Special Features

Why Writing Under a Pen Name Might Be a Good Thing

By on Apr 13, 2017 in Special Features

Do you know what Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Louis de Conte, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass and Mark Twain have in common? Well, all these pen names were used by the famous author Mark Twain. Writers may have different reasons to use a nom de plume, alias a pen name when they write. The Brontë sisters published under the names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell 170 years ago,...

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5 Tips for Making Better Usage of Dictionaries

By on Apr 13, 2017 in Special Features

In every profession, there are things that allow an individual to do their job more efficiently and thus become essential tools of the trade. When it comes to writing, one of these essential tools is the dictionary. Sure, given enough time and experience, you’ll be able to coast through writing without ever touching a dictionary but until that time, it is best that...

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How to Be a Good Beta Reader for a Fellow Author

By on Apr 12, 2017 in Special Features

A new book is like a new born child and an author will seldom risk judgment of his/her book from a complete stranger. Hence at some point of time in your career as an author, you might be invited/ requested to beta read a fellow author’s work. Beta reading is extremely important for an author and the final turnout of the upcoming work. A beta reader’s...

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5 New Products You Can Spin Out of Your Books

By on Apr 11, 2017 in Special Features

Writing a series of successful books is already lucrative in itself, and is sometimes enough for many writers who are just in it for the chance to earn money for their passion. However, if you want to maximize your talent and career, there are other products you can spin out of a book. Here are 5 of the best ones: 1. T-shirts and mugs This is a safe choice. Anything...

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Publishing House

By on Apr 10, 2017 in Special Features

Do you aspire to be a writer and want to chart your own path? If yes, then you should opt for self-publishing and go beyond the traditional publishing terrain. If you are interested in traditional publishing, then you need to scout behind publishers with your manuscript in the hope that somebody would publish what you have written. This process is time-consuming. It...

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How Not to Write Poetry

By on Mar 29, 2017 in Special Features

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as sound symbolism, and meter—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. That is the general definition of poetry, widely accepted as the norm. However, not everyone enjoys reading and writing poetry. Poetry comes from the heart. It is a...

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