Psychology and Business

I decided it was time for some training and to learn to be more business savvy and find out how things work. Here in New Zealand, we're lucky to have some FREE Training for Businesses in the Digital Market. I joined up and started watching the videos. The first one was on BRANDING.   BRANDING … Continue reading Psychology and Business

Vanity Radio Interview Scam…

I had an email yesterday from an author asking about a radio interview with Kate Delaney and Emmy Award Winner form America Tonight. I can honestly say I've never heard of these type of interviews before so being me, I went on a research trip to look into it. I was drawing blanks from google … Continue reading Vanity Radio Interview Scam…

Who Is She? Claire Plaisted: an Interview from My Archives Copyright 2017 #Author’sCorner

Look what Patty found for me. Gosh, it seems so long ago since I wrote this. So much has changed in life, though the journey is still relevant. Anyway, if you want to know a bit more about me… Give this a read. 🙂

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Hello everyone.

Earlier today, while doing some more computer maintenance, Casey Mathews, founder of unearthed a whole ton and half of old documents I thought were long gone. Oh, they may be buried in the archives of this blog, but seriously, who knows for sure? And furthermore, who’s got time to go digging round all the way back to 2017 for them?

Anyhow, I’d like to invite all of you to read the following amazing interview featuring Claire Plaisted.

Thanks to Anita Kovacevic for this wonderfully done interview of a wonderous lady.

Who is SHE? – ClairePlaisted

by Anita Kovacevic on 12/05/2017

Claire Plaisted, a New Zealand force of nature in the form of a mother, author, editor, publisher and book promoter, has agreed to take some time to do my no-question interview and say what my key words mean to her…



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7 reasons why I’m not the right editor for you – by Louise Harnby…

A great read for when you are looking for the right editor.

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Every author deserves to work with an editor who’s a great fit for their book.

​Commissioning editorial help means investing your money and your trust in someone you might never have met. It’s therefore critical that you choose the right editor.

Below are 7 reasons why I won’t be a good fit for you.

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7 Tips to Writing Character Biographies

This is an excellent article and well worth the read. Thank you, Charles.

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Sticking with the character biography topic, we’re going to look into a few tips for those who want to use this trick.  I’m sure this isn’t for everyone.  It’s a big plotter/planner tool alongside outlines and summaries.  You can also go a little too far with a character biography, which isn’t always a bad thing.  It all depends on how you use the information that you’ve carefully crafted.

  1. There aren’t any rules about character biographies aside from them having to be about the character.  Every author has their own method and style.  Some can be blocks of paragraphs while others are full essays.  You might just outline the character in a sensible chart to avoid extraneous words.  As long as you are happy with what you have created and can use it as a guide, you’ve done the right thing.
  2. While it’s fun to reveal these treats…

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Publishing Platforms

Other platforms I’ve used… for myself or for clients. Smashwords, draft to digital, Lulu, Ingram Spark. I’ve yet to use Kobo and Nook (Barnes & Noble) Each one is different on how you upload and set up your book to some degree. Most of them do wide distribution which means you can still get books on Amazon, however, the royalty is peanuts. During these Covid times, I don’t publish paperbacks on KDP due to not being able to get Author Copies sent to NZ. I have to use Lulu instead. I don’t like the paperbacks on Draft to digital (unless they have changed since I last looked.) I like Smashwords because it means those who use a screen reader can still download and read your book. It really is a matter of picking and choosing what is right for you.

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I have three questions for everyone out there who has self-published a book or books.

If you used a platform other than Amazon, which one did you use, why did you use it, and how do you promote and sell?

I have published two books, both on Amazon, and I used that platform as it seemed the easiest and is obviously popular and sees lots of traffic. Yet I would now rather not use it. I actually avoid buying anything on Amazon if I can, feeling there is so much about it (and its founder) that I do not like. But equally I would not like to be a hypocrite, so I need to find another platform which will work for me.

Irrelevant-ish photo – making paper by hand in Kalimpong, India

What is the answer, good people of WordPress?

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Writing Tips: Avoiding Sentence Fragments.

Thank you for this information. I get some fragmented sentences in my writing at times. It’s good to know how to get rid of them and move forward.


We all know the basic elements of writing a sentence in English: starting with a capital letter and finishing with some kind of ending punctuation appropriate to the form of the sentence, be it a statement, a question or an exclamation.

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Most people have mastered the fact that each sentence should communicate one key idea, and that they can use punctuation and conjunctions to extend that idea.

However, the use of sentence fragments is a problem I notice frequently, both as a teacher and as an avid reader. They are not the sole domain of people still learning to write: a novel I read over the weekend was littered with them, which frustrated me so much I was sorely tempted not to finish it.

A sentence fragment is a little bit of a sentences that don’t make sense on its own, and really needs…

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2021 – by Farrah Daniel…

A must-have list of websites. I’ve heard and used quite a few, though there are some I’ll be investigating over the next few months. Thanks for the details Chris and thanks to Farrah Daniel for writing the post.

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Now that we’re a few weeks into 2021, let’s all breathe a deep sigh of relief together for overcoming what has to be one of the hardest years we’ve experienced in modern times.

And you made it through! That’s a victory worth celebrating, especially with the people who helped you navigate the chaos with websites filled with guides, tips and tricks, blog posts, podcasts and newsletters to help get better at the one thing you love the most: writing.

If you wrote a novel while under lockdown, good for you! And if you didn’t? Good. For. You.

When it comes to writing, output isn’t the only critical part of the process — it’s just as important to reset, refresh and reinvigorate your writing brain with new techniques that help you write better.

Wherever you’ve landed in your writing journey, we have just the websites that’ll help…

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