A Profitable Idea for Writers

Written by Mary Anne Hahn

To say that I read a lot is perhaps one ofrepparttar greatest understatements of all time. I read chronically, obsessively. Articles, books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters--you name it. Whenever I am alone, if I'm not actually writing something, I make certain I have something to read with me. I carry a large purse precisely for this purpose; my partner, John, callsrepparttar 129608 one I hoist on my shoulder these days "carryon luggage," which should give you some idea of its size :-).

Although I have a great love for novels, most of my recent reading involves topics that inform and/or inspire. Of special interest to me is anything that can show me new ways (or new slants on old ways) for writers to make a comfortable living using their skills, things that I can share withrepparttar 129609 readers of my ezine, WriteSuccess.

One area that continues to look especially promising and profitable for writers is ebook writing and publishing.

For readers,repparttar 129610 convenience of ebooks can't be beat; you can purchase your book and be reading it moments later without getting up from your PC or Mac.

For writers, benefits abound. Ebooks are relatively inexpensive and easy to publish. You don't need to shop around for an agent. There's no yearlong wait between having your manuscript accepted and seeing it in print. And you can do some neat things with ebooks that you can't withrepparttar 129611 traditional print variety--include your own clip art and graphics, add hypertext links right inrepparttar 129612 pages of your book that take you readers to related Web sites, and other fun online stuff.

You can't just slap an ebook together and expect to find an instant road to riches, however. Finding and developing a book on a topic that people care about, and will pay for, is key. You will also need to decide whether to self-publish, or go through an ebook publisher. Andrepparttar 129613 success of your ebook lies in how willingly, and how well, you market it.

Probablyrepparttar 129614 most sought-after type of ebooks, and hencerepparttar 129615 most profitable avenue you can pursue, arerepparttar 129616 ones that contain information. These runrepparttar 129617 gamut as far as content, from how to develop a gorgeous perennial garden to how to balance one's work and family life. If people are passionate aboutrepparttar 129618 topic, and feel it will enhance their lives, they will buy a book about it.

Navel Gazing: How to Edit Yourself

Written by Heather Reimer

Writers aroundrepparttar world agree... it's nearly impossible to edit your own writing. We tend to fall in love with our wordsrepparttar 129607 moment they burst ontorepparttar 129608 screen and, as you know, love is blind.

Obviously a professional proofreader/copy editor isrepparttar 129609 ideal solution. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village of helpers to nurture a blockbuster likerepparttar 129610 one you're writing. But what if you can't afford it or you're under deadline pressure with no time for a second opinion? This is not a happy situation, but in a pinch you can edit your own material. Here's how:

-After you've finishedrepparttar 129611 piece and spell-checked it, give it a rest. Wait as long as you can -- sleep on it, if possible -- before coming back and proofing it for errors you missedrepparttar 129612 first time. Re- read it at least ten times. Then read it backwards, last sentence to first.

-Be ruthless. Whittle convoluted thoughts down intorepparttar 129613 fewest words without losingrepparttar 129614 meaning. For example, "She receivedrepparttar 129615 support of 21 senators among those senators who were present forrepparttar 129616 vote" becomes, "Twenty-one senators voted for her."

-Root out passive statements and flip them into active ones. Your Microsoft Word spell checker has a feature that will tell you how many passive sentences are in a document. It even tells you what grade level your piece is written for. Hint: Aim as low as possible - below grade eight if you can. (To activate this feature, checkrepparttar 129617 box beside "show readability statistics" onrepparttar 129618 Spelling and Grammar options page).

-One idea per sentence, please. You will immediately understand why when you readrepparttar 129619 following lead from a published news story:

"Carlos Manuel Geronimo Alfonseca, one ofrepparttar 129620 supposedly confessed authors ofrepparttar 129621 murder ofrepparttar 129622 Senator, told journalists atrepparttar 129623 New City courthouse when he was being taken back to his cell after being questioned by Judge Nelson Rodriguez onrepparttar 129624 day of his hearing that he was notrepparttar 129625 person who worerepparttar 129626 mask whenrepparttar 129627 Senator was killed." Come again?

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