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Michael N. Marcus
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A few tips about book titles and book covers
My beloved dog Hunter J. Marcus died three weeks ago. He was 15. That's old for a dog, but not old enough. I have often written about him in blog posts and on Facebook. Several people urged me to write a book about him. I certainty don't want to disappoint ...

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a "bargain" editor for your book
While writers' magazines and directories have lists and ads for professional editors, there is another potential source of high-quality editing that may be available for less money, and the editors may be available to do your work much sooner. Check with so...

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Three Jeers for Cablevision (and how Cablevision is damaging CBS)
JEER NUMBER ONE Cablevision has supplied my home and business with TV, telephone and internet service in NY and CT since the mid-1970s. For most of that time I've been a satisfied customer, except for those times—like right now—when I've been an extremely p...

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Here's some important advice—from a pro—for all you amateur writers who want your FB posts and messages to be read.
I majored in journalism in college and have been writing professionally for 48 years. I have no intention of trying to teach you to become a pro and won't deal with grammar, sentence structure or plot development. I won't tell you how to publish a book or s...

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Indents, Outdents, Pilcrows, WTF?
[above] Half-inch indents are a holdover from 1960s-era typing classes,
when kids were instructed to indent five spaces. They’re OK in a letter, but
generally look bad in a book. Half-inch is Word’s default. The ‘proper’ indent
is an aesthetic decision, and...

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An easy, effective alternative to celebrity blurbs
Every author dreams of having cover blurbs (endorsements) from famous people who'll say nice things which may entice other people to buy books. Often, especially for a new author with a new book, it's just not possible to get the attention of a a superstar ...

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If you make your book bigger, will it be better? Probably not
The bigger the book, the longer it takes to finish writing, editing and formatting it, the more it costs to produce and purchase, the more errors it will have, and maybe the fewer people who will buy it. I almost never go to movies that are longer than two ...

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You should be at least a little bit original with your title and cover
  I noticed a nice review posted online for The Chosen by John G. Hartness. It seems like a good title. Apparently others think so, too, because the title has been used for about six books. At least one, Chaim Potok's The Chosen, is quite famous. It was nom...
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