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Works at Altavado - helping authors with digital and indie publishing tips.
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A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers

You can now download a free copy of my book, "A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers". If you are trying to build your author platform through social media, then this guide will help you.

Get yours here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/social-media-for-writers/

A 47-page book in PDF format. 

#amwriting   #writing   #author   #socialmedia  
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How to Recover Files You Have Accidentally Deleted

Have you ever deleted digital photos from your camera only to discover you cannot undelete them? It’s not only a problem with images. What if you accidentally delete an important manuscript or file from your hard drive one day?

In today’s video, I show you how you can recover files from your camera or hard drive… even after they seem to be gone!

Watch the video >>
http://www.writersunplugged.com/recover-deleted-photos-files/

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Have you ever deleted digital photos from your camera only to discover you cannot undelete them? It’s not only a problem with images. What if you accidentally delete an important manuscript or file from your hard drive one day? In today’s video, I show you how you can recover photos from your camera or hard drive… even after they seem...
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i am starting a life story book my life never done no writing can you tell me if it is ok as the first chapter?
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The Biggest Photography Event Of The Year Is On Now

This one's for all the pro- or semi-pro photographers out there! The biggest 5-day photography website and marketing education event of the year is happening right now!

Our friends at 5DayDeal have put on what we consider to be the biggest, most exciting education event of the year for photographers who want to have an amazing website and attract new clients online. Right now they’ve got a 5-day event happening that will blow you away!

The short version is: you get $2,400+ worth of tools and training for photographers: ebooks, courses, video tutorials, themes, templates, and other tools, all for $87. That’s a savings of over 96%!

This bundle is an exclusive collection that will only ever exist during these five (5) days, never to return. The sale ends July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

The best photographers keep learning and this bundle has something awesome for everyone!

Whether you're a photographer looking to build a better online portfolio, create an exciting website, grow an audience through social media, generate new revenue through a passive income, design more attractive graphics, tell more compelling visual stories, or simply make your creative work more attractive online, this bundle will instantly become an integral part of your professional development.

125+ Training Hours
70+ Video Tutorials
10+ eBooks & Worksheets
165+ Templates & Tools

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/PHbundle

(Affiliate Link)

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65 Writing & Blogging Courses, Books and More

Blogging Concentrated has brought together 65 of the best social media, blogging, podcasting, vlogging and tech leaders and bundled up their most interesting products into one $27 Stack.

This is NOT a simple ebook bundle. We're talking about full courses, books, conference tickets, software, services and more. . . thousands of dollars of value.

It is, quite simply, the biggest bundle like this I have ever seen.

Check it out here: bit.ly/4Kfor27

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The Stack Ends in. . . 01 Days 13 Hours 40 Minutes 37 Seconds WELCOME TO THE 2nd ANNUAL BC STACK Every year we bring together 65 of the best social media, blogging, podcasting, vlogging and tech leaders. We bring you their most interesting products into one $27 Stack. This is NOT a simple ebook bundle.…
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The Pros and Cons of Freelance Writing

It’s not unusual to hear freelance writers talking about working at home in their pajamas, but there are two sides to every coin. In this article, I take a look at some of the real pros and cons of working as a freelance writer.

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Read: http://www.writersunplugged.com/pros-cons-freelance-writing/
We hear of freelance writers working at home in their pyjamas but there are two sides to every coin. Let's look at the pros and cons of freelance writing.
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“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” ~ Isaac Asimov

More quotes on Why Writers Write: http://www.writersunplugged.com/why-writers-write/

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“When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish. I think it’s a wonderful way to spend one’s life.” These words from Erica Jong reflect her love of writing and why she writes. What motivates you to keep writing? In an earlier post on this blog, I listed some compelling reasons I could think of to be a...
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Write on, wright on, right on.
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7 Inspirational Lessons for Writers from Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark

Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. Take, for example, my recent experience while listening to Bruce Springsteen.

More >> http://www.writersunplugged.com/7-inspirational-lessons-for-writers-from-springsteens-dancing-in-the-dark/

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Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. Take, for example, my recent experience while listening to Bruce Springsteen. American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. He even has a planet named after him. And when Springsteen was presented with a Kennedy Center award in 2009, Obama said: “I’m the President…but he’s the boss”. But what...
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Best Book Marketing Ideas #4 – Gretchen McNeil’s Strategy for the Thriller 'Ten'

In the thriller Ten, published in 2012, ten teenagers are trapped on an island and murdered, one by one, by a serial killer.

When she learned Barnes & Noble would not be stocking her novel, author Gretchen McNeil took matters into her own hands.

Here's what she did >>
http://www.writersunplugged.com/best-book-marketing-ideas-4/

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21 Parenting Publications That Pay Writers Up To $3,750

Are you interested in getting paid to write for parenting magazines?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”

Here is your chance to help parents with advice on caring for, and bringing up, their children. It's a list of 21 parenting publications that pay writers.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/21-parenting-publications-that-pay-writers/

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If you are interested in getting paid to write for parenting magazines and other online parenting publications then you’ll love this list of writing markets, courtesy of WorldwideFreelance.com. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” Here is your chance to...
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George R.R. Martin Interviews Stephen King - VIDEO

This interview took place last month at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/new-stephen-king-interview-george-r-r-martin-reveals-writes-fast/

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In a new Stephen King interview, George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, asks King, “How the f**k do you write so many books so fast?” While King is able to write a book in a couple of months, Martin is known for taking much longer. In the video of the interview below, Stephen King explains how he does it. This interview...
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+Eduardo Suastegui Hi, thanks for the comment. I'm not sure G.R.R. is about to change his own writing system, although many of his fans would, of course, be happier with more frequent books. I like King's approach of 'head down' and get the day's target written.
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The Ultimate Guide to In-flight Magazines

Did you ever want to know more about in-flight magazines? In this mega-post, you can find out:

What is an In-Flight Magazine?
The History of In-Flight Magazines
What Content Do In-Flight Magazines Contain?
What is Different With In-Flight Magazines?
In-Flight Magazines Data & Statistics
Who Publishes In-Flight Magazines?

#inflight #amwriting #freelance 

http://www.inflight-magazines.com/inflight-magazines/
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I caught a Major Error in one the airlines own advertisements in the rag.
As most ads do, they brag about themselves, often overly so.
Then they had an image which was riddled with serious timing errors about their airline.
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How to Get Published in In-flight Magazines

The travel industry has been experiencing steady growth throughout 2015 and 2016, so now is an excellent time for freelance writers to get published in in-flight magazines. But make no mistake, the editors of in-flight publications prefer to work with experienced, professional writers. Here is some advice to help you on your way.

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/how-to-get-published-in-inflight-magazines/
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Author, blogger, independent publisher, photographer.
Introduction
I am the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks', 'The Beginner's Guide to Ebooks' and more.

I blog about writing and self-publishing at GaryMcLaren.com and PublishYourOwnEbooks.com, freelance writing at WorldwideFreelance.com, and how to build your marketing platform at PlatformPundit.com.

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  • digital publishing tips
  • freelance writing resources
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  • content marketing tips
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I also love photography so occasionally I post one of my photos, typically revealing some of my beautiful surroundings here in New Zealand.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand - Hong Kong - Singapore - Cebu, Philippines - Dunedin, New Zealand - Hyderabad, India
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