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Good news on library borrowing for authors #h2e

Library borrowing of digital books and audiobooks continues to grow, up 21% in 2016

OverDrive report says the most popular eBook title last year was ‘A Murder in Time’ by Julie McElwain, while ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins was most loaned audiobook

CLEVELAND, Ohio — January 10, 2017 — The trend in digital reading continued its uninterrupted growth in 2016 as a record number of readers turned to their local library and school to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks. According to OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, readers borrowed 196 million digital books, an increase of 21 percent over 2015. Of the 678 million visits to library and school websites, readers borrowed more eBooks (+16%) and audiobooks (+34%) from their local and school libraries digital catalog compared to last year.

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10 Tips To Help You Write More Effective Emails via @Writers_Write #h2e

10 Tips To Help You Write More Effective Emails

I write about emails frequently because business is mostly conducted via email. Telephone calls, meetings, and text messaging are part of the way we communicate, but the bulk of what we say and what we ask happens via our inboxes.
So, it seems like a good idea to write an email etiquette refresher for my first business writing post of 2017.
We write emails to:

  1. Provide information
  2. Answer queries
  3. Ask for information
  4. Build relationships
  5. Deliver reports
  6. Submit proposals
  7. Make offers

If we communicate clearly and simply, we have a better chance of getting the response we want.

Understanding SEO – Necessary Skills for An Author’s Virtual Life #h2e

Our thanks to consultant Lisa Wheatly for this guest contribution.

The virtual life is so widely spread that attracting visitors has become a really tough challenge for today’s website and blog owners. Statistics say that the number of websites online has now crossed 1 billion and grows by the minute. This is why SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization” has been introduced as the best strategy for increasing website discoverability.

If you have an author website or blog, you must understand the importance of the search engine optimization if readers are to find you and your work..

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You Might Soon Buy Kindle eBooks With Your Paypal #h2e

Amazon is reportedly in talks with Paypal to integrate their payment platforms so that Amazon customers will be able to pay using their existing Paypal accounts.

From Bloomberg:

Amazon and PayPal have discussed letting shoppers pay for Amazon purchases using their PayPal accounts, highlighting how the digital payments company can attract new partners since its 2015 split from Amazon rival EBay.

“We have been in conversations with Amazon,” PayPal Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg News. “We’re closing in on 200 million users on our platform right now. At that scale, it’s hard for any retailer to think about not accepting PayPal.”

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#Smashwords is Distributing 300,000 eBook Titles to Bibliotheca CloudLibrary


Smashwords has just ironed out an e-book distribution agreement to Bibliotheca and the 3M CloudLibrary. Starting next week libraries will have the option to purchase 300,000 indie titles and have their patrons borrow them online

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New Themes: TextBook and Dara

I think you’ll like these new themes out by @Wordpressdotcom News

Hello there! Today I’m announcing the latest additions to our collection of free themes: TextBook andDara.


TextBook Full-screen Demo

Designed by Allan Cole, TextBook is aimed at helping schools, colleges, and other non-profit organizations to distribute and archive information in an easy way. It includes a Featured Content area that you can use to highlight key posts or pages. It also supports Testimonials, which are ideal for showcasing quotes from alumni, staff, students, and others.

TextBook also has a responsive layout that adapts to fit many kinds of screen sizes, like mobile devices, tablets, and laptop or desktop computers.

TextBook Responsive Design

Like what you see? Learn more about TextBook by checking out the theme’s showcase!


Dara responsive WordPress theme

Designed by Caroline Moore, Dara is a bold and bright business theme. With prominent Featured Images, a slider to showcase your work, and support for Testimonials from happy clients, Dara is ready to get to work…

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Make fewer email mistakes during these hours – @Grammarly Insights #amwriting

grammerlyGrammarly Insights

Make fewer email mistakes during these hours


The Internet has made writers of us all. Grammarly analyzed over one billion words proofread by their popular writing app over the course of one month and uncovered some fascinating insights, including the least error-prone time to write.


