Last week, I shared that our son Matt got married. This week, I wanted to share that our daughter, Ali, a pastry chef, made the wedding cakes (yes, plural). And, unfortunately, she asked me to help. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love cooking with Ali. We have a lot of fun and she has taught me SO much over the years. But, wedding cakes are SO stressful. I mean…one little mistake and a catastrophe may ensue!
There are many common errors made by new authors and most of these are a clear sign a book is self-published. Check your own manuscript for these blunders before allowing it to go to print!
I received my book selection today, 7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER – my prize for winning last week’s trivia contest. Wow, that was quick – printed and delivered in about a week!
The book looks very good. I’ve already started reading it, and am looking forward to absorbing many of its interesting nuggets of advice.
Has someone recently told you it’s okay to grab, alter, and republish someone else’s material from Pinterest or another website? If so, you should be very wary of that individual’s ethics and so-called expertise…
I have another question for you regarding ads on blogs. I’ve been asked by an insurance company to place a monthly ad on my blog. I researched the product and I am okay with that. They want to put their hyperlink somewhere near my title, not on a side bar. I’m okay with that, too.
My question is, what is a good monthly rate to ask for?
Do not underestimate the power of a writing group. I owe the success of my first sale to such a group with a membership of only two. While there may be strength in numbers, there is also strength in commitment…
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ADMIT IT. THE HEADLINE MAKES YOU SMILE!
CBS Being Sued Over Bert the Farting Hippo
“Folkmanis, Inc., which manufactured the original stuffed animal used as Bert, is suing CBS and affiliated companies, alleging that the network has been selling unlicensed Bert the Farting Hippo toys manufactured by a company in China…”
YES, EVEN BOOK REVIEWERS GET SUED!
Architect sues The New York Review of Books Over Article by Critic Martin Fuller
“Mr. Filler wrote a review of a 370-page book on architecture in which Ms. Hadid’s name is mentioned in fewer than 20 pages. Mr. Filler’s book review, by contrast, mentions Ms. Hadid in nearly two-thirds of its paragraphs…”
APPARENTLY, GOOGLE IS EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH EVERY COUNTRY’S LAWS
Google Autocomplete’s Brushes With Libel
“Can an automated Google feature that ostensibly helps users with a search be a basis for libel? Courts in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong have had to field that question…”
IS RE-ENACTING NON-FICTION COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?
‘Deep Throat’ production company loses ‘Lovelace’ copyright case
“While Arrow Productions complained that ‘Lovelace’ copied three key scenes from the 1972 film, Griesa concluded that the recreation constituted fair use under federal copyright law.”
WHEN YOU THREATEN A LAW FIRM THAT SPECIALIZED IN COPYRIGHT CASES…YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
Getty Images Sued Over Settlement Demand Letter: ‘Unfair, Deceptive Scheme,’ Copyright Lawyers Claim
“Known for demanding payment from unsuspecting web publishers, Getty Images was slapped with a lawsuit for “deceptive business practices. IP Law Group claims it never displayed the Getty-owned image on its website. Rather, the texting-woman photo was syndicated through a plugin operated by Zemanta Inc., a software company that provides third-party content to Web publishers.”
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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.
Our son, Matt, got married in Maine last weekend. Here is my favorite picture of them…
Here’s the problem. When the author signed our contract, he didn’t tell us somebody else owned 10% of his rights. Thus, he lied when he completed our contract, stating he owned all rights to his work…
Regarding the article, Bigots Need Not Apply! 9 Offensive Ways To Lose A Publishing Contract, I can’t believe anyone would be so basically stupid, show such sheer ignorance, and act that unprofessional when contacting a publisher.
The statements featured in that article sounded utterly surreal to me. How do these people function when they have to shop at a grocery store? Do they treat every business with this mentality?