Archive | January 2019

What Is Public Domain? (And Why 2019 Is a Big Year) – by Bradlee Frazer…

Great information on copyrights and how January 1, 2019, changed many things.

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on Jane Friedman site:

The “public domain” is not a place. It is a term used to describe works of authorship (books, movies, poetry, artwork) that either due to their age or their legal status under U.S. copyright law, the ability of the putative copyright owner to enforce its rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 106 is extinguished.

Boy, that’s a mouthful of lawyer-speak, right?

To explain: when a sufficiently creative idea is reduced to a tangible medium, a copyright is created.

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Sharing my friend, Lucinda’s, lovely blog post and books..

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Of course, the main attraction in Prague is the castle. And, I know why they put castles on top of hills – so they could see who was coming to attack – but I don’t do hills. Luckily there was a bus that took us most of the way up, and dropped us in this square.

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Considering Isabella had never met Ferdinand, I can only think she decided he was the ‘one’ as they were about the same age – she is 19 and he’s all of 18. She would have seen a portrait I’m sure, but boy did the painters in those days lie through their brushes.

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But their royal marriage will be one of the few where the bride and groom are so close in age. Remember, while Disney tells us they lead happy, delightful lives, in reality they were…

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2018 Top 5: #3- 7 Tips to Being Dramatic . . . In Fiction

Legends of Windemere

This post originally went live on February 14, 2018.  Weird that the first of the Top 5 are from early in 2018.

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Adding drama into your writing can be tough and many are leery about adding this due it skewing toward the negative.  Yet, it’s fairly unavoidable if you sit down and consider what can be born from it.  We may even add it without realizing what we’re doing.  There are days I think we all have different views and definitions of drama.  Some people consider it a genre while others call it a literary tool.  So, are there any tips that can cross every genre and be seen as universal?

  1. Drama tends to be seen as highly emotional, which means it can be the cornerstone of conflict.  When a person or character goes through change, they have emotions that guide them just as much as…

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4 Tips For Authors in Public. How to Overcome Your Fear of Being Seen – by Nate Hoffelder…

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on The Creative Penn:

Intro by Joanna Penn:

I’m an introvert – I get energy from being alone – and although I’m not shy, I do find author conferences and events difficult. Perhaps you feel the same! 

In today’s article, Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader shares his fears and tips for overcoming them. [Nate helps me with tech support for this website, so I’m thrilled to have him share a more personal story.]

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Hashtag symbol in WordPress tags?


I love doing discussion posts because I always learn something – or at least I have another question to ask. LOL

This time I have a question for all of you WordPress bloggers.

Ever since I have been blogging I’ve been using categories and tags on my WordPress posts.  Both are useful to me (and hopefully to others) to categorize my posts.

A comment from my previous post about using Hashtags brings up this question:

Should we be using the # symbol in our WordPress tags?

I never have… but should I have been?

Thanks in advance.I have SO much to learn!

UPDATE: I received an answer to the question.

Benjamin Thomas (The Writing Train) says:

“It isn’t necessary to use # with WordPress for blogging. Unless, you wanted to track your site/blog by using a plugin. The use of categories and tagging is sufficient if…

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10 Things to do When Your Novel has Been Rejected by an Agent

Uninspired Writers

Morning all, I hope your week has been full of success and happiness.

I’m querying at the moment, which means I am receiving rejections in interludes, from agents I’ve submitted to. It’s such an odd experience, and I wanted to share some tips of how to handle your novel being rejected.

1. Allow yourself to be sad
Writers are constantly advised to develop a thick skin, and I agree. It’s a tough industry, one where we will come up against rejection, negative feedback and criticism. This doesn’t mean you can’t feel sad though. Allow yourself the negative emotions that come wit a rejection; sadness, disappointment, frustration, worry…go through them, but do not dwell on them for long.
“i give myself a good cry if i need it. but then i concentrate on the good things still in my life. i don't allow myself any more self-pity than that2. Treat yourself
You should only treat yourself when you’ve had success, right? Wrong! Writing, editing, revising and re-writing a novel is a gruelling task and a huge achievement. Crafting a submission and…

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6 Submission Mistakes

K.M. Allan

The hard work isn’t over when you type “The End” on your final draft, nor does it finish after months of editing.

If you’re a writer who wants to see your manuscript published traditionally, you’ll need to work on a submission package for agents and publishers. If you want to give your MS the best chance of standing out in the slush pile, that should include avoiding these 6 submission mistakes.

Not Checking It Every time You Submit

You might think it’s over the top to double-check a submission before hitting send if you’ve read it a million times and know for sure it’s correct, but you know what? That’s what the typos want you to think.

Those little gremlins are always there, tricking your eyes. I sent off three submissions last week, and on the third one, I still found a typo even though I was positive the…

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