Thursday, 25 August 2016

Someone Stole My Entire Website - And What I Did About It

“Criminal In Online Business” by bplanet
The best thing about the internet is that whatever you publish online can go viral.

The worst thing about the internet is also that whatever you publish on the internet can go viral.

That’s why it’s important to be an ethical writer, because people won’t always remember the great things you did, but they will ALWAYS remember (and share online) all the lousy or unethical things you did.

I had a great “for instance” about this subject when I recently sold the domain name of my old website,, along with the rights of the new owner to keep my writing articles (for SEO reasons, they said).

But they not only published my writing articles, but they stole all my website content AND they stole my website design too.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Image by David Castillo Dominici at
There are no double standards in life.

That’s why how you do anything is how you do everything.

A person isn’t lazy at home and hard working at their job. They are lazy wherever they are and whatever they’re doing.

Likewise, a person isn’t mean to animals and kind to people. They’re just mean all the time, even if they try and come across differently in different situations.

I remember years ago saying to a friend of mine that a man we both knew was a really nice guy and that I couldn’t understand how he could be married to the woman he lived with becasue she was so nasty and was always upsetting people and causing trouble.

My friend instantly said to me, “He’s not a nice guy. He’s just as bad as she is.”

“How do you know?” I asked, perplexed, because the guy always seemed so smiley and friendly.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Latest Products and Courses for Writers

Not getting any writing done?

Want to do more writing?

Want to write a best selling novel?

Want to write a screenplay?

Looking for more markets for your writing?

Then take a look at these products and courses for writers. There's bound to be something that can help get you started on your next big project.

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Businesses offer some of the most rewarding, creative and lucrative opportunities available to freelancers today-and breaking in can be easier than you think. Freelance writing is a business like any other - to succeed, you need a mix of skill, hard work, perseverance, and perspective. This collection combines the popular tutorials of bestselling author and sought-after freelancer I.J. Schecter that can help push your freelance career forward!

How to Break into the Screenwriting Business
Upon completion of a few screenplays every writer wonders what he or she must do now. Every one they speak with has an opinion about agents and query letters and networking and many other seemingly mysterious moves the new writer must make. This course has the correct, concise and complete answers to these and many more questions. The teacher, Michele Wallerstein, has spent over 20 years as a literary agent and shares her knowledge of how to get you to the best place possible for your writing career.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Why You Don’t Write - And It’s Not Procrastination or Writer’s Block

“Happy Girl On The Beach At Sunrise” by Yongkiet
More and more often I come across people who want write but never do. Or they do write, but not as much as they want to.

It happens to most writers. In fact, it happens to every writer.

Sometimes it’s blamed on procrastination.

But what does that really mean?

It means that you’re not writing because you don’t feel like doing it. Which doesn’t really explain anything.

Then there’s writer’s block. This is when you sit down to write, but don’t know where to begin. Or you’re already writing, but the ideas start drying up.

The reason for the former, is because you don't have a task list so you don’t know what to do first. The latter is because you’re tired and need a break. So both of these have a reason that’s easy to fix.

But why is it that most days you just simply don’t feel like writing? You know you really should sit down and start, but the motivation just isn’t there.

I can’t answer this for every individual because there could be many reasons.

But one explanation could be non-writing related.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Writing News for July 2016

Experimental Writer Dennis Cooper’s Blog Pulled by Google
Novelist/poet/performance artist/ blogger Dennis Cooper’s work is definitely not for everyone, and it’s not meant to be. Almost a decade and a half of original work, including a gif novel-in-progress, might be lost forever.

How Sydney author Liane Moriarty sold six million books and inspired an HBO series
She's sold six million books about the darker side of suburban life. So why is Liane Moriarty the most successful Australian author you've never heard of?

Warner Bros. to Host 2 Breakfast Receptions at Hogwarts
Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to watch dawn break over the Hogwarts castle model while enjoying an exclusive breakfast reception. The iconic castle took a team of 40 people seven months to build from scratch with over 300 fibre optic lights installed to simulate lanterns and torches.

'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Elizabeth Gilbert Splits From Husband José Nunes
Gilbert announced the news in a Facebook post on Friday, writing, "I am separating from the man whom many of you know as "Felipe" — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the Eat, Pray, Love journey. He has been my dear companion for over 12 years, and they have been wonderful years. Our split is very amicable. Our reasons are very personal.é-nunes_us_5776d10ae4b0a629c1aa05e6

Yet Another Kindle Unlimited Scam – Prawns!
Many innocent self-published authors, and especially those publishing non-fiction, were caught up in the attempts by Amazon to rid Kindle Unlimited of scammers who were using a weakness in the way Amazon pays for an ebook read in Kindle Unlimited.

Author Michael Herr Has Died
Author and war correspondent Michael Herr had died at the age of 76.
Herr is best known for his 1977 memoir Dispatches, as well as co-writing the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket.

Nook pulls out of UK
Nook is pulling out of the UK and transferring its UK customers to Sainsbury's.
The e-reader and tablet company owned by American bookselling chain Barnes & Noble told customers it would stop trading in the UK, effective as of 15th March 2016, via a notice posted on its website

Simon & Schuster launches Salaam Reads imprint for Muslim children
A glaring lack of diversity in children's books has led Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to launch an imprint centering on Muslim characters and stories, The New York Times reports.

Crime writer in court over a thwarted bank robbery that was exactly the same as the plot of one of his novels 
The wordsmith, who was struggling financially, broke into a branch of Sparkasse bank before it closed in his native Leipzig in eastern Germany.
Wearing a mask, he yelled at customers to lie on the floor and pointed an alarm gun at staff, demanding they fetch him money.

World's 'smallest hard drive' means every book written can now be stored on a stamp
When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press he changed the world.
Now a team of scientists in the Netherlands has taken this to the ultimate extreme. Through the manipulation of single atoms they have made the world's smallest hard drive. It is so dense the technology could store all the world's books on device the size of a postage stamp.

Friday, 22 July 2016

A Fast Way to Market Your Ebook

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.netBeing an ebook writer is a great way to earn income from writing.

For me, writing ebooks also provides me with the kind of writing I want to do.

I much prefer to sit and write one ebook after another than to do short freelance projects that I have to send to editors in the hope that they'll publish it.

Don't get me wrong though, freelance writing, if done correctly, can provide a lucrative income.

But I prefer to sit and do longer projects, like ebooks , and enjoy the passive income they bring that can go on for years.

But ebooks need to be marketed in order to get them in front of as many people as possible.

Online marketing is a huge topic because there are so many ways to do it.

I find that the fastest way to do it is through article marketing.

This is one of the marketing methods that I've used for years and even though it's not as effective as it used to be before the Google Slap, it still works. And because I'm a writer, writing articles is easy to do.

What I do is, once my ebook is written, I write 3 to 5 short directory articles that relate to the subject of my ebook.

Then I publish them on one at a time, every 2 or 3 days.

And there are 3 things I do to make sure that my articles get read and re-published.