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Become a Writer

  • We all want to make our writing the best it can be, and in this video, I demonstrate how you can use ProWritingAid to improve your manuscript before working with a human editor. Watch below or here on YouTube. Time stamps 00:27 — Why use an editing tool anyway? 01:22 — How I use Scrivener with ProWritingAid and go through chapter by chapter 01:42 — Demo starts. Fixing typos, spacing issues and rephrases 03:01 — Fixing passive writing 03:47 — Fixing overwriting and tightening the manuscript 04:09 — Rephrasing 05:22 — Using Sparks to find new ideas and different directions […]
  • How can you blend ‘work for hire', ghostwriting, and being an indie author into a successful hybrid career writing books for children? Aubre Andrus gives her tips. In the intro, Countdown Pages on FindawayVoices by Spotify; the impact of AI narrated audiobooks on Audible [Bloomberg]; Ideas for short fiction anthologies and Kevin J. Anderson's Kickstarter; Penguin Random House launches internal ChatGPT tool for employees [Publishers Lunch]; 2024 is the year AI at work gets real [Microsoft]. Plus, reasons for the new theme music, licensed from AudioJungle for 10m downloads (the podcast is up to 9.7 million with the old tune); […]
  • How can you use automation and tools to help you streamline your creative and business processes so you can get back to the writing? Chelle Honiker gives some mindset and practical tips. In the intro, IBPA guide to publishing models; We need to talk about independence [Self Publishing Advice article; my podcast episode with Orna Ross]; The Financial Times signs a partnership deal with OpenAI [FT]; The Big Leap — Gay Hendricks; AI Tools on Brave New Bookshelf; Spear of Destiny; Stone Hunters by Rod Penn; Today's show is sponsored by Draft2Digital, self-publishing with support, where you can get free formatting, […]
  • How can you connect to readers in a way that is sustainable for you and effective at selling books? How can you choose the best platform when there are so many options? Dan Blank gives his recommendations. In the intro, TikTok ban signed into law in the USA [The Verge]; No One Buys Books [Elle Griffin]; Please stop bashing book publishing [Publishing Confidential]; The Hotsheet; Books sell, but book doesn't [Seth Godin]. Plus, my new podcast logo; Spear of Destiny finishing energy, artist's date at Salisbury Cathedral. Today's show is sponsored by my patrons! Join my community and get access to […]
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  • How can you build a creative, sustainable career as a ‘mid-list' indie author? How can you design a business that works for you and your books over the long term? T. Thorn Coyle explains more in this episode. In the intro, BookVault bespoke printing options; Harper Collins partners with Eleven Labs for AI-narrated non-English audiobooks [Publishing Perspectives]; AI Publishing Formula Podcast; Brave New Bookshelf Podcast; “I’m not worried about AI, because I got my mojo working.” Stephen King; Today's show is sponsored by ProWritingAid, writing and editing software that goes way beyond just grammar and typo checking. With its detailed […]
  • What can authors learn from the adoption of AI into the music industry? What are some of the ways musicians are making money in the fractured creator economy? Tristra Newyear Yeager gives her thoughts in this interview. In the intro, Draft2Digital announced a retail distribution agreement with Fable [D2D]; Kobo launches a new color e-reader [Rakuten Kobo]; Ultimate guide to subscription models [Self-Publishing Advice]; Independence and interdependence [Self-Publishing Advice]; Becca Syme on getting unstuck [Ink in Your Veins]. Plus, Amazon's new AI board member, Andrew Ng [TechCrunch]; AI for Everyone free course; SEO is Dead [Marketing Against the Grain]; My […]
  • How can you overcome your fears and make a life change towards your dreams? Or tackle the fears that stop you from writing and publishing your book? Rachael Herron talks about creating despite the fear, and getting unstuck in this interview. In the intro, Blackberry movie and IP questions; The Copyright Handbook by Steven Fishman; Co-Intelligence: Living and Working With AI by Ethan Mollick; London Screenwriters Festival; Lessons from my screenwriting course (2018); Catacomb on my store, and on other stores; Spear of Destiny Kickstarter. Today's show is sponsored by Draft2Digital, self-publishing with support, where you can get free formatting, free […]
  • There are many options for book marketing, so how do you choose the right ones for you? I give my thoughts on the different polarities on the marketing scale to help you figure out what might work for your book, your stage on the author journey, and your lifestyle. In the intro, Storybundle for writers; Seth Godin on Tim Ferriss; Amazon's investment in Anthropic; Claude 3 direct or Poe.com; Claude prompt library; join me and Joseph Michael for a prompt webinar, 4 April, register here; plus, Spear of Destiny. Today's show is sponsored by my patrons! Join my community and […]
  • What mindset shift do you need if you want to sell direct? How can you use Meta and AI tools to amplify your marketing? Matt Holmes gives his tips as well as insights from running my ads for my store, JFPennBooks.com. In the intro, how to sell more books at live events [BookBub]; Future of publishing and LBF, includes video of our live panel [Orna Ross on SelfPublishingAdvice]; 5 Trends we learned at the Future of Publishing [Kickstart Your Book Sales]; Author business and Author Nation [Wish I'd Known Then]; Amazon de-lists my Companion workbooks, but you can buy the […]

