7 Best History Apps on iOS For writing Historical Novels

If you want to have more sense while you are exploring different historical parts while write a Historical Fiction. Here are 7 best history apps for iOS users.

There are so many who are passionate to explore the past. The advancement of technology provides opportunities for you to explore some of the great history occasions. These apps offer visual elements and interactive features that will give you more sense while you are exploring different historical parts. Here are 7 best history apps for iOS users:

Timeline World War II
Do you want to explore the events of World War II? Then this app should be installed on your iPad’s. Timeline World War II tells you all about the bloodiest conflicts in human history. It provides you with a dynamic interface that you can use to explore major events and take a deeper look into decisive battles of World War II. The app requires a space of 750mb and is available at meager prices of $9.99.

Today in History
This is really a cool app for students who need daily doses of juicy tidbits. Today in History gives an account of a specific day in the context of a particular timeline. It also provides a list of related words that you can click to know more about the historical value of the day. The app gives information from 100,000 events in a year which include birthdays, holidays and death anniversaries. This app is available for free for both iPad’s and iPhone users.

Virtual History Roma
Do you admire Roman Empire? If yes, then this app should be the next item on your iPhone menu. Virtual History Roma offers a 3D display of events and places of Romans. You can look into historical sites, weapons, and armors that were the symbolic representation of The Roman Empire. The simulation of Colossus and Roman Arena can install a thrill as if you are watching them in real-time.

Street Museum of Continuum
Street Museum of Continuum takes you to the street of London City. The app starts this journey from the ancient time when it was occupied by Romans. It takes you through the events of London city and illustrates its evolution with the passage of time. The app offers additional features for users who have a particular interest in History and Archaeology.

British Library App
British library books app gives an insight into historical manuscripts in the British Library. With this app, you can scan through 60,000 titles as well as 100 highlights about various artifacts found in British History. You can even utilize multimedia elements that include photos, videos, and recordings.

Barefoot World Atlas
Barefoot Atlas is an app that gives historical information about cities and locations. By using this app, history students can get all the facts about an ancient city or historical site. Barefoot Atlas integrates a plethora of multimedia features that makes history a more fun task than a tedious research activity. You can search ancient cities, tap on specific sites for information or even post comments.

Armchair Archaeologist

No archaeology app can beat this online tool. As its name suggests, armchair archaeologist app helps you locate places from your most favorite TV shows. It allows you to search locations based on their historical value. You can search from a list of era, museums, and monuments. Just tap a site and you will get all the facts. With this smart app, you can search for a specific era and all related sites. Armchair Archaeologist app features highlights from 160 sites and 52 museums. The good thing is that you can use it without an internet connection.

About the Author

Garret Jacob (@GarretJacobs3) is a recent college graduate, and has been blogging his way through school. He is well-known for his insightful thoughts on college and campus life.

 

The Surprising Success Secret to Making it Big as a Writer

15 percent of your success comes from your technical skill. The other 85% comes from how well you deal with people.

Do you know the most powerful success secret to making it big as a writer?

Is it:

  • Natural talent?
  • An English degree?
  • How many awards you’ve won?

Dale Carnegie said this back in 1937:

15 percent of your success comes from your technical skill. The other 85% comes from how well you deal with people.

If you think

that’s outdated, check this out.

Google did a survey of managers in 2009 called Project Oxygen. The researchers wanted to know:

  • if managers matter
  • if so, then why do they matter
  • what skills are responsible for their success

Here are so

me of those skills:

  1. Be a good coach.
  2. Empower; don’t micromanage.
  3. Be interested in direct reports, success and well-being.
  4. Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented.
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
  6. Help your employees with career development.
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
  8. Have key technical skills so you can advise the team.

Do you see a theme running through these?

Every one of these skills involves dealing with people.

“Your success as a writer depends more on your people skills than your talent.”  Frank McKinley

Success Secret #1 – You need other people.

