The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

Milly Schmidt

It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it.

SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

So here are the nine stages…

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4 Tips to Having a Good Website (1 min read)

Millionaire's Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: NinaOlivar

Founder & Owner of:The Little Miss Secret

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


Do you want to be successful and wanna earn more money from your website? Here are some tips on maintaining yourwebsite and a good amount of viewers.

1. Avoid going down.

HTTP Error 500 Internal Server Error- A nightmare to all programmers/ website owners. You will not earn money because there’s no traffic.Make sure tohave a good server that can handle your expected traffic.

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May 22: 5-day giveaway for Echo 1! 2 & 3 will be $0.99 for 7 days!

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

(closing my eyes like a Man Child version of Skywalker using the Force to move the remote ‘cos he’s too lazy to walk over to it).  I can see it now…hordes of you on Amazon, your cursor hovering over the “Buy Now” button for Echo…….dooooon’t click it.  Don’t click it!  DON’TCLICKIT!!!!!!  Why?  Because on May 22, Echo 1 will be FREE for five days!  Echo 2 & 3 will be $0.99 for a week.  Don’t buy that shiz now; wait 3 days and save yourself some money!  Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the weird science fella next door who never shaves and babbles on about nerdy stuff like gauge symmetry, zero-point virtual particles, CRISPR/Cas-9 genetic editing…tell every motha ducka with a pulse!!!  Giveaways n’ discounts are coming!  WHOOOOO!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2…

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Webinar: What Were They Thinking? The Planning of the Perfect Murder

The Crime Fiction Writer's Forensics Blog

Join me for a fun Webinar hosted by Sister in Crime-Atlanta on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You must be a member of that chapter to join is but if you’re already a SinC National member it’s only $20.

Here is the info on the event:

When your character plans and executes “The Perfect Murder,” he always, ALWAYS makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution. In this session, Dr. D.P. Lyle deconstructs the planning, execution, and post-crime behavior of two headline-grabbing murderers–O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson—to help mystery writers and fans better understand fictional killers from social, psychological, forensics, investigative, and motivational points of view. Q & A follows a 1-hour presentation. Forensic questions welcome!

Webinar: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Atlanta-Chapter/events/239240813/

SinC-Atlanta: https://www.sincatlanta.com

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A Writer is Only As Good as Their Editor…

BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor

Editing and proofreading is a professional service that every writer needs … even if you’re an editor yourself. Trying to correct and find problems in your own work is limiting. You need that second opinion, that second pair of eyes to see what your mind might skip right over because the mind convinces the eye to see what it expects to see, whether that’s what in print/on-screen or not. Words and images in print or online are forever, and they can and will come back to haunt you!

Typos, autocorrect, which can cause as many problems as it corrects by inserting an incorrect word just as often as the right one, especially synonyms like “rode” and “road”, aren’t the only concern. Awkward phraseology, verb tenses (an author’s nightmare–we think in present tense, but usually write in third-person past) can cause your reader to stop reading and move onto something else…

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Working 9-5

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9 to 5

When I graduated from college I started the job search. There was no living in my parent’s basement. There was no backpacking through Europe. I knew had to work. With a double major in English and Sociology, I really wanted to become a famous novelist but had a backup plan of saving the world. The prospect of writing a novel was a thousand times more terrifying than saving the wold so I looked at nonprofit jobs and anything that seemed remotely brave and sacrificing.

There was no internet, so my strategy was to cut out little ads from the Boston Globe, arrange them on a sheet of yellow legal paper and stare, looking for a sign. I should have recognized the giant sneeze that sent the ads scattering to the floor as a sign. Wrong direction. Go with the writing.

But instead I started interviewing. In preparation I went home…

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10 Topics to Warm Up the Writing Muscle

Libby Sommer, Author

close up of pen clasped in writers hand over notebook on her denim lap

Sometimes we sit at our desks to write and can’t think of anything to write about.  We face the blank page.  We sit there until blood pours from our foreheads, as one famous author was heard to say.

Making a list can be good.  It makes you start noticing material for writing in your daily life, and your writing comes out of a relationship with your life in all its richness.

10 ideas for writing practice:

  • Begin with “I don’t remember”. If you get stumped, just repeat the words “I don’t remember” on the page again and keep going.
  • Tell about sound as it arises. Be aware of sounds from all directions as they arise:  sounds near, sounds far, sounds in front, behind, to the side, above or below.  Notice any spaces between sounds.
  • Tell me about last evening. Dinner, sitting on the couch, preparing for bed.  Be as…

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EDITING 101: 37 – Hiring Professionals, Part 1…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

Hiring Professionals, Part 1

If you’re going to self-publish your book, there may be tasks that you are unable to do yourself, or tasks that you simply don’t want to take the time for. That’s when it’s time to hire a professional.

What kinds of professionals might an author need or want to hire? A book or copyeditor, a formatter, a cover designer, a trailer producer, and a marketer are typical professions that authors enlist the help of. In all cases, you can’t tell whether somebody is good based on what they charge. Why not?

Most of the time, there is no established standard rate for these services. Each freelance provider charges what they think is fair and reasonable, both to…

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