Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing

Many new writers agonize over whether to try the traditional publishing route or opt for self-publishing. Here are four factors to consider to help you decide. 1. Is it fiction or non-fiction? 2. Does it require a lot of images? 3. What genre of fiction is it? If it is comics, manga or anime, print might be the best option. 4. Is there a traditional publishing house that regularly prints your type of work? If you write romance, for example, there are a range of choices. Each of these traditional houses has a publishing program with “slots” that need to be filled. They also offer the advantage of marketing your book and getting it into stores as well as making it available online. The Traditional Process In traditional publishing, the author gets an idea for their book and either finishes it, or sends a query letter to see if the...
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Osteoporosis Guidelines – What Your Doctor Should Be Doing

Osteoporosis guidelines for testing are important because this is a “silent” disease.  That is, you wouldn’t know you had it until you break a bone.  While bone density tests allow doctors to detect it, there are no symptoms short of a broken bone or sharp pain.  That’s why there are osteoporosis guidelines.   These osteoporosis guidelines are for doctors.  However, if you are a patient, knowing what your doctor is supposed to do will help you know whether your physician is doing everything he or she can do to keep you from potentially deathly falls caused by osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis guidelines are for physicians who are advising patients 50 years of age or older, in particular post-menopausal women.  They are supposed to advise their patients about the risk for osteoporosis and recommend a bone density test, if appropriate.  In addition, they should evaluate patients for secondary causes of the disease....
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The First Steps in the Home-Buying Process

Many people dream of owning their own home. However, it can easily turn into a nightmare if a first-time buyer/couple is not prepared. There’s a steep learning curve in terms of everything that needs to be done and what paperwork will be required. Getting the right mortgage will also be one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make in your life. Start from Where You Are Unless you have enough cash in hand to pay for the home of your dreams, chances are you are going to have to come up with a down payment for the house you want, and also take out a mortgage for a certain length of time – which will be a financial commitment to pay off the house each month. In doing so, you will not be paying rent, but rather, building up equity or a stake in the house, until...
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Time Management Tips for Writers

Some authors write a lot faster than others. Lucky them. But many authors get writer’s block and stress over their work. Still, others struggle to meet their deadlines. Time management can help solve these issues. Here are some tips to make the most of each day. 1. Set a Schedule Try to write at the same time every day, a couple of times a day, if you are juggling it with a day job and other activities. 2. Use a Timer Set an egg timer or an online timer for 25 minutes. Don’t do anything but write. Take a 5-minute break, then give yourself another 25 minutes. Continue in this manner for each writing session. 3. Set a Goal for Each Session Decide what you want to work on and focus on that. You might be writing additional words for your novel, for example, or editing what you wrote recently....
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How Soon Can I Move In?

One of the main questions new homeowners have is how soon they can move in once they spot the house of their dreams. The truth is that the process can take around three to six months from start to finish. It’s not as simple as just viewing the houses and falling in love with one and buying it. Unless you have cash in your pocket to buy it, you’ll have to deal with various stages of paperwork from opening to closing the deal, and getting the keys so you can move in. Getting Pre-Approved for Your Mortgage Getting pre-approved is key so you know your budget (roughly) and realtors will be willing to work with you. Get a pre-approval letter from your lender before you start to look. Viewing Houses Viewing houses can be the fun and also the frustrating part. It will depend on your needs and tastes. It...
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The Pros and Cons of Entering Writing Competitions

There are a number of pros and cons to entering writing contests. There are many out there, some more legitimate than others, and some with some very strict rules you need to follow. There are four main points you should consider when thinking about entering a contest: * Is it in a genre I want to write? * What is the cost to enter (if any)? * What prize will I win? * Would I be proud to list it in my writing credits if I won? This is the best way to start considering the pros and cons of entering any contest in particular, but here are some of the pros and cons in general. PROS 1. Making you write to a deadline There’s no time to waste, so the deadline can help you get more done. 2. Stretching you as a writer The topics and themes can often...
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Osteoporosis Exercises to Keep You Limber

If you are an older adult, you should begin doing osteoporosis exercises.  Many people with low bone density worry that doing any exercise might lead to a fracture.  But, the reality is that using your muscles can actually help you protect your bones.  Here are some osteoporosis exercises that can help you prevent broken bones.   People who have always been physically active are less likely to have bone problems later in life.  However, that doesn’t mean that people who were couch potatoes in middle age shouldn’t take up osteoporosis exercises when the condition first manifests itself.   In women, after menopause, the pace of bone loss increases.  At that point, starting an exercise program is critical.  It will increase your muscle strength, improve your balance and help you avoid falls — and it may keep your bones from getting weaker.  Other benefits of osteoporosis exercises include increasing your ability...
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The Basics of Writing Fiction

There are several basic rules when it comes to writing fiction. 1. Character Is Key You need to have a main character that readers can identify with. They don’t have to be perfect. To make them interesting, they do need to have some issues to work through in the course of the novel. 2. Outline Your Plot Write an outline of what is going to happen in the beginning, middle and end of the book. This will give the characters some direction in your novel. It’s okay to change things if your characters or situations in the book take on a life of their own, but have a general idea of the point of the story. 3. Start in the Middle of Things “In media res” is a common literary term. It is Latin for “into the middle of things”. It helps get the novel off to an active start....
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Osteoporosis Effects on The Body

Osteoporosis effects the body by causing the bones to degenerate and lose mass.  8 million women and 2 million men in America are afflicted with the disease and at least half of all women will de osteoporosis effects in their lifetimes.  There is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are treatments which will lessen osteoporosis’ effects.   Although there are currently not any cures for osteoporosis, several treatments exist that can help you to increase your bone density and prevent potential fractures. If you currently suffer from osteoporosis or are at risk for osteoporosis, you should know what the choices you have are so that you can select the correct treatment to reduce the osteoporosis effects.   Osteoporosis is when your bones lose a percentage of their mineral density. It leads to serious fractures, including those in the wrist, hip and spine. The fractures from osteoporosis can be painful and...
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Can I Have a Home Inspected Prior to Placing an Offer?

A lot of first-time buyers wonder if it is all right to have a home inspected before they place an offer on a house they are interested in. The answer is yes, definitely, if you want to be certain it is the house for you quickly so you don’t waste time haggling. A home inspection is an essential part of any housing purchase, and should be at the top of your to-do list. The house does not have to be perfect, but you do need to know what you are letting yourself in for. In this way, you can negotiate with the person selling the house from a position of having all the facts, rather than just hoping things will work out. The Cons The only downside to a pre-offer home inspection is that they might sell the house to another person. However, home inspections usually only cost around $300...
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