Whispers and Warnings for 11/09/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 11/09/2016

WOW! Amazon Suing Over Honesty??
Amazon Is Cracking Down on More Fake Reviews
Amazon is suing two sellers in the U.S. and one in the E.U. By purchasing fake reviews, Amazon says these sellers are boosting their products’ ratings, unfairly competing with sellers who operate their businesses honestly and intentionally influencing buyers’ decisions.
It looks like authors and publishers aren’t the only ones upset at Amazon:
Who’s the boss? Amazon contractors sue to find out
“Amazon controls everything, without a shadow of a doubt,” says Theron Bradley, a former employee of Amazon contractor Silverstar who’s one of the named plaintiffs in the proposed class action. “Silverstar pays me, but I definitely know I work for Amazon.”


…And, In the spirit of Election Night….
Is this voting tactic a creepy invasion of privacy?
“What if your neighbors knew whether you voted?”


Free Speech On Trial
Government to launch ‘free speech’ inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
Section 18C says it is unlawful for a person to do an act in public which is “reasonably likely, in all the circumstances to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” another person or a group of people.



So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline

Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition

At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!

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33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters

I admire any writer who wants to tackle a blind character. But so many writers take up this challenge and FAIL. They research blindness by reading other fiction books, by observing their blind colleagues and acquaintances, and by tying on a blindfold and pretending to be blind themselves.

I understand the challenges your characters face, their triumphs, their hopes and their fears, because I've lived them. I work with people who have varying degrees of blindness every day, so I've seen every challenge, every situation you could imagine.

Let me share my knowledge to improve your writing. You can create blind characters that readers will fall in love with.

~Stephanie Green