Welcome to Saw's Blog - Saw Laman is a professional writer and the creator of the epic fantasy series: JuneBug and the I-Guard.
This blog is for the amateur writer looking for the next step in their writing journey. Every book is a journey and Saw wants to take that journey with you.
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Saw's Blog
So You Want to be a Writer
Everything You Need To Know . . . And So Much More
Introduction - This is an introduction to Saw's Blog. It explains who Saw is, and why he is writing this blog. If you are a writer and looking for what to do next in your writing journey, this is the blog for you.
tags: introduction

Preface - "So You Want to be a Writer . . . Everything You Need to Know, and So Much More," is the title of Saw Laman's new book for up and coming authors.
tags: introduction, writing tips
Section One: Copyediting
01 - First Draft - Getting your story out of your head and down on paper. How to keep from getting distracted while you write.
tags: book editing, draft

02 - Second Draft - Now that the first draft is complete, it is time to move the process from your pages to your screen. What to do while typing your manuscript for the first time.
tags: book editing, draft, typing

03 - Now It Gets Real - Now it is decision-making time. Now is the time to decide what exactly you wish to achieve with your new manuscript.
tags: book editing

04 - Formatting - Getting your manuscript all dressed up and ready for proofing. Understanding what Standard Formatting means.
tags: book editing, formatting

05 - Copyediting - Deciding whether or not to hire a copyeditor or try editing yourself can be a big decision that could make or break you.
tags: book editing

06 - First Point of Reference - Saw will show you how to set a point of reference that will show you just how much progress you are making as you proceed.
tags: book editing, reference

07 - Know Your Weaknesses - The most important thing to know when editing your own manuscript, is yourself. If you know your weaknesses, it makes it easier to correct.
tags: book editing

08 - Learning Grammar Tricks - Saw walks you through the most commonly overlooked grammar errors made by young writers.
tags: book editing, grammar

09 - Time to Evaluate - It is time to take a look at where you are and how far you have come so far.
tags: book editing, reference

10 - Passive Sentences - Passive sentences are a pain in your manuscript. It is time to detect and destroy them.
tags: book editing, passive sentences

11 - Start a Dialogue - The complete dos and don’ts to using proper dialogue in your writing.
tags: book editing, dialogue

12 - First Proofreading Session - Now it is time to read what you wrote. Don’t get too comfortable, you still have plenty of work to do.
tags: book editing, proofreading

13 - Second Proofreading Session - Now let’s read it again. You will be surprised at the changes you will still find.
tags: book editing, proofreading

14 - One Last Point of Reference - This is where you get to see how much better your story is now that you have completed your editing.
tags: book editing, reference
Section Two: Know the Numbers
15 - To Self-publish or Not to Self-publish - Saw explains the difference and the warnings of self-publishing first.
tags: know the numbers, self-publishing

16 - Using Protection Can Affect You - Squashing the myths about copyrights and what you need to know before you make a mistake.
tags: know the numbers, copyright

17 - Can A Poor Man Copyright - The truth about poor man copyrights.
tags: know the numbers, copyright

18 - It’s all in the Numbers (ISBN) - Saw breaks down what you should know about ISBNs.
tags: know the numbers, ISBN

19 - Let's Have a Drink at the Barcode - A simple explanation into what barcodes are and if you need them.
tags: know the numbers, barcode

20 - The EIN - Another simple explanation into what EINs are and why you should get one.
tags: know the numbers, EIN
Section Three: Book Cover Design
21 - Judging a Book by Its Cover - Saw discusses the importance of designing a great book cover for your manuscript.
tags: book cover design

22 - The Concept - To have a great book cover you need to have a great concept.
tags: book cover design, concept

23 - Tools of the Trade - Creating a great book cover requires some good tools. Saw makes his recommendations, and then gives you alternatives as well.
tags: book cover design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

24 - Choices, Choices, Choices - Saw lays out the four choices you have in deciding which style of book cover you want to represent your hard work.
tags: book cover design

25 - Cookie Cutter Cover - Saw tests twelve of the free book cover design websites and reports his findings.
tags: book cover design

