You can’t sue for copyright infringement unless you do this 2019

Copyright Registration for your book or media – You can’t sue if it’s not copyrighted. The Supreme Court finally clarified the rules on when and if you can go after someone if they steal your book, audiobook, movie, etc. There are now specific r…

Copyright Registration for your book or media – You can’t sue if it’s not copyrighted. The Supreme Court finally clarified the rules on when and if you can go after someone if they steal your book, audiobook, movie, etc. There are now specific rules of when you can do this. And if you don’t register copyright for your creative endeavor, you cannot sue for infringement. Check out this video.

Opinion analysis: A copyright owner can’t sue for infringement before the Register has processed its copyright registration application

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How to OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK – Use Aaron’s Paragraph Chase Method

What happens when you encounter writer’s block? How do you get past it? What is writer’s block anyway and how does it put your writing at risk? More importantly, it can put your livelihood at risk. When it happens, and it will, you can get past it. Aa…

What happens when you encounter writer’s block? How do you get past it? What is writer’s block anyway and how does it put your writing at risk? More importantly, it can put your livelihood at risk. When it happens, and it will, you can get past it. Aaron explains his paragraph chase method and two other keys to getting past the BLOCK!

Here’s a link to an excellent book by Steven King on the craft of writing on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2BqPr2J

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Is This Best-Selling Author Worth Your Time?

Map of Bones by James Rollins is an entertaining roller coaster of a book. But is it worth purchasing and reading? This review delves into a few of the peculiarities of the book and discusses if it’s worth the money. Rollins is an NYT best-selling auth…

Map of Bones by James Rollins is an entertaining roller coaster of a book. But is it worth purchasing and reading? This review delves into a few of the peculiarities of the book and discusses if it’s worth the money. Rollins is an NYT best-selling author, so it should be good. Well, maybe. Watch the video and discover the good and the not-so-good about the book. There are no intentional spoilers in this review.

Here’s the Amazon link to Map of Bones by James Rollins: https://amzn.to/2DreUfN

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It was a dark…

Snoopy always started his novels with:

Writing during a dark and stormy night
Writing during a dark and stormy night

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

But that’s about as far as he ever got with his venerable typewriter.  Fortunately for me, I’ve gotten much farther along in working on my book, “Antarctic Tears”.  There is still a heck of a lot of work to be done on it.  The primary concern right now is getting the first draft done.

As my editor told me, “Until you have the block of marble, it is not possible to begin chipping out the angel inside of it.”  It was a nice reference to Michelangelo.  The thing about writing is the first draft of the manuscript is just the block pulled from the quarry.  Not one single chip has been removed from that block.  It is a long way from the final sculpture.

Somewhere in my mind I thought more highly of the first draft.  Yet on other author’s blogs, they say the most important thing is getting to that first draft of the complete manuscript.  No matter how badly it stinks.

As my deadline approaches, it will become a balancing act of keeping up with the book writing and improving my fitness for the two Mexican volcano climbs in November.  There is always something competing for time and now I have two items which both cannot be ignored.

Forging the book proposal

For non-fiction books, the book proposal is the most critical piece to get

Banging the keyboard
Banging the keyboard

started.  This document allows authors to flesh out all the aspects of the book, from a simple overview to the marketing and sales prospects.  In order to get the project moving, the blue print has to be made for the book.

This blue print isn’t just the outline like we all learned in high school and college, but rather a much more complete piece.  In fact, I’ve been told by multiple people that the book proposal can be far more difficult than the actual writing.

Thus far, it has proven to be true!

The ultimate pen?

This is the ultimate pen.  There have been many others but there can only be One.  This is

Fischer space pen
Fischer space pen

it.  Of the few I’ve used, the M4B Military Version is my favorite edition.  It has served me for years in north Africa, China, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Greenland and other inhospitable places.  As the advertisement says, it can write from -30 deg F to 250 deg F without problem, as well as underwater, upside down and through grease.  I’ve tested 3 of the specifications and found them to be solid.

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