Archive | September 2012

So, You Have Entered a Writing Contest in Hopes of Being Published

These contests are a fast way for them to get dozens of submissions with no obligation on the publisher’s part. They don’t need to deal with writers’ agents and get into negotiations. And they get dozens and dozens of potential clients hooked on the hope of publication. Hope is what they are selling.

If they publish, will the

y also ADVERTISE AND MARKET? Do they get you into book stores or is that your job? These publishers usually do not arrange promotions or book signings, so you will be on your own. 

Does the package include editing? How much input will they allow you?

How many copies of the book does this price include? How soon would they publish? Will they put it up on Amazon or only agree to sell through their own website? That limits your coverage.

Do they do the cover design? Is it extra money? Do you retain any rights? Can you e-publish if you want to, or will you have to buy your rights back? I know at least one author who had to get a new cover design after securing rights to the manuscript again.

You need to know all of this, and have it in writing, before you agree to anything.

The plus side: They guarantee publication. 
The down side: Check the small print and be sure this is a good move for YOU. They refuse to lose money, so the risks are all yours.

Regal Tunnel Vision


Royal Blind Spots.

Prince Harry’s naked-in-Vegas-adventure is still fresh in the memory. A lot of us are old enough to remember the topless pictures of Sarah.   Fewer of us are old enough to remember the raunchy romp Princess Margaret and a rock star shared on a beach.

William is painfully aware of his mother’s torture at the hands of the  paparazzi. Aware of all of this, what was he thinking? No stranger to the curse of the telephoto lens, he could not possibly have expected to get away with having his topless bride go unnoticed.

Kate has filed an unprecedented lawsuit. The magazine claims it is because she knows they also have pictures of the couple having sex.

I have been a monarchist since I was 9 years old. I stood not twenty feet from the Queen and Duke in High Park, Toronto, in 1959 when they did a fifty-nine day tour of Canada and opened the St. Lawrence Seaway with President Eisenhower.

We all knew that William and Kate, and Edward and Sophie, lived together before they married, but it was where it belonged, behind closed doors. While this latest goof up tugs on my sympathies, especially if the rumours are true and Kate is pregnant–abc-news-celebrities.html, and I would hate to see her cry her way through her pregnancy the way her late mother-in-law did, these two young people should have had enough experience with the ferocious press to employ more wisdom.

Nothing done out of doors, anywhere, should be considered private.

Grow up.