Reference to ‘Writing Rules’ regularly appears in author and writer related discussions, posts and articles. Nevertheless, the so called ‘rules’ are not usually listed, leaving readers with no option but to surmise what they are. It is in fact not easy to find such a list, however, a search of the internet, and through multiple … More Writing Rules – Do Authors Have to Adhere to Them?
In a previous article Understanding Gmail the differences between traditional e-mail systems and Google’s Gmail and how each operates were considered. That gave rise to some additional reader questions and enquiries. Naturally, there is a lot more to the subject than may be concisely discussed in a single article, unless the reader wishes to be … More Gmail: Confirmation Messages; Wrongly Sent; Recovery; Snooze
In October (2018) Google announced the ‘consumer’ version of Google Plus (G+) would be closing in August 2019. ‘Consumer version’ is the one used by individual, non-business, users i.e. generally the private individual. However, the closure date has now been brought forward. Most G+ users should have seen the latest notification (contained in yellow … More Google Plus (G+) is Closing
In an attempt to determine authors and readers understanding of book front and back matter a series of surveys were commenced last October (2018). The intention had been for these to be posed in relatively quick succession. However, a variety of matters intervened resulting in an unexpected break in sequence. The surveys were: … More In Preface or Prologue? – A Survey
A couple of recent articles discussed: What is an Author Platform? and What is Author Brand? One element common to both is the suggestion for authors to have a dedicated website. Why? Before listing benefits it may help those authors who have not already established a website to understand, in the current social media dominated … More The Why and How of a Website
Definition ‘A type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.’ (Oxford Dictionary) ‘An identifying symbol, mark, logo, name, word and/or sentence that companies use to distinguish their product from others.’ (Investopedia) Brand creates an awareness, recognition and appreciation. It is the way people are made to feel about the person/company … More What is Author Brand?
Upon reading or hearing the word ‘platform’, most people will immediately think of a railway station or the raised area upon which a speaker stands. It is the latter concept that holds most relevance for this discussion. Though this is primarily aimed toward new, inexperienced, authors those already upon their author career path may find … More What is an Author Platform?
New Year Resolutions are to all intents and purposes gimmicks which, as many will attest, tend to fail within a month or two. Nevertheless, this does not decry the reality of such a time of year focusing the mind upon the future. Authors may well find the season an appropriate occasion for considering their schedules … More The Way Ahead (2019)
For those of the Christian faith Christmas is a time of thanksgiving for, and celebration of, the gift of God’s Son to mankind (generic term) without who there would be no redemption. In the modern materialistic world many forget this despite it being the root of gift giving (a reminder of what God has done … More How Authors and Readers May Gift Each Other
Though Google’s Gmail is a popular e-mail service it is probable many users do not really comprehend how fundamentally different the system is to other well known ones such as Yahoo, Outlook (Hotmail); AOL, etc. The differences need to be understood to avoid errors that could have serious impact. Much of the confusion comes from … More Understanding Gmail