Archive | January 2018

Formatting Short Stories for Submission #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

If you are serious about writing and submitting short stories, you must learn to use the features that come with your word processing program.

Publishers have specific, standardized formatting they want you to use, and these guidelines are posted on their websites. When a call for submissions goes out, their editors will have no time to deal with badly formatted manuscripts.

If you can’t be bothered to follow their guidelines, they won’t be bothered to read your work.

For the most part, the requirements are basically the same from company to company with minor differences. To make sure your work conforms to the intended recipient’s requirements go to the publication’s website and read the standards they have laid out.

William Shunnhas established a standard format that is acceptable to most publishers. All of the following steps will come into play when you make your document look like his…

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This entry was posted on January 18, 2018. 4 Comments

I Wasn’t Going To Write About This…


Last week I underwent major, major abdominal surgery. I still have drains and such, but I’m healing. This is not why I’m writing this post. 

I wrote about a person who stole our book idea and wrote their own book here. By all means please read that first post. Our book, Suzy Has A Secret, was published as below.  

Print Length: 35 pages

Publisher: S. Jackson & A. Raymond; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Their book was published as below.

Print Length: 36 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979650454

Publication Date: November 12, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


I had to hire a New York City lawyer. My Suzy book was published March 2016, and that other person’s Suzy book was published Fall 2017. Ours has reviews and awards, theirs do not. Ours has sales, theirs do not. 

Right before I went into the hospital, I published a second edition of my book as Create Space told me to go ahead and I had given them the paperwork. While I was in the hospital, the other person complained, and then KDP got in on the action and shut down my account as did Create Space. When I came home from the hospital, I found all this out via email. See below. 


Due to copyright infringement and Content Guideline violations with respect to books you have submitted through your account, specifically, the submission of content for which you did not have the necessary rights,  we are terminating your account and your Agreement effective immediately.  Here are some examples of the book(s) that you submitted through your account that fall into this category:

ASIN B078RNGHTW: Suzy Has A Secret, by Jackson, S. (AUTHOR); Raymond, A. (AUTHOR); Schmidt RN BSN, M. (AUTHOR)

As part of the termination process, we will close your KDP account and the related CreateSpace account (if any) and remove the books you have uploaded through our channels from sale on Amazon.  Note that you are no longer eligible to receive unpaid royalties for sales that occurred prior to this termination.

Additionally, as per our Terms and Conditions, you are not permitted to open any new KDP and/or CreateSpace accounts.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Best Regards,

Claudia Z.

I had to hire a lawyer due to this mess, and I know things will work out, but this is frustrating. My lawyer is going after the ones who stole my book idea. Due to this being a holiday weekend, it will be Tuesday or Wednesday before I hear anything, and I will be with doctors out of state for post surgery visits. Thanks for listening. 

This entry was posted on January 14, 2018. 12 Comments

Promoting A Long Series: Guest Post By Charles E. Yallowitz

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles is on a blog tour to promote the latest release in his celebrated Legends of Windemere series, Warlord of the Forgotten Age. After 19 years, his series is coming to an end, so he’s the perfect person to discuss the challenges of promoting a long series.

Promoting A Long Series

Thank you to Nicholas for letting me be a guest and helping me promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  After 19 years of writing, editing, outlining, and toiling, my big fantasy adventure series comes to an end.  One thing I didn’t mention there was all the marketing. So many promos and ads and guest posts and fretting over numbers.  It really makes me wonder how I found any time for actual writing, especially since I wrote the final 12 volumes in…

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This entry was posted on January 13, 2018. 4 Comments

Copyright Lawyer


Please… I am in search of a good lawyer to help me represent my books so that others can’t infringe upon them, or even attempt to infringe upon them. 

Thanks so much, Mary

This entry was posted on January 12, 2018. 2 Comments

Here is my interview with Mary Schmidt


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Mary Schmidt aka pen name S. Jackson and since I’m retired, age isn’t relevant. 😊

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was bred and born smack in the middle of Kansas, and have lived in Kansas most of my life except for a few, seven years in Colorado.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Mary L. Schmidt writes under the pen name of S. Jackson, and she is a retired registered nurse, who won the coveted Leora B. Stroup Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award for outstanding clinical performance, community involvement and academic achievement in Nursing Award, while at Fort Hays State University. She is a member of the Catholic Church, and…

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This entry was posted on January 7, 2018. 3 Comments

“Rorschach” Test ? Not!








About two weeks ago, I awoke to a vision unexpected. My right eye was trying to visualize through a black inky uneven and wavering blotch that was worse than any “Rorschach” test could wish to be. I was scared, afraid that I was having a retinal tear, and possibly undergo surgical intervention. After speaking with my eye surgeon, who did my cataract surgeries back in 2010, he had me go right in to see him. One aspect of his testing hurt my eye quite a bit, despite numbing drops.

Good News – no retinal tear or detached retina.

Bad News – In the Vitreous Humor (see diagram below), I had a nice bloody hemorrhage – a blood vessel decided to burst and now blood was moving around in my Vitreous Humor which is a gel-like substance. 

Really Good News – my blood pressure didn’t cause it, and I quote “as we age this can happen” from my doctor. Thanks doctor – I feel really old now. Also, my body will slowly, through osmosis, reabsorb all the blood that looked like black ink to me, and I have a follow up in four more weeks. Enough blood has been reabsorbed that I have a 50 percent recovery thus far. 

Reason for this Blog Post – If you should ever have a change in vision, in any manner, see a doctor immediately. Eye sight is precious and not to be taken for granted. 



This entry was posted on January 3, 2018. 6 Comments