  • There’s a prime time for drafting emails. Our research shows you’re at your best between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • People made an average of 13 mistakes per 100 words when writing email.
    • By comparison, they made 39 mistakes per 100 words when writing social media posts, but only 6.5 when writing blog posts.
  • Watch your spelling! Misspelled words account for more than half of all email mistakes.
  • We write better in the morning. Early birds writing between 4 and 8 a.m. made 18% fewer mistakes than those writing between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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Mistakes by writing type

Writing Type Mistakes per 100 words
Email 13.5
Blogs 7.9
Social Media 39.0

Overall mistakes by time of day *

Time Mistakes per 100 Words
Early Bird (4 – 8 a.m.) 13.8
Night Owl (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.) 17.0

*Average number of mistakes across email, blogs, and social media combined.

Top 5 Confused Words

  • Apostrophe Mistakes (e.g., let’s vs. lets)
  • Too vs. To
  • Everyday vs. Every Day
  • There vs. Their
  • Than vs. Then

The Foreign Language Trend

We’re seeing more foreign language words in English writing. Here are the top five words Grammarly users added to their personal dictionaries.

Word Language Meaning
que Spanish What?
kun Japanese A suffix that can be attached to first names and surnames when addressing male friends or people of junior status.
hyung Korean A word used by a younger male to address an older male or older brother.
au French A contraction of á le, meaning “to the,” “for the,” or “at the.”
bhai Hindi Brother; a friendly way to address a man. Akin to “dude.”


Grammarly did a broad analysis of over one billion words corrected with Grammarly’s extension and Microsoft Office Add-in. We based our findings on the time of day writing mistakes occurred and classified them according to four categories: email, social media, and blogs/Microsoft Word.

About Grammarly

grammerlyGrammarly is a simple and powerful writing app that corrects more types of spelling and grammatical mistakes than any other software on the market. The product suite comprises the Grammarly Editor online editing tool; browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari; Grammarly for Microsoft Office; and Grammarly for your desktop, a convenient desktop editor for Mac and PC.

As a company, Grammarly’s mission is to improve communication among the world’s more than 2 billion native and non-native English writers. Millions of registered users worldwide trust Grammarly’s products, which are also licensed by more than 600 leading universities and corporations. Grammarly is an Inc. 500 company with offices in San Francisco and Kyiv.

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Information Submitted by Karen Hertzberg


Case Study: Using NetGalley and Goodreads for Book Marketing and Publicity. Via @janefriedman

Today I’m happy to share an exclusive with my readers: a case study on the book launch for Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe by Robert Matzen.

Sarah Miniaci at Smith Publicity and Kristina Radke at NetGalley review the marketing and publicity strategies that can help increase your book’s discoverability, word-of-mouth, and reviews. Any publicist or author can implement the tactics covered in this case study, which include (but are not limited to) how to incorporate NetGalley’s tools into wider campaigns.

Over 300 publishers and hundreds of indie authors use NetGalley to offer advance review copies of their books and generate early buzz in the book community. And Smith Publicity is a full-service book publicity firm which, since 1997, worked with thousands of authors and publishers in promoting books from every genre—from New York Times bestsellers to first-time, independent titles.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in the hour-long discussion, with time stamps:

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How to Use Instagram As An Author Plus 10 Ways to Grow Your Account Organically 

Personally, I still like Twitter best (@thecreativepenn), and I use Facebook to connect with my readers and fans. But I have also started to use Instagram more (@jfpennauthor) and in today’s article, Frances Caballo from Social Media Just for Writers explains how to use the platform effectively. 

What’s the hot social media network that people are talking about but few understand how to use?

Snapchat. Surprised?

But Instagram still appears to win the prize when it comes to the race for the fastest growing social media network

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Publish That Novel 

Is getting your novel published THIS year, one of your New Year’s resolutions? Regardless of when you plan to publish your novel, this article from Florence Osmund may help you to refine your manuscript