Whispers and Warnings For 11/16/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 11/16/2016

So thankful I live in America…
Iran jails author for unpublished story on stoning
“Her husband is an inmate at the same prison and has vowed to start a hunger strike in protest”


Is shining a flashlight into camera a “Violation” of the First Amendment? An interesting legal test………
Austin man says officers violated his First Amendment rights
“Turner said he uses his camera to fight back against police injustice. That’s why he said he chose to record officers as they stopped a driver on Burnet Road. Turner said he was about 50 feet away from the cop making the traffic stop when two others used their flashlights to obstruct his camera’s view.”


Putting profits before people….
Wells Fargo accused of invasion of privacy, mishandling customers’ information
“A California man alleges a financial institution’s employees mishandled his and other class members’ information in order to meet sales quotas.”


If you are worried about this latest election….read what happens when you “defame” a politician in Myanmar.
Myanmar Police Detain Media Officials Named in Defamation Lawsuit
“Myint Htwe said he will make the necessary preparations to prosecute Than Htut Aung and Wai Phyo under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, which prohibits use of the telecom network to defame people and carries a jail sentence of up to three years and a fine for those who violate it.”


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