As we gear up for BookBaby's Independent Authors Conference, we'll be posting information about Philadelphia – things to do, places to eat, great bookstores – things to fill your itinerary while you're here. In fact, you might want to book a few extra days and really get to know this great historic American city.

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One way to make an impact on your readers is to invite them right into the room with you – bring them in close by crafting scenes that rely on sensory language.

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Imagine a shorthand that works for complex storytelling as well as true shorthand works for speeding up general writing. A writer's shorthand does exist, with the use of placeholding “things-yet-to-be-written” in brackets.

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Are you an aspiring writer or an experienced author looking for a successful career as an independent author? Join us at the Independent Authors Conference!

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If you find yourself asking if you're wasting time writing your business book, look out for these five signs. They'll help you avoid getting an answer you won't like.

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Your book's structure is the tool that will gather up your readers and keep them following along with you; it's the tie that binds all the parts of your story together, from end to end, and in the middle too.

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Ready to throw out a heat check for your writing? Wherever you are in your career, novice or published author, do something so audacious and take such a long shot that it seems a little crazy.

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