Success doesn’t depend much on genius. It does depend heavily on how well you know and relate to other people.

Here are some quick and easy ways to supercharge your human relations IQ.

  • Be courteous. Say thank you when others do you a favor.
  • Do favors for other people. Don’t come asking first. Give if you want to receive.
  • Ask for what you want – and frame it so the other person comes out a winner.

The bottom line is this: treat people as well or better than you want them to treat you. When you do this, you’ll set the standard for how you’re treated.

Success Secret #2 – Don’t wait for people to come to you.

Four years ago, my son and I visited a new church.

Here’s how I got him ready.

“Drew, there are probably a lot of nice people in there. Some of them may come up to you and introduce themselves. But there’s no guarantee of that. Don’t wait around. You introduce yourself to people first and good things will happen.”

I thought he’d just nod his head and do nothing.

Before I even got a seat, Drew introduced me to 4 or 5 people he’d already met!

After church, the same thing happened.

If you want friends, be one. Make the first move. Invite people to chat, spend time with you, and work together. You’ll be amazed at what might happen!

Here’s what happened when I made the first move this year:

  • I’ve done 5 expert interviews
  • I’ve been invited to speak on a webinar and a podcast
  • I have written for two other blogs
  • I’ll be doing a Q&A this fall at the popular Tribe Conference

If you want things to happen, do what my friend Anne Peterson told me:

Always be networking.

Success Secret #3 – Always give people a reason to continue with you.

If you struggle with making people connections, let me recommend a book I’m reading called the Improv Manifesto.

If you’ve ever seen the show Whose Line is it Anyway, you’ve seen improv at its best. I’m not asking you to become a standup comedian. Neither am I asking you to become an actor. The point is there is a lot you can learn from this acting if you want to succeed as a writer.

Here are a few takeaways:

  • Make offers. In other words, give them a reason to say or do something. Think in terms of what they want, not what you want.
  • Start off strong. The first impression you make will last, so make it count.
  • Go for it. Reach out and make that connection now. Do the best you can and remember you’ve got nothing to lose.

“You’ll get what you want when you ask for it.”

Frank McKinley

Now Do This

This week set a networking goal.

Here are some suggestions.

  • Contact an expert and ask for an interview.
  • Do a book review and send a Tweet to the author.
  • Offer to write about something your favorite Blogger’s audience needs but hasn’t gotten yet.

“You can get everything in life you want when you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

Have a fantastic week! I can’t wait to hear how this works for you.

  • Share your story in the comments.
  • Feel free to ask me for help if you’re getting stuck.
  • Want more tips? Subscribe for a new one every week!
Frank McKinley
I help writers engage readers, sell their ideas, and build their tribes.

The best 10 tools that simplify the life of a freelance writer

There are many tools that can help you achieve your goals. They simplify the working process of any writer and allow him to be more productive.

The best 10 tools that simplify the life of a freelance writer

If you want to be a good freelance writer and produce only qualitative texts, you should know that this task is quite difficult. Nevertheless, there are many tools that can help you achieve your goals. They simplify the working process of any writer and allow him to be more productive. In this review, we are going to discuss 10 tools that help writers do their work.

  1.     Applications for Typing

Each writer understands that the salary fully depends on the way how fast he types. Sometimes, deadlines are short and one should cope with the task in several hours. That is why you have to learn to type rapidly. There are many tools that can help you boost up the typing speed, like Keybr or TypingWeb. These are free typing tutorials.

  1.     Dictionaries

Even if you are not going to write content in other languages, it doesn’t mean that you will not need the dictionary. Professionally written content must correspond to several requirements. First, you should use synonyms to the words that are repeated in your text for several times. In this case, you will need Thesaurus – the best dictionary of synonyms. In some instances, you will be made to use specific terminology. So, dictionaries are always needed.

