4 Proofreading Options

It is August now. Let’s start with some tips.

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Need to proofread a document? There are four ways you can go about it, each one with their own pros and cons.

1. Check it manually yourself. If you’re going to check your work this way, use a proofreading checklist to tick off all the items you’re going to check for. You can find recommended checklists from many writing books and websites. We’d suggest taking one of those and adding your own items, particularly those that you find yourself frequently erring on.

2. Have a friend check. It’s tough to evaluate your own work for correctness. Most of the time, you’re emotionally invested in it and that makes being objective damn near impossible. Having a friend check, especially one who’s experienced in proofreading, should prove a much better choice.

3. Use an automated grammar software. It’s 2010. We’ve got software for everything, including proofreading. You can cut the time you spend on the activity considerably by simply using a writing checker software. Believe me when I say the results of these modern proofreading tools are highly impressive.

4. Use an automated grammar checker first, followed by manual check later. If you’re one of those who remain unimpressed with software-based solutions to something that used to require so much personal attention as proofreading, you can use the software and follow it up with a manual checking later. At worst, you’ll confirm your suspicions about grammar software not being up to par. In some cases, you may end up surprising yourself with the results. Either way, you’ll save yourself plenty of time.

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Reader’s Suggestions #1

I receive emails from my readers all the time, mainly contributing constructive and positive feedbacks but there are those who would take the time to recommend some interesting articles, which I would like to share with everyone.

Because of this reason alone, I am encouraging all readers to take note any interesting articles (it could be your own article, as long as it is informational and interesting enough, not spam ok!) and send the links to me so that I can have a look. (contact me!)

To begin with, we have two links to share with everyone.

1. Suggested by Samantha Kovar, What Are The Best Practices For Web Writing

2. Suggested by Alan Wood, 25 Writers Who Changed The World

Thank you so much.

Keep them coming!

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The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Special article about self publishing.

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If your goal is to be a published author, you need to understand the different publishing options available to you and the advantages and disadvantages of each. There are two principal classifications of publishing: non-subsidy and subsidy. Non-subsidy is the traditional form of publishing where a commercial publisher pays you to publish your book. In a subsidy relationship, you pay to have your manuscript published.

Commercial, Non-Subsidy Publishing

In a non-subsidy relationship, professional editing, cover design, printing, binding, distribution, and promotion are provided to the author at no up-front cost. Authors may receive an advance on royalties and ongoing royalties will range from 5% to 10% of the book’s cover price.

Advantages:

– Market credibility
– No up-front expenses
– Professional design, editing, and production
– Distribution
– Marketing and promotion

Disadvantages:

– Time spent pitching agents and publishers
– Expectation for self-promotion
– Some loss of control and rights over the book

Subsidy Publishing

There are a variety of subsidy publishers such as pure subsidy, vanity presses, hybrid publishing, and POD (print on demand). In a pure subsidy publishing relationship, the author shares upfront costs with the publisher for design, editing, printing, stocking, warehousing, and distribution. After the publisher’s costs are recovered, the author receives a percentage of the sale of the book. A vanity publisher formats, prints, and binds the book completely at the author’s expense, offering no editing, marketing, or promotional services. The publisher’s revenue sources strictly from the author, not the book. Hybrid publishing is a relatively new business model where the author pays the publisher to edit, cover-design, typeset, print, publish, distribute, and promote the book. Authors first recover their investment by receiving all the royalties off the sale of the book. Then the publisher and author share ongoing royalties. In POD publishing, the author assumes the entire cost of printing, marketing, and distribution. Digital publishing enables print on demand and ebook formatting.

Advantages:

– Faster time to market
– Control of the book project and rights
– Some distribution (primarily through hybrids)
– In some cases, author retains all proceeds off book sales

Disadvantages:

– Stigma of being self-published – Up front expenses
– Limited distribution
– Limited support in design and editing
– Limited promotion

Recommendations

The best outcome for any author is with a non-subsidy publisher. Even if unsuccessful in your pursuit, the discipline of developing a book proposal and pitching it to agents and publishers before writing the manuscript has great merit: It will help you sharpen your book concept, give you a structure to write against, and force you to develop a thorough marketing plan.

