Erotica publisher, author charged after manipulating book s…

Jana Koretko

An independent, small publisher and author has been charged with manipulating ebook sales data to defraud other authors.

It’s difficult enough for writers and authors to eek out an income from their hard work without this breach of trust taking place.

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bigwords101 — Punctuation and the Law

 

Close on the heels of the recent post about the Oxford comma (You can have my Oxford Comma when you pry it from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands) we highlight this blog by the Grammar Diva about our necessary friend, the comma, and how getting it wrong can lead to legal ramifications!

Last week the Oxford comma made big news: a Maine trucking company was forced to pay overtime after the lack of a comma in a law was interpreted in favor of the truckers. Here is the blog post that talks about that article.

I researched a bit and found that there are several famous stories where punctuation has been crucial to interpretation of a law.

First, there is the “comma defense.” Was it going to be life in prison or the death penalty for Clifford L. Robinson? The federal sentencing code reads, “. . . death or life in prison, or a fine or both . . .” A fine for murder?  Read more…

Source: bigwords101 — Punctuation and the Law

Google sued over policies ‘barring employees from writing novels’ | Technology | The Guardian

The core of the complaint is that Google’s confidentiality policies prevent employees from exercising speech rights.

Google is being sued over its internal confidentiality policies which bar employees from putting in writing concerns over “illegal” activity, posting opinions about the company, and even writing novels “about someone working at a tech company in Silicon Valley” without first giving their employer sign-off on the final draft.

The lawsuit, revealed by industry news site The Information, accuses Google of breaching California labour laws through its confidentiality provisions, by preventing employees from exercising their legal rights to discuss workplace conditions, wages, and potential violations inside the company.

It has been brought by an individual employee under a….

Source: Google sued over policies ‘barring employees from writing novels’ | Technology | The Guardian

“You can have my Oxford comma when you pry it from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.”

You see, the Oxford comma isn’t just a punctuation mark that academics, writers, and grammar trolls argue about. It’s not just something that gets you hundreds – thousands – of likes or shares on social media.

It’s got its place in the real world.

Don’t believe me?

Read on…. Source: http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2017/03/use-the-oxford-comma/#.WNNXM4ZjXD0.email

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The Best Way to Get Blurbs for Your Books | She Writes

I get an inordinate number of questions about what the industry fondly calls “blurbs,” and here I attempt to cover them all with a detailed list of how authors can approach soliciting and choosing, and everything in between. In today’s book marketplace, blurbs still matter to publishers and the industry at large, in part because they’re a bit of a holdover from a bygone era and publishing is big on tradition, and in part because household names and big review outlets still carry a lot of prestige. The idea is simple. If you’re a fan of John Grisham and he blurbs a new legal thriller, you might be more inclined to give that new book a chance. But obviously most newly published authors today are not getting blurbed by household names or big review outlets. I’ve witnessed my own authors at She Writes Press agonizing over blurbs, while others seem to treat the whole endeavor like a sport. But by and large, whether the process of procuring blurbs comes easily or not, I see a lot of misconception about the blurb’s purpose and around the protocol of blurbing in general. So here’s my attempt to set a few things straight.…[more]

Source: An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Fast-Track Advice for New Authors – She Writes

After two years and two novels published, I’d like to share my top tips for new authors, with the hope that my experiences will save you time and minimize stress! Feel free to comment and/or add your thoughts!

Good editorial advice is precious. The editorial process can be long and painful, but a good editor will skillfully fine-tune your story so it resonates with readers. When faced with… [more]

Source: [SWP: Behind the Book] Fast-Track Advice for New Authors – She Writes

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Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

Fair use allows you to use someone’s copyrighted work without permission. However, invoking fair use is not a straightforward matter. Before you use any part of anyone else’s copyrighted material – even for quotation purposes – you have to consider the risks that are involved. After all, would YOU like someone else to use YOUR copyrighted material without asking first?

Source: Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

15 Clever Offline Marketing Ideas for Authors You’ll Want to Use!

“My eyes are starting to bleed from all this online marketing. (Yes, I know you’re reading this online right now, but hear me out.)

We crave offline connections—real interactions with . . . what are they called again? Humans!

And if you’re an author, you know how difficult it is to market your book. Sometimes, posting about it on Twitter or Facebook is like whispering in a crowded room.

Nobody’s gonna hear you.

That’s why I listed these 15 clever marketing ideas for authors-all offline.”

 

Source: 15 Clever Offline Marketing Ideas for Authors You’ll Want to Use!

Oh No, I Think I’ve Misplaced My Modifier! | Grammar – Bigwords

Misplaced Modifiers

Grammar can be pretty funny. Whoever thought grammar was serious business hasn’t looked at some of the cartoons and memes on Facebook! And they obviously haven’t attended one of my workshops!

One of the more humorous gaffes that occurs in grammar (mostly in written language) is the misplaced (and sometimes dangling) modifier. These are often hard to find and easy to miss — whether you are the writer or the reader — but when you do find them . . .

Source: http://bigwords101.com/2016/blog/oh-no-i-think-ive-misplaced-my-modifier/

A Tense Conclusion: Common Mistakes – bigwords101

Welcome to Part 4 — the final part — of the series about verb tenses. This post will review some common tense errors. In general we all do pretty well with tenses. However . . .

Ever hear that present tense usage instead of past tense:

 

  • So I goes to the mall, and I sees my cousin. OR EVEN
  • So I go to the mall, and I see my cousin. INSTEAD OF
  • So I went to the mall, and I saw my cousin.

Sometimes people mix tenses that refer to the same time:

Source: bigwords101 — Verb Tense Mistakes

 

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