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COMING SOON: Write an eBook in 30 Days!

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Have you ever wanted to write an eBook but were daunted by the very idea of working through the process?

Help is on the way! This April 2015, we’re launching our HOW TO WRITE AN eBOOK IN 30 DAYS email program so watch for details in the next issue of TimedWrite. Recommends…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments


Check out this useful BLOG POST on using CARBONITE to back up your computer.

Aw, Shucks, You Made Me BLUSH!

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Here’s a lovely testimonial from S.G., a recent graduate, who used our FIRST JOB FREE to tweak a letter of recommendation. His sponsor was proud to sign (it WAS beautifully written, after all), and we wish our new friend well in his search for permanent employment.

“Thank you for helping me to write the letter of recommendation for my job applications. I made 10 copies but it was so good that maybe I will only need one!”


Good Grammar is ALWAYS in Style!

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe 2 Comments


Do you ever have one of those days when it seems like good grammar is a thing of the past? WE sure do!

Having the opportunity to express oneself is extremely important, but PLEASE don’t do it at the expense of using good grammar.

Let’s take a look at FIVE reasons why WE think that writing with correct grammar in mind is SO important.

  • Good grammar and spelling indicate to your reader that you pay attention to detail. If your resume or cover letter is poorly written, for instance, you can almost guarantee that it will find its way to the bottom of the stack.
  • Bad grammar and spelling can be perceived as owing to ignorance, sloppiness and incompetence. When you see a sign with a misspelled word, what crosses YOUR mind about the business behind it?
  • Good grammar is a sign of professionalism AND respect for your reader. When your writing looks good, YOU and your business look good to your audience.
  • Good grammar, spelling and usage increase your credibility. Those of us who take care to write well and review what we’ve written stand out above the crowd.
  • Good grammar is synonymous with clear communication. A message that is rife with spelling errors and grammar mistakes is naturally more likely to be dismissed and discarded, while a well-crafted message is more likely to get read.

So there you go! PLEASE keep these in mind the next time you send ANYTHING to ANYONE!

There’s a FUN side to the IDES of MARCH!

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

CLICK HERE to access this month’s PRINT ME Puzzle!

Here’s our MARCH Word Search puzzle! We’ve done Easter (2013) and St. Patrick’s Day (2014). What’s left? The IDES of MARCH, of course!

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P.S. Check out our new PUZZLES page on

The REAL DEAL for March 2015

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments


For each month of the Year 2015, we’re offering a different DEAL OF THE MONTH to EVERYONE!

This month, we’re offering an amazing bonus with our new E@sy eZines product!

For the month of March 2015 ONLY, we’re giving away a copy of Neworld Coaching’s “How to Use Email Marketing to Your Best Advantage” ($40 value) with every sale.

Are Email Newsletters Facing Extinction?

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments


“The Internet is the world’s largest library. It’s just that all the books are on the floor.”

                       – John Allen Paulos

                      ARE EZINES ON THE SHELF?

Have email newsletters gone the way of the dinosaurs? Some schools of thought have labelled them as old-school and filed eZines in the same dead file with dial-up Internet connections and fax machines. Email newsletters, however, are not only still around, they’re thriving.

With hand-held devices sporting mobile apps and instant access to social media, how can our little missives, which still get caught in spam filters on occasion, survive and flourish?

One reason why email newsletters are still kicking is that readers are growing tired not only of sorting through endless gobs of information but also of feeling “stalked” by forceful websites.

There are still many of us who prefer to be in control of what information we choose to receive and having something recognizable show up in our inboxes.

From the readers’ point of view, email newsletters are supposed to show up in our inboxes because we requested regular access to the content that they contain. For senders, email newsletters are still a great way to get in front of people who are interested in whatever we have to say.

Email newsletters, and email marketing for that matter, are here to stay and are NOT going extinct like our ancient reptilian friends. So let’s not think of them as Internet dinosaurs; like cockroaches, they will flourish and survive for a long time to come!

~ Deborah

P.S. Our E@sy eZines product, which launches next week on March 9, 2015, will take you through the process of designing, creating and marketing your online newsletter. Check out the next section for details!

