Simple Ideas for Quality Content

Written by Grant McNamara

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How can you ensure your entire web site’s content is consistent? This takes special significance if you’re content is developed by more than one person. Being consistent is one ofrepparttar keys to making your writing exceptional.

My first suggestion for you is to use a style sheet. A style sheet is simply a list of words and phrases that you add to. You start with a big sheet of paper divided into eight boxes: ABCD, EFGH, IJKL, MNOP, QRST, UVWXYZ, Numbers, and Names.

Then every time you use a word that has more than one acceptable style you addrepparttar 129317 word torepparttar 129318 appropriate box. For example, if you decide on e-Commerce asrepparttar 129319 form (which could be equally written as eCommerce or E-Commerce) addrepparttar 129320 phrase torepparttar 129321 EFGH box on your style sheet. Then every time you go to userepparttar 129322 word you check first against your style sheet, rather than looking back through earlier web pages you have written to see how you spelt it.

Over time your style sheet will build up torepparttar 129323 point where you need a page for each box. Butrepparttar 129324 style sheet allows you to have a single, easy to refer to place where you list allrepparttar 129325 words and phrases that you need to use consistently.

The style sheet also becomes an especially valuable resource when changes need to be made to your web site.

My second suggestion is to have a few rules to follow that allow you to avoid your weaknesses. For instance I have a problem in that I waffle. When I do this my sentences can easily run and run. So one rule I have is that no sentence can be more than thirty words long. Another problem I have is that I tend to use stale, stuffy phrases instead of simple words. So another rule in my edit list is to check to ensure I use simple language.

And above allrepparttar 129326 ‘What’s in it for them?’. What I mean is I try to focus onrepparttar 129327 visitor to my web site and write language from their perspective, needs and focus.

In proofreadingrepparttar 129328 following helps:

Let it sit: Never proofread just after writing. You’re too close to your words and your ego needs time away fromrepparttar 129329 text in order to evaluate it subjectively.

Read it aloud: This gives a new perspective. As you hearrepparttar 129330 words you can better gauge sentence length and how your words will sound to someone else.

Exchange it with a colleague: Perhaps risky but a guaranteed way to improve. Give your text to someone you respect and trust. Ask for their feedback.

Read it backwards, from bottom to top: Reading backwards allows you to pick up typos, repetitions, and other mechanical errors. You will readrepparttar 129331 actual words written, not what you meant to write.

Use reference materials: Even professional writers use dictionaries, punctuation handbooks and spelling guides.

Finally, after you’ve carefully proofread your document ask:

Have I accomplished my original purpose in writing?

Did I tellrepparttar 129332 reader what I want?

I really hope this has given you some ideas to achieve quality content.

Grant McNamara has over 20 years experience in IT, and specializes in multi-lingual web site and software development and training. Visit his site for free advice and resources for the success of your web site at: or

Never, Ever Release Any Of Your Rights To Anyone

Written by Bob McElwain

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The bottom line? You have just lost a shot atrepparttar big time. You get to start over with a new book. And you'll probably have to hunt up another agent as well.

Why Risk it?

Don't sell or release any of your rights to any of your work until absolutely convinced it is not salable to a major print publisher. Then, and only then, should you consider taking it torepparttar 129315 Web and seeing what you can make happen.

A Case In Point

I finished "They Who Betray" (available on this site) in late 1991. I gave up trying to sell it in 1994. Even earlier, it was obvious major houses were no longer interested in this kind of tale. The manuscript has been dozing on various computer disks ever since.

While I'd love to have sold it to Pocket Book, I wasn't able to. So off torepparttar 129316 Web I have gone. I'm excited aboutrepparttar 129317 possibilities. While fame and glory is unlikely to be obtained, lots of people will find they likerepparttar 129318 tale. And that will be a win for me, any way you look at it.

But I would never have made this move had I believed there was even a chance of selling it to a major house. If you're serious about your writing career, you'll followrepparttar 129319 same path. Head forrepparttar 129320 Web asrepparttar 129321 last resort, never asrepparttar 129322 starting point.

One Exception

All who climb a mountain do not hunger to become a noted mountaineer. And all who write a book, do not yearn to be an established author. So if you wrote a book forrepparttar 129323 fun of it, and now want to share it with family and friends, jump right intorepparttar 129324 Web bit.

Check out services available or self-publish on your own. Either way, go for it.

Play By The Rules

But if you're serious about writing and dream of becoming an established author, takerepparttar 129325 conservative, conventional route. This gives yourepparttar 129326 greatest opportunity for success.

Yes, I know. The competition is fierce. But there's a bit of this onrepparttar 129327 Web as well. The last numbers I saw suggest there are over 100,000 titles available onrepparttar 129328 Internet.

To sell effectively through any website, you'll need a heck of a book. Then you'll have to somehow find your way beyond all those "Buy-Me!" pleas associated with each and every one of those 100,000+ titles.

Can it be done? Sure. But it's not easy. Certainly it's not easier than gainingrepparttar 129329 confidence of an agent who can sell your work to a major publishing house. ________________________

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