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Tip of the Day: ALL writers seeking publication need a website.

Reality check: ALL writers seeking publication, traditionally or self-published, need a website.

A website will be the first port of call for any potential reader. They  will go to your website to get the latest information about your various projects, both old and new. Yes, your social media will likely have information about the latest happenings. However, any older material will quickly be buried. Everything else that you do should point back to your website and the one, central hub where readers can get the most up-to-date information about your work.

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Hidden Traps is HERE!

TODAY IS THE DAY! Finally, months of hard work have finally come to fruition.

Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr is NOW AVAILABLE.

To celebrate the release, we’re giving away two free copies. But don’t think it’s going to be as simple as entering a draw. No, of course not. You will need to find the hidden clues to a secret phrase from the book. And the clues are spread throughout Judy L Mohr’s personal online platform.

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Tip of the Day: Join your local writers’ group.

Connecting with other writers is vital for a writer’s career. Only other writers will understand the ups and downs associated with being a writer. Do some research and find your local writers’ group. Join them. I will grant you that costs of memberships can be high, but most local chapters have a grace period where you can chat with them, join in on their regular meetings or other activities and get to know them before you pay the membership fee. Regardless, joining a writers’ group has many benefits, including giving a new writer something to add to their bio.

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You Need to Register Your Copyright

Every so often, I come across some blog post or a Facebook group message, or something, where a writer is asking about copyright certificate and the like. Amazon is becoming more insistent on obtaining those copyright certificates, and rightly so.

Too many times, I have encountered some horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong.

To complicate matters, far too many writers choose not to register their copyright with a copyright authority because of the cost. However, these are the writers that run the risk of finding themselves being the victim of some copyright takeover.

All writers want to protect their writing as much as possible, and for the most part, people are honest. It’s the shady ones that you need to worry about. Here is where taking a few simple steps can save you.

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Tip of the Day: Pay the money to copyright your work.

Every so often, I come across another horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong. Pay the money to the copyright office to get that official certificate. If you reside in a country that doesn’t have a formal registration for copyright, like New Zealand, then join a copyright registrar site.

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Tip of the Day: Play nice, kiddy-winks.

As writers seeking publication, either traditional or self-publication road, how we behave on public forums does play on our marketability. Let’s face it, published writers are public figures, maybe not as famous as some big-name movie star, but our fans still want to know more about us. If we behave badly on social media, that could be very bad for our careers. And don’t think that if you did something years ago that it’ll be buried forever. The ugly-nasty has a bad habit of turning up when you least expect it. Always play nice on social media.

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The Rush-The-Process Dish

Over a year ago, I jokingly reported about some of the flavours of the Rush-The-Process dish. I’m talking about those scenarios where writers are in such a hurry to submit their work for publications that they skip vital steps in the editing or publication process.

In that post, I spoke about the ones who only have family and friends looking at their work, not other writers or editors. I spoke about the ones who take editorial reports and stick to the most basic of rewrites. Then there are those who submit to agents and publishers unfinished works, only to go into full panic mode when they get the request for fulls. And my personal favourite: upload to Amazon without editing at all, because they supposedly can’t afford it.

But there are some other flavours to this Rush-The-Process dish that also requires some attention.

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Tip of the Day: Script your videos, even loosely.

With the introduction of Facebook and Twitter Live, it’s not surprising that many are now turning to vlogging (video blogging) in a rudimentary way. However, before you make any recording, it’s important to have an idea as to what you intend to record. Where possible, script your videos. Rambling can make you seem scatterbrained and unable to structure thoughts into a coherent form. For the sake of your reputation, make a few dummy recordings as practice, before you use the Live features.

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