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4 Hassle-Free Ways To Write Viral How-To Articles

You want to get your blog started, but you don't want to be burdened with writing articles every time you turn around. Fact is, writing how-to articles isn't that much of a hassle once you have a system for it.

Creating short, how-to articles allows you to:

- connect with your audience

- position yourself as an expert, and

- increase sales

Bottom line: Give clients information they need and you'll be the first person they'll think of when they run into challenges.

Consider creating a template for your e-mail newsletter articles that will fit the needs of your audience. Ask yourself if they want detailed information, or if they're happy receiving broad ideas that will allow them to tailor the information to meet their specific needs.

If they want specific info, you could always include a teaser paragraph in your newsletter and then provide a link at the bottom of that paragraph. The link can lead to more detailed information about the subject your that audience is …

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Generate Hundreds of Story Ideas

There are many ways you can generate ideas you can use for your stories, articles and other creative pieces. Start with the three ways given below:

1. Put Your 5 Senses to Work 
A simple but effective way to generate fresh ideas from a single concept, idea or object is to describe or illustrate it using the 5 senses -- sight, smell, touch, taste, sound.
For you to do: Generate 5 specific images or concrete examples (one example for each sense) for the following:

vindication (what's the smell of vindication? how does it taste? how does it sound? what does it look like? how does it feel?)
hesitation
celebration

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2. Take Advantage of Your Conflicts 
Conflict is a part of life. It's also a source of creativity. You only need to look at yoursel…

3 Established Keys to Better Online Copywriting

So you want to be a better online copywriter, huh? You may be good at writing –getting straight A’s for research reports and that sort of thing. But online copywriting is different sort of animal. And as good as you may be at your game. This one has a few rules of its own.

When you copywrite for the internet. You are basically doing two things. You are doing marketing and writing good articles.
If you neglect either, you will put across the impression that you are on a marketing campaign that has a few screws loose. The marketing aspect will gauge whether you can attract attention. It will ascertain if you can connect with the reader and get his or her attention.

The writing aspect will prove if you can get the message across clearly and creatively. If your writing is not polished, the reader will get the impression that you are not a professional at what you are doing. And this is a bad thing to start with.

To avoid this you must keep in mind a few keys to online copywriting success…

8 Big Advantages to Writing a Book as an Entrepreneur

As an aspiring or an established entrepreneur, you are an expert  in something, but does the rest of the world know? You have a  wealth of information, experience and knowledge that you can  package into a book that will benefit others. This truly is the  information age and people want to know what you know. 

1. A book will give you unbelievable credibility which increases  the respect you will receive from customers and business  associates. Wouldn’t you be more likely to purchase widgets from  the business person who wrote the book on widgets? New customers  are more likely to take advice from, or purchase the  services/products from, an established author. Many consultants  increase the levels of their business simply by writing a book on  their area of expertise.

2. The typical business person might run into roadblocks when  seeking media recognition and publicity for their product or  service because the media tend to see this kind of exposure as  advertising. However, books r…

7 Sure Fire Secrets For Beating Writer’s Block

Most people can easily identify with the dreaded "writer's block". It is a well-known phenomenon that just about everyone has faced at least onece in their lives.

I used to suffer from writer's block, big time! Thus, I know through personal anguish and suffering, that it is definitely not a pleasant experience.

Especially when the due date for one's project or paper is getting closer by the day; and the boss asks you "how's that project going" every time you don't manage to avoid him/her as you  sneak down the side of the corridor.

WRITER'S BLOCK IS FEAR-BASED
Writer's block is a fear-based feeling. For whatever reason, many of us have this incredible fear of committing ourselves in writing whenever we are faced with a blank page or computer screen.

Fear no longer! I'm here to tell you that writer's block can be beaten! Every time.

Just realizing that writer's block is really an irrational fear that keeps us from putting pen…

12 Top Tips For Novice Bloggers That Bring More Traffic

1. Make your articles available on your site.
You'll have an easy way to get more sales by showing your visitors that your are an expert on the topic your visitors are interested in.

2. Use lots of white space. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short and to the point.

3. Write for your target audience.
You'll have a better chance of attracting people to your site that are interested in purchasing your products.

4. Use numbered lists.

Your numbered lists will help you to effectively share your tips with your readers while making your article easy to read.

