Archive | July 2018


Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

First the released my data to Cambridge Analytica. That led to having my identity stolen and my computer hacked. How many new ways can they find to become worthless?


You have probably gotten the same message via email, but in case you missed it or deleted it without reading it, you might want to read it. Many of us use Facebook for publicizing our blogs. This will stop the day after tomorrow. You can return to what I used to do: copy and paste your link into Facebook, especially if you have a fair number of followers on Facebook as I do. I already disconnected it from Publicize. I’ll probably manually post pieces as I see fit. I guess we will all have to make our own choices about this.

We wanted to update you about an upcoming change Facebook is introducing to their platform, and which affects…

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How to Recycle, Repurpose and Promote Your Publicity – by Joan Stewart…

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on The Book Designer:

Feeling proud for persuading a local radio station to air a half-hour interview with you? Or for getting a two-page spread in a national magazine?

If you’re an amateur publicity seeker, you’re content with whatever you can get. If you’re a real Publicity Hound, however, you know the fun is just beginning. The challenge, of course, is to turn one media “hit” into multiple hits. It’s not that difficult. In fact, recycling publicity is like rolling a snowball downhill and watching it get bigger and bigger.

When you get publicity, here are 11 ways to let the world know – and sometimes get even more.

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Writing Contests-Yes or No?

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

Writing-Contest-LogoI haven’t sent my work out to writing contests, but I know many unpublished authors have used them as a tool, and they can be an effective avenue for getting noticed.

If you have contemplated following this route, there are some things to keep in mind that will give you an advantage. Using contests the wrong way are a waste of time and money. Educate yourself on how to make them work for you.

Make sure only your best work leaves the house                                                                        Edit and reedit you work before sending it out to a contest just as you would with a literary agent or editor. It has to be as close to perfect as…

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The 5 Stages of Rewriting Your Draft Novel #MondayBlogs #Writer #Comedy #TotalRewrite


In my opinion rewriting a draft novel is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do as a writer.

I have experienced many things as a writer and I have to say the total rewrite is not for the faint hearted. This task will mess with your head, it will give you sleepless nights and it will make you question your ability as a writer.

However, if you can somehow survive the draft novel rewrite, I guarantee it WILL put hairs on your book writing chest. *Sigh*

There are 5 stages to rewriting your draft novel:

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It’s Not Your Publishing Credits or Your Follower Count That Makes You a Writer — It’s This.

Novelty Revisions

We’ve all had those days — the ones where we clock out of our day jobs, greet our fur babies, sit down on the couch for five minutes … and then it’s 9 PM and oops we didn’t write again oh well maybe tomorrow!

And repeat.

But there are also days we do try to write. And it doesn’t always go well. Sometimes the words just aren’t coming out right. Or you got another rejection email and you don’t want to even look at your computer screen anymore. Or the 40-hour workweek is exhausting you so intensely that even your small writing accomplishments don’t feel worth celebrating.

Sometimes … you just don’t feel like a writer.

And then you start questioning whether or not what you’re doing actually matters.

You haven’t published a best-seller. You’re tweeting into the void and no one’s responding. You barely even blog anymore. Should you…

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IMPORTANT: Possible Changes Coming to Createspace

The PBS Blog

CreateSpace DVD / CD production is shutting down and it is possible that Createspace is being faded out, moving from CreateSpace to Amazon Media on Demand.

“Bit by bit, Amazon has been shutting down different parts of Createspace. First they launch KDP Print, a competing/replacement POD service, then they shut down Createspace’s publishing services unit, and now they have shifted the DVD and CD production to another part of Amazon. As a result, there isn’t much left in Createspace besides the book POD service.”

This is important if you use Createspace for paperback copies of your book. It is possible CreateSpace POD is going next. I am still reading into it but it is advised that if you have paperback books published through Createspace that you move them over to KDP Print before CreateSpace is officially out and you have to rush to move. Below are some articles…

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The History of WordPress

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Do you want to know about the history of WordPress? If you are starting a WordPress blog or website today, then you see a popular website builder which powered more than 31% of all websites on the internet. In this article, we want to take a look back at the history of WordPress to show you how it evolved over time.

The complete history of WordPress (Updated)

The story of WordPress tells us how open source communities work to make something so useful without compromising software freedom. WordPress project is driven by a community of dedicated developers, users, and supporters (Related: Why is WordPress free?).

WordPress started out because the development of an existing blogging software b2/cafelog was discontinued by their main developers. In 2003, two users of b2/cafelog, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, decided to build a new platform on top of b2/cafelog.

They probably didn’t know that they are about to start a…

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