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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Professional Tactics for Nailing the Perfect Speech

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Success Magazine, Guest Author

You may have heard that more people fear public speaking than death. Fear not; follow these surefire tips and you’ll be remembered as a stunning orator long after the mic is turned off.

PerfectSpeech1. Cause for pause? Slow down when beginning your speech. People will tune out if they sense you’re in a rush. A well-timed pause can pique interest; use it wisely.

2. Don’t get bogged down by thousands of facts. Focus on the essence of your message and present supporting data in a clear, relevant manner.

3. Never wing it. But don’t overplan either. Know your message by heart and bring note cards to mentally guide you in a coherent way.

4. Don’t focus on the whole audience; focus on individual audience members. In a room of 300, there’s no way to connect with everyone. Key into a few people and present to them. You’ll feel more at ease and your delivery will be more conversational.

Copyright © 2014 – Success Magazine. – Reprinted with permission. Receive great ideas, tips and inspirational insight you can use. Get the Seeds of Success planted in your inbox, free, just by signing up.

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Editing versus Proofreading

Katie Smyth, Guest Author

Many first-time clients of a professional editing company or freelance editor are unsure about the difference between editing and proofreading, and which service they should choose. Editing and proofreading services produce different outcomes for writers, and therefore potential consumers must be aware of what they do.

EditingVSProofreadingThe Expert Editor has created this guide that describes the difference between editing and proofreading, not only to help our clients, but for writers in general who are evaluating their options. Based on our experience as a professional editing and proofreading company, we also provide general recommendations as to when a typical client should receive an editing or proofreading service.

The target audience is academic, book and business authors who are new to the publication process, such as students with a thesis or dissertation, first time book authors or businesses newly outsourcing their editing or proofreading. We avoid editor jargon and focus on helping writers make an informed choice between an editing or proofreading service.

Editing explained ~ Editing comes first. Editing involves a proactive editor making changes and suggestions that will improve the overall quality of your writing, particularly in relation to language use and expression. After editing, your language will be sharp and consistent, your expression clear and the overall readability of your writing enhanced. Editing also involves the ‘proofreading’ of your document, with spelling, grammar and other language errors eliminated. Editing ensures that your writing gives the impression that the English language comes naturally to you, even if it does not.

Quality writing is so important in all walks of life. The quality of writing can ultimately be the difference between success and failure, such as defending a dissertation, selling copies of a book, or landing a business client. The higher the standard of writing, the clearer and more persuasive your arguments, and the more authoritative you will sound as an author. No matter how inspired your ideas, brilliant your logic or moving your story, if the writing is not fluent, consistent and mistake-free, it will not have the impact that it should.

In addition to improving the quality of writing, academic editing and book editing also serve the important function of ensuring that specific conventions are met. For academic editing this includes referencing style and formatting requirements and for book editing important literary elements in a fiction or non-fiction book.

Proofreading explained ~ Proofreading, on the other hand, has less ambition than editing and is therefore a cheaper service, but it still performs a vital role. Proofreading is the process of correcting surface errors in writing, such as grammatical, spelling, punctuation and other language mistakes.

You might think that eliminating mistakes and inconsistencies in a document is not a particularly demanding job, and that a friend or family member, or even a computer program, could do it. However, a professional editor is a far more accomplished proofreader than your typical friend or family member and any computer program that Google has dreamed about. A professional editor understands the conventions of English writing and the nuances of the language, is trained to be methodical, and through experience can identify and eliminate the common errors that often plague, for example, a novel or thesis. As well as catching easy to overlook mistakes, they can also identify inconsistent terminology, spelling and formatting.

Proofreading is an important service because any writing intended for publication—whether an academic article, book or business document—must communicate its message in the clearest possible way. For writing to be clear, there must be no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors, or inconsistency in language, as these can undermine the impact of the writing and the credibility of the author.

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What a typical writer should choose

In our experience, there are particular types of writers that should usually choose editing, whilst for others proofreading is more appropriate. The following examples are not hard-and-fast rules, but a general insight into the typical needs of certain writers. As a professional editing company, we know all too well that there are exceptions to the rule, and that writing between authors of similar backgrounds can vary greatly.

When editing is essential

• An English as a Second Language (ESL) author will almost invariably require editing rather than proofreading, whether they have written something academic, book or business related. ESL writers generally have trouble with the complexity of the English language and its sometimes curious norms. Even an ESL author that is highly proficient at speaking English can get tripped up by the nuances and contradictions of formal English writing (as many native-speakers can too!).

• At first instance, a book author should seek editing rather than proofreading. Book editing can be invaluable in enhancing the overall quality of the book’s language, and can ensure that it reaches a publishable standard. The self-publishing and e-book markets, let alone the traditional publishing one, are so competitive that you can be sure that the writers you are competing against have received a professional book editing service, so not having one puts you at a distinct disadvantage.

