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Screenwriting Advice Article!

You are the Box Office Smash: The Personal Screenplay
by Gordy Hoffman



Right this very second, in the heart of every struggling, undiscovered screenwriter, in the dark, hidden corner deep within, there is a voice, a clear whisper, saying one thing:

You're never gonna figure this out.

And this is not referring to the story with its gaping hole, the finale missing a payoff, the hit and miss humor, the flat title.

I'm talking about freedom. The freedom to work as a screenwriter. Compensation for a home for family and a life. The resources to wake up and ply your craft and pay the freight, without obstacle. The chance to see your writing made into pictures, to work with the industry's best, to fulfill this goal of professional screenwriter. Hollywood success.

Behind this voice is the idea that somehow, some way, you'll find the hero, or the hook, logline or pitch that will punch your golden ticket. If you could only figure out what the studio wants, if you can only get a solid bead to this game, you know you can write and execute. What is the script I should write to get an agent? What is the one that will sell? It's not that I don't know how to write, I know how to write screenplays, I just need to know what they want, even though I think I know what they want, but I don't think I have the idea that they want. Yeah.

I'm not gonna figure this out, whispers the voice.

Why this uneasiness? Does it originate within ourselves? I don't think so. But where does it come from? The daily obsession with box office grosses? The news of the seven figure deals to newbies? The endless procession of boneheadedly conceived franchises-in-waiting arriving in the theatres every Friday? People winning Academy Awards for movies you would not be caught dead writing? Recognizing an idea you came up with years ago on your couch, produced with a $130 million budget drowning in CGI?

All these things are but a few of the possible reasons why this seeds unhealthy doubt and confusion in the modern screenwriter. Tracking these forces outside us and beyond our control in an effort to trudge the path to a successful screenwriting career will prove to most to be unproductive and corrosive. Basically, trying to figure out what Hollywood wants will land us in a resentment that makes "giving up" a sane response to the very challenge which used to inspire us. In short, we cannot chase a perceived trend and remember our dreams.

You cannot look at the marketplace and find your voice. You can find ideas, trends, and inspiration there, perhaps, but you can find these things driving in traffic as well. But listening to your voice is the key to creating original, compelling stories.

Your life is your own story. You have a completely unique thread of experience. By allowing yourself to express these emotional experiences, your screenplay, your story, will be different from any other and powerful, as original as your fingerprint.

Why is it powerful? When we have the courage to be specific about what we know about living, we create an authentic world an audience recognizes as the life they are living on planet Earth. This connects your audience to your story. This connection is the foundation of the phenomena of story.

Why does story mean so much to us? We recognize the triumphs and tragedies of our lives, with all the hilarity and tears. By seeing it, we are validated and it underscores meaning and purpose to living.

If we don't use what we've collected in life in our hearts and spirits, then our story loses its authenticity and the connection the audience should make fails. They do not see themselves, and when they leave the theater, they do not call their friends. When people do not call their friends after seeing a movie, the movie bombs.

When a writer opens their person to their work, when they allow themselves to be vulnerable, to risk exposure of the secrets of their life story, they take a huge step towards creating a screenplay of substantial value, a screenplay with a greater potential of a large number of tickets sold.

This is precisely why art and commerce have remained bedfellows for thousands of years. To look at the relationship between art and commerce as adversarial or incompatible is just plain foolish. Art happens when people invest their spirits in their work without fear, and story is artful when the writing is truthful and the writer is authentic.

And what do we have to be honest about? We can only lie about what we know, and we can only tell the truth about what we know. And that is what has happened to us, our life story. This is what we share.

This is not a pitch to write "what you know." This is not about writing stories about where you work or where you live. This is about writing about what you felt. You can imagine characters and worlds and actions and speech you've never personally experienced, but if you remember to infuse your choices with your emotional and spiritual struggles and victories as a human being, your screenplay will be different in the very best sense of the word.

The question you have to answer is not what does Hollywood want today. The question is how honest of a writer do you want to be. I guarantee you can write a blockbuster, you can write a box office hit. This will happen when you find an audience. And the correct path to this crowd of people is listening to yourself. If you practice, you will develop an inner ear for who you are and what you know and you will become masterful in loading your work with your fingerprints. Writing is personal work. You are the guitar. You are the box of paint. Give of that and your audience will remember why life is good and they will talk of you.


