Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Hiatus

Merry Christmas to all, To all I wish good cheer; Peace, love, hope, and faith, To carry through ‘til next year!

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A Lesson in Copyright

In a world without copyright, you could watch any movie you wanted without paying a dime.  You could download any song and put it on your playlist without paying a penny.  You could read any book that was ever written … Continue reading

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The Plausible Premise

Contemporary what-not would have us believe that readers are lazy.  This is true, as far as it goes.  We’re lazy and we’re easily distracted.  We have less tolerance for pages and pages of non-story than readers of old.  More to … Continue reading

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Trailer Time: Plausible Deniability

I’m not a fan of theft.  It’s disrespectful.  It’s dishonest.  The violation of copyright undermines the creative works of others.  It erodes the value of intellectual property, which we all rely on to make a living, whether we’re authors, movie … Continue reading

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Creating Urgency

There are times when it’s enough to tell your fans that they should buy your book.  Sometimes, however, you want them to buy your book in a specific timeframe.  There are even times when you’ll want them to buy your … Continue reading

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The Breakout Outline

I’m going to share a secret:  When I first started college, I would write my papers first and then create the outline that went with the paper I’d written.  This was especially taxing whenever the outline was due several weeks … Continue reading

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Trailer Time: Back to Basics

This trailer exemplifies some basics of trailer-making.  Do you know what they are? If you’re like me, the first thing you’ll notice is that this trailer relies on text, music, and simple effects to create an impression on the viewer.  … Continue reading

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