Reasons to celebrate at the end of each draft – Written By M.L. Davis

Writing, re-drafting, and editing. It’s a long cycle, but all steps involved in turning your initial idea into a fully finished story. It’s always a great feeling, finishing the first draft, and cause to celebrate. But when it comes to subsequent drafts, we tend to just move on to the next step. But really, we should celebrate finishing every draft. Here’s why:

It proves your dedication
Writing a book isn’t easy. Completing a first draft is a huge moment, but to keep going, and re-work all you’ve written takes your dedication to another level. Editing takes a long time, as you have to read and assess your work, and the time you’ve put in should be celebrated.

You are another step towards a finished book


25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites – Written By Judith Herman

on Mental Floss:

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you:

“Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.”

Does that mean, “Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression,” or does it mean, “Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default”?

We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of contronyms—words that are their own antonyms.

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How To Clean a House Like a Writer #AmWriting – Written By Lucy Mitchell

House cleaning is a useful activity for writers.

The amount of house cleaning a writer does depends on a number of factors:

  • Stage of WIP. If the writer is in that euphoric writing stage (up to the first 5k words for most of us) house cleaning will be de-prioritised. On the other hand if the writer is knee deep and wading through the mid novel swamp then house cleaning will happen. If the writer hates their WIP (can happen at any stage) or just wants to avoid it (again this can happen at ANY stage) then house cleaning is guaranteed.
  • Twitter. If Twitter is down it is more than likely the writer’s house / flat / room will get cleaned.
  • Deadlines. If the writer is in a sweaty, deadline-induced panic then the state of the house will be ignored until the writer has met their deadline and spent a few days recovering.
  • Procrastination levels. When experiecing high levels of procrastination a writer can spot two books out of place from across the room, a spec of dust on a bookshelf and a spice rack which urgently needs a new colour code system.

If you are looking to adopt the writer’s approach to house cleaning then please follow these top tips:


Erica Verrillo – Calls For Submissions & Contests

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

This August there are nearly three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels.

Prizes range from $20,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

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This August there are more than six dozen calls for submissions.

All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

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You Can Start A Sentence With Because, But Only Sometimes – Written By Derek Haines

on Just Publishing Advice:

Can you start a sentence with because? Yes, of course, you can.

You probably won’t use it very often. But when you do, you need to be careful and make sure you use it correctly.

There is a simple way to check that your grammar is correct when you use the word because.

Just ask yourself if what you wrote is a complete sentence or a sentence fragment.

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KDP authors can now add A+ Content to their product pages at Amazon – Written By Chris McMullen

What is A+ Content?

In addition to the product page (and in addition to pages that you can access from Author Central, like the author biography or a From the Author section)…

A Plus Content lets you add additional sections of writing or images to help showcase your book or provide more information about yourself.

It can be a sales tool that you put right on your Amazon product page.

There are several formats to choose from, such as a single wide image (with or without text displayed in front of it, or with text added below it) or 3-4 square pictures with information beside each picture.

For authors of multiple books, you can add a comparison chart to show the differences between similar books (or help readers easily see which other books you’ve written). The comparison chart lets you link to your other ASIN’s; it will automatically create hyperlinks.

I discovered the option to add A+ Content on Amazon one week ago and have been adding A+ Content since.

How do you find the option to add A+ Content? One way is to visit KDP and click on the Marketing tab. Scroll down. Select you Marketplace. Click the yellow button.


Are Fictional Characters Protected Under Copyright Law? – Written By Kathryn Goldman

Jack Ryan, the analytical, yet charming CIA analyst, made an appearance in federal court in Maryland earlier this year. The heirs to Tom Clancy’s literary legacy are fighting over him. Unlike in the movies, he’s not in a great position to fight back.

It all started when Clancy signed the publishing deal for The Hunt for Red October where Jack Ryan made his debut in 1984. In a departure from common practice, Clancy transferred his copyright in Red October to the publisher. A few years later, Clancy realized his mistake and was able to negotiate return of the copyright for the book. He immediately transferred the reverted copyright to his company.

Here’s the crux of the current court battle:

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3 Things All Authors Should Do Before Publishing Their Books – Written By Crave Books

on Digital Pubbing:

For many first time writers, the idea of simply getting something written down can be a daunting task. However, once the manuscript has been approved by your publishing company, it is time to sell your writing.

Publishing your written work is a major accomplishment. While it can feel amazing to get your writing out there, it can also be stressful if you have no idea where to start. It is important to know what you’re doing so that you can prepare yourself for every potential obstacle along the way.

With that being said, many new authors fail to understand the responsibilities that come with being published. It is completely normal to make mistakes through the process, but if you’re prepared, you can alleviate some of the pressures that come with the hardest aspects of the publication journey.

Whether you are a newly published author or a seasoned pro, here are three things all authors should do before publishing their books. These tips will help you get ready for promotions, deadlines, and marketing strategies.

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