do the same on Goodreads.

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The Enormous Potential…

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