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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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Victoria Strauss, who runs the excellent "Writer Beware" blog, had an inquiry about an outfit calling itself Author Translation, which offers to translate your work into Spanish. She made a polite inquiry about the identity and qualifications of the translators... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Time to Write
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Considering how hard it is to get published, it's alarming that there is one type of publication that shouldn't be publishing fiction but does...if you pay. No, I'm not talking about vanity publishing--at least not the usual kind. NEW SCIENTIFIC... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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Being of German background, I may have a bias toward "the rules", but today I read an interesting post by Richard Koch, author of several books on the 80/20 Principle, in which he makes this point: Events are more random... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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In researching my book, Your Creative Writing Masterclass, I found that one thing many great writers have in common is that they come up with ideas while walking. Charles Dickens was famous for this, apparently averaging 20 miles a day!... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Time to Write
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I'm working on a new online course, Profit from Your Creativity, and one section is about mindset. One myth I'm writing about is that somehow people who publish your book or give your paintings space in their gallery are doing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
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This is the time of year when resolutions are wearing off and your Inner Critic may be waking up... If you're getting negative messages from your Inner Critic about whatever goal you'd like to achieve, talk back to it. Challenge... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
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In a Fast Company series of successful authors' tips on writing better stories, Terence Winter (creator, writer, and executive producer of the series, Boardwalk Empire) makes a great point about choosing the most interesting part of a story to tell:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Time to Write
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Here are some great tips, some serious, some silly (but no less useful) about how to free your imagination. They were published on The Painter's Keys, the site of the painters Robert Genn and his daughter Sara: Books, magazines, media... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Time to Write
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Many artists have remarked that having constraints (like deciding to use only two colors in a painting or no more than 1000 words for a short story) often leads to more creative results than unlimited freedom does. Few have thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Time to Write
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The sales of paperback non-fiction have been declining and it's easy to assume that this is the result of the advent of e-books. However, figures provided by Neilsen Book at a recent digital publishing conference suggests that the decline started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Time to Write
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At fastcreate.com, Director Richard Linklater, recently feted for his film, Boyhood, shares his approach to coming up with the structure of his films: "There are a lot of stories in the world, and I spend all my time thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Time to Write
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Finally, someone answers the question of which kind of expression of creativity has the most sex appeal. The Journal of Creative Behavior reports on research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, from the abstract, are the conclusions: Both males... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Time to Write
If you want a quick lesson in what works and what doesn't in terms of the design of e-book covers, take a look at the entries in the December Cover Design Awards at thebookdesigner.com. Designer Joel Friedlander provides a (mostly)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Time to Write
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If you have a site that promotes your books (or anything else), there are ways other than social media to make people aware of it. One that was mentioned recently at the elegant themes blog was "get physical." In other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Time to Write
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Is your desk messy? Are there piles of paper everywhere? Feel shame no longer, science says it makes us more creative! The study was published in the journal, Psychological Science and summarized in a New York Times article. The researchers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Time to Write
I'm sorry to hear that you've having such trouble, it must be extremely frustrating. I'm not a lawyer, but I think if you document your attempts to contact them and their lack of response, and they obviously have not held up their end of the deal, you should have a strong case that they have violated the contract and you are free to move on. It might be worth investing in a half hour of a lawyer's time to get advice on this--make sure it's a lawyer who has experience in his realm. You might also see whether the Author's Guild has any guidelines on this kind of situation. If you're in the US, it would be worth joining the Guild and asking them to review the contract for you--this is one of the services they provide to members. First year dues are $90 and it's well worth the money (see www.authorsguild.org).
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I see that the Guardian Masterclasses in writing include a two-day session called "The Fundamentals of Fiction," taught by novelist Tim Lott. It has room for 16, and it runs from 10am to 4pm. Assuming the participants take a one-hour... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Time to Write
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It's getting harder to arrange a book signing at book stores unless you're a big name author, but it's still worth doing. The point isn't necessarily to sell a lot of books on the day, it's to get the book... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Time to Write
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I get my fair share of SPAM offering me a share of the money that deposed dictators wish to spirit out of their country, or from fatally ill rich people who have no relatives and therefore have decided I should... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Time to Write
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At TheDigitalReader.com, Nate Hoffelder summarizes the challenge that self-publishers (and even traditional publishers) are facing: "As 2014 draws to a close indie publishing finds itself at a crossroad. There's a growing consensus that the supply of indie e-books is beginning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Time to Write
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Do you want me to tell you the secret that people who market to aspiring writers don't want them to know? It's that THERE IS NO SECRET. Another day, another offer in my email for aspiring writers (from the same... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Time to Write
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"All the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." - Samuel Butler Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Time to Write
In the previous post, I shared a pitch for a book on self-publishing. Unfortunately, the information used to try to sell it to you was out of date at best, misleading at worst. Recently I got another pitch from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Time to Write
Here's part of an offer I received via email today, about self-publishing for Kindle. My comments are in red. "You would be surprised at how easy it is for anyone to get published on this new platform and the industry-crushing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Time to Write
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This is the season when we tend to appreciate even more than the rest of the year that the best gift any of us can get is good health, but unfortunately it's not something anybody else can give us. As... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Time to Write