Commonly Misused Words: Brake and Break

March 20th, 2017

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Brake means to stop or to slow down.

Press the brake pedal to stop the car.

Break has multiple meanings. In most cases if you mean something besides stopping or slowing down, you want the word BREAK.

Break a leg.

Break the vase.

Take a break when you feel tired.

Commonly Misused Words: Than and Then

March 14th, 2017

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Use the word THAN when making comparisons.

She wrote more than 20 books.

It's better to be safe than sorry.

Use the word THEN to refer to the next step in a sequence.

I ate breakfast then brushed my teeth.

He flew to Chicago then drove to Milwaukee.

Tome Builder 0.2.5

March 8th, 2017

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Tome Builder version 0.2.5 is now available. You can download it at the Tome Builder website. PDF outlines now include all section headings.


Places to Publish: Paddle

March 6th, 2017

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Paddle is a platform for selling digital goods. It’s similar to FastSpring, which I covered in an earlier article. While Paddle is geared towards people selling software, you can use Paddle to sell ebooks from your website.


Paddle takes 5% of the sale price plus 50 cents. If you sell an ebook for $10 on Paddle, you receive $9.


You get to keep more money from each sale than you keep with Amazon or Apple. In my $10 ebook example, you get 90% of the book price. That’s 20% more than Amazon and Apple give you.


Paddle doesn’t print books. Use Paddle to sell your ebook and a print on demand publisher like CreateSpace to sell a print version of your book.


If you want to sell ebooks on your website, using Paddle is a good way to get more money from those sales.


Commonly Misused Words: We and Us

March 2nd, 2017

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Writers usually misuse the words WE and US when adding a noun after them. Take a look at the following phrases:

something we writers struggle with every day

something us writers struggle with every day

When reading those phrases it’s not easy to determine which one is correct. The trick is to omit the noun when reading the phrases.

something we struggle with every day

something us struggle with every day

Now it’s easy to see that WE is the right word to use.