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How to Get your Book into the Hands of a Publisher

Have you wondered HOW to get your book into the hands of a book publisher? Start with a FREE appraisal! Most appraisals are offered for FREE. This will not only tell you if your book is publishable, but also what might be needed in the way of editing. It’s often not as much as  you think. Being an author is hard work these days, there are so many books already on the market and more arriving faster than the speed of sound. Its no wonder a new author might feel rather overawed by the whole process. You not only have…
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Half Price Manuscript Edit Offer!

 A beautiful manuscript page, with many hours of work. Editing those manuscripts would have been very time consuming, trying to decipher the handwriting. With most manuscripts being typed today, it is much quicker and easier to have a manuscript prepared for publishing. Has your book has been sitting on the top shelf gathering dust? It’s time to pull it out and together we can get your book ready for publishing. To give you an opportunity to have your book edited and help you on the road to publication, we are offering HALF PRICE on ALL editing. That includes Copy editing…
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Make it Good – Interactive Fiction book

So you want to be a part-time Detective? Make It Good is an interactive book where you can play the detective and solve a murder. Can you give the drink away long enough to solve the case? A difficult challenge – you are going to have to think and take time if you want to progress through the book. Its a hard case with complex characters. To play the game, click the picture, then the space bar to start. I suggest you read the help section before starting if you have not played before. Have fun!   Aurora House Website…
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Keeping Your Manuscript Safe

It is amazing how quickly and easily manuscripts can become confused, especially with different versions of the same one. If you have more than one copy of a manuscript, make sure they are all well labelled and even dated to ensure mistakes will not happen. There would be nothing worse than sitting for hours, writing or editing, only to find that you have been working on the wrong version. I have a system which I find works quite well: 1. When adding the file name to your original manuscript, make sure you add the word ‘original’ into the title. And…
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Enough of the Spam!

Its a worry. Spam seems to invade and infiltrate everything, including WordPress. Once one gets a blog up and going, in come the bots and away they go – merrily running along, creating havoc and a lot of hard work to be rid of the rubbish they spew out. Makes you wonder if these people have anything better to do than create problems for others. It appears not. I have found a way around the problem for the time being by using WordPress En Spam. Lets hope it does the trick, or I will have to resort to using a…
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How to Create your Book with Storyboarding

Many new authors turn themselves inside out trying to work out ‘how’ to have their story flow, write about each character in their turn and how to bring them into the story, kill them off, or keep them all going at the same time. Sometimes, a story can loose its way and the author has to bring it back on track, or not notice anything wrong if they become so embroiled in the drama of events taking place in the story. Creative writing teacher Mary Caroll Moore is an accomplished author of eleven published books. She has created a video…
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How to Work with Track Changes

Track Changes! Simple words for a simple way to edit your documents. But for those who have no idea where to find Track Changes, let alone use it, that is easier said than done. It’s amazing how many people do not know how to use Track Changes, or have never even heard of it. For years making changes to any type of document was a nightmare – Back in the typewriter era was the ‘carbon paper’; that was hard work, erasing two, three, four or more copies if a typo was made. Then came the electric typewriter and ‘whiteout’ –…
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Writing with Inspiration

Where does it come from? What happens when one suddenly gets a ‘lightbulb’ go on? You can be anywhere, and it can happen at any time – day or night. Although I am an editor and publisher, spinner and knitter, I have never considered myself a ‘writer’. But there are occasions when inspiration just happens and a whole lot of words will appear in my head, crying out to be documented on paper. Writing for me is a thing of ‘inspiration’ and hopefully, I’ll have pen and paper handy to write it down as once its gone, it never seems…
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