Archive | October 2017

22 Things All Writers Have to Deal With At Some Point Because Writing Is Hard

Novelty Revisions

1. Writing for free.

2. Being approached to write for free. (Too often.)

3. Writing in a very uncomfortable position while on a train/bus/plane/in a car.

4. Trying to write while your fur children/tiny humans are battling for your attention.

5. Falling asleep on your keyboard because you procrastinated again why do you always do this.

6. Wanting to agree to do another writing thing but oops you can’t create more hours in the day. Sad…

7. Accepting a writing gig because you want to buy a thing but can’t justify doing so otherwise.

8. Accepting a writing gig because you need to adult, even though you don’t want another writing gig.

9. Pitching something you don’t really want to write because you know it’ll circulate well.

10. Being able to quit a job you don’t like because you found a writing thing you do like — that pays.


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Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Shana Gorian


I have read this children’s book geared towards ages 7 – 12 and my review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“James and Mandy head to the pumpkin patch with their friendly dog, Rosco, one sunny autumn day, to choose their pumpkins for Halloween. It’s Rosco’s first time at a farm, and he manages to create a little chaos. But when the brother and sister pair find that two bullies are scaring other kids deep inside the corn maze, will Rosco shape up and help out? Join the kids and their rascally dog in this wholesome family adventure, a wonderful autumn read for kids.”

This is a cute and adventurous story for children and revolves around an Autumn/Halloween scenario. There is a nuclear family unit consisting of two parents, one boy and one girl child, and their funny and lovable dog, Rosco. Rosco tries to be good but he does get into hi-jinks at times. As a child reads it is easy to envision being inside a corn maze, and doing all the things they partake in. Understandably the Halloween theme isn’t for everyone, but this is an enjoyable fun read. The flow is easy and truly the grammar and punctuation is perfect. The illustrations are cute but they are so small that I skipped over them. I think they should be bigger to make a better impact on the reader. Nevertheless, five stars!


This entry was posted on October 29, 2017. 4 Comments

Intellectual Property – an Indie minefield

Meeka's Mind

I am in no danger of having my intellectual property [IP] diddled away by some corporation waving a contract, but Kristine Kathryn Rusch* is, and her latest post was scary to say the least. Here’s a short quote:

‘Those companies can all acquire IP from stupid writers for less than $10,000 per property forever. Just say the word “movie” or “TV” and most stupid writers give away their IP for free, in the hopes of having a movie or TV show made from their property. The property they no longer own, by the way.’

But the most terrifying part was this:

It doesn’t matter if your copyright is registered, the expert said. They’ll register anyway, even before they’ve started production on anything. The strategy is to create confusion over who owns the copyright, and it’ll take litigation to straighten that confusion out.

The bold emphasis is…

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This entry was posted on October 27, 2017. 2 Comments

How do I make a change to my book after it is published?

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Kobo Writing Life

By Stephanie McGrath

You have successfully published your book and it is now live on our store. Congratulations! However, you notice a typo that needs immediate attention. What do you do?

Whether it is a content change, metadata update or price change, you can make changes to a published title at any time. To do this please follow the steps below:

How to Make a Metadata Change

1. Sign into your Kobo Writing Life account. (


2. On on the homepage select “eBooks” to see your catalogue of titles.


3. Select the title you would like to update.


4. You will be automatically directed to the “Describe your eBook” page.


5. Make any metadata changes you wish to make.

6. If you want to make more changes to other parts of the book select “Save and continue”. If not, select “Save and return to your Library”.


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