When editing is advantageous

• A native-English speaker requiring academic publication will usually choose editing. Although some academics and students are confident writers, professional editing can still provide great benefit. As described above, editing improves writing quality, which ensures that your arguments—the original insights you spent significant energy and time developing—are expressed in a clear and compelling way. Academic editing also involves an editor checking your conformity with style and formatting conventions. Quality writing and absolute adherence to academic conventions are two cornerstones of successful academic publishing.

• A business may choose editing or proofreading, depending on the document and its level of importance. The standard of communication defines the identity of a business, with quality writing signifying competence and professionalism. If the author of the document is not a confident writer, or if multiple authors have had an (often inconsistent) input, then editing is highly advantageous.

When proofreading is appropriate

• Students and academics who are confident writers, and have self-edited, may only require proofreading to eliminate surface errors. The writing itself should already be publication quality, with proofreading ensuring the removal of mistakes, inconsistencies and academic-specific abnormalities that can detract from the end-product.

• Book authors that have already received professional editing usually benefit from a final proofread to publish with absolute confidence. Although some authors may balk at the prospect of paying for proofreading after the book has already been professionally edited, the reality

• is that just a few errors can detract from the reading experience and ensure it does not reach its potential. A litany of surface errors, needless to say, will be fatal dagger in the heart of any author.
Some businesses may just require a mistake-free document, rather than the quality of writing to be optimised. Again, much will depend on the type of document and its level of importance to the company.

In Summary

Are you satisfied with the quality of your writing?

If yes, a proofreading service will generally be your best option, however, if there is scope to improve your writing, including language use, expression and adherence to any formal writing conventions specific to your field, editing is the way to go.

Ideally a writer would receive an editing service first, and subsequently a final proofread just before publication to ensure absolute perfection. While we recommended this approach to book authors that covet publishing success, the reality is that many writers—academic, book or business—cannot afford both services. If you are only after one service, you need to choose the correct one, and this guide is designed to help.

KatieCopyright © 2014 – Katie Smyth. – Reprinted with permission. The Expert Editor provides editing and proofreading services to a diverse range of clients in Australia and overseas, including students, academics, authors and businesses. Thesis editing and book editing are two popular services, but we are not limited as to who we can help, and with what type of writing. Visit their Website @ http://www.ExpertEditor.com.au/.

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Self-Publishing: Someone Who Succeeded

Cal Orey, Guest Author

NOTE: Veteran author and journalist Cal Orey of South Lake Tahoe, CA interviewed Author and Speaker Larry James for the article, “Self-Publishing: Six Who Succeeded, You Can Too!” an abridged version of the following interview. The following is an extended version of the original interview.

Meet Larry James, a talkative former Realtor® and present-day Professional Speaker and Wedding Officiant who performs about 70 to 75 wedding ceremonies a year. In 1991, a friend (Larry Winget) challenged him to stop talking about writing a book and just do it.

LJinterviewOne year later, his first self-published book, “The First Book of Life Skills,” was released. (NOTE: The title of this book was changed in 2009 to, “Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections” and is available in 11 countries). Since then, he has written three books about personal relationships. Today, James, of Scottsdale, AZ, loves his profession as a self-published author, along with being a speaker, a relationship coach and non-denominational Wedding Officiant.

NOTE: The original questions asked by Cal Orey and answered by Larry James follow.

What city and state are you from? – Born in Topeka, Kansas

City and state you live in now? Do you like it? – Scottsdale, AZ – I absolutely love it!

What is (or was) your real job? – My “real” job is a professional speaker (since 1987), author and relationship coach. I am also an ordained non-denominational Wedding Officiant and perform about 70 to 75 wedding ceremonies each year.

Have you always dreamed of being a writer? – Not really. When I was in high school, I wrote poetry and articles for the newspaper. Writing was something I did for fun and to get attention. I didn’t seriously begin to think about writing until I became very successful in the real estate business. My first published article was for the National Association of Realtors monthly magazine, “Real Estate Today” in 1972. An article about “Listening” was published in “Elite” Magazine in Tulsa in about 1989.

In 1991, my friend, Larry Winget brought his Mac Classic to our office, and said, “You’ve been talking about writing a book for about a year, now, what’s your excuse?” I wrote the first chapter that night for “The First Book of Life Skills.” It was my first self-published book about a year later.

Since then, I’ve written 3 relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With,” “LoveNotes for Lovers; Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing,” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” I have articles menus on three of my four Websites with numerous articles I have written and many of them have been reprinted on other Websites.

Is it your dream to write as a profession? – It is now my profession, along with being a professional speaker and relationship coach. I also coach authors and speakers.

How long have you been writing? – Off and on since I was 16 years old. I’ve also written lyrics and music for several songs. Several poems that are relationship related appear in the articles menu on http://www.CelebrateLove.com/articles.htm

What are your favorite hobbies? – I enjoy reading non-fiction books. I also receive a constant flow of review books from other authors and frequently write endorsements and an occasional foreword (2 so far) as part of my ongoing self-promotional efforts. As of this date I’ve written more than 120 endorsements for other books, many of which appear on Amazon.com and my own Websites.

