Archive | May 2018

Conundrum or Not?


Conundrum or Not?

This isn’t your basic conundrum… a confusing and difficult problem or question. I don’t really think should even be construed as a possible conundrum. 

Question: How do you feel as a writer, designer, artistic person, poet, clothier, or anything…

How do you feel about a person docking you one star because they “don’t like your genre” or they think watercolors are the only way to paint and so “other media used” is docked? Granted I have only given two examples for referencing. 

One person docked me one star because they “didn’t like my genre” which, in this case is my memoir. I don’t feel like a one star docking was fair just due to the genre. Honestly, they never had to read my memoir, no one was coerced, everyone has their favorite genres, etc.

I like many genres, and occasionally I will step out to venture forth in finding a book genre that I don’t read. I give a fair review, and no docking simply because I “don’t like the genre”. In all fairness, I truly have two genres I won’t consider reading, but I do read a lot of books not in my normal genres. No one is docked for their book’s genre. How do all of you feel? 


I must now take a lesson I learned from @LucindaEClarke and pop in a #FREE yes #FREE proposal. I have complimentary codes for the USA and UK.  Again this is #FREE and just get in touch with me on my blog, Twitter @MaryLSchmidt Facebook, you name it. Thanks. 

These promotional codes work only on 


1. Go to my book’s page on

2. Add the audio-book to your cart.

3. If you are prompted to sign in, please create a new account or log in. Otherwise, proceed by clicking “Do you have a promotional code?” beneath the cover artwork of the audio-book.

4. Enter the promo code, and click “Apply Code.”

5. A credit for the audio-book will be added to your account. Click the box next to “1 Credit” and click the “Update” button to apply the credit to the purchase.

6. After you select “1 Credit” and click “Update” to modify your shopping cart, the price for the audio-book will change to $0.00. You may proceed through the checkout by clicking “Next Step” and “Complete Purchase” on the subsequent page.



Tips for Writers: 5 Ways to Increase Revenue Through Your Website

Nicholas C. Rossis

Christina Battons | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookAs you know, I’m a web developer by day and author by night. So, this guest post by Christina Battonsa web content expert in Los Angeles, was of particular interest to me. Christina is a creative writer who is able to connect various thoughts into a single theme. She loves to stay up-to-date on the latest content marketing trends. Her works have been published on and other resources. You can connect with Christina on Twitter.

5 Ways Writers Can Increase Revenue Through Their Website

Web design | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book A website is an important business tool. Image: Pexels

Are you a creative writer searching for ways of increasing the number of visitors to your website–and your revenue?

In this day and age, it is crucial for you to have a website that will stand out and make you popular. A website is a very important business tool. A well thought-out…

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Everything You Learn Each Time Your Writing Gets Rejected

Novelty Revisions

We’ve talked about rejection a lot on this blog this year. The more I write about writing, the more I get to interact with fellow writers — and the more in-tune I become with the things you’re all struggling with — like rejection, and self-doubt.

That’s what I love most about running Novelty Revisions. I’m constantly learning right along with you. A good writer is on a continuous quest to learn as she grows.

The best way to learn anything, as a writer, is to pay attention to what’s going on around you as you’re in the midst of the action.

Which is why I don’t think we need to be as afraid of getting rejected as we often are.

Like it or not, each no or lack of response teaches you something new about the process … or reinforces something you still need to learn.

Here’s everything even one…

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5 Basic Things You Learn After Starting To Write Full-Time

Allie Potts Writes

5 Basic Things You Learn After Starting to Write Full-Time - www.alliepottswrites.comI haven’t been in my new position as a full-time writer long, but I am already learning a number of things about the process, especially as to how it pertains to online media – like how bad I am at it on this site (in terms of monetization, rapid audience building, or anything else you can think of when you try to come up with ways to actually making a living off writing outside of selling books, which is a whole story for another day), even when the writing itself was good.

For one, I don’t use nearly enough H2 tags in my blog posts, or headers for those not as versed in HTML lingo. Apparently, readers like to see big bold text so they know which words I spent hours upon hours tirelessly crafting are okay for their eyes to totally skip over.

That being said:

Be bold


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4 Resources for Understanding #GDPR for Authors

The PBS Blog


So far I have provided four different resources for understanding GDPR. Again, the general understanding is that you don’t have to send out re-confirmations to your list as long as you’ve been obtaining emails legally in the first place. Just make sure your opt-in forms and privacy policies are clear and transparent. Derek Murphy’s article talks about GDPR as it relates to using email marketing for list building and giveaways. Check it out below (it’s #4).

Important Notice: – The #GDPR in Effect May 25, 2018 Is Your Blog Ready?

GDPR And Authors: What You Need To Know

SPF-117: GDPR – What All Authors Need to Know – with Gemma Gibbs

*GDPR regulations for writers using listbuilding giveaways like KingSumo

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To trope or not to trope…when writing become a cliché! #writing #amwriting

G.L. Cromarty

Today I want to talk about tropes. When to use them, when not to use them, and the vast gray quagmire that exists between.

What is a literary trope?

In the literary sense, a trope is a common theme, plot point, event or motif within a story.

What is the problem with using a trope?

There is nothing wrong with using a common trope, there are oodles of them out there and we love them, which I will explore in more detail below. The problem is only when they are overused…badly.

They make us groan, switch off, or even reach for the nearest trashcan to dispense of the literary waste.

Overused tropes and writing clichés are boring, disappointing, and leave the reader feeling cheated.

So, we should never use a trope?

Here is where it starts to get a little gray and fuzzy. It’s pretty difficult to think of something completely…

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