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Quick Tip: Lead Magnets

Create several free or $0.99 ebooks that are full of quality. Use these as lead magnets for your current book—include a next level up sell (i.e. the full book or a related program). For on Lead Magnets, CLICK HERE

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Quick Tip: Elevator Pitch

Be ready with your book’s 10 second “elevator pitch”. Also, have a pitch ready for 30 seconds and 60 seconds so that when someone asks, you can tell them succinctly what the book is about. If they want more information, … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Dashes | Kathy Ide

Two types of dashes are often used in book manuscripts: em dash: — en dash: – THE EM DASH According to The Chicago Manual of Style and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, an em dash should be used to denote … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Proofreading: How Important Is it … Really? | Kathy Ide

“And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Ide?” The physician’s assistant poised his fingers over the keyboard, ready to type my answer in the New Patient form. “I’m an author and editor.” His bored expression transformed into one … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors | Kathy Ide

Learn how best-selling authors proofread their manuscripts to avoid typos, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, by professional freelance author, editor, and proofreader Kathy Ide, is the essential go-to tool for … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Dangling Modifiers | Kathy Ide

When you begin a sentence with a modifying word or phrase, the subject of the sentence is what must be modified by that word or phrase. A “dangling modifier” is a phrase that does not clearly and sensibly modify the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tips | Gender-Neutral Pronouns | Kathy Ide

In an effort to avoid gender bias (using he to refer to both sexes) and the annoying repetition of him/her, he or she, and the like, some people use they as a singular pronoun when referring to someone whose gender … Continue reading

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