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A Quick Google Docs Formatting Tip

Google Docs has lots of handy features that are “hidden” in plain sight. Many of those features address common formatting needs. For example, in the far right edge of the editor menu there is a function to clear all formatting. ...

Shifting Gears: Publishing a Book Outside Your Usual Genre

If you’re known for your work in a particular genre, publishing a book that goes in an entirely different direction can be a chore. Here, Tim Wendel offers tips for approaching the challenge. By Tim Wendel I knew I had my work cut out for...

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

By Dustin Grinnell images from Project Gutenberg’s edition of The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fantasy-adventure novel filled with danger, mystery and intrigue. The sto...

What to Do When You’re a Memoirist and Memory Fails

By Natalie Singer The memories that glimmer strongest in my mind, that pop up repeatedly as though they have an agency of their own, act like cosmic bulges―moments that wink like the star-studded center of a spiral galaxy, like Roland Bar...

Crime Short Story: “Not in My Neighborhood!”

“Not in My Neighborhood!” by Diana Bredeson is the First Prize-winning story in the Mystery/Crime category in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue ...

The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack

I test and write about a lot of Google Docs Add-ons and built-in features. But you certainly don’t need to use all of them. In fact, I’m often asked for a list of the “must-know” features instead of all of the “...

Pissed Off About U.S. School Shootings? Here’s What You Can Do

We live in Canada. It’s nice here. Our neighbours to the south, however, have had a total of 30 mass shootings in 2018 already, according to Gun Violence Archive. In 2017, there were 346 mass shootings in America, nearly one a day. Read ...

Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word

This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for suggestions on tools that his students can use to collaboratively create a newspaper. My first suggestion was to try LucidPress. My second thought was to try using some Goog...

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My Book Progross So Far.

As I havent written a book before I just want to get some idea of what to do at this point. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but if you’ve not written fiction before, you should be aware that there are hundreds of traps ...

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Any advice on advertising an e-book?

Often the best advertisement for a novel is a second novel. In addition, having more than one novel available, especially in a series can have benefits. That said, there are mailing lists such as bookbub (by far the largest) which for a sub...

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