Walked Passed Or Past And How To Check You Are Correct – by Derek Haines…

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on Just Publishing Advice:

Walked passed or past is one of the common confusing word choices in writing.

The correct form is walked past. Walked passed is incorrect.

The reason is that the word past is an adverb, so it is modifying the verb walked.

The word past can be a little tricky to use in the right way. So let’s look at how you can get it right every time.

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#MKTG – Part 3 Facebook Ads Details

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Hi, SE’ers! Jan here again with another segment on book marketing. I was all ready to move on to another social media platform when I came across some detailed and valuable information about Facebook Ads. So, sorry, but we’re still on Facebook this time. I promise to move on after this.

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In a step-by-step video, Matthew Kadish really breaks it down. The video is quite long, but if you want to watch it, you can click HERE.

Otherwise, here are the specifics he shares in the video.

The first thing you are going to be asked to choose when setting up a FB ad campaign is your goal for the ad. In this video, Matthew suggests you always choose the “Traffic” option. Then you give your campaign a name such as the title of the book you are promoting. The dropdown menu from there will let…

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The Danger of Infodumps (And How to Avoid Them) – By Janice Hardy…

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on Fiction University:

Infodumps aren’t the end of the world for a novel—as long as you keep these things in mind.

One of my critique groups has two cozy mystery writers in it. While I don’t write cozies, I am writing a private detective series, which is why I’m in this group. One surprising thing I’ve learned, is that cozy readers love infodumps.

They like learning about something new. They want their amateur sleuth to give them mini-lectures on the dangers of radon gas or how a proper English breakfast is made.

This makes it a little hard to critique those pages, since all my instincts are screaming “Danger! Danger! Infodumps ahead!” In most genres, all that extra information is bad.

However, it is a great reminder that not all infodumps are created equal. They do have their uses, and when done well, a little infodumping actually makes the…

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Checklist: Preparing to Send Your Manuscript to an Editor – By Liam Carnahan…

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on Kindlepreneur:

So you’ve finished your manuscript? Your first instinct may be to celebrate, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a big deal, and you should be proud of yourself.

But you’re not done yet.

After you finish the champagne, the next major step will be to hire a book editor. But you don’t want to jump to this step too early. Before you invest in a professional, there are a few things you need to do: take the time to revise, work with beta readers, and revise some more.

In this article, you will learn:

How to reread your manuscript and take notes about what is and isn’t working
How to revise your manuscript
How to find and send your manuscript to beta readers
Review and apply beta reader feedback
How to self-edit your manuscript
Find the right editor

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How much does it cost to self-publish? That depends

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I’ve had an interesting question from Tom. A lot of authors that are self-published avoid the question of cost. How much does it cost you to self publish?I would think that a lot of writers that aren’t financially well off want to know this info.

What a good question. To answer, I’d like to reframe it.

A lot of the basic aspects of self-publishing are low cost, or even free. Publishing on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo, three of the major platforms, is free. Making Word documents and PDFs is free. Formatting ebooks and print books can be free if you’re careful and meticulous, and there are low-cost options to make it easier. Covers can be made free – or for very little money – in applications like Canva and Bookbrush.

So why do authors pay a lot more for publishing services?

The answer is: they’re paying for a professional edge…

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What to Tweet? Try My 50 Suggestions – by Frances Caballo…

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on Social Media Just for Writers:

Are you in a slump with your Twitter account? Do you struggle with what to tweet?

Or maybe you’ve never been entirely comfortable this platform microblogging site.

Don’t worry. I often hear this complaint from writers. The truth is when you’re starting out, Twitter often appears to be the most confusing social media network.

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