9 Of The Best Writing Podcasts For Authors In 2020

Podcasts for writers are a welcome guiding light in the ever-changing world of writing and publishing.

Finding a publishing company isn’t the only way to get your work out there anymore. You self-publish your book and create your own platform for marketing and selling it.

Self-publishing has been a game-changer for aspiring authors who don’t want to wait for gatekeepers to give them permission to share their writing.

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12 Best Self-Publishing Companies For Your Writing Business

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You’ve spent weeks writing, rewriting, and polishing your manuscript.

Now, you have it in book form — thoroughly edited, artfully formatted, and wrapped in a gorgeous cover. Because you’ve chosen to self-publish.

And while thousands of self-published authors sell 300 or fewer copies of their books, you know hundreds sell them in the thousands, because they’ve learned how to market them.

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List Of Standard Books Sizes To Make The Right Size Selection

So, you have a finished book, and you’re wanting to publish a paperback (or hardback) option for your readers. But what size should you choose for it?

Should you go with the average book size for your genre, or should you base your decision on your book’s word count and go with the size that will cost the least to print?

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12 Of The Best Writing Websites To Inspire You To Write

Check out these 12 best writing websites to spark your motivation and creativity as a self-published author.

Would you like to connect with other writers while you learn how to improve your writing skills and create books that will sell?

Writing websites aren’t a new thing, but there are so many out there on the world wide web, and it can be hard to know which ones are really worth your time.

So, we’ve curated this list of twelve top writing websites to help you grow as a writer.

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25 Of The Best Books On Writing

Looking for books to hone your skills as a writer? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift for a writer you know whose library of the craft needs some new powerhouse additions.

No matter what reason you have to shop for books (and do you really need one, anyway?), this list shares the titles of favorites for five different categories.

So, if you’re looking for the best books on writing — whether you’re writing novels, short stories, poetry, or creative nonfiction — look no further.

Which new book will you add to your writer’s library today?

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Should You Italicize Book Titles?

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Do you ever stop mid-sentence to ask yourself, “Should I italicize or quote book titles?”

It’s a fair question, and it deserves a thoughtful answer. Since you want to be a good writer, you need to know these things, and wondering, “Are books italicized?” means you are paying attention to the important details of your craft.

You might also have the following questions:

  • “Should I italicize this article title or use quotation marks?”
  • “Are books underlined or italicized – or does it matter which one I use?”
  • “Should I put this song in italics if it’s a hit single with its own album?”

Hence this article. When it comes to any rule for writing, we’re huge fans of keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Strictly speaking, the question of whether to italicize or use quotation marks is a matter of style; the rules governing the usage of both can change.

But for some time — roughly since computers took the place of typewriters for word processing — writers have used italics (rather than underlines or quotes) to set off the titles of what the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide calls “containers.”

Each container is a larger work made up of smaller components.

So, do you italicize book titles? The short answer is yes. The longer answer — the one with more nuance and some research — is just up ahead.

(Sidebar: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest checking out our free checklist, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.)

Rule of Thumb for Writing Book Titles

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