Just two weeks ago, I was fretting because we were going to have a freeze just as my new pumpkin seedlings were emerging from the soil. I’d broken the cardinal rule of gardening here, which says you’re not supposed to plant anything until Memorial Day because of the risk of a late frost. I’d taken the risk because I wanted to get our seedlings planted before we left on our (now canceled) trip to Wisconsin.
Today, we had the boys sweating up a storm, pulling the window unit air conditioners out of the attic and putting them in the house. It’s supposed to be in the 90s tomorrow, which is unusual for this time of year in Bangor.
On April 14th, I publicly exposed some individuals and websites who were stealing copyrighted material from WritersWeekly and publishing it as their own.
I recently had a bizarre run-in with a copyright-infringing web site owner who went crazy when I found that they’d illegally published one of my articles. But their extreme response taught me a valuable lesson that I now want to share with you. It’s a lesson about making sure you keep your private information private – always.
I want to have a site where people can find out about the book and post comments. I’ve been trying to make a Facebook fan page and can’t figure it out, I looked at Twitter and don’t think that is what I want either. I really don’t want to build a website. Do you have any suggestions of where I can have readers go to post comments that can be seen by anyone?
I’m a self-syndicated columnist, but that’s only the tip of my writing iceberg. You have to buy groceries, you know? And, I’ll be darned, but my kids have this weird idea they need to eat every day. So write, I must.
24TH COMPLAINT AND SOME WRITERS RECEIVE PARTIAL OR FULL PAYMENTS – about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The Shakespeare Squared Foundation – New victim says she’s owed $1,000. Some more writers have reported receiving payments. Click link above for updated list.
Writershire.com / Writershire – Publisher reponds.
Ava Ross / YPNI Weekly Newspaper / YPNI News / ypninews.com – Publisher and writer are exchanging heated emails.
Many of you know our recent trip to Wisconsin was canceled because Richard broke his leg and needed surgery. We were traveling there to attend the wedding of our good friends, Scott and Kelly. They got engaged last October, at the top of Cadillac Mountain, while visiting us here in Maine.
On that day, I was able to take a picture of them just moments after Scott proposed. A few weeks ago, I printed a copy of that picture and, using it as a guide, painted a large picture on canvas with acrylics for their wedding present. Max (age 8) is the most visually artistic in the family and he helped me with the rocks. I posted pictures of what we did HERE. I think you’ll agree…the rocks are the best part! 😉
This week’s Maxism:
“When I grow up, I’m going to be a brain surge.”
Hugs to all!
Perhaps a dozen times a week, authors ask me some variation of this question:
What is the best way to promote my book online?
It’s quite simple, really. This is all you need:
- An audience
- A vehicle to reach that audience
First, many, many thanks for the amazing resource you provide through WritersWeekly.com and related services.
Second, my kudos and thanks to you for shining light on, and not backing down from, organizations such as Shakespeare Squared. Without your site, I would have likely contacted them in response to any of their many ads for writers and may have well ended up on the long list of writers who remain unpaid, or who waited out months and months of frustration before getting paid.
Again, thanks on behalf of all of us!
It has been many, many, many moons since I’ve actually written. I’ve been a subscriber, except for a year or so when I was moving around, since you were in Texas and before moving to Maine. It appears to me that you have taken WritersWeekly to new heights and it should be the benchmark for other writing magazines. But alas, instead of using you as an example, others try to imitate. Not a good thing in my book.
I just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work.
John in Colorado