Use your numbered lists to share points on your article's topic, list your directions when writing a how to article, or to deliver the content of your article if you wanted to write a list article.

You can also use numbered lists to share resources related to what you talk about in your article along with your descriptions of those resources.

5. Use the active voice.

With the active voice the subject does the action wh…

10 Brilliant Ways to Make the Most of Your Book Endorsements

Endorsements, sometimes called "Blurbs," are wonderful and often witty comments about your book provided by respected authors, journalists, entertainers, and industry experts connected to your topic.  They're also one of the strongest sales tools an author has in their book sales toolbox.  These short quotes should be gathered both before and after your book is published.  Once you've gathered your endorsements what do you do with them?  Here's a list of ten ways to get the most out of your well earned endorsements:

1.  Book Cover.  Readers respect the opinion of others, especially respected authors and industry experts.  Endorsements gathered before production should be included on your book cover.  In addition to placing your blurbs on the back cover, a great, short endorsement on the front will increase your sales.

2.  Inside Your Book.  Place pre-publication endorsements on a page or two just inside the front cover of your book.  If you don't have pre-pu…

Questions You Should Ask The Publisher Before You Sign

There are days when I feel as if everyone I know is a writer, and that they are all looking for the same thing, to be heard. The pursuit of finding someone to accept a manuscript for publication is at best disheartening. Many begin to feel that continued rejection is about as miserable as a writer will ever feel – it is not. Signing with the wrong publisher not only brings misery in a new and clever package, but it can also quite possibly destroy the inclination to write.

Greed and deception are as prevalent in publishing as anywhere else. There are many companies willing to take an authors money and hard work. The irony is that it is given just for the asking. Choosing a good company to work with is equally important as the words chosen in the manuscript.
In an author beware world it pays to be informed. This guideline is designed to help you make decisions based on information, rather than emotion.

The Company
Like it or not, you and your publisher enter into a kind of marriage, th…

10 Tips for Effectively Proofreading Your Writing

Proofreading may not be terribly fun, but it's one of the most important parts of writing.

Have you ever read a web page or a document that had typos, grammatical errors, and punctuation mistakes? This reflects badly on you and your business, and you could easily lose a customer over a simple spelling mistake!

Here are some tips for quick and effective proofreading:

1. Wait several hours before proofreading. Otherwise you might be thinking about what you just wrote, rather than watching for typos and punctuation errors.

2. Eliminate distractions. This is very detailed work so you need to be focused.

3. Print out a copy of your work, rather than reading it on a computer screen. To make it even easier, print a double-spaced draft copy.

4. Read the document aloud. This helps to highlight punctuation errors and missing words.

5. Use a piece of colored paper as a guide. This will help to keep your eyes on the line you're working on. If you don't have any colored paper, use a …

10 Profitable Tips and Tricks Bloggers Need to Know to Make More Money

1. Write to one person.  When you're writing your article picture one person that you are writing to. This will make your writing more personable and help you to keep your readers interested in your article. 
2. Use lots of white space within your article.  Using lots of white space will help you to make your article look more professional and keep more of the skim readers interested in your article.  If you have paragraphs that are too long, try to break them up into two or three paragraphs so that your article will be easier to read. 

3. Double check your articles for errors.  Make sure that you haven't misspelled any words, skipped words, or used a homonym such as "their" when you meant "there."  Remember, that spell checking only catches spelling mistakes so you'll need to go over your articles even after using your spell checker to find words used incorrectly and also to find words that were used twice in a row or omitted. 
4. Pay attention to fee…

Your Writers Voice is Inside You (And how to bring it out)

You literally must pour yourself into your writing.  That isn't as much a cliche as you may have thought.
Why do you write? 

I write to change my world by revising it and giving it a happy ending.   I think most write fiction to create new realities and new ways of expressing ourselves.   It gives us the power to fix anything we don't like in the real world.  We write to escape,  and to escape we must enter the world of fiction fully.

Who do you become when you write? 
First, you become vulnerable.    You must become the characters, all of them -- even the bad guys.   For the characters to be compelling I believe they must contain some real part of the writer's personality.   You have all the voices inside you waiting to come out; they only need the right character.   Let them each speak for themselves, individually, to bring them to life.   You literally must pour yourself into your writing.  That isn't as much a cliche as you may have thought.

