Writing Tips & Social Media Apps

By D.G. Kaye | for Authors and Bloggers

Power Your Book Revisions by Using Macros

Revisions are a critical step in the writing process, but let’s face it, they can also just suck all the joy out of writing. Anything that can help …

Writing

Facebook Cover Videos Are Here!

By Randy Esling<p>In Blog, Facebook, Social Media<p>0<p>Yet again, Facebook is making a major change to the way businesses and individuals pages look. Users …

Facebook

Five final proofreading checks to help your writing shine by Wendy Janes

After developmental editing and copy/line editing, your manuscript should be ready for proofreading. I always advise authors to carry out an initial …

Writing

The Ultimate Guide to GIFs: How to Create Them, When to Use Them and Why They’re Essential for Every Marketer

GIFs are great.<p>And they’re everywhere.<p>We use them at Buffer in our customer service tweets, our emails, our Slack channel. We include GIFs in …

GIF Animations

3 tips to create an anti-hero with guest Sacha Black

Unless you’re me and firmly Team Bad Guy, most writers want to create awesome heroes. Anti-heroes are even cooler – think Snake Plisskin, John …

Writing

How to Improve Writing Skills in 15 Easy Steps

Learning a variety of writing skills isn’t as difficult as you may think. We’ve put together a list of steps to help you make dramatic improvements …

Writing

4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers

Today’s post is a quick primer on stacked modifiers—multiple words that describe a noun.<p><b>Guideline #1: Adjectives follow a specific sequence.</b><p>Our …

Grammar

12 Top Writing Tips for Beginners | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onNovember 27, 2014 in Starting Self-Publishing, Writing A Book<p>Alison Jack, editor and novelist<p>ALLi partner member Alison Jack, who is a …

Writing

5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly)

“The first draft.” Is there any phrase more likely to evoke such a poignant mix of anticipation and dread?<p>Anticipation, of course, because we get to</i> …

Writing Tips – Outline or No Outline or is There a Third Option

This is a throwback blog regarding a technique that I still use today. The book I’m currently working on is a collaboration with another author and …

Author Bio, Cover Letter & Query Letter Bio; Professional Writing Bio

Composing a professional writing bio for a cover letter or query letter is difficult, whether you’re a new writer with no publication credits, a …

Filter words and phrases it's best to avoid in writing fiction

<i>Filter words act like a veil between the reader and the character</i><p><b>by Kathy Steinemann</b><p>This article provides a list of writing filters, with practical …

Authors

17 Ways to Get More Views, Engagement, and Shares for Your Facebook Videos

<i>This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated with the latest Facebook video tips and information.</i><p>Over 8 billion videos or 100 …

Facebook

Ninety-Nine Ways to Fail in Writing, Publishing, and Marketing

<i>by Dr. Kent Gustavson</i><p>When it comes to writing, publishing, and marketing a book, there are many mistakes to be made <i>(many more than 99)</i>. The #1 most …

Publishing

Pre-Editing Made Easy

Posted on June 9, 2017 by in editing | Leave a comment<p>Daphne Gray-Grant, a writing, and editing coach and author explained in an article: “When I …

Writing

5 Tips to Make You a Better Writer Instantly

<i>by Felicity Annora</i><p>Hey guys! I’m back again with my self-help posts, and this time I’m going to tell you you how to become a better writer instantly. …

Writing

Understanding the Instagram Algorithm: 7 Key Factors and Why the Algorithm is Great for Marketers

The Instagram algorithm, just like the Facebook News Feed algorithm, is so mysterious yet ingenious and brilliant in showing the best content to the …

Social Media Marketing

The Perfect Cover Letter: Advice From a Lit Mag Editor

Today’s guest post is from Elise Holland, co-founder and editor of 2 Elizabeths, a short fiction and poetry publication.<p>When submitting your …

Publishing

How Do You Know When To Start and End a Scene?

<b>How do you know</b> when to start a new scene in your story? And how do you know when to end it? What’s the reasoning you use?<p><b>Yvonne posted this question</b> …

Writing

Sailing the Sea of Story ~~~ Ursula K. Le Guin

I am a writer; but, I’ve rarely read books about “how” to write.Image Courtesy of Arjan Yspeert ~ …

Writing

The EDITING App You Need – Guest Blog Post by Kristina Stanley

<i>Kristina Stanley has been a friend of the blog for quite a while. As a fellow author she noticed several things we writer types struggle with and set</i> …

Writing

DGKayewriter.com

<b>5</b> Flares <b>5</b> Flares ×<p>You may have noticed on some blogs you’ve been reading, a ‘click to tweet’ box or birdie within the blog post. You can add these to …

SEO

Why Your Memoir Won't Sell

<b>Note from Jane:</b> This week, I’m kicking off a 5-week online course on how to write a nonfiction book proposal. If you’re a memoirist preparing to …

Authors

Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?

“I am a writer!”<p>This is one of the most important and freeing statements any of us ever makes. It’s almost a rite of passage. The moment you can look …

Three Commonly Made Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

<i>By Maja Todorovic</i><p>Mistake. Not very popular word in our vocabulary and it is something you usually don’t want to hear about. But guess what, we are …

Writing

100+ Ways to Say “Blush”

<b>Why do people blush?</b><p>Writers should know their characters’ motivations. Then, their duty is to <i>show</i> readers the cause of each blush. An occasional …

Makeup

See how these companies win on Instagram — and learn how you can do the same without a professional designer.

<i>We want to tell you about Flowers for Dreams.</i>The company started off as a college initiative to sell a few hundred roses, but in 2012 the team behind …

Social Media Marketing

Clear Step-By-Step Guide to Editing for Self-Publishers

<i>“I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” – Truman Capote</i><p>Cutting things out… that’s a writer’s greatest …

Writing

How to Make Your Writing Real

In this day and age, substance matters.<p>What you say must be meaningful to the people you’re trying to attract. Your content must solve real problems …

Content Marketing