  1.     Writing Software

These days, there are plenty of programs for typing texts. The choice fully depends on the preferences of a writer. However, Microsoft Office Word is the most widely used program. There are some apps that are offered for free. Some of them you need to buy and install onto your computer. Before downloading the software, you need to find out whether this app complies with your demands and has a set of required features.

  1.     A Quote Highlighter

This tool is useful for those writers, who work for essay writing companies. They are obliged to write dissertation papers or essays on a regular basis. Quote Highlighters save your time greatly. When you write a paper, you just need to indicate the source. The program will do the rest on its own. The most popular one is Liner. However, you need to choose the one, which corresponds to your requirements.

  1.     A Plagiarism Checker.

These days this criterion is of prime importance and each freelance author knows this. Plagiarism detecting software is a must-have tool. You cannot send an article, review or essay to the client before you check it via these programs. Besides, it is impossible to send a plagiarized article. Nowadays, there are many plagiarism checkers. Some of them require installation on your computer; some of them check texts online. For example, you may use Noplag.com. This is a reliable online plagiarism checker with an extensive database and many useful features to make the writing process easier.

  1.     A Time Management Tool.

This tool helps writers to manage their time properly. Sometimes, you are too busy and do not know whether you can cope with the task on time or not. A time management tool will help you spare your working time properly. There are many apps for time management. Just choose the one you like most of all. The most popular one is Evernote or Focus booster. You can also use free Book promotion services of Shout my book to save some more time.

  1.     A Readability Checker.

If your goal is to create an interesting and easy-to-read article, a readability checker will help you do this. Such apps check your content and will offer you the suggestions concerning the way how it should look like. Surfing around the web, you will stumble upon many tools measuring text readability. For instance, you may defer to the services of Online-Utility.org – the tool which will calculate readability for free.

  1.     A Grammar Checker.

This is the most important tool for each writer. You may be a very experienced writer, but everyone can make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Misprints frequently happen (especially when you are in a hurry). A grammar checker will help you find mistakes and correct them. Some apps are offered for free, but some of them oblige you to buy a subscription.

  1.     A Word Counter.

This tool allows writers to orient in the size of their paper. If you write your article using Microsoft Word, you will find there a word counter. If you use the other program for writing, you should find out whether there is this feature.

  1. Calculation tool.

When it comes to getting a salary, each writer will calculate the payment for several times. Everyone likes to calculate money. The simplest tool to calculate your salary is Excel or calculator on your laptop or mobile device.

Where, and How, to Find Your Story: Ignore the Experts

Watch your potential clients breed and give birth to new prospects. Court and woo and look and forget. And then remember.

Every single “expert” on writing has been feeding you a lie.

Maybe they are just ignorant, though I imagine they are just evil. To share the secret of living is to give away a piece of your own, they think.

And so they tell you, “just write every day.”

No.

Ask a business owner how to write.

When you find the perfect potential client, do you spend each second courting them? I’ve asked.

No.

Why not?

Because they’re going to disappear, and I better have 17 more perfect potential clients lined up behind them.

They all disappear? I ask, ‘cause I’m an instigator.

This is when I get the “are you seriously that dense” look.

Of course not, they say, but most will. And time is finite. I court and I woo and I am always looking for the next love.

“Your wife must love that approach.”

And then they show me the door, but their lesson has been heard.

My life as a writer will end. I must keep the pipeline full. There have to be stories in every moment.

And this is how you do it.

Don’t write.

When they tell you to write even if you have no inspiration, tell them to pound sand. Do you know what you write when you are not inspired? Uninspired writing. When was the last time you read something that wasn’t inspired? Well, when was the last time you read for more than 30 seconds something that wasn’t uninspired?

So, find inspiration. Find conflict, and love, and love lost, and pain, and pain salved. Find a laughter that drops you to your knees, and the phone call that turns that mirth into horror.

Get out.

Look at someone and imagine that they are your lover. Your father. Your teacher or son. And imagine that the worst possible thing happens to them at them moment. Wherever they stand, whatever they are wearing. However they walk, or eat or dream. And then imagine that as you go to hold their hand, the worst possible thing happens to you.

