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Jurgen Wolff
London most of the time, Southern California some of the time
Interests: Books, theatre, films, drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, conversation, travel, photography, fitness, marketing, graphic design.
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One of the reservations I have about writing contests is that often the entry fee is too high compared to the prizes on offer. Fortunately, the Published To Death blog has a list of 53 writing contests with March 2017... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Time to Write
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Although I admire his use of language, I've never made it all the way through James Joyce's Ulysses. How about you? If you also found it too rich in larger doses, you might enjoy getting it in Tweet-size bits that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Time to Write
Good to hear from another seeker! There's no end of people telling us it's NOT OUR FAULt, all we need is to find out the stuff that THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HIDE FROM US! Once we know he simple, NO EFFORT REQUIRED method, we can HAVE IT ALL. But the only method I've seen that actually works is to sell bogus secrets...
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Hi Fred, Thank you for letting us know, and good luck. I'm so sorry that so many people have been caught up in this. best regards, Jurgen Wolff
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For a novel I'm working on I created a self-help guru whose movement is called "Wish Yourself Rich." It was based on the highly-successful (financially) "The Secret." I thought reality would never come up with anything more ridiculous. I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Time to Write
If you write funny poetry (on purpose) you may be interested in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Entries are invited until April 1 and, unusually, there's no entry fee. Your poem can be published or unpublished and can run... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Time to Write
The Bookseller reports that UK ebook authors will soon be earning more money: "Authors will be paid from a government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries. The catalyst for the change stems from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Time to Write
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In case you aren't familiar with the excellent Writer Beware blog, you may want to check it out. The post of Feb. 16 contains a red flag alert about: The Loiacono Literary Agency, which apparently has placed most of its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Time to Write
The Daily Mail and other publications have reported on a study of depression and saying 'thank you'. The Mail article starts: "It is only two small words. But saying 'thank you' to others could be the key to beating depression."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Time to Write
Tate Publishing has gone out of business. Over the past few years, I've posted several times trying to warn writers about Tate. The publisher once offered me a free trip to their headquarters, in exchange for taking down my posts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Time to Write
I'm so sorry to hear that you have gone through this. See this advice from the "Writer Beware" site: http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/tate-publishing-enterprises-slapped.html
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The first large study of the role of diet in depression shows that what you eat can improve or hinder your chances of going into remission. The study consisted of one group that was given help from a clinical dietician... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Time to Write
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Radish is a mobile app for reading (and paying for) bite-size chunks of fiction. This kind of app is already popular in Asia but hasn't yet caught on to the same extent in the US or Europe. The most successful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Time to Write
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One of the main e-book marketing methods used by self-published authors as well as traditional publishers is a temporary price drop. Does it work, or does it just mean you make less money? Author and scientist Dan Koboldt, who has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Time to Write
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A couple of recent studies suggest that improving your posture can help you overcome moderate depression. Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent reports that sitting upright rather than slumping helps you be more confident in your thoughts, more persistent with difficult tasks, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Time to Write
Thanks for your comment. Please do come back and let us know what happens. It would be interesting to know what they mean by "bad luck" although I guess being sued by Xerox and being investigated by the Dept. of Labor counts as bad, if not exactly down to luck.
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I created a surreal sitcom for which I wrote a spec script not so long ago. A friend got it to a writer/producer who said he thought it was very funny, but he couldn't identify enough with the characters and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Time to Write
Here's a brief and delightful animation from Daniel Cordero that might just refresh your view of creativity: Art is Theft from daniel cordero on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Time to Write
You may have heard that print books are doing better than they were, compared to printed books. Hooray, maybe people really do prefer the feel of a book in their hand, and being able to turn pages physically. That may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Time to Write
ps: Here's another example of a fake Amazon address--this one just came in: Amazon. com amazon_3@effinghamhaulageco.com -- probably effinghamhaulageco.com has been hacked just like my sites were and now is being used to send out these fake emails.
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Probably you've read about ransomware, malware that encrypts all of the data on your computer, followed by demands for payment to restore your files. An article in the Guardian estimated that 40% of businesses have been affected by it. Paying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Time to Write
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Apologies to my US readers, for whom the parody cover below won't ring a bell. I shall explain: Here in England there's a railway operated by a company called Southern. The people who run the company and the people who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Time to Write
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As writers, it's natural for us to focus on "what if's": what if nobody wants to buy what we write? what if it's not good enough? what if I should have been writing that other thing instead? what if I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Time to Write