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English Pronunciation News: Author Self Publishes a Million

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Self-published author, John Locke, achieved a milestone by selling a million copies of his book on Kindle. This groundbreaking step is likely to inspire many aspiring novelists. Locke has already published several books and could have received a contract with a publisher. However, he said the current industry model does not work for him. He likes to write a book and get immediate feedback from his audience. He uses this feedback to choose the direction of his next book.

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Noun Form
self (SELF)
try "sell for" and eventually "self"
published (PU-blisht)
try PU-bulisht if needed
milestone (MIL-stone)
try MI-ul-stone / an important event

million (MIL-yun)
"ion" reduces to "yun"
Kindle (KIN-dul)
"le" is an old spelling, sounds like "ul"
try GUROUND-buraking / relating to a new endeavor, from the idea of digging ground to lay a foundation for a building
inspire (in-SPIRE)
to influence and motivate, give energy to do something
aspire (uh-SPIRE)
to work toward a goal, i.e. "aspiring doctor"
feedback (FEED-back)
a noncount noun / a reaction or response

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