6 More Useful Apps for Writers

Published by on December 30, 2014 8:30 am


Awhile back, we shared a list of some of our favorite apps for writers. Obviously there are quite a few more than what was included in that post, so we’ve decided to return to the topic!

Here are 6 more useful apps for writers:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you want to be a good writer, you need to be using a dictionary. Merriam-Webster is “America’s most useful and respected dictionary.” Merriam-Webster offers apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The free version of the app includes all definitions from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, voice search, an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, quick definitions, audio pronunciations, word of the day, favorites, and recent history. The paid (premium) version offers enhanced content with no ads. View Article…

Publishing Pointers: Get the Picture?

Published by on December 23, 2014 8:30 am


Interior artwork can really help your reader visualize important points in your book. Children’s books and family histories are usually filled with colorful illustrations and old photographs, respectively. Some books have pictures that illustrate key scenes or appear on a chapter’s opening page to lend an artistic appeal. Even textbooks are illustrated in a way with graphs, charts, and tables. But before you insert any artwork into your book, you should first be aware of the minimum print requirements for any pictures you plan to use. Let’s examine four important points to consider when assembling your art for project. View Article…

Don’t Forget The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan

Published by on December 18, 2014 8:30 am


If you’re looking for a new book to give to an avid fan of adventure-fantasy books this holiday season, look no further than “The Fog of Forgetting” by G.A. Morgan. This young adult novel is enjoyable for both young readers and readers who are young at heart. Released in July 2014, it’s book one of “The Five Stones” trilogy. View Article…

Authors Should Make a “Pre-New Year’s Resolution” Resolution

Published by on December 11, 2014 8:30 am


In the coming weeks, it’s likely that there will be lots of talk of New Year’s resolutions. It’s the time when people pledge to exercise more, eat better, quit smoking, and make a range of other positive lifestyle changes. Yet, many of these resolutions quickly fade by February. New Year’s resolutions seem made to be broken, which is why we think they shouldn’t even be made.

If you’re a writer and you’re waiting until January to “get your act together,” we say, why wait for the New Year? Why not get a jump start on it now by making a “Pre-New Year’s Resolution” resolution? By eliminating the New Year’s resolution label it might take some of the pressure off and you might be more likely to stick with the routine that you set for yourself now through the New Year. January 1st will no longer be a day to adjust. You’ve already been practicing your new routine for weeks! Yes, the holidays are a busy time of year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your writing should be put on hold. A “Pre-New Year’s Resolution” might be just the thing you need to keep your project in motion. View Article…

Literary Gift-Giving for the Holidays

Published by on December 9, 2014 8:30 am


If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about what holiday gifts you’d like to give your loved ones this year! If you have a special avid reader and/or writer in your life, why not give them a gift that coincides with their passion?

Here’s a list of some of our favorite literary gifts: View Article…

Bookmasters welcomes new director of information technology

Published by on December 8, 2014 1:17 pm


Steve Bevis has been named the new director of information technology of Bookmasters.

Prior to joining Bookmasters, Bevis had worked in supervisory, project management, consulting, and computer programming capacities for companies including Vitamix, Barnes Distribution, Lorain County Printing and Publishing Company, Digital Bezalel, and National City.

“Steve’s skill set is a blend of management and hands-on experience, which is exactly what we were looking for to fill the director of informational technology role,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters.

“With several technology enhancement projects in process and more planned in the coming months, I’m pleased to welcome Steve and his broad perspective to the Bookmasters’ team.”

 

eBook or Print: What’s Your Choice?

Published by on December 2, 2014 8:30 am


eBooks have been popular for several years now, but print books have shown that they still have their place in the literary world. While some people have completely transitioned over to eBooks, others refuse to go to the “dark side” and continue to purchase print books. In a way, it’s created two camps and an endless debate. Which is better?

Here are some the most common arguments for each: View Article…

How to Deal With Rejection

Published by on November 25, 2014 8:30 am


Rejection is a part of life. If you’re a writer looking to get your work published, there’s a good chance that your work has been rejected in the past, and likely more than once. Does that mean that you should give up? No way! Rejection is a part of the process and it leads to growth. Most successful authors today were told “No” several times before they ever heard a “Yes. When handled appropriately, rejection can steer you in the right direction.

Here are 5 tips to follow when your work gets rejected:

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Authors Should Stop Putting Off Social Media

Published by on November 18, 2014 8:30 am


Are you one of the authors that keeps telling yourself that you promise to “get better at” social media? If so, what are you waiting for? If you think it’s something you’d rather just tackle when the new year hits, we’re here to tell you that’s a bad idea! Stop putting it off and start building up your social media presence now in order to get some publicity and hype for yourself leading up to the holiday season.

If you’ve been putting it off because you feel overwhelmed and confused, here are a few pointers to get you started: View Article…