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Hiring interns? Don't make these mistakes

By Marcie Geffner - Dun & Bradstreet

Business owners tend to think of interns as free labor. But interns can be much more than that.  Michael Mehlberg should know. He’s a co-founder at Modern da Vinci, a Leesburg, Virginia-based website that offers articles, videos and other tools that promote small business development. He also ran a summer internship program for six years at a small company that built software security products. Read more:

Brexit vote drops mortgage rates to three-year low

By Marcie Geffner - Bankrate

Mortgage rates fell this week to a level not seen since May 2013, as the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union shocked financial markets already unsettled by mixed reports about the U.S. economy. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.61% from 3.73%, according to Bankrate's survey of large lenders. A year ago, it was 4.19%. Four weeks ago, the rate was 3.81%. Read more:

Why your first page is crucial

By Marcie Geffner
It might seem unfair, but it’s nonetheless true that the first few pages of your novel are the most important.
Whether you’ve written a two-hundred-page novella or seven-hundred-page saga, the opening matters because it’s your first and probably only opportunity to interest readers in your story. The first page in particular is also your one chance to interest a literary agent and publisher, if that’s your aim.
First impressions of people are often wrong. First impressions of novels are almost always right and indicative of the pages that follow. Strengths in the first few pages are continued throughout as are weaknesses, whatever they may be.
Good openings A good opening cues readers to the type of story they’re about to read, whether it’s a mystery, fantasy, literary fiction, memoir or in some other category on the bookstore’s bookshelf (or e-book equivalent).
A good opening introduces your story’s setting, includes at least two characters and sets your plot in motion. I…

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