How to Convince an Agent You’re Worth a Second Look

After reading literary agent, Rachelle Gardner’s post, “The Dreaded Author Platform,” I immediately tweeted her and asked permission to reprint it. Rachelle brings up some excellent points about the importance of using social media to build a readership – before you ever pitch your project to an agent or editor. Here’s her column, in its […]

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Five Tips for Becoming an Expert at Your Craft

Whenever people learn that I’ve written three books, they respond: “Oh, I’ve always wanted to write a book about ________.” (fill in the blank with the topic you’ve dreamed of writing a book about) I’ve heard that: 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them. 10 percent of that 81 percent actually […]

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Success Stories – Susan Boyle

Meet Susan Boyle. She’s 47, single, and unemployed. She lives in a village in rural Scotland. Never been on a date. Never been kissed. Most people would describe Susan’s looks as average; some would call her frumpy. When Susan walked onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent (Britain’s version of American Idol), the judges and […]

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How to Set up a Gravatar

What is a gravatar and why do I need one?

A gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar – your avatar is the thumbnail image that appears when you comment on someone’s blog.

If you have a Blogger profile, the image that accompanies your profile is posted whenever you comment on blogs. But that avatar works only for blogs hosted by Blogger. To make your avatar show up on WordPress (and other) systems, you’ll need to create a gravatar… a universal avatar.

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New Luxury Airline: Weigh Less. Pay Less.

derrie-air.jpgHave you heard about Derrie-Air, the new “green” luxury airline? They tout themselves as “the only airline that plants trees to offset every pound of carbon that our planes release into the atmosphere.”

They expect their passengers to help protect the environment, too. Because it takes more fuel (i.e., more carbon emissions) to haul heavy planes from point A to point B, Derrie-Air has developed unique, sliding scale ticket prices:

The more you weigh, the more you pay.

A ticket from Philly to L.A. costs $2.25/lb. So, for instance, if you (and your luggage) weigh a total of 150 pounds, you’ll pay $337.50 for a ticket.

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Should I Integrate My Website and Blog or Host Them Separately?

Today we kick off a new weekly feature: Ask The Blogging Barista. John asks: What are the pros and cons of integrating a blog into a Web site versus hosting your Web site and blog separately? John, You obviously recognize the value of having both a blog and a Web site, and I’m glad of […]

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Martha Stewart’s Blog Has Gone to the Dogs

The blogosphere has officially gone to the dogs. Martha Stewart’s French Bulldogs, Sharkey and Francesca, recently launched their own blog, “The Daily Wag.” They’re dipping their paws into social networking scene, too, with four Twitter updates and 1,811 followers as of the time I wrote this post. You’ve gotta credit Martha with being the consummate […]

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HTML-to-PDF Converter – A Handy Tool

Here’s a slick little tool that converts a Web page into a PDF document. It’s called HTML to PDF Converter. I love this because: It’s free. You don’t have to register. I’m constantly making screen shots of Web sites and blogs I create, but I always have to edit the screenshots to remove the toolbars. […]

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When—and How—to Compress URLs

Have you ever received an email with a super-long link in it—a link so long it was unclickable? I certainly have. Enter the amazing URL shrinker, a handy tool that shortens lengthy URLs (web addresses) to 25 or so characters. There are several good uses for URL shinkers: E-newsletters: many services require you to write […]

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