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Copyright and the Web

Copyright and the Web

First things first: What does copyright protect? Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in […]

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Facebook link roundup

Here’s a recap of some great Web links I’ve posted on Facebook. New ones go up every Tuesday, so “Like” Write Directions. And don’t forget to subscribe to Write Directions’ monthly newsletter, which also lists resources for writers, in addition to original articles, publishing info, inspirational quotations, etc. 20 words that once meant something else, by Anne Curzan Here you will find her talk and article about what makes a word real. 50 Best Films […]

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Overview – The Greeting Card Market

  The greeting card industry is expanding online, while the number of brick-and-mortar publishers and retailers is shrinking. This is good and bad, depending on where and how you reach customers. Online expansion doesn’t necessarily make it easier to break into the business or to make money. E-card card sites abound, and many offer free cards. Too, software, apps and photo sites make it a cinch to create and “mail” your own cards. Producing (traditional) […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Lifenicity and Write Directions writes about the history of Mother's Day and its commercialism.

The origin of Mother’s day

Note: Here’s another in my series of articles about topics I find interesting and which often make their way into my articles. The origins of Mother’s Day is one such example. Be on the lookout for topics that interest you. It will widen your scope and thereby improve your writing. And please share with me great info you, in turn, find. U.S. Mother’s Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, whose mother had died three years prior. Jarvis […]

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Interesting Facts about the Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize — Interesting facts

Background info The Pulitzer is an annual award considered to be the highest honor bestowed upon journalists, writers, photographers and composers, among others. It was established by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism founder Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911). Recipients are chosen by an independent board every April and in 21 categories. Only American citizens are eligible for the Prize, with these exceptions: a non-U.S. citizen who has written a book of American history; a non-U.S. journalist […]

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The Elements of Style, by Willam Strunk, Jr.

9 famous self-published books

Source: Richard Nelson Bolles — What Color is Your Parachute (22 editions, 6 million copies, 11 languages and 288 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list). Tom Peters — In Search of Excellence (more than 25,000 copies sold directly to consumers in its first year). The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (sold more than 20,000 copies locally before authors sold it to William Morrow. It has now sold more than […]

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 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Charles Dickens

Talk about speed writing! Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, and in just six weeks. His inspiration: financial ruin. In 1843, Dickens was hitting literary bottom. His first five books had made him England’s best selling author and a worldwide celebrity: Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop. His next three books were duds (Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit and American Notes). Dickens also […]

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Things You Always Wanted to Know About 1927

  As I’ve written previously (“How to use trivia to strengthen your writing”), trivia is not trivial. Intersperse it judiciously, and it will give your work depth and make it entertaining. Too: trivia is just plain fun and educational. That’s why I collect snippets of it as I read. Here’s a batch about Prohibition, aka the 18th Amendment, which, from 1920 to 1933, outlawed the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.   When […]

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Beth Mende Conny of the Write Directions Institute describes her class Self-Publishing: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Self-publishing facts

If you’re thinking of self-publishing, here’s my advice:  Stop thinking. Do it. Need convincing? Consider these facts: 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60 percent more self-published books than in 2011. (An ISBN — International Standard Book Number — is a 10- or 13-digit number used to identify a book; it is unique to each book. Think of it as a book’s Social Security number.) Proquest The number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than […]

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