And then write that down.

And then forget it.

And then rinse and repeat. Every day. Every moment. Every trip to church, to the bar, to your children’s school. Catastrophe at each corner.

You are looking for your next love.

Now you can write.

Which horror do you start with? The one that tells you to.

And then add in the lover, or father, or teacher or son from another moment to that same tale, and watch your inspiration grow.

Watch your potential clients breed and give birth to new prospects. Court and woo and look and forget. And then remember.

Okay. Now you can “just write.”

This post is contributed as Guest post by  C. Mijares Devane

How To Become An Indie Author

If you are already blogging, you are just a step away from becoming a published author.

I never thought of myself as a writer so creating a post on how to become an indie author was certainly an article I never thought I would be writing.  I always considered writers introverts, whereas, I am an extrovert.

Furthermore, I am more of a technical kind of guy with little literary training.  I had previously done scientific writing.

My writing used to be overly detailed and dry. Who would want to read that style of writing?

Blogging on my newly created medical website chronicpainreliefoptions.com, as recommended by the web marketing trainers at Wealthy Affiliate, my writing began to improve.

I had much more to share with people than I thought.  My writing was becoming more conversational, which is perfect for an extrovert.

This post will be my story of how to become an indie author.

My ex-wife had been telling me for years I need to “write a book.” My medical practice had led me through so many interesting trials and tribulations (literally).

I am “full” of stories from practicing medicine for years. Since I had been blogging so regularly, I decided to start by taking several of my published blog posts and create an anthology of them.

Once I started, I realized that I could add more information and embellish the topics into a book. In about a month I had a rough draft for my first book, which was published 10 months ago.

My first book, “Secrets to Effective Pain Management” had become a reality. It has been placed on many of the online bookstores, Kindle, and other retailers.

I have Wealthy Affiliate to thank for the inspiration (as well as my ex-wife). I don’t know whether I would have ever become a writer if it wasn’t for Wealthy Affiliate.

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK “IN YOU?”


You may think that you need to be someone “special” to be a writer.  Actually, you are right.

Only “special” people should become authors.  The thing is, after over 26 years of practicing medicine, I found that every human soul is special.

You are special by definition and you have a story in you that someone wants to hear or needs to hear.  

You could also create a book as a work of fiction and draw upon your life experiences for content.  Perhaps you are an authority in an area already and have much knowledge to add to humanity in a non-fiction book?

Whatever, whoever, and wherever you are, you have a story that can become the basis for your first book.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE?


indie6Can you communicate with other human beings?  Of course you can and that is all you need to know to write.

I am not discounting the value of a writing education.  However, knowing how to write is not essential to sharing your story.

If you’re reading this blog post, you are alive at one of the greatest times in human history for independent writing and publishing.  The internet has linked all of humanity.  That linkage has created a vast audience for your story.

Whatever you lack in technical writing know-how, you can find a way to learn it or compensate for it on the internet.  Even if you were functionally illiterate, you could dictate your book into a computer program that will print it for you (or publish it as an “audio book”).

As long as you are conscious and able to communicate, you can author a book.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR BOOK?


Organizing your book will take a little research on your part.  I recommend you read at least one book on “Indie” publishing (Indie is short for independent).

Here are 2 links for free books that you might find helpful:  “Self Publishing Books 101” and “Write and Publish Your First Book.”

Fiction and non-fiction books are organized differently.

Both of the books I have linked you to will explain the process in much more detail.

Each book I have recommended to you really does teach the “step-by-step” process of writing your first book.  I recommend you read them as you are writing the first draft of your book (I was able to read each in 1 sitting and I am a slow reader).

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO EDIT YOUR BOOK?


Once you have the first draft of your book completed, you will need to edit your book. Whatever language you are writing in, following proper grammar and correct spelling will enhance your reader’s experience.

