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100 Awesome Open Source Tools for Writers, Journalists, and Blog

100 Awesome Open Source Tools for Writers, Journalists, and Blog
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53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts Update – we launched Pablo a new tool to create beautiful images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds You can use Pablo right from the get-go, no need to login or create an account. Just quickly create amazing images super fast. You can try out the first version of Pablo right now – no login required. We’d love to hear your thoughts about Pablo on Twitter, just hit us up @buffer and hope it makes creating images for your social media posts much easier for you. Ok, back to the blogpost! Here on the Buffer blog, we think a lot about visual content. We’ve shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. But there’s one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content? It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. Images can drive up to double the engagement on your social media posts! What is Creative Commons? 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.)

Should You Self-Publish? I've been getting a lot of emails from people wondering if they should self-publish, specifically on the Amazon Kindle. My answer is always the same: It depends. Here is my advice, based on what I would do.IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL I believe your first order of business is getting a well-respected literary agent. Visit writing conferences and conventions and pitch to agents in personRead books similar to yours, and find out who reps the authorPick up a copy of the Writer's MarketVisit www.aar-online.orgBefriend an agented author and beg for an introductionAfter getting an agent, she'll want to submit the book to editors at large New York publishing houses. Exception: You Can't Get an Agent Getting a good agent isn't easy, which is why you should spend as much time as possible honing your craft, improving your writing, learning about narrative structure and the elements of a compelling story. Should you self-publish if you can't find an agent? Exception: Your Agent Can't Sell the Book

10 books on happiness and success that should be on every entrepreneur’s reading list « Entrepreneur, Startup, Small Business Articles and Resources 10 books on happiness and success that should be on every entrepreneur’s reading list 4inShare Published on November 22, 2014 in Inspiration, Tools by Melody Wilding Being an entrepreneur is stressful work. While it can be challenging to successfully balance your workload plus family, friends, fitness and some personal time, there are few things that rings true for most successful entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, you hit emotional obstacles daily, including butting up against self-doubt, rejection, perfectionism, and even loneliness. Take some downtime and pick up one of the following books for some practical, actionable guidance on enhancing your happiness, productivity, and success. 1. This book is a must-read for those who feel like they’ve lost sight of what is really important in life and want to recommit themselves to living in the moment in practical ways. 2. James Altucher’s book is all about not waiting on someone to save you. 3. 4. 5. Everyone has bad habits. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Top 8 Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers We’ve all seen them. The train wrecks. The art class projects. Somewhere between the quirky “cover design generators” on author-service company websites, and the All-American view that everyone should get a ribbon because, after all, they participated, the cover design is suffering at the hands of self-publishers. And no, I’m not saying that self-published books aren’t getting better—there are a lot of great-looking indie books out there. Book cover design, at its height, is an amazing commercial art. But anyone who can write and publish a book ought to be able to avoid at least the worst mistakes in cover design. Establish a principal focus for the cover—Nothing is more important. Resources If you’ve designed an eBook cover you’re proud of, consider entering it in our monthly eBook Cover Design Awards. Takeaway: Taking a little care with a book cover you’re designing yourself can produce big results. Be Sociable, Share! Article by Joel Friedlander

6 links that will show you what Google knows about you — Productivity in the Cloud 6 links that will show you what Google knows about you (Photo by Alex Koloskov at ) Want to find out all the things Google knows about you? 1. In order to serve relevant ads, Google collects data about you and creates a profile. Google also has a tool called Google Analytics, that helps publishers see what pages you have viewed on their website, how many times you have visited it, how long did you stay etc. 2. If you use Android, your mobile device may be sending your location to Google. 3. Google saves every single search you have ever done. 4. Google offers an Account activity page that tells you about all the Google services you are using. 5. The Account activity page also offers a list of all the apps that have any type of access to your data. 6.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cover Design: Publishing Lesson #1 | Bob Mayer's Blog A good cover can make or break a book, especially for on-line buying. In a bookstore, most books are racked spine out, so author name sometimes means more. Readers can pick up your book, thumb through, get a feel for story and writing and then decide. You have a couple of options. This is not an easy decision, especially when you factor in other costs that go into making an eBook available to the reader. Even with the proper tools we made a few cover mistakes along the way. Publishing Mistake #1: Always Judge a Book by its Cover. This cover sucks. First. Second. Third. If you were in traditional publishing it would be too bad, suck it up, go promote it’s the only cover you’re going to get. So what is best? Publishing Correction #1. The content of the book has not changed. First. Second. Third. While editing this post, I realized this cover still has one minor flaw. Publishing Lesson #1. There is a time when it’s best to leave well enough alone. Write It Forward! Like this: Like Loading...

7 Steps To Install And Optimize Minecraft For Linux Minecraft is arguably one of the most popular, truly-cross-platform games out there, so it’s common for Linux users to own a copy of the game. While it usually runs well on most systems, it does still suffer from performance issues from time to time. Since Java, the language that Minecraft is written in, offers cross-platform capability at the cost of good performance, you may not achieve a perfectly lag-free experience (unless you have powerful hardware to support it). However, there are some steps that you can take that can make every little bit of difference. Grab The Latest JRE Since Minecraft is written in Java, it’s important that you run the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Latest Graphics Drivers (and Kernel) Of course, as with any other game, it’s also important that you ensure that you’re running the latest graphics drivers available for your graphics card. While you’re at it, try looking at running the latest kernel version as well if you aren’t already.

FAQs About Self-Publishing On your commercial publishing pages, you come down hard on self-publishing. What’s up with that? Some of the articles on this site I wrote in the late 1980s, as part of a print newsletter I did for my writer’s group. Some of the articles on this site I wrote in the 1990s, when Commercial Publishing was the only respectable game in town, and its Evil Alternative was Vanity Publishing (also know as “The Writer Gets Screwed” publishing). The new kid in town, however—Self-Publishing With Really Cool Sharp Pointy Teeth—did not yet exist, and agents, editors, and publishers of both the Commercial and Vanity varieties had no clue it was coming. I offered the best information available at the time, which was Go With Commercial Publishing because you don’t want to get screwed by Evil Vanity Publishing. What is Commercial Publishing vs. Commercial (Mainstream, Professional) Publishing is the following process: Okay. I’m going to tell you writing fiction is the best damn job on the planet. Well… No.

15 Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know | eHow Tech How important are keyboard shortcuts? Can’t you simply use a mouse for everything? Shortcuts are called that for a reason — they save time. And since most people seem completely unaware of most of the best time-saving shortcuts on the PC, I’ve rounded up the best ones for you today. Ctrl+F for Find Let’s start with one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts of all: Ctrl+F. Press Ctrl+F in almost any application — your Web browser, for example — and you can start typing to find text in the page or document. Ctrl-F is for more than just browsers, though. Basic Navigation Alt+Tab should be a pretty well known keyboard shortcut by now, but did you know that you can use Ctrl+Tab to cycle between open tabs in your browser? Speaking of browser tabs, you can press Ctrl+T to quickly open a new one — this focuses the address bar, so you can immediately start typing a search or web address. Copy, Cut, and Paste Text Quickly Move Between Words Select Text This isn’t a complete list — far from it.

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