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Grammar and you

Proper usage of words and grammar is no rocket science. It’s not meant for intellectuals who breathe literature, nor is it meant to make you feel down and dejected if you fail to get it right. Grammar is nothing but a precise way to make sure we use language in its authentic form, and give it the respect it deserves. Grasping grammar makes you communicate better, talk better and write better. So why not take the pain to spot some silly, everyday mistakes you make and correct them? Not so difficult, right? In today’s article, I am going to talk about some simple grammatical mistakes and how to avoid them. 1. Its and It’s. It’s stands for “it is” or...

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Scottish Gaelic on the Big Screen — A Short History by Àdhamh Ó Broin

Dear readers, This week, we bring to you a short history on Scottish Gaelic on the big screen by Àdhamh Ó Broin. *** Since beginning work on Outlander I had been curious about how often Scottish Gaelic had appeared to any significant extent in mainstream film productions and whether it had previously been given the kind of precedence it received in both Diana Gabaldon’s books and our rendering of them for TV. I began with a quick internet search. I hadn’t been into the first Wikipedia page I found two minutes before I realised that Scottish Gaelic was not even listed as one of the languages used in Outlander. After a quick stink kicked up in Twitter, someone stepped in...

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Eilean Donan and Dornie – A brief journey

This week, I decided to give you a glimpse of our life at Bombadil. Many of our readers wish to know about the place we are based in, a small, cheery town called Dornie in the Highlands. If there’s anything that instantly boosts your creative spirits and inspires you, it’s a hot mug of coffee, a bright sunlit morning and snow-capped mountains. And what better place to match this other than Dornie? Dornie lies in Kintail district, in Ross-shire of the beautiful Scottish highlands. The main road to skye, A87, passes just outside the little town. Dornie happens to be a major tourist attraction, with the world famous Eilean Donan Castle in the vicinity. Eilean Donan Castle, or the Island...

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Interviewing Àdhamh Ó Broin

Dear Readers, We are pleased to introduce you to Àdhamh Ó Broin, the world’s most sought-after Scottish Gaelic Consultant. His job is as unique as he is, and we are extremely glad he could take some time out of his ever-busy schedule to be interviewed by us. Thank you so much Adhamh! Adhamh’s work is diverse, he is a Gaelic tutor, a songwriter, poet, translator, storyteller, a live performer. . .and so on. His talent and skills know no bounds as does his love for Scottish Gaelic. He tutored the cast and crew of the American-British TV Series “Outlander” to deliver Scottish Gaelic to perfection. And that’s just one of his many pursuits. Although Adhamh’s work keeps him on his...

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Your guide to a career in Publishing

The publishing industry today has taken the shape and strength of an avalanche. A career in this industry not only offers a great opportunity to the creative side of you, it also offers you the challenge you are looking for your career growth. An industry that is witnessing constant change, thanks to the rapidly changing technology in the publishing sector, the field now has to offer a lot of roles that were inconceivable merely a decade ago. These exciting roles are best suited for people who can adapt to change and learn the skills required to fit here. Publishing companies are now taking in people who can not only handle the pressure and still put their creative talents to use,...

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Know your rights—A glimpse into the publishing rights of your book

Today, I am going to write about that aspect of your book that you always tend to ignore in your excitement of getting to publish your book and yet, this is of supreme importance. I am talking about your rights as an author. Your agent has finally found you that publisher who wishes to publish your book traditionally and take you to new heights as a published author. But is that all you need to look at when signing that contract? No, definitely not. An an author, there are rights to the book that you exclusively hold. In the end, it’s your book and property. And so, it’s not only necessary but rather mandatory that you know what you’re getting...

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Author Interview: Ryan Ruggiero

Dear readers, This week we introduce you to Ryan Ruggiero, the author of Voices with Feathers: Stories of African Youth. Her book is down the line for publication by us this year. 1. To begin with, please tell us a little about yourself. I am 28 years old and currently live in Philadelphia, PA with my boyfriend. Serving your community is very important to me and after I served in South Africa in the US Peace Corps for 3 years I started working for the US Federal Government at the General Services Administration. I love to cook, travel and volunteer with youth in my community. 2. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve been writing ever...

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What to write in your book’s “Acknowledgement”

If there's anything a writer dreads more than a writer's block, it's perhaps writing the acknowledgement for his masterpiece. No matter how many hundreds and thousands of acknowledgements you may have gone through, you are almost always bound to rest your fingers on the keyboard and think hard before starting on writing your own. I think acknowledgement has a similar affect on people when they are asked,"please tell me something about yourself?". This question always has you at a loss. What do you mention? What do you leave out? How much information needs to be revealed and what needs to be kept under the wraps? It's confusing, right? But don't worry, there's always a method to everything and writing an...

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Author interview – Leigha Brandt

Dear readers, This week we bring to you Miss Leigha Brandt, author of Destruction, published by us. This vibrant girl lives in Nebraska and wrote her book when she was still in high school! So much for dedication! In today’s interview, we try to look into this young girl’s world and and find out what inspired her to venture into writing. 1. To begin with, please tell us a little about yourself. I am 23 years old. Born and raised in Nebraska. My parents had 3 kids and adopted 12. I’m the baby out of the entire bunch. 2. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? At a very young age. I can recall writing short poems...

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Publishing today – A brand new face

Someone really high up on the “food chain” of Publishing once told me that it won’t be long before the Publishing Industry that we know of will soon become a strange new world, and what’s more, we will love the journey as well as the makeover! But I was just a teenager back then, and I dismissed his words. It wasn’t until I started my classes at the publishing school when I realized the sanctity of what he had meant. The Publishing Industry is indeed undergoing a change, evolving, experimenting, growing, taking in new trends and technologies to reveal a side we didn’t anticipate. It’s a rather hyped concept that the Publishing Industry is dying, this industry that has been...

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