About the Author
Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has written and directed three digital shorts for Fox Searchlight. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno Intl Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. Recently, the movie won the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in NY. A professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Gordy is the founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Dedicated to develop and celebrate the undiscovered screenwriter, BlueCat provides written script analysis on every script entered. In addition, Gordy acts as a script consultant for screenwriters, offering personalized feedback on their scripts through his consultation service, www.screenplaynotes.com. For more articles by Gordy on screenwriting, visit http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com.




A Radio Show for Writers and more...

A new radio show devoted to book marketing made its debut on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 on Achieve Radio, noon to 1 p.m., MST. Host Francine Silverman will talk with authors, publishers and publicists, providing listeners with a unique perspective on book promotion.

To access Book Marketing with Fran, go to http://www.achieveradio.com and click “Click to Listen” at top of page. Should you miss the show, click “Shows & Hosts” on the left and scroll down to Fran’s show and click, “More-Click Here” for the archives.

Patricia Fry, president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network) and author of 24 books, will be Fran’s first guest. Patricia’s latest book is The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book (Matilija Press 2006), a comprehensive guide for hopeful and struggling authors.

Fran is author of Book Marketing from A-Z and editor publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com




BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 172: September 23, 2009

ISSN 1545-5599
BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 172: September 23, 2009
EDITOR: FRANCINE SILVERMAN
http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
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His experiences offer proof of a supernatural entity, Mr.Dirina feels, because only God can know the future. This is a fine study of paranormal dreams, which deserves to be read by everybody.

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In This Issue:

(1) Feature Article
(2) Grist for your Mill
(3) Feedback
(4) From the Pen Of.........
(5) Progress Report
(6) Kudos


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1) FEATURE ARTICLE

"Reviewing" Your Ethics
Reflections on Bogus Blurbs, Unreal Reviews, and Manufactured Bestsellers.
By Peter Bowerman

Got an email recently from an old fraternity brother that read, in part:

I have a small favor to ask, A good friend of mine has written a book, and Amazon is running a contest to determine the winner in its category. It would really help him out if you'd write a good review on Amazon (here's the link: ____). The more good reviews he gets, the better his chances of winning. I know he'd really appreciate it.

The author's original note followed, expressing his no-doubt sincere appreciation: "Thank you SO much for doing this!" So earnest. So grateful. So ethically-challenged.

Winning's what it's all about, right? Here was someone asking us to help a friend by writing a gushing review of his book - minus the inconvenience of actually having to read said book. After all, we're all busy people, y'know…

Particularly troubling was that neither felt any qualms about sending a note to a huge list of folks asking them to do something dishonest. There was this presumption of understanding: being dishonest is so commonplace, it's not even considered dishonesty anymore.

This is similar, incidentally, to the requests I get to "blurb" someone's upcoming book, and all they send is the table of contents and introduction (more and more the prevailing M.O.). One person actually sent me only the table of contents from a previous edition, looking for a blurb for the updated version, and was mystified at my refusal. Everyone does it, y'see. Not this everyone.

Sure, few people will read a review copy cover to cover. But shouldn't we start from the assumption that they will, and work towards the middle, as opposed to the other way around? The unspoken nudge-nudge, wink-wink message, of course, is "Fellow Author, wouldn't you like to get your name, book title, and Web site in print in my book?" Just a friendly quid pro quo. To paraphrase Tina Turner, "What's truth got to do with it?"

Manufactured Bestsellers
Speaking of which, how about the ridiculous campaigns to "Become an Amazon #1 Best Seller!" You know the drill. By offering up free ebooks, bonus reports and multiple copies of the book (all via mass emails with frantic urgings to forward to as many lists as possible), authors try to get as many people as possible to buy their books on one specific day. Given Amazon's cryptic rankings system, a brief spurt (even one not yielding huge sales in real terms) can launch a book into the Top 10 or even to #1 for, literally, a few minutes. Voila! "#1 Amazon Best Seller!" bragging rights.

I say what these authors are really trying to do is buy their way to a better book. After all, if a book becomes a #1 (or even a top 10) Amazon bestseller, it must mean it's a good book, right? Of course, it doesn't work that way, any more than giving a kid an A for C or D schoolwork will transform that work from mediocre to excellent.

Here's an analogy: Say there's this competition in your town for "#1 Restaurant in the City!" honors. And say it's based on traffic - actual diners - over a certain period of time. One restaurant with mediocre food goes all out, offering free appetizers, free drinks, half-price entrees and free desserts. The unsurprising result? Based on the thundering hordes it attracts, it earns the #1 designation.