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John Fayad is The Literary CoachTM, offering essays, workshops, and individual consulting to aspiring and experienced authors. John’s creative tips and techniques help authors formulate their book concepts, develop their book proposals, and achieve their dream of becoming published authors.
John Fayad
jfayad@theliterarycoach.com
http://www.theliterarycoach.com

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Duplicate Content

I have found this article on Ezinearticles and it is very beneficial.

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There are a good number of internet marketers who still think that duplicate content is OK and that it doesn’t affect them. I have some news for you. Duplicate content is not OK, and yes, it can affect your site in a negative way.

If you ever read in any article directory rules and regulations something saying like “all duplicate contents are welcome”, please let me know, I would love to know about it. However, I’m afraid that most likely you won’t find such statement anywhere. The main reason for this is that duplicate content is worthless for the site hosting it, therefore, nobody wants it. Below are the three crucial reasons why why you should avoid duplicate content.

1) Article directories like to host original articles because they are just not interested in hosting the exact same articles as their direct competitors. This will defeat their purpose of coming up on the search engines when someone is looking for the keywords you are using in your articles. If the results are unique to them they have a much better chance to come up in the front page than if they shared the same article with another 30 or more directories. Make sense?

2) Search engine will not give you a backlink credit when it recognizes that the content is a duplicate. It will give you the backlink once for the first one, but not for duplicates that you posted elsewhere. Of course, because the search engine not being a human eye it will sometimes be fooled to believe that your content is an original because of the different page setting from one directory to another, and in such case, you might get away with it. However, it would be a hit or miss.

3) Ultimately you will be doing something that is really not allowed and when found out you will be penalized in some way. The primitive search engines of the early internet were not able to capture a duplicate content, it usually searched for keywords and went by that only. Today, however, the search engines are much more complex and can detect you content more easily.

When they do, Google is notorious to penalize those who are abusing duplicate content by lowering their site ranking and in case of more severe abuse remove the site all together.

When it comes to duplicate content, you need to know the truth and avoid it at as much as you can.

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Word Power

February is here, finally. Time is passing by real fast. I am buried under a pile of work, which is good news but I don’t seem to be able to write frequently on my own blog. Nevertheless, I have found something interesting for you to read.

Enjoy!

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You cannot ever underestimate the power of one or two words. As writers we should know how something is said can be the difference between a good story and a great one.

The same can be true when reading compared to writing, as they are two different sides of the coin. When reading, every word in a mystery or a thriller could be a clue, however the same could be in a thesis. If you do not choose the correct word to describe something then your thesis could be shot down.

In high school this could not be more important, as every word in a question could be the difference in your answer. Take the word ‘ARGUE’. You must start by understanding what the question is asking of you when it uses the word argue.

The word ‘ARGUE’ asks you to take a side. Do you or do you not agree with the argument? In a paper you must put forth the different sides to the argument. Look and see how many views there are because there can be many views of one argument. Once you have shown all the view you must take one and argue for it. This will be the view not only you believe in but the one that gives the strongest argument.

When writing your strongest view you must argue against the other views you have previously stated, and why the view you have chosen is the best between them all.

The word ‘COMPARE’ is related to our word ‘argue’ however they are two very different descriptive words. To compare something is to show what the same about the subjects is and what is different about them. With the word ‘COMPARE’ it is a good idea to show what is the same about your subject and staying within the same comparison show the opposite then move to your next comparison.

With ‘COMPARE’ you do not take a side. You do not tell in your paper that what you believe is better or more relevant; you do not give your opinion just the facts of what the differences are between the subjects.
The word ‘ANALYZE’ is a more in depth look at the subject. Here one must look at the underlying material and its source. Question everything! Question where the information came from and its validity. Break each argument or ‘clue’ and look to see how it relates to the whole complete argument.

When writing at a local newspaper the reporters are to answer the three ‘W’s where, when, why. However ones answers that are to be reached by ones analyze could conclude by a how and why answer. Much like a newspaper reporter asking questions ones analyze should answer with how and why.

Remember one must look under or behind the surface of all your source material, for this is where you will find the material to analyze.

Learn more writing tips at http://nationalwriter.org

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