The American Empire part 1

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Throughout history, civilizations rise to heights in academia, science, the arts, governance, philosophy, et cetera that distinguishes them from other civilizations of their ages and puts them in the pantheon of great historical empires…until their inevitable decline and collapse. In no particular order the Greeks, the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, and at least 30 other distinct civilizations are known to have had some impact on the larger human narrative on earth in the last 5000 or more years…and then are lost in the sands of time.

The United States of America is also one of the hegemonic of its day. Its Constitution had yet to ever be attempted in human history and though many in Western culture want to disregard the founding fathers because some were slave owners there is no doubt that their spirit to the world has brought more light than the darkness of any…

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Beta Testing Your Novel

Brain Clutter Blogs

I’ve recently finished finished my revisions after beta-testing my novel, Outliers, so I thought it would be a good time to share my process and some tips for beta-testing your own novel. Beta-testing has helped me a great deal with improving my novel, and I’m excited to say that I’m starting with professional editing at the beginning of February! My beta-readers have been wonderful, and hopefully this advice will help you to make the most of your beta-testing, too.

The Basics

Beta-testing is essentially having other people read your book and give you constructive feedback before the professional edit. This should be done when your book is at the best you can make it on your own, not at it’s first draft. You should be at a point where you’re confident in your story, and not embarrassed to share it with others. And by others, that does not mean…

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Why You Should Write Book Reviews

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A lot of the time, we don’t think to stop and write a book review when we’ve finished reading—I didn’t use to—but, there are many good reasons to do so! Let’a jump right in and talk about them!

They Really Help Authors’ Rankings

Reviews are very important for authors! They help boost the rankings of a book on Amazon, Goodreads, and other platforms even more than sales much of the time! The best way you can help an author is to write an honest review for the book.

You Can Share Your Opinion

Did you just read the best book ever? The worst? Something kind of meh? Why not let others readers know how you feel? Reviews help a lot of readers decide whether to invest in a book, and writing them is a great way to share what you think! I really like writing reviews for this reason, especially…

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