26 - The Five-Minute Cover - Saw walks you through selecting artwork and creating a wonderful cover for your book in only five minutes.
tags: book cover design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Pixabay

27 - Creative Control Cover - Saw walks you through creating a more detailed, and creative cover design sure to impress even you.
tags: book cover design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Freepik

28 - Publishers Choice Cover - Saw explains what a publisher’s choice cover is and how it could save you money if you decide to self-publish or print ARCs.
tags: book cover design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Freepik, ARCs
Section Four: Building Your Brand
29 - What Is Brand Building - While your book is being reviewed by friends, family members, or beta readers, it is time to start building your brand.
tags: brand building

30 - What is in a Name - Saw discusses the benefits to creating a pseudonym (pen name) and offers options if you don't have one already picked out.
tags: brand building, pen names

31 - Anonymity In Wyoming - In this blog, Saw will discuss the importance of separating your personal life from your business, and offers some of the best ways to do so.
tags: brand building, Wyoming LLC, Legal Zoom

32 - Emails - Setting up emails under your new pen name and business name are important, but setting up "Net" emails are just as important.
tags: brand building, emails

33 - Facebook - Although you already have social media accounts, now is the time to think about creating fan-based accounts for your brand. Saw explains how to create those accounts and how to make them work for you.
tags: brand building, Facebook

34 - Twitter - Although you already have social media accounts, now is the time to think about creating fan-based accounts for your brand. Saw explains how to create those accounts and how to make them work for you.
tags: brand building, Twitter

35 - Top Social Media Sites - Saw goes through the top ten social media sites and the benefits to using them in your brand building.
tags: brand building, Facebook, Twitter, social media

36 - When Opportunity Knocks - Finishing up your brand building journey with a little advice on taking advantage of opportunities, and remaining professional.
tags: brand building, professionalism
Section Five: Building a Website
37 - BLT - Building a website is as easy as building a Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich.
tags: web design

38 - Top Slice of Bread - To build the perfect BLT, you always start with the top slice of bread. This is also known as your Biography page.
tags: web design, biography

39 - Bottom Slice of Bread - This is the contact page for your website. Your visitors need to know how to reach you if you want to sell your book to them.
tags: web design, contact

40 - Lettuce - Adding substance to your website is like adding the right amount of lettuce. Use this page to lead up to your meat.
tags: web design, social media

41 - Bacon - This is the meat of your website. This page needs to be rich in content to assure that your visitors will want to return for updates.
tags: web design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

42 - Tomatoes - This is where you give your visitors a little more substance, whether with extra content, or a teaser into the next book in your series.
tags: web design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

43 - WYSIWYG - Saw walks you through downloading and setting up the WYSIWYG Web Builder 15 software package.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG

44 - Page Properties - Setting up your page properties is one of the most important things you can do to help drive traffic to your site.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG, Meta Tags Keywords

45 - Breakpoints - making your website responsive will allow users to see your content regardless of the device they are using.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG, Breakpoints

46 - Page One - Now it is time to transform the pages you created into website pages.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG,

47 - Tricks - There are several simple tricks you can learn in WYSIWYG that will help spruce up your website.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG,

48 - BLT Complete- Once page one is complete; you will have the skills to set up the other pages in your website.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG,

49 - Making Contact - Next to your index page, the contact page is the second most important page on your website.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG, Contact

50 - Menu - No website is complete without a menu to help your visitors navigate smoothly.
tags: Web Design, WYSIWYG, Menu
Section Six: Domain Names and Other Things
51 - ICANN - The perfect website needs the perfect domain name. Saw explains the basics behind the organization that governs domain names.
tags: Domain Names, ICANN, NameCheap

52 - WHOIS - Protecting your privacy is important. Saw explains the importance of purchasing WHOIS protection for your domain name.
tags: Domain Names, WHOIS, NameCheap

53 - Add Emails - Domain email addresses are an important part of your branding. Adding in the price of emails could affect your registrar costs.
tags: Domain Names, Emails, NameCheap

54 - Hosting - Once you decide on a registrar, you need to get hosting. Saw explains the benefits to purchasing them as a package.
tags: Domain Names, Hosting, NameCheap
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