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The Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time

by Kathy Edens Feb 05, 2018

The Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time

If you are anything like us, your favorite way to learn about history is by immersing yourself in a fictional world shaped by actual events. For this list, we specifically chose works covering events or time periods over 30 years before the time of writing.

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Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

by Rachel Doran Feb 05, 2018

Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

When you do it the right way, link building is one of the best ways to boost your following.

If search engine algorithms notice more and more links going back to your web page, your web page will start to take priority on relevant searches. And if your links are attached to engaging, helpful content, you’ll intrigue human audiences as well. When you create backlinks by engaging with like-minded bloggers, however, you’re doing more than simply putting your webpage out there.

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A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

by Victoria Greene Feb 05, 2018

A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

By selecting a profitable side hustle, you can be an even more successful individual and help secure that elusive steady income. In this post, Victoria Greene explores three of the best side hustles for copywriters.

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How NOT to Negotiate Your Rate – An Ultimate Guide to Getting Paid Well

by Callum Mundine Feb 05, 2018

How NOT to Negotiate Your Rate – An Ultimate Guide to Getting Paid Well

Negotiating with new clients is always challenging, even more so when you’re about to close a deal with only one discussion point left: your rate. We get it. Naming your price can be tricky business, but it’s important you know how to effectively price your time and work.

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7 Things to Master in Switching from Journalism to Content Marketing

by Jennifer Xue Feb 05, 2018

7 Things to Master in Switching from Journalism to Content Marketing

While journalism is collapsing, content marketing is thriving. If you already have strong writing and other journalistic skills, you definitely can master content marketing. Just learn these seven new skills before you make the leap.

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5 Best Alternatives to Acrolinx for your Content Optimization

by ProWritingAid Jan 24, 2018

5 Best Alternatives to Acrolinx for your Content Optimization Acrolinx is an authoring and content optimization tool that combines terminology management, grammar checking and style checking. The key benefits of using an authoring system such as Acrolinx for your company are:Better customer experience of your contentFewer customer support calls Greater customer satisfactionLower costs for copyediting and translationFewer embarrassing errors in your documentationFaster time to market for your content

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Create Your Own ProWritingAid Report: The Combo Report

by ProWritingAid Jan 18, 2018

Create Your Own ProWritingAid Report: The Combo Report

Did you know that you can create your very own ProWritingAid report? The Combo Report lets you select a combination of reports so you can focus on areas you know are weaknesses. For example, a Combo Report could run checks on overused words, sentence length, writing style, and sticky sentences if those are areas you commonly need to address.

The beauty of the Combo Report is that you select what reports you want included. There are 27 options from which to choose.

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Oops! Did You Forget to Launch Your Book? 4 Marketing Steps to Take Right Now

by Jordan Ring Jan 17, 2018

Oops! Did You Forget to Launch Your Book? 4 Marketing Steps to Take Right Now

“Why isn’t anyone buying my book? Is it not good enough? Am I a terrible writer? "Should I give up forever?"

Of course not. It's just that you didn't launch your book. You didn't ceremoniously rocket it out into the world so that everyone noticed it.

It's not too late! Here's what you need to know:

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How to Become a Better Copywriter

by ProWritingAid Jan 17, 2018

How to Become a Better Copywriter

It seems everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion on how easy—or hard—becoming a better copywriter is.

Where does that leave you?

Here are the best practices that every copywriter can agree are most important to master if you want to call yourself a good copywriter.

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Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

by Lisa Lepki Jan 17, 2018

Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter is our way of tipping our hat to all those who earn a good living as a copywriter. Years of copywriting experience went into each chapter of this book. We hope you find nuggets of gold in these pages.

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Why Writers Must Use the Toilet Paper Test on Professional Content Topics

by Kathy Edens Jan 16, 2018

Why Writers Must Use the Toilet Paper Test on Professional Content Topics

Everyone has an opinion on the proper way toilet paper should unspool. But the chances of alienating or damaging the relationship with your readers over this subject is very low.

Choosing a topic with low-level controversy doesn’t mean something ridiculous or banal. It does mean choosing something with differing opinions that you can support with facts and/or experiences. Find a topic that is timely, interesting, and relevant to your audience without being offensive.

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The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

by Kathy Edens Jan 08, 2018

The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

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Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable?

by ProWritingAid Jan 08, 2018

Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable? English users sometimes confuse insure with an "I" and ensure with an "E". Don’t they both mean to "make certain" or "make sure"?

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Why 2018 is the Year for Writers

by Kathy Edens Jan 08, 2018

Why 2018 is the Year for Writers

In 2018, people will consume more content than ever before. Books in any form are the gateway to learning and knowledge. The most successful business men and women set aside time daily for reading both non-fiction and fiction.

To tap into the new wave of opportunities for writers in 2018, here are 4 trends to watch.

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Are You Snobbish About Self-Publishing?

by Kathy Edens Jan 03, 2018

Are You Snobbish About Self-Publishing?

Do you think all self-publishing is merely vanity projects? Are you worried anyone can slap a few words on a page and click on publish to become a published author? Do you also fear any self-publishing company will publish an e-book or spit out print books no matter the quality of writing?

When you meet an author, is your first question, "Who was your publisher?" And when they tell you they self-published, is your knee-jerk reaction their book wasn’t good enough to be picked up by even a mediocre publishing house?

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Inventing Characters: A Character is What He Does, His Motives, and His Past

by Kathy Edens Jan 02, 2018

Inventing Characters: A Character is What He Does, His Motives, and His Past

Characters in books give us insight into the human condition. We learn how people behave and what’s in human nature from our favorite characters in books and on the big screen.

Orson Scott Card says out of the multiple ways to get to know someone, the most powerful and the ones that make the strongest impression are:

  • What your character does
  • What his or her motives are
  • What they’ve done in the past

Let’s look at these and a few other ways of getting to know your characters.

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Use ProWritingAid’s Readability Stats to Improve the Clarity of Your Writing

by Kathy Edens Dec 19, 2017

Use ProWritingAid’s Readability Stats to Improve the Clarity of Your Writing

If you haven’t been using ProWritingAid’s Readability Report and Summary Report to take your work in progress (WIP) to the next level, you’re missing out. Your WIP might be an article you plan to post on Medium or it could be a 75,000 word manuscript of the next, great novel. And the Readability Report can make suggestions on how to make it sparkle and shine so it catches any reader’s eye.

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How to Break the Rules of Fiction

by Kathy Edens Dec 13, 2017

How to Break the Rules of Fiction

Have you noticed how many rules you must follow when writing your novel? Some of them, like having a strong beginning, engaging middle, and exciting conclusion, are good advice. Then other rules, like how to format your novel for submission and checking submission guidelines first, are pretty strict. Finally, there are rules meant to be broken.

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How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

by Kathy Edens Dec 12, 2017

How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

Shifting back and forth in time creates suspense. Your readers can unravel the past and understand the ramifications in the present a little at a time. It creates a tension that makes your books hard to put down.

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4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

by Elle W. Silver Dec 12, 2017

4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

Having a relationship with an editor you can trust, one who is flexible enough to work around your tight schedule is one way to do it. But even then, you need to ensure the that your editor is spending most of her time on the meat of your story like plot and character development, and less time on the technical stuff like sentence construction and word choice. Ideally, you want your text to be as tight as possible BEFORE you send it to your editor.

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