Get Better

  • by Grammarly
    The Grammarly AI Writing Keyboard for iOS helps you write confidently on your iPhone and iPad, providing features like grammar and spelling suggestions. It supports both tap and swipe typing (a.k.a. slide to type). While swipe typing can be a much faster way to enter text on the mobile keyboard […]
  • by Grammarly
    Of the tens of thousands of words in the English language—estimates range upward from around 170,000—the word and is one of the most frequently used, beaten only by he, be, to, and of. That’s because and is an extremely useful word. It exists to make connections, linking words, thoughts, and […]
  • by Grammarly
    Despite all the recent hype, artificial intelligence (AI) is nothing new. In fact, it predates the World Wide Web by decades. While the sudden and rapid emergence of generative AI has gotten all the attention (and is probably why you’re reading this piece), you’ve surely encountered AI directly and indirectly […]
  • by Jennifer Calonia
    The English language is full of weird words. But that’s not the only idiosyncrasy that can confuse people, even for those whom English is their primary language. Slang, or informal words or phrases, reflect the ever-evolving nature of communication—and may cause confusion if you’re not familiar with the language used […]
  • by Grammarly
    Generative AI tools can make us more productive and more creative. They can help us develop new ideas, access information with ease, and streamline a variety of personal and professional tasks. However, the tools can’t read our minds. We need to ask for what we want. These requests or instructions […]
  • by Kelly Konya
    The notoriously reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye is a man of many names. To loyal literary fans, he’s J. D. Salinger. On his birth certificate, he’s Jerome David. To his family, his nickname as a boy was Sonny. To his editors and friends, he was always Jerry. All […]
  • by Madison Stein
    Communication barriers can negatively affect productivity, employee morale, and the bottom line. Learn about different business communication barriers and how to overcome them. The post The Biggest Communication Barriers in Business—and How to Overcome Them appeared first on Grammarly Blog.
  • by Marika Wegerbauer
    The quality and productivity of meetings can make or break an employee’s experience in the workplace. Meetings that are unfocused can feel like a waste of time and sap motivation. On the other hand, meetings that generate thoughtful discussions can feel fruitful and energizing, bringing employees closer to their colleagues […]
  • by Grammarly
    Arik Motskin, Michael Haugan, and Parth Aidasani from Grammarly’s Data Science team co-wrote this article. Strategic investment in paid advertising has fueled Grammarly’s user base growth to over 30 million daily active users. However, as our rapid growth continues, it’s crucial that the Acquisition Marketing and Data Science teams rigorously […]
  • by Madison Stein
    Looking to improve your team’s business communication skills? Check out our blog post on the 8 benefits of effective communication in the workplace. The post Top 8 Benefits of Effective Communication in the Workplace appeared first on Grammarly Blog.

Strategise

  • by Hello Yuqo
    Marketing to Generation Z takes a different approach than with other generations. But who are Gen Zers? And why are they important for your business? In this article, you'll find out how you can attract more Gen Zers with your brand, and what you should do differently compared to marketing […]
  • by Luke Sholl
    When entering international markets, a translation strategy is fundamental to making the most of your business venture. To find out how you can formulate your own successful strategy, and the benefits of doing so, keep reading. The post Why you need a translation strategy appeared first on Yuqo.
  • by Hello Yuqo
    The holiday season is just around the corner. While consumers are busy preparing their shopping list, it's a perfect opportunity to improve your website and make some changes that can help to boost sales. The post 8 SEO tips to prep your site for the holiday season appeared first on […]
  • by Luke Sumpter
    To call the internet saturated would be an understatement. There are well over a billion sites vying for attention, all claiming to offer the solutions readers are looking for. But people want something they can quickly scroll through to find the answers—list posts fit the bill perfectly! Discover 8 key […]
  • by Hello Yuqo
    Is wabi-sabi a useful label to put on an old table, or an age-old ideal through which we can find beauty in impermanence, decay, and death? Here we trace the term from its Buddhist origins through to its more modern, and far more positive, iteration. The post The Japanese art […]
  • by Hello Yuqo
    If you've decided the life of an online content producer is for you, then welcome aboard! Making content is one thing; making it pay is quite another. Below, we list our 8 top tips for turning content into profit. The post 8 ways to monetize your content appeared first on […]
  • by Hello Yuqo
    The 21st century has seen many huge changes to societies around the world. There are thousands of words that could have made this list, and what we cover is only a tiny portion of our time. Nevertheless, these nine words tell us so much about the age in which we […]
  • by Hello Yuqo
    Cramming too many tasks into a workday has a counterproductive effect, as it negatively influences focus. Multitasking is totally overrated—it's actually the ability to focus on one thing at a time that will help you improve focus and productivity. It comes down to taking care of your body and mind, […]
  • by Luke Sumpter
    Proper brand communication can take a regular business and propel it into a living success story. It involves more than just a pretty logo and a flashy website (although these are important!). You need to develop a consistent and appropriate voice, post at the right time, engage with the correct […]
  • by Luke Sholl
    A hugely important day in French culture, Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille. To find out the history of Bastille Day, its cultural significance, and how to build an effective marketing strategy around the event, keep reading. The post How to market Bastille Day appeared first on Yuqo.

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