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    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerGospel Music Culture
  •   Spiritual songs gained little importance prior to the civil war. After the war ended new interest in gospel songs flourished and the music slowly started to gain recognition outside of the slave circles. The abolishment of the slavery helped paved the way for the popularity of gospel music culture because by then slaves were allowed to sing their gospel music freely.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerGospel Music Culture
  •   Gospel music began with Thomas A. Dorsey, considered to be the Father of Gospel Music who composed such gospel landmarks as “There Will Be Peace in the Valley.” Dorsey was a consummate musician who often played the blues and performed with Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. Attending the gatherings of the National Baptist Convention led him to change his music preferences and he started writing gospel songs, among them “If You See My Savior”.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerGospel Music Culture
  •   A large part of gospel music employs the call and response technique, which is a technique between the soloist and the congregation. This is a direct influence of African music that was carried over to America by the slaves. The soloist was allowed to improvise with the text and the melody of the song during the call and response technique.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerGospel Music Culture
  •   Slaves developed work songs, which they sang while laboring out on the fields. As they got more Christianized the songs evolved into something more that held a deeper Biblical context while preserving the message of the harshness of life and labor and oppression under their White owners. Gospel music culture began to evolve even more when slaves began to gather in congregations in tents after work to hear the gospel being preached. There they learned about the old classic Christian hymns that they would later infuse with the musical techniques that they brought with them from Africa. Improvisations of old ad classic hymns led to totally different songs and new arrangements for the hymns.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerHow to Start Small and Finish Big in Self Publishing
  •   Publishing. Three things to consider in publishing are the layout design, the book cover, and the pricing. You should have a lot imagination and creativity when dealing with these things. It is also advised not under price your books, because it will be harder to increase their price once they sell well.

      Marketing. The most important part of publishing is marketing. The sales of your book will greatly depend on how well you market it. You should set aside a lot of time and money for this process. Know of your target market and the places where you can sell your books. Build relationships with local bookstores and employ the support of at least a hundred people from the list of your contacts. Also, never underestimate the power of other forms of media. Send press releases to TV stations, community libraries, etc.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerHow to Start Small and Finish Big in Self Publishing
  •   Writing. Being organized is the key step if you want to produce great material for your book. Answer first the pertinent questions about why you want to write, what is it you want to write about, and for whom before you even begin to write your first word. Once you’ve gotten that out of the way pick a topic to write about, make it something you are passionate about and then center all your brainstorming around that topic. It will also be good to have the essential tools any writer should have right within your reach.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerHow to Start Small and Finish Big in Self Publishing
  •   Self publishing is for you if you have limited resources, if you want creative control over the whole process, and if you want the work done quickly. You may be thinking that this approach will greatly limit the impact and reach of your book, but consider these authors who previously self published - Benjamin Franklin, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Stephen King – they only show that it doesn’t matter whether you start small, the important thing is that you are able to finish big. And how exactly does one finish big in self publishing? Here are some key ideas that you can apply through each of the main steps of publishing.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Help - Your Ultimate Guide
  •   After writing your paragraphs, you will need a strong concluding paragraph. You will summarize the key points of your article, so that they will stay with your readers long after they have finished reading your article. Following this simple article writing help will not only ensure an effective article; it will also make you feel confident in your writing.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Help - Your Ultimate Guide
  •   After this, as you write more paragraphs that support your main thought, keep in mind that you need to use a pyramid format. This is where you will give the important information first, and the least, below. This is so that your readers will get the important details right away. You can also use quotations from people, if they seem to have given a statement supporting the article; never forget to cite your sources, be it the people you have interviewed, or from your own researches.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Help - Your Ultimate Guide
  •   Your opening paragraph must be strong enough to capture your readers' attention. This should be able to give the key factors in your article, and it must be able to entice your readers into reading the rest of the article. So make sure you come up with a strong opening paragraph. It should have a sentence which illustrates your main idea, and this should be supported by the following sentences.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Help - Your Ultimate Guide
  •   First, think of a catchy title. Many people think that this should come first, as it gives them an idea of what to write and what to focus on, but there are some people who give their articles a title only after they have finished writing it. When they read their articles, it is as if it is suggesting a title. Still, if you can, try to first come up with a catchy title which will show what your article will be all about, in order to keep you on track as well.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Help - Your Ultimate Guide
  •   Still, you cannot say that writing is next to nothing. After all, it can get overwhelming, as well as confusing. All you need is some article writing help, and soon enough, you will see yourself holding a pen and writing fluidly. Reading the article you have finished writing is one of the nicest accomplishments you will have, so pay close attention to this article writing help, overcome your fear of writing, and be on your way to becoming a writer!
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerThe No-Brainer Book Writing Template For Successful Authors
  •   4) Make the most of your connections

      When you enter the field of book publishing, you are setting up a business of sorts so you have to know the right people and use the proper connections. Local bookstores, community libraries, bookstore chains, these are only a few of the important connections you should be working on as early as now.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerThe No-Brainer Book Writing Template For Successful Authors
  •   3) Be ready to face your fears and the expenses

      If you think that book writing is all about your talent and creativity, well you got it all wrong. The best writers will be the first to tell you that it takes a lot more than that. A good book requires effective publishing and especially good marketing in order to be successful. These two take money and risks and so prepare yourself for these things.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerThe No-Brainer Book Writing Template For Successful Authors
  •   * Why do I want to write a book?

      * Who do I want to reach with my book?

      * What is my book going to be about?

      * How will I write my book?

      2) Select a topic

      There are countless of fields and professions that can benefit from the book you are writing. Choose a particular field and let this be the center of your brainstorming sessions for the content of your book. You want to have laser focus on a particular topic so you will produce something that will be highly relevant to that field.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerThe No-Brainer Book Writing Template For Successful Authors
  •   Yes, just like anything that’s worth doing, there is a certain way to do things when it comes to writing a book – a book writing template that will give you a sure shot at success.

      1) 10 questions to ask yourself before writing a book

      The first thing in this book writing template is that you have to define the purpose of your book and why you are writing it. Before you even try thinking of the first sentence of your book or of the title, ask yourself these questions first:
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Template - What to Include
  •   As you write other paragraphs in the same format, keep in mind that you always have to put the main and most important information first. This is so that your readers will immediately get the necessary information they need and want. When you are done writing the paragraphs which illustrate your main article or argument, you should wrap up your article with a solid conclusion. This is where you usually summarize the important points in your article, so that they will stick with your readers.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Template - What to Include
  •   What you should include in it are the following: a main, strong sentence, illustrative sentences that support this, and reference. As an article is based on facts, a writer never fails to cite his references, when he or she has any. Sometimes, quotes are also used to help strengthen the article. This gives it more depth and feeling.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Template - What to Include
  •   The first paragraph follows the title directly, so it has to have the same catchy appeal as the title. It has to give the main information, and it has to do so in an interesting way, so that it will once again entice the readers to finish reading the whole article. In a newspaper article it is often called a "lead," whereas it is sometimes also referred to as a "teaser." The names give you an idea of their function.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic posted by Christopher GrangerArticle Writing Template - What to Include
  •   The following are some things you should consider when writing a title: try to insert something for the reader so that they will be enticed to read it; also, put in the keywords of the article so the reader will instantly know what you will be talking about, and also for search engine optimization. As you do this, do not be afraid to try out several titles. Only by trying the way they sound and look will you be able to capture the perfect title.