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Self-Publishing Tips: Book Writing Magic

If you have decided to go for self-publishing, then you have to prepared to handle everything. A self-published author would have to deal with different aspects of book production, from writing and editing up to marketing and distributing the books. It is a jam-packed job and you need to be prepared to handle that.

In addition to that, you will also need to prepare yourself against prejudices. Self-published authors are often mistaken as good publishing houses “rejects.” Therefore, there are some people who view self-published book second-rated. It is up to you to prove them wrong! There are writing tips that you can do to help them change their minds.

The first tip is to set expectations that are achievable. Do not expectations that you know are beyond what you can do. There is a fine line separating wishful thinking and realistic goal-setting. Do no expect that you will get rich because of your book sales. There are a lot of people who could be writing the same topic as your do. Competition is tough. You can choose to write something you are passionate about. Interest can be a great inspiration for effective writing.

Readers lose interest if your book is disorganized and events are disengaged. Organization is the key. To make the book flow and the book organized, then prepare for writing an outline. You can decide on the major areas that you would like to focus or highlight on your book. These major areas could be the chapters itself. When writing the chapters, make sure that you give then good titles, titles that will grab the reader’s attention easily.

Also to keep your book organized, you can use sub-headings and bulleted points. This would be easy for the reader’s eyes and at the same systematic. If you would like to use pictures or illustrations in your book, make sure that they fit in the style and at the same time they do nod disrupt the flow of the book. Photographs and illustrations are meant to increase the reader’s understanding and supplement the text, not to distract the readers from it.

Good writers rarely do marathon writing. Marathon writing would not make you finish a good material in a short period of time. Sure thing, there are some writers that may find this style effective for them. But it is not a good style for everybody. Writers would mostly do short writing time every day.

Another thing that writers should be aware and avoid is the editing whenever you see something wrong. This can be called premature editing. Save editing for the end. This is a practice that most successful writers do. They would keep the momentum going and save the editing for later.

Another thing that you can do to make everything easy to the eyes is all about the format. Make sure that the words are not compressed. Do not put too many words on a line. Normally it would contain about 50 to 60 characters, spaces included. About 250 words per page would be enough.

Also use spaces adequately. Nothing is more terrifying than reading a page where everything is text, text, text and no spaces at all. But be conscious of using spaces. They can signify something, depending on what is written.

A writer who will be taking advantage of self-publishing may be doing the tasks alone or hire somebody to help him, but he should never detach himself from others. There are writers who would finish writing their manuscript faster if they have the support of their loved ones and family.

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Insurance Professionals: Are Good Writing Skills Required?

Are good writing skills required of insurance professionals? That is an interesting question. If good writing skills are not required of most insurance professionals, they should be. As an insurance professional, you have not just set up a stand on the corner of the block. You are not just calling out to passers-by to purchase your insurance policies. True, you are selling a product, but the product you are selling comes with a lot of “the written word” especially before the sell is made.

How do insurance professionals get the word out about their products? Web sites, billboards, advertisements in newspapers and phone books the list could go on and on. Each of these forms of advertisement requires some kind of writing. Your insurance company’s Web site and brochures include the most writing. Your goal is to sell insurance policies, but you also want to make sure you clearly explain the different kinds of insurance policies to your potential customers in terms they can understand. The world is your audience your potential clients so your writing has to be understood by everyone.

Even if your advertisement simply includes the name of your insurance company, your name and contact information, and a catchy phrase as most billboard, newspaper, and phone book advertisements do don’t you want that catchy phrase to be well-written? If you have good writing skills, you will be able to keep it simple and make it pack a punch at the same time.

If you are an insurance professional whose job requirements include writing any kind, any length and your writing skills are not quite up to par, you may want to consider taking a writing course. Writing courses are offered online or at a local college. Or, you may want to get your writing down on paper first, then have someone who is skilled at writing take a look at it and offer suggestions or make corrections.