Now. Would anyone who knew how they'd accomplished this feat give much credence to that #1 designation? Not a chance. And you can bet the restaurant wouldn't go out of its way to explain either. The whole power of the accolade is in people not knowing how it came about. (Ditto for the Amazon bestsellers.) People unaware of the dubious strategy who heard about the win, would logically -- though erroneously - conclude that it's related to the quality of the food.

Which brings me to the crux of all these examples - public perception. In my perhaps hopelessly old-fashioned perspective, it all comes down to our responsibility to the reader of that book review, blurb or "#1 Best Seller!" designation.

As a reader, when I see a glowing review or blurb (and know nothing about how it was earned), I'll assume - call me crazy - it's because, well, it's a really good book. Not because of some tortured short-term process of intense lobbying and outright bribery to create the illusion of bestseller status.

Best Advice: Write a GOOD Book
Sadly, we're now living in The Age of Expediency. How you get somewhere is far less important than simply getting there. Tricks, gimmicks, and cutting corners are all acceptable strategies.

Yet, there's one comfort: mediocre books, regardless of the games their authors play, never have long lifespans. They'll never benefit from the invaluable word-of-mouth publicity that accrues to truly solid titles, never earn heartfelt kudos from those whose words really matter, never hope to garner serious industry recognition.

So, do yourself a favor: if you're looking for long-term success, start with a really good book. You'll dramatically simplify your marketing tasks while eliminating the need to prop up a title that can't stand on its own. And you'll sleep better at night.

Peter Bowerman is a professional copywriter, a self-publishing coach, and the self-published author of the "Well-Fed Writer" titles, which have 52,000 copies in print. He chronicled his self-publishing success in the award-winning 2007 title The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living. For more details, visit http://www.wellfedsp.com.

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(2) GRIST FOR YOUR MILL

Donna Cunningham recommends WikiHow for writers. "WikiHow is a site related to Wikipedia, and it has maybe a hundred thousand anonymously written how-to articles," she says. "It's searchable and thus a pretty handy source of tips on almost any area of life. I keep it on my Google startup page, and there's a random selection of articles listed there each day. It's surprising how often they pertain to my life, and when they don't, they're a glimpse into how the other half lives. For a writer, it's probably a source of characters or telling details or at least a research tool, though the information needs to be verified."

http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page

Donna is an author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Along with her background in astrology and psychotherapy, she holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. http://www.moonmavenpublications.com


The Artist First Radio Network is always looking for authors to interview. The show is an hour and a donation is required - anywhere from $5 and up. According to Tony Kay, one of the hosts, the interviewee gets an MP3 file of the show.
http://www.artistfirst.com/authorswanted.htm


Patricia Fry submitted the following:
Subscribe to SPAWN’s FREE enewsletter, SPAWNews and receive a FREE ebook, 25 Ways to Promote Yourself Whether You’re an Artist, Author or Small Publisher. http://www.spawn.org

Patricia is the executive director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network)

Joan Hall Hovey, aka Lillian Watts, is posting a chapter at a time of her new book, The Plan, and readers get to read as she writes it. "Much like Charles Dickens did it 150 years ago," she says.

She is offering autographed copies of her award-winning novel, Nowhere To Hide, to two people. Only rule is to vote and make a comment.

Voters go to http://textnovel.com because they have to sign up and then log in (it takes a minute or two) to vote.

Check out her chilling video at http://www.joanhallhovey.com

Attention, Business, Children's, and Christian authors:
Danielle Hampson reports that The Authors Show is getting so popular and that in order to accommodate the "ever increasing number of interview requests in a more efficient and faster manner," she is splitting the show into four separate show categories, all under the umbrella of The Authors Show.

1- The Business Authors Show http://www.thebusinessauthorsshow.com, for books in the business genre only;
2- The Children Authors Show http://www.thechildrenauthorsshow.com; for books in the children genre only;
3- The Christian Authors Show http://www.thechristianauthorsshow.com; for books in the Christian genre only
4- The Authors Show http://www.theauthorsshow.com – for all other genres.

"These four categories enable us to broadcast more shows, and for you that means less waiting for a guest spot and for the broadcast of your interview," Danielle says. "To be included in this new system, please visit the show page that corresponds to your book genre and fill the Interview Request Form on that page.

You may fill forms on other show pages if you write in other genres as well."

All interview broadcasts are now announced on Twitter, giving you wider exposure as a guest on the show. http://twitter.com/daniellehampson


Check out this website - There is a freelance job board, contests, interviews and more.
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/blog.html


I found this item in HARO, Peter Shankman's newsletter, and any of you making money from your websites or blogs may be interested.

