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Hashtags 101: What They Are and How to Use Them

Over the past eight years, I have attended four presentations for writers and publishers about how best to use social media. Each time, the presenter has hit a stumbling block in the first 10 minutes: hashtags.     Most people who give presentations about Twitter assume the audience has some knowledge of hashtags. The truth is, for many people hashtags are still a mystery. As presenters breeze by this ubiquitous term, several in the audience raise their hands looking for clarification. What is a hashtag exactly? Why is it important? How do I use it and why would I want to?   These are important questions. Let me see if I can answer them in a clear, concise way.     What is a hashtag?   A hashtag is this symbol: #   A hashtag is also the term that follows that...

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Publishing Stories: Author Gary Bargatze on Self-Publishing “Your Winding Daybreak Ways”

In Publishing Stories, a new series from The POP Newsletter, I have asked former clients to share their publishing experience so that others can learn from them. The first of these is by Gary Bargatze, the author of the Your Winding Daybreak Ways series. Following is his story of navigating the world of self-publishing.


How and Why I Self-Published Your Winding Daybreak Ways


By Gary Bargatze

When our first child was born some thirty years ago, a wise old friend foretold our future as parents.  He flashed a knowing smile and accurately predicted, “Children give you the greatest joy and the greatest sorrow…The challenges will never go away; they’ll just get different.”  And as writers who’ve “given birth” to a number of works over the years, my wife and I have often compared the ongoing challenges of parenting to the long, winding road of crafting an idea and managing it to print.

10 Years of POP Editorial Services

August 26, 2016, marked POP Editorial Services’ 10th year in business. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed. Here is a brief look at what POP has done over the years.


August 26, 2006: POP opens for business with four projects in the queue

Spring 2007: The company is solvent after six months in business

June-August, 2007: POP moves to Austin, TX, for seven weeks of mayhem

Maternity Leave and a Sale

Following the birth of our second daughter, I will be on maternity leave until July 18, 2016.   Although POP Editorial Services will be closed during my maternity leave, Hop On Publishing continues! To celebrate our new addition, we are putting Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro on sale.   Now through July 18, get the print edition of Perfect Bound for the same price as the ebook. Just $7.99 for this award-winning guide to the publishing industry.   Tell your friends, tell your writing group, tell everyone you know. This sale is huge!   You must make your purchase through our website to get this deal. Don't miss out!   Oh, and don't forget that all orders through the Hop On site come with a FREE copy of the e-booklet Hiring and Working with a...

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5 Tips for Successful Networking at Conferences

Conferences are an excellent place to meet people and make business connections. Yet the idea of networking at a large venue like a conference makes some people sweat. Often it seems people place undue stress on themselves to do it right and never show their flaws. If you approach it as a human being and not just a marketer, however, it becomes much easier.   The following five tips will help you make the most of a conference.   1. Go to learn. This is a big one. Conferences of all kinds offer valuable information for attendees. If you are a writer at a writer's conference, this fact is obvious. If you are an editor at a writer's conference or business leaders conference and you're attending because you want to meet new clients, it might not be...

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Red Flags When Hiring a Copyeditor

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I have written extensively about how to find and hire a copyeditor that is right for you. In the blog series How to Hire an Editor in 5 Easy Steps I discuss what to look for so you know you are hiring a qualified editor and the one who is best suited to you and your book. In this post I discuss the other side, the red flags.


Perhaps the biggest red flag to look for is someone who makes promises they can’t possibly keep. I recently came across this bold statement on an editor’s website:

Tracking Your Story’s Timeline

Keeping a consistent timeline in your story is crucial to earning your readers' trust. Readers will become frustrated if your characters seem to be jumping through the seasons at will or if too much has happened for only one week to have passed.   Although this may seem like a problem only novelists would confront, memoirists, short story writers, and anyone else writing about events that take place over time need to pay attention to their timelines also.   If you haven't kept your outline up to date while you're writing, do what your editor will do. Go through the manuscript and note all of the plot points that hinge on or mention timing. Write down the date and season, and if needed, count the days and weeks (and hours?) that would have passed...

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#Writetip: Taking Part in Writing Contests

New year, new slate of writing contests! Some writers question the value in writing contests. Some of them are expensive, and what do you really get out of them? It's a valid question, and I would advise anyone planning to enter a contest to consider these points:   How prestigious is the contest? How much does it cost? How likely are you to win?   Entering every contest that comes up does not serve your writing reputation. Being selective and pinpointing those contests that are prestigious yet hold a real possibility for you to win can elevate your reputation, increase your exposure, and sometimes provide a significant financial reward. If you have the urge to participate in as many contests as possible, I recommend setting a budget for contests to encourage you to be more selective.   Are...

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Thank You!

A hearty thank you to everyone who made our Cyber Monday sale a success! Our goal with Perfect Bound has always been to help new authors avoid the mistakes that so many others have made. We hope we can do the same for you!   Online reviews help us to reach even more people who need this book. We encourage you to leave your thoughts on your favorite bookseller's site. Here are a few links to make it easy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads. Some readers have written blog posts about Perfect Bound. If you do so, please feel free to share the link with us. We are happy to help promote your blog.   And don't forget, the Hop On Newsletter has a new feature: writing prompts. If you respond to one of the writing prompts, we...

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It’s Cyber Monday at Hop On Publishing

It’s here! Today is Cyber Monday, the best day for shopping online, and Hop On Publishing is making it the best ever.


Today only, get Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro print edition for just $9.99 plus shipping. That’s more than 20% off! Or select the ebook for just $2.99 — more than 60% off the regular price!