Becoming an Online Word Compactor

Written by Mike Morgan

Writing for online publication differs from writing for print. One difference is length; online pieces tend to be less than 1,000 words in length. Long text passages are difficult to read on-screen, sorepparttar key to writing successfully online is to become a "word compactor".

If you follow a few simple rules, you'll have no problem writing articles that online publishers will love.

1. Use a summary lead and closing. Open with one or two sentences that summarize your position, and close with one or two sentences that reinforce your point, and tie back to your opening somehow.

2. The online audience is so large that you can, and should, pick a very narrowly-focused topic. You don't want to write about "Grooming Your Dog"; you want to write about "How to Createrepparttar 129579 Perfect Poodle-tail Pom- Pom". Once you have a very narrow focus in mind, stick to it religiously. Cut any sentence that doesn't directly relate to that focus.

Writing Made Them Rich #1: JK Rowling

Written by Michael Southon

Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury, England in 1965. She began writing atrepparttar age of 6 with a story called 'Rabbit', which she never finished.

In high school her favorite subject was English. From High School, Rowling went to Exeter University where she earned a degree in French.

After graduating, she spent a year studying in Paris and then went back to London where she worked in a number of jobs, including a year with Amnesty International and a short time as secretary for a publishing company, where she was responsible for sending out rejection slips.

Inrepparttar 129576 summer of 1990, on a delayed train from Manchester to London, she came up withrepparttar 129577 idea of a boy who discovers he is a wizard. But it would be 7 years beforerepparttar 129578 idea became a book.

In that same year her mother died of Multiple Sclerosis and she left for Portugal to teach English, hoping to find a way to deal with her grief.

In October 1992 she married a Portuguese television journalist, Jorge Arantes. Butrepparttar 129579 marriage lasted just eleven months.

In 1993 she left her husband and returned to England, withrepparttar 129580 one legacy of her failed marriage - an infant daughter named Jessica.

Her life suddenly took a nose-dive. Fighting poverty and depression, she lived in a mice-infested flat in Edinburgh and struggled to raise her baby daughter on a welfare check of 70 pounds ($100) a week.

Unable to heat her flat, she sat in cafés nursing an espresso for 2 hours at a time and worked feverishly onrepparttar 129581 manuscript of 'Harry Potter andrepparttar 129582 Philosopher's Stone' while her baby daughter slept in a pram.

The manuscript is said to have been rejected by three British publishers - Penguin, Transworld and HarperCollins.

But Bloomsbury Children's Books did sign her up, reportedly paying £10,000 ($14,300) forrepparttar 129583 rights to 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone'.

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