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Writing Captivating Content

Are you an article writer? If so, what type of articles do you write? When this question is asked, the subject matter isn’t really being sought after, rather they way that you write. Do you write interesting articles; articles that your readers can’t wait to finish reading? Or do you write traditional, boring articles; articles that your readers may not even finish reading? If you answered traditional boring articles or even a collection of them both, you may want to reexamine the way that you write. After all, it isn’t a secret that readers actually like to enjoy what they read. That is why it is extremely important that you write captivating content.

As it was mentioned above, the subject of your articles isn’t as important as the way that your articles are written, but it is still important. For that reason, you will want to write articles that interest you, but also ones that will draw in readers; readers from all walks of life. The best way to come up with these article subjects is to use the internet to your advantage. After all, the internet is likely where your articles will be published. To find “hot topics,” to write about, you will want to use keyword research tools, search engines, news websites, and shopping websites. When it comes to finding “hot topics,” these are your best sources of information. Once you have found an interesting and popular topic to write about, you can then focus on the way that your article is written.

The goal of any article writer is to have their article read and loved by readers; however, there are some cases where this is more important than others. Many internet users, namely webmasters use articles to create back-links to their websites.

These back-links are used increase website traffic. The only problem is that many article directories only allow links at the end of an article. This means for you to benefit from article distribution and back-linking, your readers must make it to the end of your article. If you are a webmaster who is using this technique, it is extremely important that you go the extra mile to ensure that your articles are interesting and easy to read.

Speaking of interesting, the best way to determine whether or not your article is interesting is if you like it. After you have created your article, you will need to proofread it. After you have thoroughly proofread your article, you are urged to review it one more time. This time, you will want to examine it as a reader, not the article writer. If you find your content dry, dull, or boring, there is a good chance that your readers will as well.

An article that is easy to read is also important. You can write a captivating article, but if it difficult to read, it won’t do you any good. When it comes to easy to read articles, grammar is an important component. Whether you are planning on selling your articles, using them for your own personal use, or submitting them to article directories, you need to take the time to proofread your articles. Many internet users claim that the number one turn off is articles that are poorly written.

There is no quicker way to lose a reader than to have an article that is poorly proofread.

In conjunction with readable articles, grammar wise, it is also important that you examine the words that you use. To sound professional, many article writers use big, technical sounding words. This is okay to do is some cases, but it is typically advised against. The only time that you should use big, technical words if you are writing an article that will be read by experts in the same field. The second biggest turn off for readers is content that regularly contains words they do not know or understand. In a way, this is similar to creating dry, boring content. If your readers cannot understand exactly what you mean, they may find reading your article to be useless or a waste of their time.

The best way to write captivating articles is to write from your heart. When it comes to article writing, even just a little bit of creativity can go a long way. Creativity is what can turn an otherwise boring article into one that your readers will not only enjoy reading, but one that they may also recommend to others.

When writing articles, creativity is extremely important.

Even if you do not consider yourself to be a creative person, you are urged to sit down and brainstorm. You may find that it is the best way to develop captivating article ideas.

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Self-Employed Individuals Are You Writing Off Your Health Insurance?

Being self-employed offers freedoms that traditional jobs usually can’t match. Self-employed individuals can work from home, set their own hours, and be their own bosses. They can choose their own work assignments, provide the services they want to provide, and even choose their own wages.

Yes, self-employed individuals are living the life until it comes to health insurance, that is.

Most self-employed individuals, or individuals who work as independent contractors for a particular company, have to purchase their own health insurance policies. Without a traditional employer, there’s no one to offer a health insurance package, right? So, self-employed individuals either purchase an individual health insurance policy, or they pay for the cost of health care completely out of their own pockets. For some, this seems like a pretty even trade; for others, it doesn’t. Health insurance is a perk of many career choices, after all.

