Writer's Rip-Offs

Written by Angela Booth

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However, if it's a contest run by an organization you've never heard of, and they want you to pay $25, $50 or $100 dollars, and assure you that your poem or short story will appear in a book of "Best" entries at some date inrepparttar future, and this is your great opportunity to see your work in print, ignore them. It's a scam.

=> The "Book Editor or Book Doctor" Scam

Never pay for editing. Never pay for a book doctor.

Remember: *writers get paid to write*.

When you sell a book to a publisher, they payrepparttar 129297 editor. That's why you approach major publishers, because they hire good editors. A good editor is a writer's dream, because a good editor can make your work much better, and can thereby teach you to become a better writer. Being edited is painful, but it's a huge opportunity to learn.

If you've sold a book to a publisher, and your editor feels thatrepparttar 129298 book needs major structural help, your editor may hire a book doctor, after consultation with you. A book doctor can help turn an already good book into a great book.

However, again, remember: *writers get paid to write*. You don't pay forrepparttar 129299 book doctor. The publishing house pays, up front. They may want to deductrepparttar 129300 book doctor's fees from your royalties, and you can negotiate that with them. But you pay nothing up front. You're doingrepparttar 129301 writing, remember, and afterrepparttar 129302 book doctor has recommended revisions, YOU arerepparttar 129303 one who'll need to write those revisions.

If you're an unpublished writer, have no agent and no publisher, and someone calls themselves a book doctor or editor and wants money from you, tell them to take a hike. You get edited for free, once you sell your book.

=> The "Vanity Publishing" Scam

Vanity publishing is when you pay a publisher to publish your book. Generally thousands of dollars. The vanity publisher assures you your book will be reviewed, and will be in allrepparttar 129304 book stores. He's lying.

Self-publishing onrepparttar 129305 other hand, is legitimate. If you're self- publishing, you pay a printer a few thousand dollars to print a thousand books, which you intend to sell yourself, either on your Web site, or by traveling around book stores withrepparttar 129306 books inrepparttar 129307 trunk of your car, or by selling at fairs, or when you give talks, or when you give a seminar. If you self-publish, more power to you. Self-publishing is a time-honored tradition, and many writers have takenrepparttar 129308 self-publishing route to fame and fortune.

Vanity publishing is different. In vanity publishing,repparttar 129309 publisher assures you that as well as arranging to have your book printed,repparttar 129310 company will distribute it. If you hear this, you're about to get scammed. Run. Remember *writers get paid to write*.

How do you know you're being ripped off? Remember: *writers get paid to write*. If you don't get paid real money, you may be getting scammed.

How do you foilrepparttar 129311 rip-off merchants? Some ways:

* Write a lot, every day. You learn to write by writing;

* Trust your instincts, but userepparttar 129312 Internet, especially Google.com, to check out people (agents, publishers, editors) you intend going into business with --- remember, publishing is a business, not a charity;

* Learn something new every day;

* Love writing. If you love writing enough, allrepparttar 129313 rip-offs inrepparttar 129314 world can't hurt you.

Good luck with your writing.

***Resource box: if using, please include*** Veteran multi-published author and copywriter Angela Booth crafts words for your business --- words to sell, educate or persuade. E-books and e-courses on Web site. FREE ezines for writers and small biz: http://www.digital-e.biz/

Writer, journalist and author Angela Booth has been writing for print and online venues for over 25 years. She also writes copy for businesses.

Create A Dream Diary

Written by Annette Beveridge-Young

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I once dreamed a whole episode of Star Trek, complete with regular cast, a few new characters thrown in and of course, I tookrepparttar lead role inrepparttar 129296 drama. I have never attempted to write an episode for television and one for a program, which relies on much technical input, would probably not be for my first attempt, however,repparttar 129297 plot (if I say so myself) was exceptional and it is recorded in my dream diary for future use. Whilst there would be very few changes torepparttar 129298 initial plot, I was very surprised byrepparttar 129299 amount of technical knowledge sustained which proved to me just how much information our subconscious thought process retains and then subsequently uses inrepparttar 129300 course of our nightly shenanigans.

If you are lucky and your creative tact needs no prompting, you will not need to refer to your dream diary all that often, however, it can be interesting to read back over your entries over a period of time and ascertain just how far your imagination has taken you.

Just remember, in your dreams you are not restricted by earthly ties and you can let your imagination loose inrepparttar 129301 knowledge that inspiration is guiding you.Using a dream diary allows you to access your creative zone deep inrepparttar 129302 dark recesses of your mind and to harness that creative power. Do not waste this opportunity to provide original thought provoking ideas, just remember to record them carefully.

Ideas are gold dust and could, one day earn you a great deal of money as well as providing an insight into a side of your personality very rarely seen.

Annette Beveridge-Young, is a Freelance Writer and Editor of the successful Writers Competition and Resource Website www.thetwistinthetale.com

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