Whispers and Warnings For 11/22/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 11/22/2016

So refreshing to see someone honored for actually holding government’s feet to the fire:
Fight for school transparency in Pembroke earns First Amendment award
No matter how often Pembroke School Board Chairman Tom Serafin told Pearl to sit down, or Pembroke Co-Superintendent Patty Sherman insisted state law prevented her from revealing the drug bust of a staffer, David Pearl dug in his heels and demanded answers. He demanded a voice. He demanded his First Amendment rights.

Punished for what they said in private!
Free Speech on the Mat
Wrestlers kicked off team for comments on a private messaging app.

Copyright Infringement – Social Media making it easier.
Richard Prince Slapped With Yet Another Copyright Lawsuit
In September 2014…Prince created and displayed the infringing post on his Instagram account “@richardprince4” with “an exact reproduction” of the copyrighted photo,

Yet another country where a journalist can face jail time for “defamation.”
Bhutan journalist hit by defamation suit for sharing Facebook post
In a case that will test the boundaries of freedom of speech in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, independent journalist Namgay Zam, a former presenter on the state-run broadcaster Bhutan Broadcasting Service, faces imprisonment or a fine equivalent to 10 years’ salary if she is found guilty of defaming a prominent businessman.

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