Whispers and Warnings For 04/15/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 04/15/2016

My opinion? Sure seems to me like PublishAmerica/America Star Books didn’t have a case!
PublishAmerica / America Star Books Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Settled
“I’m finally getting to post about something I’ve been keeping under my hat for quite some time.”


America Star Books, LLLP has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Complaints about Publish America / America Star Books:
Consumer Affairs Consumer Complaints & Reviews
Ripoff Report – Publish America
Ripoff Report – America Star Books
Site Jabber
Complaints Board

Interesting music copyright history lesson!
As Led Zeppelin face trial for copyright infringement, here are nine other artists sued for ‘stealing’ hits
“But this isn’t the first time a big-name band has been accused of taking more than a hint of inspiration from another and ended up in court.”

(Alleged) Libel can be very expensive!
Miami Herald settles lawsuit with former US Senate candidate
“Greene also sued the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times, then the St. Petersburg Times. The Palm Beach billionaire argued three reports about his real-estate dealings and yacht parties cost him the primary and defamed his reputation. He sought $500 million in damages.”

Why is Publishers Weekly doing this?!
Publishers Weekly Features Vanity Publisher Morgan James…Again
“Once again, Publishers Weekly’s annual overview of fast-growing independent publishers features not only innovative indies, but a publisher whose business model is largely built on author fees: Morgan James Publishing.”

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing

Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.

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