Category Archives: Useful Articles

Trademark Trolls

***Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  I recommend that you speak with a lawyer about any legal questions you have.

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I recently found the following article about trademark trolls and thought you would also find it interesting.

“Has a Troll Falsely Accused You of Violating Their Trademark? Here’s What You Should Do” by Angela Hoy: http://writersweekly.com/angela-desk/has-a-troll-falsely-accused-you-of-violating-their-trademark-heres-what-you-should-do-by-angela-hoy

For those of you who would like to do some research on your own, I have included a few more links which I believe you will find helpful.

“Trademark vs. Copyright Protection”: https://www.legalzoom.com/trademarks-patents-copyrights/summary-compare-trademark-copyright.html

United States Copyright Office: https://www.copyright.gov/

U.S. Trademark Law (January 14, 2017): https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/tmlaw.pdf

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Especially look under the “Trademarks” tab at the top of the page.): https://www.uspto.gov/

Happy writing!

Katie

Publishing Tips for Indie Authors

Hello everyone!

On Tuesday, I went to an event called “Journey of an Author” where Dr. John Benedict spoke about his writing process and some of the ins and outs of self-publishing.  Below are four articles that restate and expound upon Dr. Benedict’s advice for indie authors.  I hope you find the information to be as helpful as I did.

“Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Distribution Plan? Part 1” by Jami Gold: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/indie-publishing-paths-whats-your.html

“Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Distribution Plan? Part 2” by Jami Gold: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/10/indie-publishing-paths-whats-your.html

“‘Going Wide’ – Gaining Traction on non-Amazon Vendors Part 1: The Upload Process” by Angela Quarles: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/going-wide-gaining-traction-on-non.html

“Is KDP Select Right for You?” by Marcy Kennedy: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/06/is-kdp-select-right-for-you.html

Happy writing!

Katie

Writer’s Voice

Hello everyone!

A new year brings endless possibilities.  As 2016 was closing out, I thought a lot about voice.  My goal was to discover what a “writer’s voice” is and how to develop my own.  I found the articles below to be helpful.  I hope they are for you as well.

“The Author’s Voice ” by Sydney Bauer: https://www.sophia.org/tutorials/the-authors-voice

“Defining Author Voice” by Ava Jae: http://avajae.blogspot.com/2011/09/defining-author-voice.html

“Unleashing Your Voice” by Ava Jae: http://avajae.blogspot.com/2011/09/unleashing-your-voice.html

“On writing…author’s voice…” by Jill Eileen Smith: http://www.jilleileensmith.com/blog/writing/on-writing-authors-voice/

For those of you who, like me, need an example to grasp a concept, check out some of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.  His distinctive voice is evident through recurring themes, character traits, and stylistic choices.  To see what I mean, try comparing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.

Happy New Year and happy writing!

Katie

Writer’s Block

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Recently, I have been under a lot of stress and feeling unmotivated to write and/or uninspired.  Check out these four articles for useful tips on how to overcome writer’s block.

I especially like the first article because it includes activities that do not help to overcome writer’s block.  I will confess, TV is my Achilles heel.

1. “How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 14 Tricks That Work” by Jeff Goins: http://goinswriter.com/how-to-overcome-writers-block/

2. “When You’re Feeling Uninspired”by Jeff Goins: http://goinswriter.com/when-youre-feeling-uninspired/

3. “7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block” by Chuck Sambuchino: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/7-ways-to-overcome-writers-block

*Although Mr. Sambuchino’s seventh approach does seem, to use his own words, “out there,” I really like his first six methods.  Personally, when it comes to a plot issue, my number one go-to for overcoming writer’s block is to talk it through with my brother Gregory.  Just hearing myself say the plot out loud can cause me to identify the problem and come up with a possible solution.  When that is not enough to overcome the block, Gregory suggests some ways I can add more conflict and/or resolve the issue.

4. “How To Overcome Writer’s Block – 15 Tips” by Adam Singer: http://thefuturebuzz.com/2008/12/03/how-to-overcome-writers-block/

Happy writing!

Katie

Punctuation: Commas, Colons, and Semicolons

Hello everyone!

If you’re like me, certain punctuation rules are hard to remember.  For me, the hardest punctuation mark in the English language to master is the comma.

Below are three articles that give very specific rules for when and how to use commas and two other forms of punctuation that can be easy to confuse: colons and semicolons.

I refer to these articles when I have questions about these punctuation marks.  I hope you find them as useful as I do.

“Commas” by GrammarBook.com (16 rules about comma usage): https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp

“Colons” by GrammarBook.com (9 rules about colon usage): http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/colons.asp

“Semicolons” by GrammarBook.com (5 rules about semicolon usage): http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/semicolons.asp

Happy writing!

Katie

How to Maximize Social Media

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Since January 2017 will be the one year anniversary for my blog, writer’s website, and writer’s Facebook page, I have started reflecting on what I have learned over the past year and what I can do better next year.  I have also been asking myself whether or not I should expand to another form of online media.

Below are three articles I found enlightening.  I hope they help you as much as they did me.

“How Writers Should Be Using Social Media [Infographic]” by Wealthy Web Writer, contributed by Matt Banner: http://www.wealthywebwriter.com/2016/07/writers-using-social-media-infographic/

“How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books” by Chuck Sambuchino, excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Bookshttp://thewritelife.com/how-successful-authors-use-social-media-to-sell-more-books/

I liked the advice from “10 Pro Tips for Writers Using Social Media” by Matt Petronzio, but I had to wade through pop-ups to read it.  I pasted the ten tips below.  If you’re willing to risk the pop-ups, here’s the link: http://mashable.com/2012/02/02/social-media-writers/#wpD1VUqRikq6

  1. “Sign Up for the Big Networks”
  2. “Interact and Engage — Enthusiastically”
  3. “Minimize Self-Promotion”
  4. “Consider Privacy and Comfort Levels”
  5. “Find a Happy Medium”
  6. “Make Valuable Connections”
  7. “Keep Up Appearances”
  8. “Aspiring Writers vs. Seasoned Writers”
  9. “Don’t Obsess Over Number of Followers”
  10. “Don’t Force It”

Happy writing!

Katie

The Publishing Process

 

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Hello everyone!

Since I’m planning to submit multiple picture books and short stories for publication in January, I’ve decided to look into what the publishing process entails.  Below are two articles I found helpful.

“The publishing process” by Bill Swainson: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/145/preparing-for-submission/what-does-a-publisher-do/the-publishing-process

“Publishing 101” by Jerry D. Simmons: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/business-legal-matters/publishing-101-what-you-need-to-know

Happy writing!

Katie