How do you monetize your website/blog?
Name: Marcia Peterson
Email: marcia@wow-womenonwriting.com
Title: Columnist
Media Outlet: WOW! Women on Writing
Deadline: 12:09pm PACIFIC - 26 September

Query:
"For a round-up piece, we're looking for ways to successfully monetize your blog or website.

Writers, how are you earning income from your blog or website? What are the best blog monetizing techniques, in your experience?

Tell us how you're making money from your site. Your tip should be brief, less than 150 words. Chosen entries will include a link to your
website.

Please submit your tip to marcia@wow-womenonwriting.com
(subject: MONETIZING YOUR WEBSITE/BLOG). Include your full name, the kind of writing you do, and your web site link.

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(3) FEEDBACK

Donna Cunningham's article in the last issue drew many compliments.


"That was probably the best article about e-book piracy and how to deal with that I've seen. Great stuff!"
Scott Lorenz, president, Westwind Communications
scottlorenz@westwindcos.com


"I want to thank Donna Cunningham for the really informative article you wrote in the newsletter about 'pirating' books," says Arlene Uslander.

"This is indeed a real problem. At one point, Google had my whole book, The Simple Touch of Fate, downloaded and I knew nothing about it until someone who had written a story for the book let me know. But, fighting Google is worse than 'fighting city hall.' I found out that there was/is a class action suit against them for doing this, but the last I heard, if Google lost, each person who filed a suit against them would receive $15.00!

"The 'all rights reserved-- no part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form ....including electronics, except by permission of the author' that is at the beginning of every single published book means absolutely nothing anymore. What I would like to say to Donna, and many of your other subscribers is how disheartening it is to me to see not only one's books (which is the worst part, of course) on the Internet, but my articles, as well as individual stories from the Fate book that have appeared on websites all over the Internet -- some of which have absolutely nothing to do with the topics of my articles or the stories in the book. And it seems that there is absolutely nothing the authors can do about it. What do you have to say about this, Donna? Is there anything at all we can do? "

Arlene's latest books are The Simple Touch of Fate, Real People; Real Stories (iUniverse 2003); Children's Gems for the Heart (I Wonder When God Will Get Tired of People and Put Dinosaurs Back on Earth) (Publish America, 2003), and That's What Grandparents Are For (Peel Productions 2002) http://www.uslander.net
http://www.thefatesite.com.

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(4) FROM THE PEN OF...................

"Promoting a book is lot like evangelism -- in the best possible sense. It's sharing something deeply personal to you with others you believe will benefit from the message. Most Christians will tell you that they didn't come to faith the first time they heard the Gospel. It's a lot of little things that one day add up. It's the same way with promoting your book. Sometimes you see the result quickly - a speaking engagement that really hits home with someone. Sometimes you never do. But what you can do is make talking about your book part of your life in the same way you make your faith part of your life."

from The Making of a Christian Bestseller (Faith Walk Publishing 2006) by Ann Byle

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(5) PROGRESS REPORT

Lorraine Edey will be the guest of Denise Dyer, host of Hold the Vision Radio, on October 22, 2009. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/HoldTheVision

Lorraine is co-author of Wake Up Women BE Healthy, Happy, Wealth (Global Partnership 2008)
http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/lorraine_edey.html
http://www.coachinginspirations.com

Tina Howe was the guest of Tiffany Windsor, host of Inspired at Home, on September 13, 2009. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inspiredathome.
Read more about Tina below.

Walter Brasch was the guest of Jordan Kaufman, host of Corruption Radio, on KDWN 720 AM, Las Vegas, NV, on September 19, 2009.
http://CorruptionRadio.com

Walter's newest book is Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush (BookSurge Publishing 2007). http://www.walterbrasch.com

Joyce Faulkner will be the guest of Paul Bruno, host of his new show, The History Czar (he also hosts The Career Czar), on All Talk Radio.net/historyczar for a taping on October 2, 2009.

Joyce is president of The Military Writers Society of America and author of several books, including In the Shadow of Suribachi (2005), a novel about her dad's experiences at the battle of Iwo Jima. http://www.InTheShadowofSuricachi.com

Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD will be the guests of David Trudrung, host of Monkey Minds on Energy Talk Radio, on Sept 29, 2009 at 2 pm (PT).
http://www.energytalkradio.com

Judith and Jim's latest book is The Heart of Marketing - Love Your Customers and They Will Love You Back (Morgan James Publishing). http://TheHeartofMarketing.com

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(6) KUDOS

Tina Howe's book, The TrailFolk of Xunar-Kun (Booklocker 2008), was a finalist in Rebecca's Reads Written Art Awards, Science Fiction/Fantasy Category. http://rebeccasreads.com
WrittenArtAwardsFall2009Winners.html.

