Registered Copyright or Not?

This is an informative, interesting and very important blog post for not only new, but all writers. Thank you so much for sharing Claire!

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The Why’s and Why Not’s of Copyright.

I’ve been surprised by the differences of copyright offered in the countries an Author resides in, along side how long it can take to get Registered Copyright, especially in the USA.  So what is all the fuss about, why do some authors go for registered and other, like myself, don’t bother.

Well the answer to why I don’t bother with registered copyright is because it isn’t an option here in New Zealand.  According to research I’ve done we only have what some authors call ‘The Poor Man’s Copyright.’  So are we in New Zealand as protected by International Law as others.  Yes we are.  So why is registered copyright so important in the USA?  Why is it so slow?  

In the UK they do registered copyright online.  I have yet to establish if anyone world wide can apply, or if…

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Join in on my Author Interviews

Author Don Massenzio invites authors to interview! What an amazing opportunity. Check it out, please! – Thank you Don!!

Author Don Massenzio

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During the past couple of weeks, I have begun sharing interviews with other authors. So far, you can check out interviews with:

If you’d like a little bit of exposure and a chance to tell your fellow bloggers and potential readers about yourself on a different platform, just reach out to me at don@donmassenzio.com and I’ll get you scheduled.

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7 Signs a Person is Suffering from Author Fatigue

What a unique blog post about the 7 signs a person is suffering from author fatigue. I had to re-blog it. Maybe some of us recognize the one or other sign? 😀

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Does this really need an intro?  Sure most, if not all, of us have been here at some point.  This is possibly a new thing I’ll do from time to time, which was inspired by John W. Howell’s Ten 10 Lists on Mondays.

  1. You start dreaming about editing and it steadily becomes a nightmare.  Their, there, and they’re attack out of the shadows.  You’re strapped to a chair and forced to watch all of your greatest typos play out in front of a giant crowd.  Also, you’re naked and the dog ate your manuscript.  Not sure where the dog came from, but it looks remarkably like your old English teacher who swore you wouldn’t be able to write your name much less a novel.
  2. You sit down to write at the laptop and blast away an epic chapter that is the best you’ve ever done.  Your…

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Guest Post: Security Tips for Self-Publishing Authors by Cassie Phillips

Thank you very much, Kate M. Colby for these very educational tips concerning the security of our work. this is extremely valuable for us newbies! You rock!

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Today, I’m excited to bring you a guest post from professional blogger Cassie Phillips. Cassie writes for Secure Thoughts, a website dedicated to helping everyday people manage their personal internet security. Here, Cassie provides her tips and tricks for securing your self-published work, as well as protecting yourself and your copyright. 

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It’s an exciting day for you. You’re ready to publish that novel you’ve been writing for months, if not years. Perhaps you’ve taken a shot at non-fiction and want to share the knowledge you’ve put together in a single tome. You may even be writing about something brand new and exciting.

You could go with some big publisher, but the costs are high, and you risk making very little money on your book as the publisher will be taking most of it. So here you are. You’ve decided to self-publish. Maybe it’s your…

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How to Add an Instant Preview of your Book to your Site

Thank you very much, Nicolas Rossis, for this great informative blog post – and your manual on how to do this. We really appreciate your work!

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In case you’ve missed the exciting news, Amazon has now made possible to embed book previews on sites (only self-hosted ones) and apps.

Kindle instant previews are similar to the “Look Inside” feature that Amazon offers on their website that lets customers preview samples of most books.

Here’s how it works:

Kindle instant preview | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

If you click the embed option (see image above), you get a custom code that you then paste into your page. This works on your blog, website, forum, or even an app.

The book preview widgets are available in custom sizes, and come with a couple of settings, like the option to hide the buy button, open the preview in a new window, and even add an Amazon affiliate ID.

Kindle Instant Preview | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

As this is not a self-hosted blog, you can see an example of the new book preview feature in action on my nicholasrossis.me one. Note the option to go

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Getting in Character—Deep POV Part Two

In this informative and useful blog post Kristen Lamb gets further into the POV. It’s part two of her lesson. I don’t think we want to miss this.

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Yes today is odd. Posting on a Sunday. We are headed into Spring Break and yeah…hard to maintain my usual schedule. Today we’re going to dive deeper into deep POV and then, later in the week, I am going to bring you guys an expert on deep POV 😉 .

Will be fun.

To accomplish “deep POV” yes, there are style changes we can make, like removing as many tags as we can and ditching extraneous sensing and thinking words. But deep POV is more than just tight writing, it’s also strongly tethered to characterization. Good characterization.

It is essential to know our cast if we hope to successfully write “deep POV.”

KNOW Your Cast

There are all kinds of ways to get to know our characters. I often write detailed character backgrounds before starting a story so it doesn’t become a…

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Introducing Deep POV—WTH IS It? Can We Buy Some on Amazon?

Kristen Lamb is introducing deep POV. There’s so much to learn and so little time. Thank you Kristen for another very educational blog post!

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If you are a writer who has a goal of selling books it is wise to remember that audiences are not static. They change. Their tastes change with the times and we need to understand what is “trending” if we want to connect and entertain. Many new writers look to the classics for inspiration and there isn’t anything per se wrong with that, but we must reinvent the classics, not regurgitate them.

Even if you look at the fashion trends, sure some styles “come back around” but they are not exact replicas of the past. They are a modernized version. But keep in mind that some fashion styles never come back. They’ve outlived their usefulness and belong in the past. Same with fiction.

Story trends and fashions change along with the audience. For instance, Moby Dick spends an excruciatingly long time…

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