Self Publishing Guide
Due to the popularity of our previous articles “The Top Five Grammatical/Editing Errors that Make Readers Cringe” I have decided to write a similar type of article, this time focusing on web publication. If your blog or website is full of grammatical errors, what does that say in regards to your professionalism? Just because your work is being published on a website and not necessarily in a book, does not mean that you should become relaxed when it comes to your web publications.
Let's look at what I consider to be some of the top grammar errors that haunt Web pages:
1. Periods and commas: do they go inside or outside of quotation marks?
Correct: She said, "Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks, just like this."
Incorrect: This is "incorrect", because the comma is outside of the quotation marks. It should be: This is "correct," because the comma is . . .
2. E-mail vs. email
E-mail stands for electronic mail. According to Mirriam Webster, e-mail should contain the hyphen, and it doesn't have to be capitalized (E-mail). The same applies to junk e-mail.
This is a fairly common mistake, and most of your audience will likely be searching Google with “email.” Therefore, if email is one of your keywords, you might need to include both e-mail, and email.
Teachers are willing to spend a lot of money on quailty children’s books. How can you as an author reach this audience whom are always looking for that "next great story" to read to his or her class? Teachers look for books that have a teachable (workable/manipulative) theme or message. In order to appeal to this specific group of people, the story you write should easily branch to a lesson that can be used throughout many grade levels, i.e. a story that might interest children from Kindergarten to Grade Three, or Grade Four to Grade Six. A lesson does not necessarily mean a message of values or morals (though it can), a lesson can lead to an activity that the students can actively participate in.
Here are a few tips for how to get your children’s picture book published.
How to Locate and Select the Best Publishing Options for Ebooks on the Web
10 hints to assess and choose the best digital publishing software for ebooks, enewsletters and other edocuments.
According to several new reports, ebooks have been gathering momentum, respect and praise. With the recent increase of electronic book activity, an excess of electronic book publishing software follows. So the question is, how do you decide which software is best for your publishing business or for yourself?
Finding ebook Software
The first step is to research the available digital publishing software options. Digital publishing is all about the internet, so that the first stop is the Net. A google search will return - at any particular time over 4,000,000 hits. Despite the large search results, it is the best place to search for links to all the different publishing program options. A good place to start is the list of E-book software at Wikipedia.
There are mistakes that can detract from your credibility as a writer and book author. While we all hope what we have to say is more important than some silly grammatical error, the truth is some people will not continue to read our books or recommend them to friends if you make dumb mistakes when you write.
Here are five mistakes to avoid when blogging and writing web copy
1. There/their- there (usually a place), their (usually possessive)
I saw a deer over there in the forest.
The kids were playing in their sandbox.
2. A lot - It is TWO words. There are a lot of jellybeans in that container.
3. Your/you’re- your (possessive) you are= you’re (contraction). When deciding which you are supposed to use, think “Should it say “you are?” If so, then use you’re, NOT your. You’re running very quickly. Your phone is ringing.
4. Supposed. It is not suppost. I’m supposed to meet my mother after school.
5. It’s/its- It’s (contraction-it is or it has), its (possessive pronoun).
Think about what you are trying to say, and whether “it is” can be substituted. If it can, then the contraction is likely. It’s great my hairdresser is so fabulous. Its mouth is filled with sharp teeth.
So you have a great idea, or a great story to tell, and you want a lot of people to know about it? Then go ahead and start writing a manuscript for it! With today’s technology and faster communication means, it is easier than ever to go out there and get published. For writers, having a volume with their name on the spine is the ultimate goal. If you’ve been keeping your drafts for years, now is definitely the time to get to finish that book.
Sometimes, however, a good idea does not necessarily translate to a good manuscript. Writing a manuscript can be stalled by so many factors, like work, family, education, and that dreaded Writer’s Block. But do not let these things get in the way of finishing your piece de resistance – here are some tips on how you can ease the stress and get to pass your manuscript to publishers.