Tina writes and illustrates her own books.
http://www.tinahowe.com


Dr. Charles Ehin's second article has appeared in Smart People. "Real People published another article of mine in May," he says "For some reason it's become the most widely read piece since they launched the new magazine in April. That’s hard for me to believe but I guess at times things fall in place."
http://networksingularity.com/2009/09/19/donrsquot-mess-with-human-nature.aspx

Charles' latest book is The Organizational Sweet Spot: Engaging the Innovative Dynamics of Your Social Networks (Springer 2009) http://www.unmanagement.com

What would you do if you suddenly lost your eyesight? Read what Shirley Cheng did when she lost her sight at age 17 in the current fall issue of Dr. Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Connection magazine on page 50, or online at
http://www.purposedriven.com/article.do?method=articlePage&contentId=201723&pageNumber=5

Shirley is a 26-year-old blind and physically disabled award-winning author with 20 book awards, motivational speaker, and poet who authored nine books and contributed to 17. Her latest release is Do You Love Jehovah? God Almighty's Infinite Love & Wisdom to Propel You to Greatness, a non-denominational Christian book that empowers readers to develop a fulfilling, sacred relationship with their Life-Giver, Jehovah (Yahweh), and helps answer life's colossal questions directly from the Holy Scriptures.

Visit http://www.shirleycheng.com for more inspiration.

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Francine Silverman, P.O. Box 1333, Riverdale, New York 10471, is author of:

TALK RADIO WANTS YOU: AN INTIMATE GUIDE TO 700 SHOWS AND HOW TO GET INVITED (McFarland & Co. 2009). The $75 reference book is available from author at $67.50,

and

BOOK MARKETING FROM A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005) written by 325 paid subscribers to Book Promotion Newsletter. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-0106967-2029708?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Book+Marketing+from+A-Z&x=22&y=24

Subscribers are entitled to a 20% discount on the book. Contact Fran at franalive@optonline.net for code. The publisher's toll free number does not work outside the continental US and orders cannot be processed from its website for shipping outside the US.

Subscribers in foreign countries who wish to purchase the books with the discount may email Michelle at michelle@infinitypublishing.com or fax an order (610/941-9959). She will provide confirmation that your order has been received and will be processed promptly. When using these options subscribers should put everything to Michelle's attention and reference the Promotional Code (contact Fran for code).

If emailing Michelle, DO NOT put your credit card number in any email correspondence as this is not secure.




BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 171: September 9, 2009

ISSN 1545-5599
BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 171: September 9, 2009
EDITOR: FRANCINE SILVERMAN
http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
http://www.talkradioadvocate.com

Issued every other Wednesday since 2003


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http://www.FiveStarPublications.com - Your partner in publishing since 1985
http://www.AuthorsandExperts.com - Your economical path to publicity and more.
http://www.SchoolBookings.com - Connecting authors and illustrators to schools.
http://www.KidsCanPublish.com - Where the writers & illustrators of tomorrow get published today.

Call Five Star Publications for a free consultation. 480-940-8182

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In This Issue:

(1) Feature Article
(2) Grist for your Mill
(3) Wonderful Websites
(4) From the Pen Of.........
(5) Progress Report
(6) Subscriber Seminars
(7) Kudos

(1) FEATURE ARTICLE


How You Can Combat Book Piracy
©by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Pirated copies of hard copy books and original ebooks are appearing on free ebook sites throughout the internet, including those by many respected authors. Even books that were originally issued in hard copy format only aren't safe from theft, because pirates laboriously scan books, page by page, and turn them into PDF files.

Book piracy is not only a personal loss; it's a community issue that can have serious implications for the continued development of any field. It can discourage speakers and teachers from writing books in the first place, with the result that what they've learned in the course of their careers is lost to the field as a whole.

I've had both hard copy texts and ebooks pirated, and about 100,000 free copies have been downloaded over the past year. By trial and error, I've learned how to handle this problem effectively and wanted to pass the method on to others who find their books on free ebook sites. Below are the steps that have been most effective.

