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I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business

A technical genius is trying her hand at starting a company. It's off to a great start because its technical innovations are solving a major pain point for large companies. It's sales are taking off but can its CEO sustain that growth?<p>Liz Maida is a brilliant solver of technical problems. Is she as …

Startups

28 Most Colorful Places in the U.S.

The United States has no shortage of beautiful places, whether it's epic national parks or charming small towns. But there are some spots that tend to saturate your memory more than others—places so vivid, it almost seems like they have a permanent filter. If you're looking to explore the most …

National Parks

SHOULD You Create Your Own Audiobook?

In light of June Westerfield’s recent post about creating your own book cover (if you missed it, you can read it here), you’re thinking I’m going to …

Publishing

This screenwriting software is home to Hollywood’s biggest hits

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p><i>Star Wars. Jaws. Avatar. Back to the Future</i>. What do these movies have in common, besides the fact that each was a massive financial success and has since become ingrained in the cultural zeitgeist?<p>…

Writing

Beauty Heroes: Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner, containing five per cent glycolic acid – an alpha-hydroxy acid which helps in the removal of dead skin cells …

Skin Care

David Sedaris Breaks Down His Writing Process: Keep a Diary, Carry a Notebook, Read Out Loud, Abandon Hope

When did you first hear David Sedaris? Normally in the case of a writer, let alone one of the most famous and successful writers alive, the question …

Authors

5 Ways to Generate Word-of-Mouth as a Small Business

Ninety-two percent of consumers trust referrals from people they know, and 77 percent of consumers are more likely to buy a new product when learning about it from friends or family.<p>Humans rely on their network to make decisions about where to go, what to do and what to buy. Ninety-two percent of …

Small Business

15+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

Learning a new skill is easier than you think. While sitting in a classroom might seem like the only option, online classes are now more popular than ever. Art, photography, and design courses are all at your fingertips with sites like Craftsy and CreativeLive. Plus, they're taught by people at the …

The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.<p>There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo.<p>To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of the …

Europe

How To Build A Business That Can Run Without You

Fellow founders, small business owners and entrepreneurs — I have a question for you:<p>Do you work for your business, or does your business work for you?<p>If you aren’t sure, ask yourself this:<p>“If I decided to step away from my business for a day…or a week…or even a month, with little to no …

Entrepreneurship

333 Weight Loss Tips That You'll Wish You Read Sooner

Totally doable advice from nutritionists, personal trainers, and people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off.<p>Posted on June 12, 2017, 16:31 GMT<p>The internet is loaded with opinions on the best diets, lifestyle changes, and fitness regimens that are supposed to ~guarantee~ you weight …

Here's a Clever Marketing Tactic for Getting the Attention of Thousands of People

When everybody is watching or talking about the same thing, tweet your way into the action.<p>Injecting your content into trending news can be a great tool to increase your exposure and following, but be careful -- it can make or break your strategy. Learn how to "newsjack" properly before setting out …

Protean Miniatures: The Adaptability and Sustainability of Flash Fiction - Los Angeles Review of Books

JUNE 12, 2017<p>BREVITY MAY BE the soul of wit, but it’s not intrinsic to good storytelling. The epic can marshal a fan base every bit as loyal as the …

Authors

Sarah Perry - The Essex Serpent - Book Review

The Essex Serpent<p>By Sarah Perry<p>Custom House<br>$26.99<br>ISBN 9780062666376<br>Published 06/06/2017<p>Fiction / Debut Fiction / Gothic Fiction<p>Buy the book<p>Trending …

The Hazel Wood: Read an excerpt from Melissa Albert's buzzy YA novel

Melissa Albert’s YA debut <i>The Hazel Wood</i> doesn’t hit shelves until January of 2018, but the buzz is already building: Not only was the book a hot commodity at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, but Columbia Pictures has already snapped up the film rights, with the producers of <i>Divergent</i> attached to adapt …

8 Super Short Books You Can Finish In A Single Day

While the bookworm in me loves few things more than curling up on the couch with a thick, weighty hardcover and cozying in for the span of a …

How to Get Cheap Airfare

More Articles About Finding Cheap Airfare<p>There are incredible travel deals happening all the time. In this post, I share with you where I go to get …

The YouTubers Making Six Figures Off Your Toddlers

Content creators are building channels that take advantage of exhausted parents who offload their kids to digital babysitters.<p>Ms. Hands (who asks I keep her real name private) uploads a video a day to each of her three channels: Fizzy Toy Show, Fizzy Fun Toys, and ZigZag Toys. Today, she is …

Kids

5 Tips for Becoming a Better (and More Consistent) Writer

The world needs to hear what you have to say, so start writing.<p>Three years ago this month, I started to write on LinkedIn.<p>I remember trying to figure out what I wanted to write about, and whether anyone would want to read my stuff. But a post by LinkedIn's Editor in Chief, Dan Roth, helped me get …

Authors

MailChimp Releases Marketing Automation Features For Free

Email marketing service MailChimp has made its suite of marketing automation features free for all users, highlighting the benefits of automation for …

These are the best books ever, according to the Goodreads community

We’re always on the hunt for new books to add to our reading lists. That’s why we use Goodreads. It’s one of the easiest ways to find new titles and …

Literature

Ten rules for writing fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts<p>Read the second part of the article here<p><b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal</b> …

Authors

Why You've Never Heard of These 7 Geniuses

Scandals, family feuds, and social bias mean that some of the greatest minds in history have gone unrecognized—until now.<p>If someone asked you to name one of the most important historians of all time, Anna Komnene probably wouldn’t spring to mind. But maybe she should. Born a Byzantine princess, she …

Brontë Family

If You Want Success, You Have to Go Out and Get It

Stop researching and wondering, and instead take action to get the experience you want.<p>Derek Halpern is the entrepreneur and master marketer behind Social Triggers, a blog and series of products that give psychological reasons behind why people click, buy, subscribe and more. He is also the creator …

26 Ways to Develop Your Personal Brand Online and Off

You’re a sales and marketing machine. You’re constantly selling yourself and your ideas. You’re attaching your name to a specific area of expertise …

Prologue, Introduction, Preface, or Foreword: Which Is Right for You?

I’m currently working on my fifth nonfiction book and starting is always the hardest part. There are just so many options. Should I write a preface? …

Writing

If You Want to Build A Brand, Create an Emotional Experience First

Big brands get it, small brands can benefit.<p>Think of your five best friends in this world. If you don't have five add in Myspace Tom, he's always happy to help. Are these relationships transactional or emotional? Do you remember the person or a favorite memory of that person?<p>Emotion plays a …

Customer Experience

The Top 28 Marketing Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Learn everything you need to know about marketing, growth and entrepreneurship.<p><i>Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with Hurdlr so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he …

How to write a cold email that gets a response from even the busiest people

Sending the right cold email could land you your next client, employee, or even job.<p>But, as you probably know from experience, trying to get in touch with someone you've never met, especially if they're quite busy, can be an exercise in futility.<p>Thankfully, though, there are proven tactics that …

20 Protein-Packed Snack Recipes

The afternoon slump is a real-life problem we all face — lunch feels like forever ago, your stomach is begging for something, and dinner is hours …