Use Google Alerts for Research

by Kim on October 24, 2011

Just a quick post today, to remind all of you writers – whether fiction is your game, or non-fiction, that Google Alerts are really wonderful! They allow you to monitor the Internet for interesting new content on absolutely any topic. Go to: http://www.google.com/alerts, to set up your alerts. You can have them delivered to your email inbox in “real-time” or as I do – a daily digest of material. You can even set it for weekly delivery.

The days of thumbing card catalogs in local libraries are long over. Ah, I’m showing my age, aren’t I? This “blast from the past is from Cornell University article, dating from 2007, marking the retirement of their card catalogs. At least your back doesn’t get as tired when you use Google Alerts! Anyone have any other Internet-based research suggestions to share? 

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Got Tone? Or Better Yet – the RIGHT Tone?

by Kim on September 28, 2011

Writer’s Digest published an online article just yesterday, 7 Ways to Perfect Your Tone. As a non-fiction writer, I’ve found that getting the tone right is essential – and am often compromised by my academic bend. Readers don’t necessarily want that scholarly approach, do they? Right now I’m working on a book for a client on How to Market Professional Services on LinkedIn, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the work I produce needs to have solid, practical information, delivered in a light, enjoyable tone.

So, what are the 7 ways to perfect your tone? Here they are:

AVOID A PREDICTABLE TREATMENT OF YOUR SUBJECT.

KEEP TONE CONSISTENT FROM START TO FINISH.

CUT RUTHLESSLY.

LET TENSION SUSTAIN TONE.

CONVEY TONE THROUGH DETAILS AND DESCRIPTIONS.

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE BUILT-IN PROBLEMS WITH TONE.

But, the most important one, in my opinion, is their #5: USE YOUR VOICE. You and I know that authentic voice is essential to a well-written blog, article, essay, novella, or book. It’s also important for that M.A. Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation. Never be afraid to be who you are, in person, or on paper.

To add some dimension to their 7 ways, be sure to read the article.

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Choosing the Freelance Life

August 18, 2011

It’s been awhile since I posted, and I’ve got to say it’s because some time back I became a corporate writer. While I work at home, I’m still at the beck and call of my employers – limiting everything but my checkbook. The regular paychecks are great, it’s true, but I’m missing the freedom of […]

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Doing Your Inner Work

July 10, 2011

I recently opened the manuscript for the book, Getting Ahead and Staying Ahead: Success Strategies for Women in Funeral Service, started last year – and realized I needed to revamp the whole thing.  However, I liked the Preface of the book, and thought it might be something you’d enjoy as weekend reading. It comes with […]

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Two Time Saving, Goal-Achieving Tools to Start Your Week!

June 27, 2011

I just wanted to take a moment to share these with you. The Prioritized To-Do List, from MindTools is something we’ve used in our Writer Mastermind Group sessions. I love it. The second tool is a bit lengthier. Sent to me by a friend, Viktoria Vidali, of Images for Renewal and Greetings with Heart is […]

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Long Time No…Write!

June 2, 2011

Well, that’s not altogether true. I’ve been writing for clients, but not for the blog…and I often feel guilty about that. Also, I’ve had my fair share of “sick days” in May: horrible head cold for two weeks, and then just this past Monday (Memorial Day) I had something obscene: chills, fever, misery personified. So, […]

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Do You Copyright Your Work?

April 27, 2011

I had a discussion (rather heated, I might add) with a woman in my strength-training class. She markets audio books on eBay – books in the public domain, and business is (at times) brisk. She commented that thousands of writers don’t choose to copyright their work. That they opt to publish in the ‘public domain.’ […]

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Scared to Move Forward with Your Writing Career? With Your Life?

April 13, 2011

In her blog post today, my friend and ally Jan O’Daniel writes of having the courage to move forward.  She is building on a post from veteran blogger, Valerie Maltoni, who made the comment that “moving forward is the best way to look forward.”  Valerie expands on that notion in her blog post, “Looking and […]

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Happy 21st Birthday, Nathan!

March 23, 2011

My remarkable son, Nathan. When I chose his name, I loved the meaning: “gift from God,” and that’s exactly what he was, and is, to me… Throughout the past 21 years, he’s brought me joy, and a fair share of challenges. The joy is obvious. Who wouldn’t be joyful with the arrival of such a […]

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101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career

March 17, 2011
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I’m celebrating the launch of a new publication by SelfGrowth.com, a leader in professional and personal development – a book that includes a chapter I wrote! How cool is that? I’m in great company: Laura DeCarlo, Brian Tracy, Tory Johnson…the list of authors goes on and on. The book is well-over 300 pages of valuable, […]

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