If you are able to afford a small investment of money into your book, I would advise you have your first book professionally edited.

A very cost effective way to have your editing done for you is through Fiverr.   It is a freelance marketplace for online outsourcing.

They offer many services that can be used for your book. You can either contract with the listed providers for your need or can submit a request for bids on the work that you need done.

The people who provide the service you need are very responsive and will email you with their offer.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE A COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?


A good book cover will enhance the likelihood that a curious reader will buy your book.  If you are already a creative person you can do this yourself with an online book cover generator (there are free as well as expensive programs if you do an internet search).

I used a Fiverr book cover artist for this also.  As I am not an “artsy” person, I had a professional book cover made for me within several days for 10 USD…you can’t beat the price.

The graphic artist who did this for me asked a few questions, created a book cover that looked professional, and captured the emotion of my book.

Capturing the emotion of your book is essential in a good book cover.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FORMAT YOUR BOOK?


In the world of “Indie” marketing you will find many publishing platforms for your book.  

Each publishing platform requires the construction of the program that your book is written in to be compatible with their automated publishing software.  

So if you used Word for your manuscript it will need to be adjusted to comply with each platform’s criteria.

As an example, a platform called “Smashwords” will take your book and link it with dozens of online e-book vendors.  In order to comply with the many formats that the vendors use, Smashwords filters your manuscript through their formatting architecture program called “Meatgrinder.”

Unless you have gone through the formatting process before, you will find it very tedious and frustrating.

Even a carefully edited book will have formatting errors.

I also used Fiverr for this process and hired a professional who would be responsible for finding all my formatting errors (which I was unlikely to find as this was my first book).

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK?


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Once the above steps have been successfully accomplished, you are ready to publish your book.  In traditional publishing you would submit your book to a publisher and they would decide whether it was worth their time and effort.

In today’s world of Indie publishing you can do the traditional, or you can publish with one large company exclusively, or you can publish as a total independent.  

I recommend your first book be published as a total independent.

As a total independent you will have more control of your work product, receive higher commissions, and get your book on the market faster.  You will want to get your book onto as many publishing platforms as possible.  

The best way to start is with Smashwords and CreateSpace as an “Indie” writer.  As you mature in your writing you can branch out further.

Eventually, once you have some published work product, you may want to try a traditional publisher.  I have read articles by several Indie writers who contend that getting a traditional publisher contract is more likely if you already have published work product and a following of readers.

For soft copy paper publication, CreateSpace is an excellent Indie publisher.  They will place your book on their platform and print each book order as it comes in.

You will not have to pay for printed books and hope that they will sell.

As I have explained previously, Smashwords is a platform for e-book publication which presents your e-book to multiple vendors using multiple formats.

The Smashwords and CreateSpace platforms are free for submitting authors.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK?


Marketing your book is almost as important as writing it.  If no one reads your book how will your story be known?

There is an enormous number of resources available to teach you how to do this. Here are a few quick suggestions:

  • Construct a blog website to display your book.
  • Announce and display your book on Social Media.
  • Sign up with as many Indie platforms as you can (both for print and e-book publication).
  • Consider taking your printed book and turning it into an audio book using a platform such as ACX.
  • Consider starting a Podcast for the subject your book is written on.

You will find that marketing your book is essential and exciting.  

It can take some time to get momentum for readers to find your book.  

Like a train…the majority of energy for marketing your book is expended in the first or early campaign.  Once you have established a reputation as an author your momentum will be easier to initiate for each successive book.

WHY NOT GET STARTED NOW?


I have really enjoyed sharing a part of my story about publishing my first book.  It is my hope that you have found it interesting and helpful.

If you are already blogging, you are just a step away from becoming a published author.

If you are interested in starting your own blog website, I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate.  

Wishing you joy and much success,

Jeff

This post is contributed as Guest post by Jeffrey C. Bado, D.O.