But, for all self-employed individuals, or individuals who work as contractors, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. When tax season rolls around, many self-employed individuals and individual contractors have the option of writing off their health insurance costs, or even out-of-pocket health care costs. This means self-employed individuals and individual contractors have a chance at getting back a percentage of the money they spent towards health care.

Not everyone is familiar with writing off individual health insurance or out-of-pocket health care costs, especially those self-employed individuals who are fairly new to the world of self-employment. If you’re a self-employed individual, or an individual who works as an independent contractor for other companies, consider contacting the IRS and finding out the necessary steps involved in writing off your individual health insurance or out-of-pocket health care costs. You may also want to talk with an accountant, or someone experienced with tax preparation. When tax season comes, you’ll be prepared to start writing off your individual health insurance or out-of-pocket health care costs.

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Title and Meta Tags can be quite helpful-and effective-to gaining more visitors to your site. However, they are only as effective as you make them. Proper use of meta and title tags is absolutely essential to making them a good thing for your site.

In this newsletter, we will go over the basics of title & meta tags-using proper keywords, writing good meta tag descriptions, and using the title tag effectively.

The basics to creating good meta tags It is best to plot out how you’ll use meta tags on a particular page before even writing the content for the page. Lots of people will write the content of the page and then try to sprinkle in keywords in the meta tags. This is an ineffective way of doing things, as it usually makes your page confusing to visitors.

Before writing content, take a minute to pick out 3-4 primary keywords. Then take another minute to write phrases from those words. Once you’ve done that, you can begin writing your content around the keywords.

How do I select proper keywords to enter into the meta tags? This is an excellent question. Really, there are two main rules of thumb for selecting proper keywords.

#1: Base your keywords off of the content of your site.

For instance, if you are running a digital photography site, your keywords could be digital, photographs, photography etc.

You’ll want to steer clear of silly keywords that don’t relate to your site. These would include keywords completely irrelevant to your site.

#2: Make sure your keywords can flow naturally throughout the content of your site.

Try to pick words that you can easily incorporate into the content of your site and that make sense. You must remember that actual people are reading your site-the content(and keywords) MUST make sense to not only search engines, but also to the people who visit your site. Thus, the keywords you choose must fit the content of your site perfectly.

How do I write a good description tag? What description tags essentially do is briefly inform the search bot/web crawler what a site is about. Therefore, to write a good description tag, you must be able to write a good, brief description of what your site is about. It is important to note that you are limited to 200 characters or less in the description tag so be as concise as possible.

Let’s use the photography example again. Your site is based on digital photography. So your description tag should say that your site is related to digital photography.

Example description tag: “Digital photography site, digital photos, buy digital photos, print digital photos”.

The search engine bot/web crawler will see this and will place the site in relevant search results. So if someone searches for digital photos, they should see your site somewhere on the list.

The same principle can be applied to any and every site. Good description tags are as simple as a good, concise description of what your site is about.

How to use the Title tag Effectively.

There are some misconceptions about Title tags. People have said in the past(and some still do today) that a good, effective Title tag consists of keywords. However, this is just not true.

Every good title tag consists of two things-the name of the site and a brief description of what is on the site.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Title tag is also the title of your listing in any search engine. Why would you want your title listing to consist of keywords? It won’t help your site at all-it will actually hurt it because people are less likely to take the site seriously due to silly keywords. Another thing worth noting is that the Title tag should never be more than 80 characters. Generally speaking, the briefer the Title tag is, the better. So strive to be concise! So what is a good, effective Title tag? Well, a good, effective Title tag should first have the name of your web site (so if it’s http://www.digitalphotography.com, it should be “Digital Photography”) and then a short description of the site. In this example, you could put “Digital Photography Buy and Print Digital Photos Here”. This is both an accurate and effective Title tag for this particular site. Apply this principle to your site and you will have a good and effective Title tag.

Meta tags and titles are incredibly useful to your site.

Master the above techniques and you will be able to create effective meta tags and titles that will help your site earn a higher search engine ranking and more visitors!