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5 Habits of Frequently Published Wrters

Are you ready to sign off on your first project or publish more of what you have already written? Have you been wondering who will publish your work? The publishing industry is changing in the new millennium and doesn’t appear ready to stop changing. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 50 percent of all books will be self-published or published by smaller presses. Even so, it should not exempt us from the pursuit of excellence in our craft through sound writing rules and business etiquette.

With that said the way to more published writing credits is basically the same as Anne Wayman says, "Write well and write often." If you want to get published more by industry respected magazines and even enter into the competition for the attention of traditional book publishers, you may want to examine some of your writing habits. There are some habits those writers who consistently get published share. If you want to join the winner’s circle of frequently published writers deve…

Authors: Do You Have A Web Site To Promote Your Book?

I was browsing online the other day and discovered the news about a first time novelist who had recently published a book telling the story of an African tribe suffering the loss of land and identity. Her story is based on her true-life experiences and research. She’s even donating a portion of the book’s profits to a charity that helps the displaced people. Her whole story sounded intriguing. However, when I looked for her web site--I couldn’t find it.

What a shame, I thought.

While her book is featured on Amazon.com and other online bookseller sites, and there’s a couple of press releases announcing her book signings, there is no obvious web presence for this wonderful book and its author. My immediate thought was that she was leaving book awareness and sales on the table.

Maybe she feels she doesn’t need a web site because she has the charity and her publisher assisting with publicity, or because there is some expressed interest in movie rights. Even so, I feel that a simple web s…

Self Publishing Success Starts With Marketing

Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart.  The publication process is lengthy, involves a considerable number of detailed, administrative tasks and can be expensive.

This is the easy part; the real challenge involves “S & M” – sales and marketing.
For an author to become a successful self-publisher, he or she must make a paradigm shift in consciousness from author to entrepreneur. An author has to be able to do a dispassionate analysis of the market the book was meant to reach.  Is its greatest appeal to young people?  Senior citizens?  Men?  Women?  Members of a minority group?

The definition of a market – or markets – will help to determine and focus the ensuing marketing campaign.

Next, the author must develop a marketing plan.

How can I reach my market most effectively? 

Freelance authors are already aware of the plethora of niche publications on the market.  Now, instead of contacting these publications for submission guidelines, the self-publisher needs to contact th…

VIDEO Leonardo the Illiterate | The Leonardo da Vinci That History Forgets

Leonardo the Illiterate | The Leonardo da Vinci That History Forgets

Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, cartographer, engineer, scientist and inventor in the 15th century. Yet, despite his genius, he referred to himself as "senza lettere" (the illiterate, the man without letters).  For good reason: until late in life, he was unable to read, or write Latin, the language used by virtually all other Renaissance intellectuals, the lingua franca, akin to English today. Nor was he acquainted with mathematics until he was 30.

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3 Ways You Can Profit From Giving Your Writing Away

I recently made an important discovery that I just couldn't wait to share. You can make money by giving your writing away. Yes, it really is true.

This isn't some "get rich overnight" scheme or some trick to get you to lay out a bunch of money for a "turn key business". You have to do the work yourself and it will take some time to set everything in place -- but anyone with an elementary grasp of the English language can make this work!

Giving your writing away to web sites, blogs, firms, and newsletters can really make you some serious cash on the internet and I'm not joking.

In fact, I make more money giving my writing away than I did selling my articles and columns. That's right. The truth is that I'm making more money writing part-time for free than I did in any of my full-time paid writing jobs and that includes advances and royalties from the publication of three novels.

There are three ways I profit from giving my writing away. They are…

How To Make Your Books More Discoverable with Long tail Keywords

Using longtail keywords lowers competition, helping your books rank higher for your niche. Best of all, longtail keyword phrases are easy to find.
It's a wonderful feeling. You've gone back and forth for months, lost countless hours of sleep, and gone to the brink of sanity. Finally, your book is done. Polished, published, and ready for eager readers. It's time for the doe' to roll in. Your book's a bestseller. Millions of fans can't wait for your next installment. Sounds good, right? Well, I hate to break it to ya', but writing is a labor of love. It's a marathon, not a sprint. So, if you're in it for a quick cash grab, you're in the wrong business. Don't get me wrong; as an author, writer or self-publisher, you can achieve success financially. But this usually comes after persistence, and patience. A little knowledge helps too. What knowledge, you ask? It's understanding how authors, and writers are getting ahead using the internet. It's…