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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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Just got this--cover of the 2nd edition of Creativity Now in simplified Chinese. You can get it in English, too--published by Pearson and available from your favorite bookseller. Continue reading
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Hi John-Boy, I'm sorry to hear that you, like so many others, have had a bad experience. It might be worth checking whether you can join the Author's Guild as an Associate Member--it's based in the US but they may accept people living elsewhere. If so, you can have the contract reviewed by one of their lawyers without cost (other than the joining fee). The change of name wouldn't invalidate the contract, but if they failed to inform you of crucial information that would reasonably be expected to be divulged, you may have a case. I wish you good luck. Thanks for sharing your story, it may save someone else from having the same experience.
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What I'm suggesting is that people who charge for their books get either an editor or a friend with a good knowledge of grammar and punctuation to look at the manuscript and make corrections before the book is offered for sale.
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The great thing about self-publishing is that anybody can do it...the bad thing about it is so many people are doing it that it's hard to find the good stuff (or to help people find it, if you're the author).... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Time to Write
There are a variety of sites on which authors can showcase their work and get feedback from readers. At one of the biggest, Wattpad, readers can comment on your work, follow you, and vote for their favorites. The site is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
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I see that somebody has an ebook out called "8 Hour Bestseller: How to Write Your Bestselling Book in Record Time." I guess in an era of the supposed 4-hour work week, 8 hours is a long time. The author... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Time to Write
If you want to write a children's book you may want to know how much description of the illustrations you should include. In an interview with the author Tara Lazar, illustrator Troy Cummings talks about how he went about illustrating... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Time to Write
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So you've published a book and nobody's reading it and you haven't made any money?You're writing the wrong things! You should be writing reports for the government. Nobody reads those, either, but the money is great. You should be writing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Time to Write
The interpretation of these rules is mine, not the Dalai Lama’s, but I hope I’ve stayed within the spirit of his intention. 1: Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk Yes, there’s a chance nobody... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Time to Write
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I don't know if this is new, or only new to me, but this morning I got an email from somebody I know, saying they had tried to send me a pdf but weren't able to, so they wanted me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Time to Write
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What percentage of Americans do you think read at least one book or e-book, fiction or non-fiction, last year? A new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts reveals it was 54%. Thirty years ago, 56% read at least... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Time to Write
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Sometimes writers who are offered a publishing contract are so happy that somebody wants to publish their work that they don't look carefully enough at the fine print. One aspect you want to check is what kind of editorial control... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Time to Write
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Little, Brown Publishers set up a site called Novl (theNovl.com) on which all their teen properties and book projects were featured. The content included book trailers, author guest posts, and author playlists. Now they are turning it into a digital... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Time to Write
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In an interview, writer/cartoonist Linda Barry talked her love of drawing when she was a child, her mother's attitude toward Linda's using paper, and how it still affects her: "The only blank paper in the house was hers, and if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Time to Write
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As reported in The Atlantic, buying experiences rather than things leads to greater happiness, and the anticipation of those experiences can make you even happier than the experiences themselves. That's not surprising, given that our anticipated experience will be without... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Time to Write
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If you read much on the internet you may have noticed that "insanely" now seems to be the most popular adjective: "You'll learn some insanely successful ways..." "Insanely cheap flights" "25 insanely sexist vintage Valentines" "Insanely easy vegetarian chilli" "21... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Time to Write
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Below is a link to a short video in which children's picture book writer Pat Zietlow-Miller talks about how she came to realize her writing dream. She was 39 when she started going for it seriously, and she had 126... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Time to Write
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We all know how it goes: resolutions are made on January 1st and generally they’re forgotten by February 1st. If we don’t take action, we’ll end 2015 making exactly the same resolutions again. That doesn’t mean you’re lazy or lack... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Time to Write
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Business Insider interviewed Chris Scott, who came up with a funny tweet that was re-Tweeted thousands of times, often without attribution. People changed the wording slightly and then sent it out as their own. One comedian even accused him of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Time to Write
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The late Alert Ellis, founder of Rational-Emotive Therapy, pointed out that a great deal of stress comes from being upset that life isn't meeting our expectations...and that often these expectations are irrational. For instance, we may think, "People should be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Time to Write
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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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 28, 2015 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 Jan 28, 2015 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 Jan 27, 2015 at Time to Write