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Charles Dickens

Talk about speed writing! Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, and in just six weeks. His inspiration: financial ruin. In 1843, Dickens was hitting literary bottom. His first five books had made him England’s best selling author and a worldwide celebrity: Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop. His next three books were duds (Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit and American Notes). Dickens also […]

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Things You Always Wanted to Know About 1927

  As I’ve written previously (“How to use trivia to strengthen your writing”), trivia is not trivial. Intersperse it judiciously, and it will give your work depth and make it entertaining. Too: trivia is just plain fun and educational. That’s why I collect snippets of it as I read. Here’s a batch about Prohibition, aka the 18th Amendment, which, from 1920 to 1933, outlawed the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.   When […]

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Beth Mende Conny of the Write Directions Institute describes her class Self-Publishing: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Self-publishing facts

If you’re thinking of self-publishing, here’s my advice:  Stop thinking. Do it. Need convincing? Consider these facts: 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60 percent more self-published books than in 2011. (An ISBN — International Standard Book Number — is a 10- or 13-digit number used to identify a book; it is unique to each book. Think of it as a book’s Social Security number.) Proquest The number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than […]

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