How To Write

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4 tips for writing children’s books

Have you been itching to break into the children’s literature genre with a book of your own? Good for you! Children’s literacy is an issue that foundations such as the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council​ and UNICEF have been working tirelessly to improve, and contributing to children’s literature is an admirable way to get involved. Here are 4 tips tips for writing children's books. But where should you begin? Read on for some quick tips on writing books for children!
Legally quote song lyrics

How to legally quote song lyrics in your book

Authors have been quoting song lyrics in their books for eons, but if you plan to quote lyrics written after 1923, be prepared to do some research — and get out your checkbook — long before releasing your book.
manuscript editing software

Nine Manuscript Editing Software Programs You Should Consider

While a good, professional (human) editor is invaluable to your book – the purchase of manuscript editing software can be another prudent investment.
books on writing

The Absolute Best Books on Writing (according to 10 “top” lists)

The list of favorite books on writing can be very different from one author to another. So where do you start? I've scoured 10 "top" lists to see which titles spanned the gamut. Here's what I found.
setting in your story

The Importance of Setting In Your Story

Setting is the context in which a story or scene occurs and includes the time, place, and social environment. It is important to establish a setting in your story, so your readers can visualize and experience it.
How to write a great author bio

How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers

Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze. If you're afraid this describes you, don't be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound bites.
lyrics in books

Lyrics In Books: Your Questions Answered

If a music artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes to printing lyrics in books. If you don't want to violate US Copyright Code, read on.

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