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Amazon’s Kindle Is Redefining The Future Of Publishing

How can a simple Kindle e-reader have been the driving force behind so much change and innovation, globally, over the past ten years? Unlike our ancestors, modern entrepreneurs are not trudging through endless fields, or scaling virgin peaks, or building houses from materials hewn entirely by their own hands. There is no wagon train filled with pioneer men and women, babes in arms, being jostled about for weeks or months on end, ready to gamble on everything in their quest for new horizons. No longer are there patches of land free for the taking. The givers asking only that you plant your roots in that soil, and raise your family, your crops, and your hopes inside its boundaries. Travel The World From The Comfort of Your Own House For today’s entrepreneur, fearlessly carving out a ne...

Editing A Novel Is Essential For Success

Self-editing is hard to do 165, 000. That’s the total word count for my first draft of Ava, before editing. No kidding. I sweated over that draft, lost sleep over it, obsessed over it for months on end. It was my first-born work of fiction and I was so proud. I fed my manuscript constantly, convinced that the best way to nourish a growing book was to heap words—any words—onto the pages. No detail was too small to include, and I assured myself that readers would absolutely, positively want to share in these tidbits. For nearly a year I kept right on stuffing and stuffing, never editing even once. For a solid 52 weeks, I was certain I was creating the best story ever written. And so I kept on writing and writing. By the twelfth month, my manuscript had ballooned into a fleshy entity so large...

Single and Looking

Dating. Ah, yes, that powerful, ageless word. These days, friends, relatives, neighbors, even co-workers might send a link to a Facebook page, or a blog, or networking group, or dating site, with the wonderful goal of helping the unattached among us connect with others who are also single and looking. Imagine for a moment that eHarmony or JDate or Match offered singles the opportunity to post reviews after going on dates with other members. If you were considering setting up a date of your own, would those reviews influence your decision of whether or not to make contact? Of course they would. For example: “This person was running really late but in the end I didn’t mind because the conversation made me laugh all the way to the ‘best of luck to you’ farewell at my car. Not my t...