On Guard: What Independent Authors Should Know About Protecting Their Brand From Copyright Infringement – by Christian W. Freed…

Copyright Infringement by Christian W Freed

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Lulu Blog:

The time has finally arrived.

The culminating moment every author dreams of.

That day when you hit publish and present your book to the world for the first time.

Countless hours and energy have gone into the creation, development, and polishing of the most important creation of your life.

Months, perhaps years of frustrations and opposing emotions collide the instant submission confirmation flashes across the screen.

At long last your book is published, but have you done everything necessary to ensure you are legally protected?

Chances are, no.

Every creative thinking of presenting their work to the world should have a rudimentary understanding of copyright laws, fair use, and the slew of side angles with the ability to present issues for both author and publisher.

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There Is Far Too Much Emphasis Placed On Planning

How much Planning is too much?

Have We Had Help?


I know I’ve spoken about planning in the past. But like a lot of seriously overused writing crutches, it bears talking about yet again.

So many new and not so new writers insist on planning every single detail in their current work in progress almost to the point of being totally paranoid about it. It’s as if they need an Idiot’s How To Guide to be able to write. It has to be said that following this inflexible method leaves nothing to be desired. Neither does it make you think before you write. Nor does it allow you to make use of your imagination, not to mention being adventurous and therefore spontaneous. Give me research and spontaneity over planning any day.

It’s fine if you are just another hack with no imagination whatsover, ghost writing for a living. But I ask you, where’s the fun in that? Where is the…

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Where You Can Find Content for Your Newsletter

Content for your Newsletter

Story Empire

Hello and happy Monday to all the Story Empire readers. PH here and back this week with more about newsletters. There are two previous posts about this topic which you can find here and here.

Newsletter content is the topic today, one with which a lot of writers surprisingly struggle. Well, maybe not everyone, but certainly a good number. If you write non-fiction, your newsletter should cover your chosen topic with lots of ongoing information about it. This should keep subscribers well-informed and reading your work.

Many fiction writers are searching for content in their newsletters, it’s usually right under our noses. If you write fiction, that can be much tougher because you may not have easily identifiable topics that interest your newsletter readers. But the important thing is to keep readers – old and new – reading the newsletter so they don’t miss announcements about your upcoming work and…

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Writing Authentic Dialogue in Memoir – by C.S. Lakin…

Authentic Dialogue

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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Dialogue is the epitome of “showing” instead of telling. Dialogue brings characters to life and engages readers. If we have no dialogue in our “scenes,” those long descriptive paragraphs will get boring. These basic tenets apply to fiction as well as in memoir.

Dialogue adds “white space” to our pages, makes the reading move quickly, and helps keep our story from becoming cumbersome.

But dialogue can be boring, right? And who can accurately remember every word of a conversation? If you’ve ever had a fight with a friend or spouse, you know that it only takes a minute or two to forget something that had just been said—especially when it’s a hot, emotional argument. I’ve often blurted, “But you just said . . . !” and my spouse replied, “No way! I did not!”

Needless to say, we often have selected memory.

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Cooperation vs Competition: Interacting With Other Authors

Working together as Authors…or not?

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

My experience with authors is that they’re a pretty supportive lot.  This is not always the case. I remember reading comments in a group by one author who refused to have much to do with others. Her argument was that her time was limited and spending it with other authors was sub-optimal.  Maybe someone like Stephen King or JK Rowling doesn’t benefit to any great extent from working with others but I believe in general it’s a good idea.

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The One Thing That Matters When Looking For A Publisher

Some great Information here…Please read.

K.M. Allan

If you ask most writers which publisher they’d like a contract with, they’ll probably tell you one of the big five.

They’ll do the best job, right?

Yes… and no.

A few weeks ago, I attended the KidLitVic conference where a panel with Jane Pearson (Text Publishing), Suzanne O’Sullivan (Hachette Australia and Lothian Children’s Books), and Miriam Rosenbloom (Scribble) talked about publishers—from the big to the small.

This included the revelation that big publishers aren’t always the best option for you and your manuscript.

No, this wasn’t some ploy to get writers to try submitting elsewhere. It was sound advice that the ideal place for your book is with the publishing house that wants to make it the best it can be.

Other surprising insider tips were that a big publisher doesn’t necessarily have a big budget for a book and that awards don’t always…

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