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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.)

Definition of a Cozy Mystery | Cozy-Mystery.Com What Makes a Cozy Just That? Imagine your terror at finding out that Jessica Fletcher was moving from Cabot Cove to your neighborhood! Would you stay up at night just wondering when this unassuming, friendly woman was going to befriend you? Would you wonder which of your friends would be the first, and then second, third, even fourth to die? Cozy mysteries have become a booming business. The crime-solver in a cozy mystery is usually a woman who is an amateur sleuth. The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village (click here to read more on the village setting). Although the cozy mystery sleuth is usually not a medical examiner, detective, or police officer, a lot of times her best friend, husband, or significant other is. At the same time, it is probably safe to say that the local police force doesn’t take the amateur sleuth very seriously. More and more, cozy mystery books are being written as parts of a series. Here is an addendum to my definition of a Cozy Mystery

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

How to edit a novel manuscript The final paragraph, the final sentence, the final full stop - your novel is finally finished! Or is it? It is going to require editing, there is no shame in admitting it. Even the most famous authors have editors, and many being the process by self editing the work. Editing is the important final stage (well, there are actually multiple stages to editing, but we’ll get to that), which will get your manuscript ready for publishing. With self-publishing become ever more popular, knowing how to edit your own novel is important. Ever heard the phrase ‘sleep on it’? The length of time between writing and editing is up to you. Once you’ve performed this first read through. What about plot development. Once again, pop the kettle on, take a break...now its time for the third read through.

Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs | Best Colleges Online Posted on Thursday February 5, 2009 by Staff Writers From poetry to lengthy prose, creative writing classes in an online English degree can be a great way to express yourself. Of course, even the best online college students and writers can use a few tips, a little inspiration and a whole lot of help getting their work out there. Note: We’ve written an updated version of this list to give you the best, most current creative writing blogs. General These blogs cover a wide range of issues for students of the written word. Writer Unboxed: Learn both about the creative and business sides of fiction writing from this great blog.Backstory: Ever wonder where writers get their inspiration? Aspiring Authors These bloggers are writing on the ‘net and off, still waiting to get their best work published. Published Authors Get some advice, inspiration and motivation from these authors doing what they love and getting paid for it. Improving Your Craft Grammar and Editing Getting Published Genre Focused

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.

Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Links for Writers - Word Stuff - StumbleUpon Unsorted [/writers] James Patrick Kelly - Murder Your Darlings - "When time comes to make that final revision, however, you must harden your heart, sharpen the ax and murder your darlings." Greda Vaso - Determining the Readability of a Book - includes formulas for Gunning's Fog Index, Flesch Formula, Powers Sumner Kearl L. Kip Wheeler - Literary Terms and Definitions L. Style - Grammar - Errors in English [/writers]American Heritage - Book of English Usage - free download Band-Aid AP StylebookPaul Brians - Common Errors in EnglishCJ Cherryh - Writerisms and other Sins The Chicago Manual of Style FAQ Gary N.

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

How to Write a Terrific Author Bio Posted on Jul 5th, 2011 | 247 comments Sometimes it’s hard to believe how difficult it can be to write about yourself in a bio—after all, you’re a writer! But I understand it’s not as simple as that, so here are a few tips to make it easier. Write your bio in first person for query letters, third person for most other purposes including proposals, book jackets, article bylines. Make it professional but you also need to convey personality and writing style. What gives you credibility? If your book centers on something specific—the Civil War, for example—are you a member of a Civil War society? Try not to include too much “resumé” type information–education, job history, etc. because it tends to be boring. As you write a bio, consider carefully the purpose of the bio – who is the audience? How to write a bio if you have no publishing credits: If you’re a member of a writers’ organization such as SCBWI, ACFW or ASJA, you can mention it. A bio for a query letter: Be Sociable, Share!

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 www.photigy.com ) 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.

7 Profound Quotes: What We Learn Through Writing As I type these words, I notice one thought vying for my attention— I am not a writer. Yet, I rely on writing tremendously for most of my work and communication. Essentially, devaluing myself as a writer is a creative tactic for minimizing my worth and value. Our minds can be very tricky. Even though the words "writing" and "writer" are loaded terms, the act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can be incredibly cathartic. What are the essential elements that make writing so powerful? Writing is not alone a method of communication or a practical skill that people ought to learn: writing is itself a profound teacher that will guide you toward a happier, more contented and positively purpose-driven life. But the act of writing also functions like a sieve, separating extraneous fears, worries and insecurities from the core of our being, which compels us to do the scary duty of confronting them, understanding them, and ultimately leaving our fears behind.

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...

How To Write A Novel Synopsis | Gareth L Powell - science fiction writer A few months ago, I sold my unfinished second novel, The Recollection, to Solaris Books on the strength of the first fifty pages and a synopsis. But what is a synopsis, and how do you go about writing one? When I first set out to write my synopsis for The Recollection, I found many contradictory articles on the subject. Some said it should be a single page, others that it could be up to ten. The only points they all seemed to agree on were: The synopsis should be written in the present tense. This wasn’t much to go on, but it was a start. A couple of introductory sentences describing the novel, giving details of its genre and expected length.A 100-word cover blurb. The first page now looked like this: The RecollectionA science fiction novelPlanned length: 80,000 wordsBy Gareth L PowellThe Recollection is a character-driven science fiction novel placing modern twenty-first century men and women into a far-future, action-packed space opera setting. Now, get out of here and get typing!

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