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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome Author Kayelle Allen

Tips for Posting Excerpts

by Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen's motto is "romance lives forever." She enjoys hiking, movies, reading, and SciFi conventions. A multipublished, award winning author with character-driven, plot-heavy SciFi Romances, her worldbuilding skills include alien languages and 10k years of future history. Kayelle is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, unforgettable passion.

Authors labor long and hard over a book, and once it's been written and published, the next part takes a bit more work: promoting it. One of the best ways to entice readers is through offering excerpts.
I won't touch on how to pick the right excerpt from your book today. Instead, I'd like to show you a technical tip for posting them in a readable fashion. Fonts and special characters can cause real problems, especially when transferring them into email to send to a group.

Have you ever come across an excerpt that looks like this:
&*%$He loves her&*%$ it&*%$s obvious.&*%$
 It should read: "He loves her; it's obvious."

How easy was it to read that in the first sample above? Imagine an entire page like that! How long would you read before giving up and going to the next excerpt?

When posting excerpts or quotes on a group message or bulletin board such as Yahoo! Groups, the service strips out curly quotes - the kind that curl one way in front and the other way in back. Many email programs replace these with the ascii code for that command.

A font that readers don't possess can cause the same thing. For example, something frilly and fancy like a handwritten-looking font changes to courier with all the codes as above.

When posting, use Arial, Times, or Times New Roman, and turn off the curly quotes feature on your word processor. This will ensure your excerpts and posts come out readable and clear. I'm sure they look lovely on your computer, but how will they look online?

If you have questions or problems with posts, feel free to share them. If I can answer them, I will. If I can't, I'll do my best to find out from someone else. I'll drop in as often as possible to post a response.

Kayelle Allen

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