Brian Austin

Brian Austin

Parent, married, published author of 15 books, website publisher, SEO magic-maker, ghostwriter, crypto-researcher, storyteller, wonderer, futurist, thinker. Member of the UK Society of Authors (SoA). Disclaimer - not a crypto investor or trader in cryptocurrencies. For research purposes, to continue to learn more about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, tokens, and decentralisation, I use small amounts of tokens for creating, testing, and using smart contracts.

Vanity Publishing and the Abyss

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Achieving publication today in the traditional book writing arena is now harder than ever. Only a tiny minority of presented manuscripts ever reach publication, perhaps as a result of an illogical mix of persistence, patience, perseverance, slight craziness with a little luck! Yet the numbers of writers who seek to…

What Makes a Sentence Work?

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If we think of words as the building blocks of written and spoken communications, sentences are like the cement or glue that binds together our words so that others can "make sense" of what we want to say. In this tip, we'll examine sentence structure a little closer and discover…

The Comma and More

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The use of "and" in combination with adjacent commas seems to attract surprisingly polarized arguments among writers of different styles. As communicators, we often use the word "and" to link two phrases or parts of a sentence. One popular remedy is that whenever we use the word "and", we should…

The Perfect Document in 10 Steps

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You've written your piece, made changes, fixed any errors, so now your document is just about perfect, yes? So in triumph, you launch or print your "final version". As you scan your masterpiece, your jubilation is short lived as you discover yet even more errors. You simply can't understand how…

Overcome Almost Every Obstacle

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This particular acquired skill is not only highly beneficial to writers, speakers, presenters and website content creators but to anyone dealing with any obstacle that life may throw at us. If you've read other tips presented throughout this website, you'll notice that several of the snippets I've suggested, although perhaps…

Why There's Always Another Way

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This tip isn't directly related to writing, speaking, presenting, publishing or how to develop a prosperous and successful website. Rather, I want to explore what is often referred to as prosperity thinking. Developing a deep, authentic belief that you have a genuine right to the kind of prosperity you seek…

Heavy or Light Punctuation?

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Is "light" punctuation enough? A common question that many writers and web content providers might ask today. So first, let's establish just what we mean by "light" or"open"punctuation. Well how about a written passage that contains little punctuation? Or a text sequence with little more than full stops and few…

Why Empty the Trash ASAP?

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If you're using a website powered by the Joomla! web Content Management System, when you delete a content item or menu item, Joomla! moves the entry into the Trash Manager. The Trash Manager is much like the Recycle Bin in Microsoft Windows - sometimes useful if you delete an item…

How to Maintain Your Writing Flow

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Writers and communicators like most everyone else, can experience peaks and troughs - especially in creativity. Some days, the right words come easily, and everything matches up perfectly. At other times, you may feel like you have to drag each useful phrase, lead, or idea, kicking and screaming out of…

Create Descriptive, Expressive Writing

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Have you ever watched a young child painting her picture? The brush strokes may be large, the colors blindingly bright, the strokes bold and immediate, but the intense, yet natural expression and level of focus on that child's face can be enlightening! As authors, speakers, presenters and website providers, we…

Adjacent Paragraph Tips

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In other articles, tips and techniques, we've explored various methods that relate to writing style, word choices, sequencing, sentence structures and publication design. This tip provides a wonderfully simple and brief technique that can help ensure the adjacent paragraphs that make up your document "read well". So what exactly do…

Identifying Redundant Words

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Some words that we may use in written and spoken conversations add little value or meaning to our messages. Developing the ability to spot potentially unnecessary words in a sentence, questioning their value and optionally removing the "hangers-on", can help turn an average, "amateur" publication into one that is "tight,…

2 Simple Smart Marketing Tips

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In communications, sometimes, the simplest of changes can have huge implications. A common fallacy is that a highly successful publication equally requires an equally high cost. You can achieve much or radically alter the response of a document by simply making better choices in its presentation. For example, results of…

Create Goals that Really Work

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In the lightest sense, a goal is simply something we want to achieve, yes? A desired outcome. However, often, when we "set ourselves a goal", after our initial burst of enthusiasm, we may just be "treading water", or "going through the motions". At these times, often life gets in the…

Design For Online Viewing

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Studies have shown that reading from a PC screen or TV compared to scanning a paper document demands more effort from our eyes and brain in order to make sense of what we're reading or viewing. However ... Although, over time, as more of us regularly view onscreen information using…