Copyright page disclaimers

As I make my way through my self-publishing venture, I hope to share some brief posts with online advice that might benefit other writers. Today I'm working on the copyright page, and I found this page providing six examples of copyright page disclaimers for different types of books.

Plagiarism court case

Any writer abhors plagiarism. I hate to see quotes without proper attribution or sentences and phrases copied verbatim from another source without any effort at attribution. I'd heard about significant plagiarism by big name authors. But I didn't realize plagiarists often steal someone else's entire novel, revamp it a bit and sell it as their own … Continue reading Plagiarism court case

Beginning, middle or end?

How do you start a novel? Every writer knows that each novel should include a definite beginning, middle, and end. But did you know those are also your starting options? Usually I think of a sentence that seems like the beginning of a novel and it grows from there. This sunrise method works well for exploratory … Continue reading Beginning, middle or end?

Where can we find atonement?

Storyteller Susan R. Lawrence portrays biblical and historical characters in engrossing presentations; she also writes engaging novels. She's a retired special education teacher who has published two family devotionals, contributed to three anthologies, and written many articles for various Christian publications. Today Glenda Mathes interviews her in connection with the current launch of her new novel … Continue reading Where can we find atonement?

Writers resources

Susan Olasky regularly posts Web Reads on the WORLD magazine website. Among the fascinating links she posted at the end of this terrific article about Elisabeth Elliot is The Write Life's list of 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. I've only had time to scroll through because these days I'm focused on preparing several … Continue reading Writers resources

A murmuration of starlings

A lone starling appeared on our deck on Monday. He first perched on the flat board railing, his purple head gleaming in the sun. Then he flew to the snow-covered floor boards and stared at us with striking yellow-ringed eyes. We see lots of cardinals, juncos, finches, and other winter birds at our feeders. But … Continue reading A murmuration of starlings

Writing & Living – a book review

Letters & Life: on being a writer, on being a Christian by Bret Lott Crossway; hard cover; 192 pages; © 2013 Book review by Glenda Mathes You have to admire a writer who admits to having received over 600 rejections. And who repeatedly confesses that he knows nothing about writing. Bret Lott's work always strikes … Continue reading Writing & Living – a book review

So it begins!

Time to write! For those of you who don't know, today's the first day of NaNoWriMo. That's shorthand for National Novel Writing Month, a crazy adrenaline-fueled rush of attempting to write 50,000 words in a new novel in one month. This is my seventh NaNo. I've won all but the last one. I explained why … Continue reading So it begins!

No NaNo

For the last seven Novembers, I've participated in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a frenetic November of trying to write at least 50,000 words in a novel--from scratch. On every November 1 during the previous seven years, I sat down at my computer, placed my fingers on the keyboard, and began a new novel. For … Continue reading No NaNo

Hand at the chest

Today's a wonderful Wednesday because in the process of reviewing Words for Readers and Writers: Spirit-Pooled Dialogues by Larry Woiwode, I found this quotation about deadlines that I've been searching for:Do you worry about the ethics of all-nighters?—when you have to hand in a story by a certain date and hour, a deadline? Let me affirm that all writing … Continue reading Hand at the chest