DON'T PANIC. Most have copyright compliance officers or other support staff that handle these issues, usually within a couple of days after your request. They may or may not care about the ethics of piracy, but they do want to avoid lawsuits. Approach them in a matter of fact way, rather than being accusatory, threatening, or demanding. Typically, you may feel fear, rage, grief, and indignation about what's happening. Take time to vent these emotions privately but do not approach the support staff in that tone. These sites have hundreds-if not thousands-of files uploaded daily and do not have staff to verify individual copyrights, only those violations that are reported to them.

SEARCH THE SITE FOR ALL VERSIONS OF YOUR WORK: If one of your books is pirated, there's a chance others will be uploaded as well. Look for the title as well as your name, and be aware that cagy pirates may shorten the title and misspell your name in order to fool the search engines.

MAKE A RECORD OF THE EXACT LINK(s) WHERE YOUR FILE(s) OCCUR.
You will need it for the copyright officer and also your own records so that you can go back and check to see if the file has been removed. To have an exact link, send yourself an email with it and cut and paste the link. (You can also send yourself a copy of the full page, with the date uploaded and number of copies. Keep that email for your records.)

DOWNLOAD A COPY: You might do well to download one copy of the PDF of each book that has been pirated-once the file is removed, you have no proof it was ever there. (The file could also come in handy if that book were ever to go out of print-you might as well get something from the pirate's handiwork!)

FIND THE SITE'S COPYRIGHT OFFICER: Look at the top, bottom, or side of the page for the link--often in very small print--that says something like copyright policy, copyright protection, removal requests, report violations, or report abuse. Read the policy carefully to learn the procedure.

COLLECT AND SAVE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION: Cut and paste a record of all the information requested, or send yourself a blind copy of the email, including the date of the request. Save it. You will need to return to the site in a few days and from time to time to make sure the file has been removed and that no other copies have been uploaded. Pirates are tricky and very determined.

VISIT THE PROFILE OF THE PERSON WHO UPLOADED THE FILE: This is usually on a link on the same page of the site as the file, though the name is usually a screen name. Include the link with that person's screen name when you write to the copyright officer. I like to read the profile and sometimes decide to send a message to them. Many are well-meaning but naïve people who do not understand that they are passing along stolen material. I often write to those people, and many of them are chagrinned and promptly remove all the ebooks they aren't sure are legit.

Others are defiant rebels who consider themselves heroes, and you're better off not triggering their alert system. If I see that the person has uploaded dozens or even hundreds of files, this is clearly a career pirate. If you report them with proof of the piracy, some sites will remove every one of that offender's uploads and will ban them from the site. By reporting them, you aren't just handling your own problem, you're doing a favor to other authors the thief has victimized.

SEND A NOTE TO THE COPYRIGHT OFFICER: Again, be reasoned and polite, not threatening legal action. They don't need or want to read about your emotions, and emoting does seem to slow down their response time. What they generally need is proof that you're the author and copyright owner and that you did not authorize the file. If it was actually copyrighted it through the government copyright office, say so and provide a number if possible. Send yourself a copy of the note also. Here's a format that generally works well:

For a hardcopy book: “I am ______________, the author and copyright owner of ________________ published in hardcopy by ___________ in (date). A pirated version has been uploaded to your site without my knowledge or permission by ___________ (link to the member who uploaded the file). The book appears at this link on your site: ________________________ and I note that _________ unauthorized free copies have already been downloaded. The book is for sale on my website at __________________ (or the publishers website or on Amazon.com). Let's work together to get this file removed. You may write to me at ______________.

For an ebook: “I am ______________, the author and copyright owner of the ebook ________________ published by ___________. A pirated version has been uploaded to your site without my knowledge or permission by ___________ (link to the member who uploaded the file). The ebook appears at this link on your site: ________________________ and I note that _________ unauthorized free copies have already been downloaded. The book is for sale on my website at __________________ (or other site where the book is sold on the web). Let's work together to get this file removed. You may write to me at ______________.

FOLLOWUP: Go back to the site in a few days to see if the file has been removed, and also use the site's search engine to make sure it hasn't been reloaded by someone else or the same person with a new screen name. If it hasn't been removed in a week, write to the copyright officer again with the original date and information. Ask if there's anything more they need from you as proof of your claim, and again, say, “let's work together to remove this file.” Once it is removed, bookmark and revisit the site again periodically.
NOTIFY YOUR PUBLISHER: If you need the big guns to get a file removed, write to the Rights Department of your publisher, who will probably pass it along to the chief. Try removing it yourself first for expediency's sake, then report it. Mine was responsive the first time, but once the file had been uploaded a few times, I believe it left him with the impression that I was more trouble than I was worth. Here, again, emotionality will not serve you!

