Pop Quiz: Contracts

Pop Quiz: Which of these are HUGE red flags in a publishing contract? a) Charging for editing. b) “Life of copyright” contract length terms. c) Asking for rights other than ebook and print formats. d) “Net” not clearly specified. e) Taking ownership of copyright for length of contract. f) Nebulous “editing” clauses that allow the … Read More

Trainwreck in the making — an author arguing with reviewers.

What NOT to do as a writer… http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2013/06/one-more-timedo-not-argue-with-reviewers.html Seriously, do NOT argue with reviewers. I learned this hard lesson early in my career. Believe me, it NEVER ends well, and the author in this case is not only arguing with reviewers, but is doing so ARROGANTLY. *smh* If you can’t handle getting negative reviews, DO … Read More

Writing How-To: Using trademarked brands in fiction.

Quick writing primer today on trademarks in fiction. While using song lyrics in your fiction without first obtaining written permission is verbotten, trademarks frequently confuse writers. What do I mean? For example, when you refer to the drink, it’s Coke, not coke. (Lowercase coke is if you’re referring to cocaine.) It’s a Dumpster, not a … Read More

Some random writing tips.

A couple of random things for writers culled from the Internet. How to Write a Book in Three Days: http://www.ghostwoods.com/2010/05/how-to-write-a-book-in-three-days-1210/ How to Write a Book in More Than Three Days: http://www.ghostwoods.com/2010/05/how-to-write-a-book-in-more-than-three-days-1217/ Writer’s Digest: So You Want to Write a Novel (This is Hilarious) Writer’s Digest: 4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing

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