The Business of Writing

Google Unveils Voice Search Capability

Bad speller?
In a hurry?
Hands full?
Hunt-and-peck typist?

Then Google’s got the answer for you: Voice Search.

Use Google’s Browser, Chrome, connect a microphone & go. You can simply speak your search terms into your microphone and get results FAST.

I’ve used voice recognition software for years & am an enthusiastic fan (once you’ve TRAINED your system, that is). It will be interesting to see how well Google can understand the vast array of accents and speech patterns it will be presented.

Adventurous? Give it a try; you may never go back to your keyboard!

Why I Love Being A Writer

Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis

“We have the power to bore people long after we are dead.”


–Sinclair Lewis

Amazon’s Sales of E-Books Now Outstrips Print Copies

MAY 19, 2011: Amazon has announced that it now sells 105 e-books for every 100 print books it sells.

Got your Kindle Yet?

Joys of Lecturing

Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis

“When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we’ll be funnier to look at than to read.”


–Sinclair Lewis

Vocabulary Builder

Here’s a great link to a vocabulary builder at Quizlet: Kaplan GRE Flash Cards.

Rather than scrolling through the flashcards, just scroll downward on the page to the area where the flash card content is shown in aggregate, and you’ll find a list of 500 words and their definitions. What a great, quick way to refresh your vocabulary!

And here’s a link that tells you more about Quizlet, a powerful learning resource.

Just remember this: as a writer, your job is NOT to impress people with your awesome vocabulary. Your job is to be able to convey complex concepts in an easily understandable format. Your vocabulary skills simply help you quickly grasp this information; your skill as a writer converts this knowledge into a usable format for the benefit of your readers.

As one of my professors used to say: “Your Job is to Obviate Obfuscation and Eschew Sesquipedalianism!” [Look it up; it's a JOKE : ) ]. Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson so elegantly put it: “Simplify, simplify.”

E-Book Sales Top Paperbacks For First Time

On April 15, 2011, CNN Money reported that sales of E-books outpaced those of paperbacks for the first time.

The growth of e-books is stunning; sales rose 202% from February 2010 to February 2011, and Amazon reported in January 2011 that its sales of e-books surpassed those of paperbacks.

Good news for trees, writers, and Amazon. Bad news for traditional book publishers and traditional book stores.

The PACE of the shift is what is so stunning to analysts. And this pace spells doom to bookstores who are unable to accept this new reality and make quick and nimble adjustments to their business model. The world has fundamentally changed.

Welcome to WordPros

WORDPROS’ BLOG Celebrates Great Writing. It’s also filled with tips and tricks to help you improve your own writing skills. Whether you are a professional writer, a blogger, an Executive Secretary, or an English Major, a few basic tips can take your writing from bland to WOW.

OUR MOST BASIC ADVICE for the beginning writer? (more…)

Quickly Condense Web Pages for Easy Reading

Here’s an indispensable tool for prolific readers of web content: Readability.

Just download this handy app, easily add it to your browser’s toolbar, & with a single mouseclick you can escape all the web page clutter (ads, images, photos, rotating banners, Bing nag screens, etc.) and get to the heart of the web page: the article you’re trying to read.

I’ve found it indispensable for web research; I can quickly scan an article and move on to the next search result without enduring all the visual distractions inherent in the modern web.

See what you think; download this great experiment here.

Why You NEED Your Computer

Dave Barry

Dave Barry

“To better understand why you need a personal computer, let’s take a look at the pathetic mess you call your life.”


–Dave Barry

Stress Reduction Tip #1

Words of Wisdom!

“Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So, if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress, that’s a warning flag for me. What it means is there’s something that I haven’t completely identified perhaps in my conscious mind that is bothering me, and I haven’t yet taken any action on it.

I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation — even if it’s not solved — the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it. So, stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn’t be ignoring, I think, in large part.”


—Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder

Read the full interview here

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