SCAN THE WEB PERIODICALLY FOR NEW UPLOADS. Once your book has been pirated and uploaded to a free ebook site, there's a great possibility the pirate or someone else will upload it elsewhere. There are hundreds of such sites, so brew up a pot of caffeine before tackling it. The format that is the most productive at Google or another search engine is: “Your Name” + “free ebook”. If you've published only one book, you can narrow the search even further if you use “Your Name” +”title of your book,” +“free ebook”.

CHECK MAJOR FREE EBOOK SITES: Below are some the largest sites that carry free ebooks. Check their on-site search engines for your works:
scrbd - download free pdf http://www.scribd.com/doc/34033/scrbd
4shared.com - free file sharing and storage http://www.4shared.com
http://www.torrenthub.org
Torrent Reactor - The most active torrents on the web http://www.torrentreactor.net
ExtraTorrent.com The World's Largest BitTorrent System http://extratorrent.com
Torrent hub Torrent Downloads - NowTorrents http://www.nowtorrents.com/torrents/torrent-hub.html
Http www pdf database com - .Pdf & Word Free Ebooks Download http://pdfdatabase.com/index.php?q=http+www+pdf+database+com

Please remember, these sites do not condone piracy, and all of them have copyright compliance officers. They are services that many authors use to distribute valuable information and to promote their work through legitimate free ebooks. You will also find classic texts by long-dead authors whose valuable work should be preserved.

SET UP A GOOGLE ALERT: This was suggested by the copyright compliance officer at one of the sites, and it has been a help. Create an alert that says “Your Name” + “free ebook” or, even better, if you've published only one book, use “Your Name” +”title of your book,” +“free ebook”.

Just don't rely on Google alerts alone. They don't catch everything, can be somewhat tardy in reporting to you and can yield many false positives. For instance it may send you a notice about any site that contains both your name and the words “free ebook,” even if the book isn't yours. Every time I mention one of my ebooks on my own blog, I get an alert, but for the times it's reporting a real piracy, it's worth it.

ADD A COPYRIGHT WARNING TO YOUR EBOOKS AND WEBSITES: It may not deter the career pirate, but it will make the casual copier think twice about the seriousness of their acts:

The FBI Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

WHAT IF THE BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT? It doesn't matter-you still have the right to request the free ebook be removed. If the book is out of print for a year, by the standard contract, you can and should get the rights back from the publisher to create a new edition of your own-AND also to deal with situations like these. Don't allow your book to become what is called an “Orphan Book,” free game for scanning. See: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/06/15/google-to-adopt-millions-of-orphan-books-put-them-to-work?icid=sphere_wpcom_inline

BE PERSISTANT: Keep at it, even though it's a major drag. I once was so fed up with the battle that I spaced it out for a couple of months. When I returned to the fray, I found that one of my books had been uploaded and, in one month's time, had over 38,000 free downloads of a $15 ebook. An expensive lesson!

NOTIFY COLLEAGUES WHOSE BOOKS YOU FIND ON THESE SITES: It's not only a service to them and to your field, you may also be able to join forces to keep an eye on these sites and share tips about how to approach the copyright officers. Also write to your organizations' newsletters to alert others to the fact that this is occurring and that it is NOT okay. Again, avoid being overly emotional-it turns off possible supporters.

FIND OUT WHAT PROFESSIONAL AUTHORS ARE DOING ABOUT PIRACY. If piracy becomes a persistent issue in your life and is affecting your income, you may want to join forces with mainstream writers. Here are two Yahoo writers' groups that are joining forces to grapple with this issue: AACT - Authors Against Copyright Theft http://groups.yahoo.com/group/authorsagainstcopyrighttheft and AAET - Authors Against e-Book Theft http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AuthorsAgainstE-BookTheft

RESOURCES: Websites about copyright issues stemming from internet sites:

To detect website content plagiarism, see: http://copyscape.com/respond.php

Copyright on the Internet http://www.fplc.edu/tfield/cOpyNet.htm -
Copyright information for internet authors and artists.

Intellectual Property Online http://www.eff.org/issues/intellectual-property -

An exhaustive list of annotated links to patent, trademark and copyright information from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Copyrighting Basics on the Internet http://www.fplc.edu/tfield/copynet.htm

Outline of the fundamental copyright principles applicable on the internet, by a Franklin Pierce Law Center professor Thomas G. Field, Jr..

