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Spell Check – what it is and what it is not

What is “spell check” or “spell checker”? It is a software program designed to identify misspelled words and notify the user. This notification, if using Microsoft Word, displays as a red squiggly line, and with a right click of the mouse, will have suggestions if the spelling is incorrect.

A blue line is a word that is spelled correctly but does not seem to be the correct use of the word for the sentence. For example, you type “too” but the word should be “to.”READ MORE

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The best workspaces for authors to write

The best workspaces for authors to write

Just as a house depends on solid foundations, establishing a good writing environment forms an important base for your development as an authorpreneur. Although literary circles abound with accounts of people writing best selling works in libraries, coffee shops and cafes, it is preferable to set yourself up in a more permanent, less nomadic environment. READ MORE

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Deciding between a hardcover or paperback book cover

Hard or soft sell? Choosing your book cover

A substantial heavyweight that needs its own table or a frequent flyer that fits easily into cabin baggage? Your choice of a hard or paperback book cover will largely be determined by cost, print run and genre. Before making a final decision, however, do your research. Go to bookstores and libraries and browse online sellers. See what other publications in your genre tend to favour. Always keep your target market in mind and how you want to project yourself as a writer. Is your work geared towards a smaller, more select audience willing to pay a premium or is your focus on mass market appeal? READ MORE

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