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Amazon KDP Unveils Kindle Create Word Doc Conversion Tool

by Mercy Pilkington at Good e-Reader

If you’re a self-published author, writing your book is only half the battle. Some might even argue that it’s the easy part of being an author. Indies have been beaten over the head for years now about the need to hire professionals to take the manuscript and turn it into a book, with costs associated with editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and marketing.

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My 4 Rules for Writing a Book Series


by Chloe-Anne Ross

So I’m about to start writing a trilogy, something I’ve never done before. I’ve got everything I need for a good story: characters I want to follow and a story I want to follow through with. I’m thrilled to be writing it and also scared as all hell.

It is lucky for anyone who is, has or wants to do the same thing that there is a multitude of series out there. It is by reading them that I’ve discovered what to avoid and what I have to remember when getting those words down. So here they are!

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A Writer’s Path is Now On Tumblr and Google+ !


Hello everyone! I thought I’d let you all know that A Writer’s Path is now on Tumblr and Google+ ! They’re still quite new, so if you have a moment, please consider giving them a follow. I appreciate it!

So, here’s a total of all the places you can find notifications for A Writer’s Path posts:

Thanks everyone for all your reading over the years.

You rock.






Who Gives a Tweet? On the Value of Twitter


by Dr. Kent Gustavson

Who gives a tweet about Twitter?

Why cut tiny, 140-character pieces out of your soul (read: intellectual property) and post them, piece by valuable piece, onto Twitter? These ideas become no more significant than gnats in the summer night sky. Or do they? My opinion is that Twitter is THE best marketplace of ideas that will help you down the road to developing a real community of like-minded followers

Twitter can make a big difference in personal and corporate branding. I talk in the brief video above about the “A.R.R.R.” of branding. (Go ahead, say it like a pirate.)

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Rakuten Kobo Snaps Up Shelfie Book-Bundling Service


by Chris Meadows at TeleRead

Remember when book-bundling service Shelfie shut down in January, and Kobo stepped in to continue providing access to Shelfie ebooks until the end of February?

At the time, I wondered if that might be a precursor to Kobo snapping up Shelfie as it had snapped up the assets of a number of other defunct ebook store operations (including those of Sony, Blinkbox, Flipkart, Waterstones, and Sainsbury’s). Now, as it turns out, the answer is yes.

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Behind the Scenes: Volunteering for a Literary Magazine


by Manuela Williams

I have been a member of Carve Magazine’s Guest Reading Committee for about a year now and I can’t say enough good things about it. Not only have I had the opportunity to work on the other side of the publication process (through reviewing submissions), I also read for annual contests (and even conducted my first author interview earlier this year!).

While I can’t speak for every literary magazine out there, I would still like to give my fellow writerly friends a sneak peek behind the scenes and encourage everyone to volunteer for a magazine at least once. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with the publishing world, connect with others, and hone your craft.

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Grammarly – Help or Hindrance?


By Julianne Q. Johnson

Grammarly is a grammar checking program for writers. There are several forms of the program, but today I’m here to talk about the plug-in for Microsoft Office. This plug-in also works for Microsoft Word, you don’t have to actually own Office to use it.

If you want to check this plug-in out, you can find it here.

I tried a version of Grammarly many years ago and was not impressed with it. At that time, it cost money, and what the program did was not especially useful. It would point out many things that were not issues, and ignore actual issues.

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Finishing a Book is a Skill



by Millie Ho

It hit me recently that out of all the writing skills I have, actually finishing a book is my least developed.

Compared to other skills such as character development, world building, or plotting, which I improved on a lot in 2015, it’s very rare for me to finish a final draft of a book. This means a solid Chapter One that continued to The End. This is understandable given my problems with writing perfectionism, but now that I’m no longer ripping up every draft when something doesn’t work because I’m approaching the writing process differently, I’m still noticing something in the way.

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How to Get Your Novel Made into a Film



by Gary Smailes

In this article you will discover the steps a novel must go through in order to be made into a film; you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the process and discover the elements that you, as an author, can control to have a positive impact on the chances of seeing your book on the big screen.

This article will focus on the period of time before filming begins, since this is when an author has the most impact on the project. Once the cameras start rolling, the author’s role lessens greatly.

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