I also enjoy water gardening. I built a heart-shaped water garden, complete with waterfall, stream, water lilies and goldfish. It is the centerpiece of my backyard. It is often the site of small intimate wedding ceremonies. Phoenix channels 5 and 10 have featured our water garden on TV, usually around Valentines Day.

I love jazz! Nearly all of my books were written with the sound of jazz in the background. I frequently attend jazz concerts.

What was your particular goal with self-publishing? – To be able to be in control of the entire publishing process, from printing to getting the books in the bookstores, including promotion. And once I achieved a reasonable success in book sales, to actively look for a publisher who would be assured that when they published my books, I could be counted on to aggressively continue to promote them. I have two more relationship books waiting to be written.

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Larry James @ work!

What type of company did you use and why? – I started my own publishing company, Career Assurance Press, in 1992. I looked for book cover designers, printers, inside designers, editors, etc., that were reasonable and offered excellent quality and excellent customer service.

Cover Design – http://www.JimWeems.com/ and http://www.Lightbourne.com

Printers – http://www.CentralPlainsBook.com and http://www.Patterson-Printing.com

Interior Design – Sue Knopf Graffolio
1528 Mississippi Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
608 784-8064

All of my resources are highly recommended and appear on my resource page at: http://www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com/resources.html

How did you reach your intended audience? – I was in radio broadcasting for 12 years, so my best promotion has been on radio talk shows (resource: Radio Station Checklist and How to Be a Great Radio Guest!) once the books were in the book stores. I’ve appeared on more than 650 radio talk shows and numerous TV shows, including ABC TV’s “The View” with Barbara Walters and other TV stations. I also offer excerpts from my books as articles to magazines (was in Cosmo twice, Redbook, Insight, Woman’s Day, The Writer, Modern Bride, Arizona Brides and others) and on the Internet. There are nearly 2900 other Websites linked to CelebrateLove.com. I also have 4 other Websites that promote my books, seminars and coaching (total of nearly 3000 Internet pages).

As a professional speaker, I present relationship seminars nationwide. I frequently sell books to 30 to 45 percent of the audience after a presentation.

My friends in the National Speakers Association call me a shameless self-promoter. I proudly wear that label because I do it with finesse. I have been speaking professionally since 1987 and, as part of my business I coach new speakers and authors. My techniques for self-promotion are unique and get rave reviews from my clients. I put up a special Website especially for authors and speaker in April 2004 (www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com) to help others be more efficient. In October 2009 my Authors and Speaker Network Blog went live. I post something about writing and speaking every 8th day. (http://AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.wordpress.com/author-speaker-article-index/)

I was the Associate Producer for the MarsVenus Radio Talk Show for five years. Part of the intention of taking on this contract work was to negotiate several radio commercials about my own relationship books and Website during the show. I often appeared as a relationship guest with the co-host (Michael Najarian) when Dr. Gray was not on the show. I accepted Dr. Gray’s offer to host the MarsVenus Chat Room on America Online for three years for the national and international exposure it gave me for my relationship work.

Describe your self-publishing success? – I have independently published 4 non-fiction books. Total sales: about 250,500 to date. Most success came from self-promotion and by attracting a great book distributor, Midpoint Trade Books, New York. I now have a publisher, Robert Reed Publishing.

What did you learn about self-publishing from your experience? – Promote! Promote! Promote! Never stop promoting. You cannot be shy as an author and expect your books to sell. I learned that if I really believed in the relationship work I was writing about in my 3 books, I had to take complete responsibility for becoming a shameless self-promoter – with finesse – to let the world know the books were available.

free-ebookFind a mentor or coach. Emulate what the successful authors are doing and do that! Tom Hopkins (The Official Guide to Success), Mark Victor Hanson (Chicken Soup for the Soul) (NOTE: Larry wrote a story to honor the memory of my mother in this book on page 16) and Greg Godek (1000 Ways to Be Romantic) are friends and have offered priceless coaching. It works for me.

Larry’s NOTE: Authors and speakers can get a complimentary eBOOK Download of: “How to Book Radio Shows and Be a Great Guest!” by paying for it with a Tweet. More info here!

BONUS Articles: The Buzz on Being a Shameless NetShaker!
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Radio Station Checklist: “Stuff” You NEED to Know & Do BEFORE You Go on the Air!

CalOreyCopyright © 2014 – Cal Orey. – Reprinted with permission. This article originally appeared in the February, 2005 issue of The Writer Magazine. Cal Orey of South Lake Tahoe, California, is a contributing editor of Complete Woman and has written hundreds of articles for magazines and Websites. She is the author of Doctor’s Orders: What 101 Doctors Do to Stay Healthy & 202 Pets’ Peeves: Cats and Dogs Speak Out on Pesky Human Behavior and others.

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
Follow Larry’s “once daily” Relationship Tweet at: http://www.Twitter.com/larryjames
Follow Larry’s “Relationships” BLOG at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Networking” BLOG at: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Weddings” BLOG at: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com

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