Book Trivia Quiz from

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Do you know the answer to this month’s Trivia Quiz? Send an email with your guess, and we’ll reward the correct entries with a prize. Or, if you’re into suspense, we’ll publish the answer in the next issue of
Timed Write.

Can YOU name the clever little book that contains this line?

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.”

P.S. The answer to our January 2015 trivia quiz is TWYNDYLLYNG, an Old English (Welsh, actually) word meaning “twin.” It is still appears in the Oxford English dictionary today! 

What the FONT?

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Our expert this month is CHRIS STEINGART from


There are lots of great reasons these days not to be stuck with standard web fonts.

Gone are the days of being limited to only a handful of fonts as we can now embrace some really great options for generating a myriad of web fonts on your website.

In the olden days (ie. a few years ago) web developers were limited to a handful of fonts as your website needed to use a font that was installed on the computer of one of your visitors. Choosing a unique font could look great on your computer but you ran the risk of visitors only seeing it a basic serif or sans-serif font. Many designers found ways around this by creating banners that featured text loaded as images, which was a great option for sites that weren’t assembled dynamically. The other issue was that ‘tricking’ users with images instead of text also tricked you out of having elements of your page recognized by search engines.

Thankfully today there are several great options for expanding your font horizons on your site:

A simple CSS3 rule that allows you to host fonts on your server and have them rendered via your website if the visitor to your site doesn’t have the font installed on their computer. This method is supported on Safari, Chrome, Firefox and some acceptance in IE.
To use the @font-face property, simply upload an otf font file to your server and then enter the following code into your CSS specifying the location of the font family:

@font-face {
font-family: GraublauWeb;
src: url(“path-to-the-font-file/GraublauWeb.otf”) format(“opentype”);
One drawback to using this technique is that you need to be licensed to use a specific font and larger companies could face lawsuits for using these fonts. Beyond this and a few browser compatibility issues, @ font-face is an incredibly easy way to add fonts to your website.

Cufon is a font replacement solution that allows you to upload a font to the Cufon Font Generator and create a javascript file that can be uploaded to your web server. In many ways this works very similar to @ font-face but it’s been regarded as a more complicated way to implement and you can’t use it for body text on your website, so in our opinion why would you want to use it? Nevertheless many people still do continue to use Cufon so we felt it important to keep it in this list. If you need a solution to style headers in specific fonts, this could be for you.

Founded in 2008 and currently owned by Adobe, Typekit uses javascript to allow users to embed fonts. It supports the @font-face property and all fonts available are licensed. Typekit is a subscription-based service with rates running from $2-8 based on the number of fonts you would like access to and the # of page loads in a month.

Google Fonts API

The newest player in the web font scene, what started as a project featuring 20 fonts now offers over 450 font families and the best part it’s free! The system basically works the same as typekit with fonts hosted on google’s server, but without the cost. To use a font, all you have to do is find the font in google’s directory and copy the embed code to place in the <head> of your website. The Google Font API means that you don’t need to use CSS3’s @ font-face method (while you do in Typekit) allowing complete cross-browser compatibility. Google Fonts is the best solution for anybody wanting to get their feet wet in the world of web fonts, there’s a large library to choose from and it’s well documented.

The changing landscape
As you can see, there are plenty of great ways to implement new fonts into your website for the beginner and master coder alike. So the only thing left is to get started and dive into the pool and start playing around with web fonts!

*Special note, while the title of this article is a crude play on words, it also happens to be the name of one of our favourite free font identification apps.

CLICK HERE to visit the QTWeb BLOG!

Will the Silliest Sign Please Stand Out?

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

This January, we launched the first of two planned FREE$tuff emails for the first quarter of 2015: SATURDAY SILLY SIGNS. This is a pictorial spin-off from our Gaffe du Jour and THIS time, the Gaffe will be in pictures. You’ll receive a new “Silly Sign” every Saturday night– mostly funny church signs (there are plenty of those!) with a few grammar gaffes and spelling blunders added in. Since we’re only sending one per week, we’ll be sure to send our very best!

We’ll also be publishing a 30-part series centred on “How to Write an eBook in 30 Days.” We’ve had this one on the back burner for far too long and we’re really looking forward to getting this informative program out to all of our subscribers. In fact, we’re offering a SUPER COOL bonus to the first ten subscribers. We’ll tell you ALL about that in the March issue!