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Award Winning Bestbook Customer


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It is with great pride that we announce that one of our customers is now an award winning author. Designer Matthew Quinn has won Bronze in the 2017 IPPY Awards for his book ‘Quintessential Kitchens’.

You can read more about Matthew and his book on his website http://www.quintessentialkitchens.com.

Or jump straight to his sales page and buy a signed copy of this stunning 11″ x 14″ casebound book with its embossed dust jacket.

This 256 page volume is filled with gorgeous full spread photography and incorporates a unique gray book cloth with silver foil stamping. The book has a Smyth sewn binding with gray head bands and beautiful green printed endsheets. This is a showcase of the book maker’s art.


4 Keys to Self-Editing Your Work


Writing can be a lonely endeavor, and the isolation inherent in being a writer can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes from the time you have to yourself to explore the depths of your imagination without interruption.

The curse comes in at those times when you can use a little help, such as when you have moved on to the editing phase. Self-editing is one of the most difficult things for an author to do. Once you’ve created your story, you are often so far inside your work that it is hard to be an effective editor.

Though difficult, following these four keys to self-editing your work will have you on your way to a greatly improved draft in no time.

Don’t rush editing

One of the best tips for effective self-editing is to put your work aside for a bit before beginning your edit. The amount of time you need depends on multiple factors (including how much time you have available).

But being able to step away for a time allows you to put some distance between your writing and your evaluation. This is a great way to ensure you get a more effective edit.

Read your work out loud

It may seem a little strange to sit alone in a room reading your own work aloud. But you’ll soon find that reading your work out loud will lead you to discover mistakes more effectively than simply reading the work silently. This is particularly effective for making sure your dialog sounds realistic and natural.

Check all your adverbs

Stephen King famously said that the road to hell is paved with adverbs. And while the situation may not be quite that bad, it is advisable to specifically look at all the adverbs in your work to make sure they are necessary. Often, you’ll find that adverbs aren’t necessary and clutter your writing.

Don’t self-edit

This final point isn’t a self-editing tip at all, but rather to remind you that, often, the best tip is to get another set of eyes on your work. Even at it’s best, self-editing can only go so far. Have one other person look over your final draft if at all possible. They may still catch small mistakes that you have overlooked during your own rounds of self-editing.


Americans read an average of 12 books per year


Americans read 12 books a year

A new study shows that, on average, Americans read 12 books per year. Nearly a quarter of adults in the U.S. — 73 percent — have read at least one book in the past year.

This information comes from a new study by the Pew Research Center that looks at the book reading habits of Americans.

The study, which has taken place every year since 2011, looks a variety of facets of Americans’ reading habits. As with other research, the new report found that the vast majority of Americans still seem to prefer print books as opposed to digital devices.



Vast Majority of College Students Prefer Print Books to E-books


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A new study finds that 92 percent of college students from around the world prefer print books to e-books.

This finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron and her team, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team surveyed 300 college students in the U.S, Japan, Germany and Slovakia about how they preferred to read.



3 Free Websites for Writers


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As you launch and continue to cultivate your writing career, you’ll learn very quickly that a good online presence is essential these days. And if you’re not Jonathan Franzen, this applies to you regardless of what kind of writer you are.

While social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are a must for many, most writers also need a website of their own. This allows more freedom and also allows you to customize the kind of things you want to post, whether it be a portfolio, a blog or a longer biography than you can fit in the restraints of Twitter’s bio space.

Because there are so many different types of writers out there our list contains three different sites, all geared toward different types of writers. All are free or have a free option. We’ve included a brief description of the type of site you’ll get, as well as a link for more information.



5 More TedEd Tips to Improve Your Writing


Tips to improve your writing

Last year, we featured 5 grammar lessons from TedEd. We thought those great videos were so helpful to writers that we want to revisit the TedEd Writer’s Workshop series for even more great tips to improve your writing.

This time around, we wanted to broaden our scope a bit to reach beyond the focus on grammar. But we will visit our old friend grammar first in a different way than we looked at it last time.

Does Grammar Matter?



Author Pen Names You May Not Know


Author Pen Names Infographic

It’s no secret that many authors use pen names for one reason or another, whether it be for their entire career or just for selected works. But some authors famous by there real names also used a nom de plume that you may not be as familiar with.



5 Great Books for Writers



No one ever said writing was easy. Anyone that’s tackled writing their own book knows just how true this is. And while the best advice may be to “just write,” there are many times that you need a little outside inspiration.

While we’ve delved into individual tips from writers before, today we want to take a look at five great books for writers. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your writing style and your writing goals, but the following books are great places to start.

5 Great Books for Writers



5 Grammar Lessons from TedEd


TedEd Grammar Lesson

Throughout this year, we’ve found “The Writer’s Workshop” videos series over at TedEd particularly useful for writers. The series has a number of entries, ranging from a refresher on Edgar Allan Poe to instructions on how to become a slam poet.

But perhaps most intriguing to independent authors are the entries on grammar. The videos offer straightforward, simple ways of looking at complex grammar issues.  We’ve collected five of the videos we’ve found most useful here. To see more, also click over to the TedEd Writer’s Workshop page.

How to use a semicolon



How to Set the Margins in Word for Your Book Printing Project


by David Rogers

While Word’s standard one-inch margins are great for many writing applications, they are not usually the best choice for book printing projects since you will need to use mirror margins. Which brings us immediately to our first question:

What are Mirror Margins?

If you open most any novel to a random page, you’ll notice that the outer margins are a different measurement than the inner margins. You’ll also notice that the margins of both the left and right pages mirror each other, having the same inner and outer margin measurements. Hence the term mirror margins.

In a Word document, however, the margin sizes must be adjusted accordingly for even and odd pages to achieve the mirrored look in the final book layout. Fortunately, all versions of Word allow you to easily set mirrored margins.

The margins are different  because the margin closest to the binding of the book (the inner margins) must to be larger than the outer so that the text doesn’t get cut off from being too close to the binding. These inner margins are called gutter margins, based on the gutter-like shape they create in the middle of the book.

Below the following instructions on how to change the margins in your Word Document to mirrored margins, we’ll provide some examples of suitable margin sizes for different size books. We’ve also written a separate article on how to change the paper size in your Word document to match the size of your final book.