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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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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
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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
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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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017: Tate Publishing has gone out of business. For the best current information, go here: http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/tate-publishing-enterprises-slapped.html If you, like many other authors, have spent money and gotten little or nothing in return, this comment suggests one thing to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Time to Write
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If you write a book and it flops, wouldn't be great to get paid anyway? Unfortunately that's not the way it works for authors, but it worked just fine for Ron Boire, the former CEO of floundering book chain Barnes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Time to Write
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In the same week I noticed two mix-ups of the words demure and demur: "The costumes ranged from the demur to the over-the-top." - Coachella Valley Weekly "But ask him about it and he'll demure." - Reader's Digest (!) Demure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Time to Write
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IF DONALD TRUMP WERE A TRAGIC PROTAGONIST... If you were writing a drama in which you’d invented the character “Donald Trump” and all the events that are happening, how would you end his story? I can imagine two types of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Time to Write
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I've seen a lot of promotion recently for courses that purport to show you how to make loads of money writing children's books and selling them on Amazon. One of them shows you have to use clip art or public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Time to Write
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The five-hour rule refers to spending at least five hours a week on improving your skill, and it's something practiced by Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and other very successful people, according to an article at inc.com. The article's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Pixar has the most consistent record of success of any current studio. Why is that? Songwriter and composer Randy Newman said this: "The Pixar people always emphasize that the characters in their films are adults and deal with adult emotions.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write