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You’ve Finished Your Manuscript! Now What???

For those of you who have finished your manuscript, there are many publishing options available to you. You should first decide if you want to self-publish or pursue traditional publishing. Both offer many perks but you have some homework to do to decide which option is right for you. First, I highly recommend becoming active [...]

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How to Set Up a Manuscript in Word

Here are some standard guidelines to follow whether your are formatting your manuscript for the One-Page-a-Day Writing Challenge or if you are ready to send a complete manuscript off to a publisher or literary agent.  Keep in mind that each publisher and agent has his or her own unique guidelines that should be researched and [...]

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Prepare to Write Your Manuscript

Deciding to write a manuscript is both an exciting adventure and also a big commitment. As writers, often we will put off the start of our manuscript for many reasons. Here are some tips to help you get organized, prepared and excited to write that manuscript you have been meaning to start: Create a dedicated [...]

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Brainstorming a Book Idea

So, you are finally ready to start that manuscript but you are unsure what to write about.  That’s normal.  The  important thing is that you have made this commitment, which means that somewhere there IS a book inside you or you wouldn’t be reading this post!  We all have stories inside us that are ready [...]

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Complete a Manuscript by 2014 with the Two-Page-a-Day Writing Challenge

Did you know that on September 1st there are 122 days left in the year? Did you know that the average manuscript is between 200-250 pages? Do you know what that means? If you commit to writing two pages a day, starting September 1st, you will have a complete manuscript ready for editing by the [...]

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How to Copyright Your Writing

Is it necessary to copyright a work before publishing? Not necessarily.  When a work is created, a copyright of it is automatically secured.  For peace of mind, you can add the copyright symbol to your work and the year of publication by following these keyboard commands: For PC: Hold down Alt + 0169 For MAC: [...]

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The Creation of Love & Light: A Collection of Inspirational Stories & Poems

As the Founder of Spiritual Writers Network, I am honored to be in the company of many great writers, authors, and poets.  It wasn’t long after the website was launched in February 2013 that I realized I was hosting a group of very talented individuals who were sharing their inspiring words with the world through [...]

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Self-Editing Tips

As you write, allow your creativity to flow and then go back and edit rather than edit as you go.  Don’t stop the flow! When you are ready to self-edit, here are a few tips to tighten up your piece: 1.    Always edit with fresh eyes. Allow enough time to work on your writing project [...]

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Improve Your Ranking on Amazon.com

Are you a published author on Amazon.com?  Do you plan to publish on Amazon in the future?  Here are a few tips for improving your Amazon ranking if and when you are ready to sell your book: 1.    Register as an author on Amazon’s Author Central. Create an Author Central profile page for readers to [...]

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Blogging 101: Part Five – Monetize Your Blog with Affiliate Marketing

In my last post, Blogging 101: Part Four – Monetize Your Blog with Google Adsense, you learned how to add Pay-Per-Click advertising to your niche blog to earn passive income.   It’s time to take it one step further and add affiliate links to your blog to generate yet another income channel. Affiliate Marketing is performance-based [...]

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Blogging 101: Part 4 – Monetize Your Blog With Google Adsense

If you have been following my Blogging 101 Series, you have already read Part One, Two, and Three, and are ready to monetize your niche blog.  There are many ways to earn a passive income from your blog, and this post will cover Pay-Per-Click Advertising through Google Adsense.  Google pays you when someone clicks on [...]

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Blogging 101: Part Three – Writing and Scheduling SEO Enhanced Blog Posts

By now you have already read Part One and Part Two of my Blogging 101 Series and are now ready to start writing your own blog posts.  Here are some things to remember when writing and scheduling your posts to enhance Search Engine Optimization, SEO, to ensure your blog ranks in the search engines: 1. [...]

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Blogging 101: Part Two – Set Up Your Blog

If you read my last post, Blogging 101: Part One – Find Your Niche, by now you have chosen a niche and are ready to set up your blog.  Below I have listed step-by-step instructions to get your blog set up so you can start writing, building your audience, and generating income. 1. Register your [...]

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Blogging 101: Part One – Find Your Niche

Why start a niche blog?  Here are 3 good reasons: 1. Chances are, you are already a writer so you are ahead of the curve. Plus, it gives you a creative outlet to hone your craft  2.  It’s a great way to build a passive income to help support you on your writing journey  3.  Your [...]

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Four Ways to Build an Author Platform

The publishing industry has changed over the years, and now more than ever publishers are looking for authors with a solid platform. If you haven’t done so yet, start building your author platform right away. This will not only make you more desirable if and when you decide to publish, but it will also help [...]

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Five Tips For Overcoming Writer’s Block

At one point or another, most writers will experience a form of writer’s block. Sometimes this is caused by fear, not knowing where to start, how to end, or the inability to stay focused due to outside circumstances. Whatever your reason for writer’s block, these tips are sure to help get you back on track: [...]

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Develop a Writing Plan

There are many of you that have expressed feeling stuck, procrastinating, or not knowing how to start the writing process.  Often, getting started is the hardest part!  Here are some helpful tips for developing a writing plan you can stick to: 1. Set aside time each day to write.  Sometimes it’s hard to schedule time [...]

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Six Key Components to Getting Published

If your goal is to get published but you don’t know where to start … never fear! I have highlighted 6 key components to get you from “Where do I start?” to “I’m published!”   1. Read the kind of books or articles you would like to write. “A man will turn over half a [...]

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Welcome to the Editor’s Blog

Welcome to my Editor’s Blog for Spiritual Writers Network.  I often receive questions from members about the publishing industry, blogging, building a website, freelance writing, writing tips, resources, and much more.  I’ve decided there is no better way to address all these questions than through my own blog right here on Spiritual Writers Network. As [...]

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