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COPYRIGHT

 

A Reader's Guide to Copyright

 

The First Sale Doctrine and eBooks. A general overview of why ebooks cannot be resold.

 

Fanfic and Copyright Is it legal to write stories using others' characters?

 

The Death of Copyright. A "what if" vision of what would happen if copyright was revoked.

 

Text to Speech and eBooks. A legal and rights issues of using a computer voice to read an ebook

 

Copyright Length and Disney. Is taking classic films by Disney and others out of copyright good or bad?

 

 

 

Writing and the Writing Life

 

CRAFT

 

Using Index Cards to Plot a Novel

 

The Demon Returns The truth behind all those unfinished stories you have.

 

The Back Plot Thickens What happens before your story starts is as important as the story.

 

Creating Fight Scenes and Battles Advice for those who write science fiction, fantasy, historical novels, and romance.

 

Making a Fight Real How to imagine a fight when you've never been in one yourself.

 

Keeping the Reader Reading How to create a story that will suck the reader in like a black hole and not belch him out until "The End."

 

Suddenly, a Pirate Ship Loomed Over the Horizon How to avoid using "suddenly" in action scenes.

 

Sex and the Single Alien Things to consider when creating that sexy alien hero.

 

Killing Off Characters Should you kill off that secondary character?

 

Write Where You Know How to Avoid Mistakes in the Location of Your Story.

 

Writing Psychic Characters

 

Shifting Types of Viewpoint Is it a good idea to shift between first and third person in the same work?

 

Maintaining Tone How to keep the same voice throughout a work

 

How To Avoid Inventing a New Language

 

Ing the Merciless How to Avoid Using "ing" in your writing.

 

Prologues, Yes or No?

 

How Long Should a Paragraph Be?

 

Nouns or Pronouns? When should you use a pronoun instead of character's name?

 

Across a Crowded Room: What to Include in Descriptions

 

How Much Information Do You Need on the First Page?

 

Voice as Characterization

 

Telepathic Dialogue

 

The Moral Core in Genre

 

Squandering the Reader's Trust We gain the reader's trust by delivering good books, but we can squander that trust away.

 

MARKETING YOUR BOOK TO AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS

 

To Market, To Market The different markets available for publishing your books with the pros and cons of each method.

 

Finding the Right Market for Your Novel How to find the right publisher for your kind of novel

 

How to Write a Query Letter or Pitch

 

How to Describe your Romance Novel in Queries

 

How to Write a Blurb (Back Cover Copy) The description of your novel must be short, sweet, and oh so tempting to a reader. Here's how to create the perfect blurb as well an even shorter description when it's needed.

 

Finding the Right Epublisher

 

THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING

 

The State of Publishing and Bookselling, June 2008. A series of blogs I wrote on the current state of publishing and bookselling and how that affects writers and readers. I focused on genre novels.

 

Ebook Primer General information on reading ebooks.

 

PROMOTION

 

Ebook Promotion from "The Call" and Way Beyond

 

How to Organize Your Promotion Information

 

THE WRITING PROFESSION

 

How to Keep Up with Contract Expirations and Other Important Dates

 

How to Critique Hints on finding and working with a critique group or partner.

 

Why Don't You Write a Real Book? A considered answer to this most insulting of questions.

 

Why We Write An affirmation of the joy of writing in a hard profession.

 

Articles and Blogs of Interest to Writers A collection of links to other writers and writing professionals.

 

Writers and Wills Things to consider when writing your will

 

Too Stupid to Live Characters who do stupid things because of a lazy writer

 

Preparing for Bad Weather How to protect your work when bad weather happens

 

 

Should You Use a Pen Name?

 

Why Women Read Romance

 

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