Ssssh You can’t tell anyone but someone with your name left a large amount of cash in a bank account and died with no heirs....
Straight away I knew the letter was a fake.
Several things tipped me off. No letterhead. The appeals to greed, tastefully alluded to, inside the letter. Some of the sentence structure was clunky. (Barclays Bank can afford to hire people who can write.) And my mother rung me up to say she had received a letter just like it earlier this week.
Can you always spot the scammers though? I have been watching Victoria Strauss (@victoriastrauss), co founder of Writer Beware pointing out a series of questionable practices to a small publisher on Twitter. The publisher feels that they should be treated like a plumber and get paid by the writer to publish the work. (Hint: they have a license to publish your work under strict conditions... that’s only for fixing the leak... not the house and contents.)
After reading Kris Rusch’s latest blog post on dealing with editors who want to be paid to pass on information to the writer. Along with writers who don’t know what rights they have given up so are missing out on reprint rights because their agents can’t be bothered or don’t know what rights they sold either... I’m not surprised that Kris had a melt down. Know your business! Everybody should read this blog post and be educated.
Jami Gold has an excellent series of blog posts on Indie Publishing that I am working my way through. Her post on long term goals got me thinking. Do you have a master plan? (For world domination...)
Two weeks ago I linked to two important blogs discussing whether author newsletters were a good idea. (Anne R Allen’s blog post and Kris Rusch’s.) This topic has caused quite a stir in the online publishing world. Kris wrote a new blog post refining her thoughts on this. Anne’s blog post had 125 comments.
Writers Digest recently had a blog post about the importance of finding your tribe. That’s all your writing friends... and then Writer Unboxed had an interesting guest post from Kate Brandes about what a debut writers collective did for each other... (I keep saying this is the way of the future...)
Nate Hoffelder writes that Audible are dropping their credit gifting to the dismay of their fans.
Dean Wesley Smith has an interesting post on how to make money from short fiction pieces.
John Doppler has a must read post on the Alli blog about visualising the best sellers. Just how many Indies are in the top 100 by category.
Lit Reactor has a great article on 13 ways to support an author without spending a cent. (Spread the word and be a hero!)
Roz Morris has a fascinating blog post about opening up Book Reviewers to Indie published books. The discussion from book reviewers in the comments is well worth a read.
The fabulous K M Weiland has gathered up her recent series of blog posts based on Marvel movies. The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling according to Marvel. This is an excellent resource for every writer. (Her latest book on characterisation is amazing as well!) I Have been obsessively watching Avengers Civil War and seeing all the plot points!
In The Craft Section,
Five Failed Character Arcs- Mythcreants
Checklist to improve your writing- Writers Write- Bookmark
How to Refine your novel- Martha Alderson
How to end books in a series- Bookmark
Creating your remarkable villain- David Villalva- Bookmark
10 signs of underdeveloped characters- Emily Morgan
How to use writers intuition- Colleen M Story- Bookmark
5 qualities of a brilliant story- Roz Morris- Bookmark
5 examples of characterisation- Now Novel
In The Marketing Section,
Ultimate guide to creating Author Bio’s- Chris Well- Bookmark
Creating an irresistible series- WriteToDone
Marketing a new book in a series- Julianne MacLean - Bookmark
Endorsement quotes, Do you need them?- Debbie Young
International author central on Amazon- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
Ricardo Fayet of Reedsy knows that I am a sucker for a fabulous infographic so he takes the time to email me and send their latest one. Everything you wanted to know about dynamic characters... in a handy chart!
Sara Letourneau has been taking a break from blogging recently. Here she explains why in a great article, Seven Steps to Honoring Your Reality. This is how you become a writing hero...