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Writer’s Tips – Friday #Blogshare – #SelfPublishing #WordPress Changes Coming

Tips for Writers

This Friday blogshare has some interesting and informative links from the big change coming soon with your WordPress Editor, Joanna Penn talks about writing with dictation, David Gaughran talks about the differences between publishing paperbacks on KDP and Createspace, and an interesting post on memoir writing.

Gutenberg is coming, supposedly at the end of August! Your WordPress editor is about to change!

Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)

Is Gutenberg the End or a New Beginning for WordPress?


Gutenberg for Self Hosted sites – or the option to add a plugin to keep Gutenberg from taking over our blog editor. Of course I added the plugin!



Gmail has new features every writer can use. Guest writer at the blog of Anne R. Allen. Nate Hoffelder offers 12 helpful hacks. Ever wanted to unsend an email? Now you can do it!

Source: The New Gmail: Twelve Gmail Hacks Every Writer Can Use


Joanna Penn on the benefits of writing through dictation

Healthy Writer Tips: How To Use Dictation For A Healthier Writing Life


David Gaughran informing us on the differences between publishing paperbacks on KDP vs. Createspace

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


  • Chuck Jackson

    HI Debbie,
    The post from David Gaughan is concerning. He is not the first person I have heard discussing the shut down of Create Space. Have you made the decision to change? I remember you stating some other issues being in Canada. I’m scratching my head wondering should I or shouldn’t I make the plunge and switch. Thanks for this post. HUGS

    • dgkaye

      Hi Chuck. No, I haven’t moved over yet, and yes, CS is still holding my royalties captive – only paying out when each book hits $100 threshold. But I feel KDP print is still in beta and need to make more changes – especially for Canadians. So I’m not moving until I’m satisfied, or receive notification they are closing down. Watch this space! 😉 xx

    • dgkaye

      Marian, if you own your own domain, there is a plugin to install to bypass Gutenberg and keep what you have 🙂 Your web person should know this 🙂

  • sally cronin

    Hi Debby.. I have also left this comment on Facebook to bring people here to comment. If WordPress is at all interested in their current users opinion… a very high percentage do not even understand the language involved! I have just read two of the links and they might as well be in Swahili. Does that make me a luddite unwilling to change.. No, most certainly not, but WordPress prides itself on welcoming new bloggers into the fold and the majority of them are going to run a mile when faced with Gutenberg. There is an appearance of trying to keep up with the Jones (competitors), quite frankly no need, as I think WordPress classic editing is just fine compared to clunky offerings on other bloggin sites… and many of us are very happy working via our desk top and laptops without the need for applications for mobile phones and other devices. We like things clear and simple, especially when posting regularly. So let us hope that they make this upgrade and also their two step authentication opt in, not universal. I would love to know how many geeks there are actually blogging on WordPress out of the millions who really want this level of Swahili….xxxx♥

    • dgkaye

      Thanks so much for adding your bit here Sal. So far, any blogger I know who is aware of this feels exactly like you and I. Apparently, this was to take effect last April, and now the word is end of August. I don’t even know if WP will give bloggers a choice to upgrade or not but I suspect they will not. I guess that’s the beauty of being self hosted. I’ve already downloaded the ‘classic editor’ plugin I was offered to bypass all the headache and keep the editor I have. I haven’t activated it yet, but will as soon as I get the message of the upcoming transition. Because we don’t have enough WP glitches to deal with as it is! 🙂 <3 Thanks as always for sharing Sal <3 xx

  • Manuel Calderon Murgueytio

    I really enjoyed your interview. Very nice and says how much you are worth as a writer. With your answers you learn to value when you want to write. Finding your blog has been a hit. Greetings and follow the successes with your books. Undoubtedly, that is how it will be.

  • John Maberry

    WOW–what a cornucopia of great stuff! 🙂 I did the bypass plugin a couple weeks ago, but I am planning to at least try out Gutenberg. There’s a lot of potential items to do on posts already that I’ve never used and have no desire to. But I do need to know about CS and KDP print if and when I decide to leave Lulu.

    • dgkaye

      So glad you found these useful, that’s why I share my findings. 🙂 Ok question, you added the bypass plugin, so have I. Have you activated it yet? I haven’t yet, waiting for feedback from someone LOL 🙂

      • John Maberry

        I’m ashamed to admit I don’t remember if I activated it yet or not. Kind of irrelevant, I think, given that Gutenberg won’t be here until the major update to 5.0–although I COULD be using it now in the beta state. I try never to do beta with important stuff! I installed it in case I found time to (foolishly or like an adventurous Boy Scout) try out the new thing. LOL.

        • dgkaye

          Well I’m sure you won’t be foolish when it comes along and everyone who isn’t self hosted is tearing their hair out and you have the option. And lol, you just have to go to your plugin page in your dashboard and see your list of plugins, they each will be highlighted with ‘deactivate’ (it’s activated) or ‘activate’ 🙂

  • Lana Broussard

    Well, it seems like they always have to be changing something, sigh. Always something new to learn. This has happened to both online platforms that I teach on, both have migrated to new systems. I don’t even know what I’ll do with my next class on one of them, but I have a whole 15 minutes to figure it out before the class starts, LOL. Thanks for keeping us updated, Debby!

  • Sarah Brentyn

    Kinda nervous to see all the changes to WP but…eh…gotta find out. I loved Nate’s post on Anne’s blog about gmail. I, personally, didn’t know all that so good one to bookmark. Looking forward to Joanna Penn’s dictation post. I got some software for the holidays and haven’t used it. *cringe* I really need to. I think it’s going to be AWESOME.

    Fingers crossed this comment posts…

    • dgkaye

      I hear you girl, much to take in. I’m just the messenger, lol. Even Gmail has become confusing. Time to bring out the new software! At least we can all learn together and help one another with all these changes. 🙂 And yes, I got your comment! 🙂 😉 <3

  • D. Wallace Peach

    Oh my, I have some reading to do. Thanks for sharing, Debby. I’m really interested in speech to text. I’m not sure I’ll like it, but I want to play with it. Dictation is a little different but I can see it being helpful… especially when I’m driving. 🙂 I have to browse through all of these. Thanks!

    • dgkaye

      Glad to give you some food for thought Diana. I find text to speech is a great help for hearing our work read back to us for late revisions. Hearing the words read back helps pick up little grammar/punctuation/ typo errors the eyes miss. 🙂 xx

  • Elaine Mansfield

    Makes me want to go find a cave to hide in when I think about learning a new Word Press editor. Since I use lots of photos, it could make life easier. One never knows. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve seen news about it but hadn’t read anything before.

    • dgkaye

      Happy to share the heads up Elaine. I hope it’s not as scary as many seem to feel about it. I’m sure once it takes over there will be plenty of blogs talking about and sharing experiences. We learn from each other. 🙂

  • Jeri

    This sounds a lot like the visual editor that the Divi theme from Elegant Themes uses. It took some getting used to at first, but now I love it. However, I won’t use it on my blog posts since it would probably be impossible to get them back to normal if I ever stop using that theme.

  • Norah Colvin

    This is a very useful collection of articles, Debby. I wasn’t aware that Gutenberg was coming to WordPress so found that very interesting. I’m sure the article on memoir was of particular interest to you and many others. Thanks for sharing and helping to keep me up-to-date.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks again Norah. Yes, the dreaded Gutenberg is supposed to be coming soon. There’s lots of chatter around the web about it and it seems nobody is looking forward to it. 🙁

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