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Am I Grateful or Thankful

Am I Grateful or Thankful

Written by on August 22, 2017 in blog, education, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Am I Grateful or Thankful I’ve had several people write to me about whether to use grateful or thankful, wondering when to use each word. My typical response of verifying my thoughts with a good dictionary and then presenting those people with answers didn’t work, mostly because the dictionaries seemed as confused as those people […]

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How Other Languages Affect Ours

How Other Languages Affect Ours

Written by on August 17, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

How Other Languages Affect Ours If you’ve ever wondered how other languages affect ours—wonder no more. All you have to do is look at a calendar, or think about it when you wonder “Where do the months of the year names come from?” Did you ever wonder where we got the names for the months […]

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Dead to Rights

Dead to Rights

Written by on August 8, 2017 in blog with 0 Comments

Dead to Rights I don’t know how many of you have even heard of this expression. But where I grew up, dead to rights was common usage—everyone knew what it meant. But it wasn’t until I used the saying in one of my books that my editor flagged it, as she didn’t know what the […]

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Sell More Books Using Vellum and Pronoun

Sell More Books Using Vellum and Pronoun

Using Vellum and Pronoun to Sell More Books All authors are continually on the lookout for ways to sell more books. The bad news is that it’s damn difficult. The good news is that there are clever and innovative people looking for new ways to make it easier to sell more books. I’m not referring […]

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Compare to versus Compare With

Compare to versus Compare With

Written by on June 27, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Compare to and Compare With Some authors claim that compare to versus compare with is a useless argument–that they mean essentially the same thing, but this is not supported by actual data. The verb compare has several different meanings, some of which take the preposition “to”, while the others take “with”: Compare A to B […]

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Advertising Using Bookbub and Pronoun

Advertising Using Bookbub and Pronoun

Advertising Using BookBub and Pronoun Everyone knows that BookBub is the holy grail of promotions. Talk to any author who’s been around awhile and they’ll tell you—BookBub delivers the sales. So advertising using BookBub is worth it, right? Yes. But with that said, it can be painful because Amazon, B&N, and Kobo all have taken […]

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Using Images With Text Expander

Using Images With Text Expander

Written by on May 23, 2017 in blog, Uncategorized, writing with 0 Comments

Using Images With Text Expander™ We all know by now how amazing Text Expander™ is when typing, and how much time it will save you, but what you might not know is how valuable it can be when using images. What do I mean by that? Simple. Take a look at what I’m about to […]

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When to Use Of

When to Use Of

Written by on May 9, 2017 in blog with 0 Comments

When to Use Of—and When Not To Some people say it’s easy to know when to use of; others say it’s easier to know when not to use of. For one thing, I often see the phrase off of used, and I can’t think of a single example when it would be appropriate unless someone was […]

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Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Written by on April 25, 2017 in blog, ebooks, self-publishing, Uncategorized, writing with 0 Comments

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do I don’t know why I’m writing this, except to help out those who are foolish enough to try to edit a manuscript themselves. It’s not something I recommend; in fact, I strongly oppose it. I write blog posts without editors, but I wouldn’t think of releasing […]

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Using Vellum and Text Expander to Sell More Books

Using Vellum and Text Expander to Sell More Books

Written by on April 11, 2017 in blog, ebooks, self-publishing, writing with 0 Comments

Using Vellum and Text Expander to Sell More Books I know a lot of authors, and if they have one thing in common it’s that they are always trying to find a way to sell more books. And that’s not an easy task. It’s not like selling lemonade; you can’t just open up a book […]

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