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How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

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Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

When I first got glasses at age 9, it opened up a whole new world for me. I had forgotten that I was supposed to be able to see leaves on trees without being close enough to touch them. Then I put my first glasses on, and there those leaves were. I imagine that someday… Continue reading Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

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Words and Common Confusions

Today is a day for revisiting the madness of the English language. We have all had moments when our minds blank and we can’t figure out what word we should use. “Affect or effect?” We wonder to ourselves. “Affect is usually a verb, right?” Luckily the fine folks at GrammarCheck have a bright and bubbly… Continue reading Words and Common Confusions

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Of Rakes and Dandies: Chap Records as Historical Dating Apps

At the turn of the 20th century, people couldn’t keep blogs about their dating adventures. They could, however, keep chap records. To modern ears, the phrase “chap records” sounds like a clumsy reference to a child’s first chapter book. But the phrase was a bit different. Young women used chap records, which were mostly blank… Continue reading Of Rakes and Dandies: Chap Records as Historical Dating Apps

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Finding Book Recommendations Online

Sometimes choosing a new book to read is an unexpectedly difficult endeavor. Many of us have extensive lists of to-be-read books, but sometimes those lists aren’t enough. What do we do when we have seen the same six books pop up on everyone else’s blogs? What do we do when we finish a book and… Continue reading Finding Book Recommendations Online

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What Are Feelings, Really? How to Write Emotions

In the immortal words of Samantha Sang and the Bee Gees, “It’s just emotion that’s taking me over, caught up in sorrow, lost in the song.” Unfortunately novels lack accompanying singers who let the reader know how characters feel. One of the most difficult aspects of writing is portraying emotion. Sometimes that is fine –… Continue reading What Are Feelings, Really? How to Write Emotions

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Free Online Webinar and Editor Q&A Session

(I’m reposting this today just to make sure that anyone who missed the announcement last Sunday will still have a chance to sign up.) —     —     — Unless a writer is self-publishing, an editor will play a powerful role in shaping his or her book, but most of us aren’t entirely… Continue reading Free Online Webinar and Editor Q&A Session