What is the best image size for my website or blog?

By Tamy Bond I find that many don’t pay attention to the file size of the images they upload to their website or blogs. This can drastically increase your load time. So why should this matter? You only have few seconds to make a good impression, generally, about 5. If your site or blog doesn’t
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8 Tips for Web Typography. What in the world is Web Typography?

By Tamy Bond Typography is a subtle, yet powerful tool for delivering information to your site visitors. If you are a visual type person, you will notice font types, sizes, and placement on a website. Maybe unknowingly, your eye is drawn to a certain area or sections. This is in part due to the art
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Authors need a vision of future reading

by Gina Burgess Vlogs are video blogs. I am not a fan of videos except for the very few exceptional ones that come to my inbox ever so often. The reason is simple really. What takes an hour to watch, I could get much more out of it by reading the text and saving 3/4 of
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Editing is NOT Nitpicking

  Submitted by Gina Burgess I received this from friends at Pro-Edit. This is another reason why a different pair of eyes needs to edit your work. I was a newspaper editor, and these kinds of gaffes are so easy to make when you are focused on quickly getting the story out, or trying to
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These Crucial Elements are Why a Story Is a Story

by Gina Burgess I thought everyone knew the crucial elements of a story until I read a book the other day that read like the author was writing by the seat of his/her pants. (Uh uh! I’m not telling who it was that wrote it – and it wasn’t any of my clients, either). The story
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Plotline Potholes May Swallow Your Readers

By Kathrin Herr, The Writing Mechanic As authors, we have a tendency to forget that the worlds we create and the tales we tell originated in our own brains. Living our story in our own heads leads to skipping over some things that are obvious to us, but actually, leave giant potholes in our plot—the
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Setting Time in Writing

by Sophie Dawson Setting a novel within a certain time, or rather the intended era is an important part of writing. Getting the technology and vocabulary correct for when the story happens lends credibility to the writing and thus the author, and also makes the story believable to the reader. I was reading a historical
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Make your readers trust you

By Gina Burgess I was reading a short story the other day trying hard to find great things about it because I did not want to hurt any feelings nor did I want to scare any other budding author from putting fingers to keyboard in my critique. But some of the facts in the story
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