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Being a self-published author requires a lot of hard work but offers great rewards In the rapidly changing world of book publishing, an emerging reality is that a self-published author needs to be ab entrepreneur. Writing a great book is not enough; penning compelling content is only the first step. Authors who desire to self-publish … Continue reading Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

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Author: Peter DeHaan

As writers we must seek to learn and to teach When it comes to learning and sharing information, I developed a guiding principle to direct me along the way. I call it Peter’s Law of Reciprocity. Peter’s Law of Reciprocity states: “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t, so politely and tactfully learn what it … Continue reading Peter’s Law of Reciprocity as It Applies to Writers

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Author: Peter DeHaan

We love some authors so much, that we buy every book they publish If you were to ask me who’s my favorite author, I’d shrug and say, “I don’t know.” However, that would be wrong. From my perspective one author rises above all others: Robin Mellom. I’ve gushed about her in the past. I bought … Continue reading UR Turn: Who’s Your Favorite Author?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Writers should consider just-in-time learning to round out their education I work at home. My office window looks out at the bus stop. Each school day I see kids waiting to get on the bus. And each afternoon the bus returns them home. They’re mostly excited, but more so when they’re learning for the day … Continue reading Pursue Just-in-Time Learning for Effective Education about Writing

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Speaking your punctuation when dictating slows you down, but it is possible to do So far I’ve only used dictation to write nonfiction. My next step is fiction. This becomes a little bit more complex, because we must speak our punctuation. And dialogue requires much more of it. For example, here is how I would … Continue reading Using Dictation Software to Write Fiction

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Presented at the 2017 Grand Rapids WordCamp Hi, I’m Peter DeHaan. Here’s a little bit of information about me. I’m a published writer. I’m a passionate blogger. I’ve written about 2,200 blog posts for myself and about 500 for other people. I’m a commercial freelance writer, a magazine and newsletter publisher, and a WordPress fan. … Continue reading 12 Tips For Better WordPress Content Creation

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Author: Peter DeHaan

A simple word of encouragement can mean a lot to a writer As a person who uses words to make a living, words have a great impact on me. The words of others have encouraged me—and discouraged me. Even the lack of words, the things left unsaid, can have a powerful effect—a negative effect. The … Continue reading UR Turn: What’s the Most Encouraging Thing Anyone Has Ever Told You?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Remember that we write for people and not computer algorithms People have different opinions as to the ideal length of a blog post. When I first started blogging almost ten years ago, I heard you needed at least 200 words for search engines to be able to learn enough information about your post to categorize … Continue reading How Long Should a Blog Post Be?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Celebrate the benefits of using your voice to produce your first draft A couple years ago I heard about authors using dictation to write the first draft of their books. Although intrigued by the idea of using speech-to-text software to write, I dismissed it as impractical. However, as more and more writers extolled the virtues … Continue reading Use Dragon Speech Recognition Software to Write Faster

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Author: Peter DeHaan

In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish Five Downsides … Continue reading The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

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Author: Peter DeHaan

We’re wise to learn what we can from other writers who have gone before us This blog is about writing and publishing. I share what I know in the posts, and you share what you know in the comments. Our monthly segment, UR Turn, allows us to focus on this. We can learn from each … Continue reading UR Turn: What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Heard?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Consider these six items: 1) Quality is Often Lacking: Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing to produce the best possible product. The temptation of self-publishing is to skip these steps. … Continue reading Six Downsides of Self-Publishing

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Author: Peter DeHaan

In my post “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides. Consider these five items: 1) It Takes Longer: Unless a book is “fast-tracked” it will typically take eighteen months to two years from your … Continue reading Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Too many experts say writers must blog, but that may not be good advice As writers we’re told that if we want to be successful at publishing our work, then we need an author platform. Yes, this is true. Publishers expect writers to have a platform. In fact, it seems, platform may supersede writing quality. … Continue reading Do You Need a Blog to Build Your Author Platform?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Being a writer requires giving up other things, and making it a priority requires sacrifice It’s been said that some people really don’t want to write, they want to have written. They want to see the results, without putting in the work. Yet writing requires effort and that effort necessitates that we prioritize the things … Continue reading What Are You Willing to Give Up So You Can Write?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Despite what seems like user apathy, Google+ continues to move forward In talking about social media for authors, we’ve looked at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Goodreads. What about Google+? I’m on Google+, but I often wonder why. Google+ began six years ago as a direct competitor to Facebook. That didn’t work out so well. … Continue reading UR Turn: Are You on Google+?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

1) Greater Control: Self-published authors enjoy more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but either way they have more control, usually a lot more. 2) Earn More Per Book: Self-published authors earn more on each book sale, generally much more: five times as … Continue reading Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish

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Author: Peter DeHaan

In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing either one. Future posts will consider some of these issues. To start the discussion, here … Continue reading Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher

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Author: Peter DeHaan

I once read that blogging is a form of self-publishing. The author’s opinion gave me pause. It seemed a simplistic claim. I felt it in some way diminished the noble art of publishing. Anyone can blog, and it seems most everyone does, but not most everyone self-publishes a book, even though the tools are there … Continue reading Is Blogging a Form of Self-Publishing?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

Authors who use dictation claim a much higher writing speed I’ve recently been experimenting with using dictation to write and bought a USB headset to reduce dictation errors. So far I’m excited with the process and anxious to get better at it. To accomplish this, I’ve bought Dragon speech recognition software and will begin using … Continue reading UR Turn: Have You Used Dictation Software to Write?

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Author: Peter DeHaan

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