Welcome to my May Writer’s Tips. I have collected some fantastic helpful articles in this past month. So as not to overwhelm, I’m going to break up this post under two different umbrellas. In this edition I’ve tailored this month’s discoveries to tips that specifically pertain to book writing and potential legal snags – how to find your writing voice, what constitutes plagiarism, penalties for using song lyrics in our writing, what to put in front matter of our books, and the importance of designating a social media executor.
The BookDesigner takes us through the definition and meaning of Voice in writing:
Janice Wald of Mostlyblogging.com talks about the 4 types of Plagiarism and the consequences in 2022
Welcome to this week’s and this year’s last edition of Writer’s Tips. This edition includes some choice articles for authors in particular with some excellent information as always from Anne R. Allen, Doris Heilmann of 111 Publishing shares 3 great tools to check for plagiarism, and Brigid Gallagher share some great insights on how to get our books featured on Publisher’s Weekly.
Anne R. Allen offers some helpful information on the Do’s and Don’ts of writing a novel – first paragraphs, when to break the rules and more!
I thought with the year ending, it was an appropriate post to reblog for us all to do some ‘housecleaning’ and make sure everything is running smooth for the new year.
Hugh has some important info in this blog about protecting our works. He shares in this detailed post about having copyright and disclaimers on our work to help protect us from infringements and plagiarism. You may want to have a look in the link below:
“Yes it is and it’s happening every single minute of the day. However, don’t be alarmed as there are a few simple steps you can put in place to make sure your blog is safe.
Everyday our blogs come under attack from various elements, most are invisible to the eye. Just like protecting our families, pets, and anything else we value, we should also do all we can to protect our blogs from these threats.
Threats come in all sorts of forms and I have listed below what I do to make sure some of these threats don’t hurt me or my blog…..” Continue Reading
Here is a wonderful article written by Ron Callari about the era we live in with the ease and availability we have as writers to use copy and pasting from articles we find interesting to apply to our own works. The article focuses on what’s legal, and talks about whether or not it should be the obligation of the publisher to discover if some part of a publication has been plagiarized.
“Here’s the question: Can others copy our work and claim it as their own? Or should Kindle and other self-publishing platforms have the capability to detect duplications [plagiarism] in a manuscript and decline to publish it. . .” – See more by clicking the link below:
Plagiarism – An author’s nightmare. I thought I’d just write a short note about it since it seems to be a topic which comes up a lot in various conversations and publications I follow.
Many authors are always worried about the vulnerability of the public exposure of their work to the trolling pirates out in cyber world. Of course this is a concern for many, although there are others who feel it is a form of flattery and that if someone pirates your material it furthers exposure unto you; a free advertising, so to speak.
Authors are thus, put in a ‘Catch 22’ where we want our work publicized and on the same token, we worry about the thievery of our creations. I think that there doesn’t seem to be much of a choice on the matter. If we wish to share our creations with the world, we have to look at it as just another one of the many risky features of doing business. Although it does concern me, okay, a lot, I am not going to let it stop me from sharing my creations with the world.
We can only do our best to keep our eyes and ears open and a helpful tool for us is to put our own author names in Google Alerts and plug in our book titles and then at least we can rely on Google to do a little bit of babysitting for us to enable us to get a heads up on such situations. I hope this gives us all a little peace of mind.