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One author’s story: How I tackle a big writing project

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One author’s story: How I tackle a big writing project

Writing something big is one of the things people tend to procrastinate on the most.

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David Mamet: Writing truly dramatic scenes

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David Mamet: Writing truly dramatic scenes

The Unit, about the lives and adventures of a special-ops military unit, ran on CBS from 2006-2009. The show’s executive producer was David Mamet — a man who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play, Glengarry Glen Ross, and screenwriting Oscar nominations for The Verdict and Wag the Dog. After the TV program’s cancellation, a memo from executive Mamet to the writing team (drafted before the show first aired) found its way to the web. It offered some fascinating insight behind-the-scenes of a highly-intelligent and well-produced...

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An easy, cheap way to file a trademark

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An easy, cheap way to file a trademark

If you choose to file your own trademark without the assistance of an attorney, you don’t necessarily need to hire someone else to do it for you. Skip the fees and go right to the source.

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1 question, 10 answers: What’s the best way to price your ebook?

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1 question, 10 answers: What’s the best way to price your ebook?

There are nearly as many theories on how to price an ebook as there are authors of those same books. Here, we look at what ten authors and other publishing experts have to say, along with their reasoning.

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Free images to use, thanks to the USA

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Free images to use, thanks to the USA

Stock photos are fun to look at, awesome to use… but often expensive to buy. If your camera or photography skills are less-than-stellar (like your budget), it’s nice to know that the US Government is here to help you out.

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An inside look: DNA of a successful book

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An inside look: DNA of a successful book

Content. Genres. Readers. Why does a book like Fifty Shades of Grey succeed, where so many other seemingly similar novels haven’t? Is creating a bestselling book like winning the lottery, or is there an underlying pattern? Find out the DNA of a successful book in this infographic from data crunchers Hiptype – covering book pricing, most popular genres, reader insight and...

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Author advice: A free eBook made me buy

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Author advice: A free eBook made me buy

It works. I just wanted to share that with you. The concept of offering one free eBook by an author — especially an eBook in a series — worked, and tempted me to buy eBooks with my iPad last month.

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A closer look: The trend of e-reading

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A closer look: The trend of e-reading

Take a closer look at the growing popularity of ebooks and ebook devices

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Stargate SG-1: Ending with a preposition

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Stargate SG-1: Ending with a preposition

We really need some TV characters to speak up for proper grammar… and that’s just what they did on Stargate SG-1 back in 2002, in the episode “The Other Guys.”

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Productivity tips: 4 key habits of organization

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Productivity tips: 4 key habits of organization

A trusted organization system that you actually use regularly can turn your day from one of chaos to one of focus, effectiveness and calm.

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