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Using the BISAC Subject Codes

What does BISAC stand for? BISAC is an acronym for Book Industry Standards and Communications. What are BISAC subject codes? The BISAC Subject Heading List (BSHL for short) is an industry-approved list of subject descriptors (or headings), each of which … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers:

“Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Completing Your First Draft

Follow these stages of preparation and production to assemble a first draft of written (or spoken) content. Identify Your Purpose What is the reason for writing the content? Are you objectively presenting information? If so, is it for educational purposes, … Continue reading

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General Rules About Abbreviations

This post outlines basic rules about abbreviations. There is a bewildering variety of standards, which will be explained in more detail in subsequent posts about specific categories of abbreviation, but the following guidelines cover an array of general types. Use … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Brainstorming the Perfect Title

Research titles in your genre. Zoom by Amazon and take a look at your genre’s bestseller list. What do the top twenty titles have in common? Write down the ones that particularly pop out at you and note the elements … Continue reading

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Add Emotions to Your Story

Add emotions to your story. There has to be an emotional pull to get your reader to stay for the whole book. The reader has to relate to the characters in your story. If the reader doesn’t feel a reason … Continue reading

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Book Promotion Checklist

1. A short book description There are a handful of reasons you’ll need a short, compelling book description (one or two sentences at most): as a soundbite in interviews, as a teaser on your website, as the hook in your … Continue reading

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