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Writers' Guide for Dummies

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63 duckpond100   2009-04-06 10:29

She is, and very successful, so I'd definitely listen to her advice.

I wanted to alert you budding writers to an excellent article in Romantic Times Book Review Magazine on the stands now, the May issue. Jessica Faust's article about query letters should be a big help to those of you who are actively sending out manuscripts.

Charlaine Harris

64 Major Bookworm   2009-04-28 22:00

I know this question has been answered. Somehow I can not find it after I did a search. Anyways, heres the question how do you copyright a book? My husband is writing his first book when he asked me this question. I was about to rattle off the answer when I came up short. It seemed so simple of an answer and yet I had nothing. I began to search this insufferable brain of mine and nothing. Is there anyone who can help a tool like me?

65 flamingcorndogs0   Edited 2009-04-29 19:58 2009-04-29 19:58

You copyright a book by writing it. You register a copyright by going to and filling out a form and sending them the fee.

Some publishers automatically register your copyright for you. This is very nice. Some publishers register your copyright only under certain circumstances. Some publishers leave it up to you.

Registering a copyright lets you get damages if you're pirated. You wouldn't want to register a copyright on a work before it's published because then you might have to pay the fee twice--one on the unedited version and one on the (possibly very different) edited version.

66 duckpond100   2009-04-30 07:47

I just knew FCD would give a more thorough answer than I could.

Charlaine Harris

67 flamingcorndogs0   Edited 2009-05-25 20:43 2009-05-25 20:29

The Low Country chapter of the Romance Writers of America announces its June writing workshop, which is Fishing In: Hooks that Grab the Reader

Class dates: June 4-25.
Deadline to sign up: June 2.
Fee: $16.

For more information, do a search for lowcountryrwa (no spaces). PM me if you have a problem finding the info.

I don't know this instructor and haven't taken this class. My kid spent $16 today at Burger King, though, and this class would've lasted him a lot longer than that meal will.

Miss Charlaine is furnishing space for this announcement, not advising anyone to take the workshop.

68 flamingcorndogs0   2009-05-25 20:43

The Southern Tier Authors of Romance has opened registration in their June 2009 on-line workshop titled “Packing For Your Fictional Journey.”

The workshop consists of a mix of lectures, exercises and discussions via a private Yahoo Groups listserv.

This workshop explores six elements a writer needs to plan a novel: Who, What, Why, When, Where and How.
Who are the characters?
What are their goals?
When means more than night or day -- seasons, eras. Where establishes a setting, whether a town, a country, or a milieu.
Why refers to the reasons for the characters’ goals and for their actions.
How refers to the map the writer follows to reach the end of the journey.

FEE: $25
DEADLINE to sign up: June 2
Class Dates: June 4-29

For more information do a search for STARRWA. PM me if you have a problem finding STARRWA or the info.

Miss Charlaine is furnishing space for this announcement, not advising anyone to take the workshop.

69 sealwow   2009-05-28 14:35

Thanks! I will have to take a look!

70 crossfox   2009-06-01 19:35

For aspiring writers, I cannot recommend Tony Hillerman's memoir SELDOM DISAPPOINTED highly enough. Aside from a rip-roaring story, it is an excellent reflection on the process of becoming a writer, and the process of experience becoming ideas becoming books. Oh yeah, and the process of a book possibly becoming a film or TV series...or not.

71 flamingcorndogs0   Edited 2009-06-03 12:22 2009-06-03 12:08

Everyone says (or at least hears) that the passive voice is bad. Nathan Bransford, a big-time agent, explains what the passive voice really is and what's wrong with it. -query.html

His examples immediately remind me how Shakespeare used the passive voice in Romeo and Juliet. But Will used it carefully, to step down emotions and to deflect the mind from matters he wanted to escape scrutiny for the moment. If you write a sentence without identifying an actor to perform the action(s) in the sentence, or if you mute the action under the wet blanket of a passive verb, be aware of what you're doing. Do it deliberately, or not at all.

Anyone who's interested in query letters, please follow the same link and look to the right for a column of links to query-letter advice.

72 amhunt810   2009-06-03 21:16

Oh, FCD, I just sigh, and sigh again. What a terrific explaination of the now.

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