We Evacuated…and De-Evacuated

Since our house is only a few feet above sea level, and since Isaac was forecast to give us a 5-7 foot storm surge, late last week we packed up our important stuff, moved a bunch of it to storage, put the most important things in the RV, and returned home to elevate some of our furniture. We also unplugged electronics, and moved some boxes up to counters. We canceled our reservations at a campground in Georgia, which was Evacuation Plan A (Georgia was supposed to get it worse than the Bradenton, Florida area) and made a reservation at a campground in Kissimmee, Florida (Evacuation Plan B), just outside of Orlando…

Avoid Annoying POD Publishers That Hound You With Marketing Calls!

Thank you Angela,
I’m sold.
A rep from Xlibris has been calling and bugging me every day! Now I have something to compare them to (BookLocker.com), and prove that they are not the best as they proclaim.
Thank you again…enjoy your day.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: BookLocker is adamantly anti-spam and anti-telemarketing. If you like us, fine. If you want to use someone else, that’s fine, too. We don’t stoop to begging authors for their business so you will never receive spam or a telemarketing call from BookLocker. We’ve never done business that way and we never will.

Fine Tune Your Radio Copywriting Skills – James Rada Jr.

While most towns nowadays have only one newspaper, they will generally have multiple radio stations. For a writer, this means multiple opportunities to write spots for radio salespeople who want effective ads for their clients.

My Publisher Owes Me Thousands in Royalties! What Can I Do???

Remember me? I miss you. You are by far the best publisher I’ve met so far. You answer e-mails, you keep promises, and you pay royalties on time to your writers. My current publisher doesn’t do any of that, and that’s why I’m contacting you. I plan to enter a complaint into your Whispers and Warnings section, but I want to touch base with you before I do it, and explain.
(My other publisher) started off as a dynamic, responsive and very active publisher when she initially persuaded me to sign on. In September 2011 she did the royalty accounting and paid me a big check for the months up to and including May 2011, which covered the first month of my sales surge. I sold over 17,000 e-books on Kindle that May. In June, I sold over 19,500, over 10,000 in July and over 6,000 in August. I don’t have exact figures because she never sent me exact figures after May.
The problem is that she has not paid me royalties covering the period June 2011 to the present. And, she stopped sending me monthly sales figures around the same time. Also, she stopped answering my e-mails, except for very occasional one- or two-sentence responses that never mentioned royalties. It has now been 14 months without a royalty payment to me.
Her other writers I am in touch with have similar problems with her, all centering around a lack of communication, missed deadlines and royalty problems.
What else can I do?

Isaac Is NOT Welcome Here!

Isaac Is NOT Welcome Here!

We’re watching the forecast with a great deal of caution and a bit of worry. We already had Tropical Storm Debby so we think it’s somebody else’s turn to get a boatload of rain. 😉

Writing for Real Estate Publications – John K. Borchardt

Writing about real estate opens many potential markets: big city, small city and suburban newspapers as well as consumer and trade magazines. Magazine markets may be local, regional or national in their coverage. Occasionally, a real estate subject such as the rise of World Trade Center 1 (the Freedom Tower), on Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, is national news, resulting in syndicated newspaper articles. Additional research can turn a subject that starts as a one-off local story, such as covering a local warehouse roof with solar panels to generate electricity, can also be written as a national trend story.

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