After Mason (age 6) asked me two days in a row where babies come from, I could no longer avoid the inevitable. I pulled up a lovely (ahem) graphic of a uterus on the Internet, and explained in very basic terms about how the baby grows in there.
But, that wasn’t good enough for Mason. Tapping the pink uterus cartoon on my computer screen, he said, ” But how does the baby get IN THERE?!”
Awhile back, I found some of our original paying market listings for writers featured on the The Markham Village Writers’ Group website, markhamvillagewriters.com. Below are copies of my exchange with the founder and moderator of The Markham Village Writers’ Group website, Donna Marrin. I have paraphrased the responses by Donna Marrin below. Needless to say, we were pretty shocked that someone running a website for writers thought it was okay to pluck original content from other websites!
I am looking for a writer. Can you help?
Please send your ad to me at angela -at- writersweekly.com. The ad must state the amount you plan to pay the writer.
Past clients usually make the best future clients. They’re already impressed with your work ethic, they know why you charge what you do and they love your style. You don’t have to dazzle them with flashy advertisements to reel them in, and you don’t have to walk on eggshells when you deal with them because you’re already familiar with the way they do business.
My brother in law has a traditional publishing house, small to be sure. He has ceased dealing with Ingram not only because of the discounts they demand, but also because of the mountains of returns he gets months later of books with torn covers, etc.
What is your experience?
Penguin Group – Sues five authors for return of advances.
Kamloops Daily News – Sued for alleged defamation.
Amazon – Subpoenaed in the Apple/Big Publishers ebook price fixing suit.
News Corp. – Sued by priest over phone hacking scandal.
I’ve written before about all the problems we’ve encountered in our “new” house in Florida. Well, the fun continues!
Last week, an author contacted me about publishing some old photos and postcards in her book. She insisted she could use the postcards because the company was “out of business.” She also said it was okay to use the photos because the people in them are deceased and that “no blood relatives of (one of the individuals) are living.”
Letters will return next week.
Frankly, anyone who reads WritersWeekly already knows the advantages of self-publishing. While some authors do very well on their own, and prefer to stay on their own, others have received offers from traditional publishers after proving there’s a market for their self-published book.