Whispers and Warnings for 11/30/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 11/30/2016

Scary how many Americans did NOT know this:
Social media posts can cost you your job, the First Amendment has no protection
In HubShout‘s 2016 Social Media Conduct Survey, 71.6 percent weren’t aware the First Amendment does not apply to


Wierd On Several Levels
Latina student accused of plagiarism for using the word ‘hence’
Martínez told Buzzfeed News that not only did the professor wrote “this is not your word” and circled “hence,” but she
wanted her to go back and “indicate” where she copy and pasted other work.


Hmmmm…Should government officials be able to sue you over voicing your opinion of them?
Top City of Guelph official suing local blogger for defamation
Lawsuit seeks $500,000 over comments made over four years on a local city politics blog run by Gerry Barker


Another journalist jailed for criticism.
He was arrested on Tuesday last week when he entered Panama because of articles on his blog Bananama Republic in
which he criticized Canadian businessman Monte Friesner, who lives in Panama.


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