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Welcome to the July 30, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. Thanks to everyone who submitted a blog post and helped make this a terrific edition!

Writing

Words have a power all their own

(Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

Suzanne Grenager presents “A Page a day and presto–a book!” at SuzanneGrenager.com saying: “It’s a fun, funky take on how I took myself from a terrified would-be author to a woman who did what it takes to produce a book she is proud of. It’s rife with the simplest possible wisdom wrapped in words I am pretty sure will light some writer fires. It also happens to have been my very first blog post so didn’t garner many comments (as more recent posts happily do).”

Jordan McCollum presents “Mass Editing Word Macros,” at JordanMcCollum.com saying: “I developed a handy trick to get Word to collect all the uses of any of your repetitive words so you can compare and edit your work to make it as strong as possible. It’s Find on steroids!”

Roy L. Pickering Jr. presents “Advice for Aspiring Authors,” at A Line a Day saying: “It’s understandable why there are so many out there advising authors on how to better promote themselves. But how about advising the aspiring on how to write?”

Self-Publishing

Joel Friedlander presents “10 Quick Tips to Get Your Manuscript Ready for Publication,” at The Book Designer saying: “This article explains how and why you should clean up your manuscript files before giving them to your book designer.”

Book Marketing

Nick Thacker presents “How to Build a Platform,” at Live Hacked saying: “It’s your brand, your identity, and your business, and if you’re an author, understanding this concept is crucial. You can’t ignore the importance of having a solid brand platform online, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world.”

Sarah Bolme presents “Price it Right” posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Steven Chang presents “Mom Bloggers: 10 Things To Blog About” posted at How To Start A Blog: For Fun And Profit!

Social Media

Lynnette Phillips presents “Use Your Social Media Platforms Every Day to Stay Visible,” at Everyday Book Marketing saying: “social media = visibility, visibility = exposure, exposure = book sales.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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