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  • A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers: How to Print-On-Demand with Createspace & Make eBooks for Kindle & Oth

    By Chris Mcmullen

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781480250208
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
    • Published: November 2012
    This is a highly detailed guide with several step-by-step instructions for how to format and publish your book both as a paperback book with Amazon (and other major online booksellers) and as an eBook with Kindle (and a variety of other eReaders). The author, Chris McMullen, has written and self-published over a dozen paperback books and eBooks. This book also was self-published using the same techniques that are described here. Find highly detailed try-it-yourself, walk-you-through it tutorials for how to use Microsoft Word 2010 (which is similar to Word 2007) specifically with Windows to publish your book both as a paperback book and as an eBook. This includes how to use numerous formatting features (like page borders and bookmark hyperlinks), how to draw your own pictures from scratch, how to insert and format equations, how to create your own cover, how to convert the content file for your paperback book into an eBook, how to format pictures and equations in an eBook with a variety of eReaders in mind, and how to minimize the eBook’s file size. Chris McMullen, who has drawn thousands of professional illustrations from scratch using Word’s drawing tools, shares several useful drawing and formatting tips. The book is both very informative (like listing the pixel sizes of different brands of eReaders and describing how to manually create precise colors), yet also focused on useful formatting and publishing skills. The paperback instructions are largely geared toward CreateSpace, while the eBook instructions accommodate Kindle and other eReaders. With this reference as a guide, you can self-publish a quality manuscript with ease!
  • 'They Say / I Say': The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition)

    By Gerald Graff

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393935844
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: February 2014
    A primer on persuasive writing for business, political, and educational writers, originally published as a best-selling college textbook, counsels practitioners on key principles without using cluttered language, in a straightforward guide that is complemented by user-friendly templates.
  • 100 Trait-Specific Comments: Middle School

    By Ruth Culham

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780545138383
    • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources
    • Published: August 2010
  • 100 Writing Lessons

    By Tara McCarthy

    Our Price: $25.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780545110020
    • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources
    • Published: April 2009
    Dip into this vast collection of quick writing lessons and activities to find exactly what you need-whether it's a lesson on using exact words, writing an essay, developing a plot, or organizing a report. You'll find dozens of ideas for teaching students the persuasive, narrative, descriptive, and expository writing skills they need. This comprehensive resource gives you the tools you need to successfully-and joyfully-teach writing. For use with Grades 4Ð8.
  • 180 Days of Writing for Sixth Grade (Level 6): Practice, Assess, Diagnose

    By Wendy Conklin

    Our Price: $19.99
    • ISBN-13: 9781425815295
    • Publisher: Shell Education Pub
  • 20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them

    By Ronald B. Tobias

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781599635378
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: January 2012
    Identifies and analyzes twenty common plots, including rivalry, quest, rescue, temptation, maturation, and discovery, and offers advice for developing a story.
  • The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

    By Brian Kiteley

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781582973517
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: August 2005
    The director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver offers his best advice for writers, revealing how to help writers overcome anxieties, break from from limiting processes, and identify mental processes at work. Original.
  • 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction

    By Brian Kiteley

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781582975634
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: 2008
    In the sequel to The 3 A.M. Epiphany,the director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver presents a series of innovative writing essays to help writers escape limitations and anxiety to practice their craft in creative new ways. Original.
  • 45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

    By Victoria Lynn Schmidt

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781599635347
    • Publisher: Writers Digest
    • Published: January 2012
    Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.
  • 642 Things to Write Journal

    By San Francisco Writers' Grotto

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781452105444
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: April 2012
    This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.
  • 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might

    By Pat Walsh

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143035657
    • Publisher: Panguin Books
    • Published: June 2005
    An industry insider provides a candid, practical, and irreverent guide for would-be authors that explains how to deal with the realities of the publishing world, with straightforward guidance on how to overcome bad habits and bad luck in order to have a fighting chance of getting one's writings published. Original.
  • 90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book

    By Sarah Domet

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781582979977
    • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    • Published: December 2010
    This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel.
  • The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels

    By Timothy Harper

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312318529
    • Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
    • Published: September 2003
    A practical handbook for freelance writers from the American Society of Journalists and Authors offers helpful advice, techniques, and tips on how to plan a writing business, the art of research, the secrets of a successful magazine query, and other important topics. Original. 15,000 first printing.
  • Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts

    By John M. Swales

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780472033355
    • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
    • Published: March 2009
    Today's research world demands a variety of different abstracts to serve different purposes. As a result, writing abstracts can be a difficult task for graduate and international students, researchers, and even practiced authors. Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts is designed to demystify the construction of this essential writing form and to equip scholars with the skills to summarize their work in clear and compelling ways. This volume represents a revision and expansion of the material on writing abstracts that appeared in English in Today's Research World. The Abstracts volume focuses on abstracts for research articles before addressing abstracts for short communications, conferences, and PhD dissertations. It also covers keywords, titles, and author names. Wherever appropriate within the text, Language Focus sections discuss options and provide tips for meeting specific linguistic challenges posed by the writing of different types of abstracts.
  • Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

    By Jeff Zwiers

    Our Price: $31.33
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781571108845
    • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    • Published: September 2011
    Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas.Unfortunately, academic conversations are rare in many classrooms. Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher's questions. Even certain teaching approaches and curriculum programs neglect to train students how to maintain a focused, respectful, and thoughtful conversation.To address these challenges, authors Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. These skills include: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and/or challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing. This book shows teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches. More specifically, it describes how to use conversations to build the following: Academic vocabulary and grammar Critical thinking skills such as persuasion, interpretation, consideration of multiple perspectives, evaluation, and application Literacy skills such as questioning, predicting, connecting to prior knowledge, and summarizing Complex and abstract essential understandings in content areas such as adaptation, human nature, bias, conservation of mass, energy, gravity, irony, democracy, greed, and more An academic classroom environment brimming with respect for others' ideas, equity of voice, engagement, and mutual supportThe ideas in this book stem from many hours of classroom practice, research, and video analysis across grade levels and content areas. Readers will find numerous practical activities for working on each conversation skill, crafting conversation-worthy tasks, and using conversations to teach and assess. Academic Conversations offers an in-depth approach to helping students develop into the future parents, teachers, and leaders who will collaborate to build a better world.