For a longer list of sites addressing copyright issues, see the Google Directory:
http://www.google.ru/Top/Society/Law/Legal_Information/Intellectual_Property/Copyrights


Donna Cunningham is an author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Along with her background in astrology and psychotherapy, she holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Her ebooks and writing courses can be found at Moon Maven Publications
http://www.moonmavenpublications.com and her blog about astrology, metaphysics, and writing is at http://skywriter.wordpress.com.

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(2) GRIST FOR YOUR MILL

Arlene Uslander highly recommends the Internet Public Library at http://www.ipl.org

"I have found a wonderful website for writers who have any questions about grammar, punctuation, and word usage," she says. "It is the Internet Public Library. iplref@ipl.org, I have written to other Internet librarians, but this one is by far the best. They not only answer questions in great detail, but they provide numerous helpful links. I just can't believe how much information I have gotten from them on two occasions, and it is totally free. The Internet sure is great!"

Arlene is the author of 14 non-fiction books and the recipient of numerous journalism awards. Her latest three books are The Simple Touch of Fate, Real People; Real Stories (iUniverse 2003); Children's Gems for the Heart (I Wonder When God Will Get Tired of People and Put Dinosaurs Back on Earth) (Publish America, 2003), and That's What Grandparents Are For (Peel Productions 2002) http://www.uslander.net
http://www.thefatesite.com.

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(3) WONDERFUL WEBSITES

The following contain articles on book promotion and resources for authors from subscribers' websites

Patricia Fry - http://www.matilijapress.com/articles.htm#promotion.

Fern Reiss - http://www.publishinggame.com/promote.htm

Yvonne Perry - http://www.writersinthesky.com/resources.html

Stephanie Chandler - http://www.stephaniechandler.com/ (See right column for articles)

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(4) FROM THE PEN OF.............

Tip sheets are fun and the media loves them! They will often excerpt them for reprinting purposes or use them as sidebars in an article they are writing about your topic. Tip sheets are an easy, simple and fun way to break down your book into various elements. Ideally, tip sheets should be five to seven or 10 things exclusive to your book. For example, if you have a dieting book, list ten ways to lose weight. A beauty book? Ten tips to be more beautiful today...It will be very important to include at the top of your tip sheet the following sentence: "Permission to use or excerpt with proper attribution."

from From Book to Bestseller (PublishingGold 2005) by Penny C. Sansevieri

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(5) PROGRESS REPORT

Rev. Dr. Leigh Foster was the guest of Michael Cooper, host of Animal Tales, on WTAN (http://tantalk1340.com) in Tampa, FL, on August 29, 2009.

Leigh (also known as DJ Ice), is creator, owner and host of The Pawz Cauze Show. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepawzcauze
She also hosts a Yahoo chat group dedicated to animal health education. Holisticcat@yahoogroups.com
http://www.cat-n-scratch.com


Four authors were or will be the guest of David Trudrung, host of Monkey Minds on Energy Talk Radio, on Tuesdays at 2 pm (PT).
http://www.energytalkradio.com:

Gerri Helms on September 1, 2009; Michele Avanti on September 8, 2009, Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski on September 15, 2009 and Malana Ashlie on September 22, 2009.

Gerri is author of Trust God and Buy Broccoli (Femme Osage 2007), and co-author of the forthcoming The ART of Grandparenting. http://www.lifecoachgerri.com
http://www.trustGodandbuybroccoli.com


Michele is author of GreeHee The Journey of Five - Tales of Tamoor Book One (GreeHee Publishing 2006). http://www.TalesofTamoor.com http://www.GreeHee.com

Malana is author of GRINGOS IN PARADISE: Our Honduras Odyssey Pathways To Inner Peace (BookSurge 2007).
http://www.gringos-in-paradise.com

Judith and Jim's latest book is The Heart of Marketing - Love Your Customers and They Will Love You Back (Morgan James Publishing). http://TheHeartOfMarketing.com


Donna Maria Coles Johnson will be the guest of RSS Ray, host of Online Marketing on WS Radio. http://www.wsradio.com on October 28, 2009.

Donna is host of the Indie Business Radio Show on Global Talk Radio. http://www.indiebusinessradio.com, and her latest book is Lifestyle CEO Book: How to Break all the Rules, Build Your Own Corporate Ladder and Create the Life You Love (Lifestyle CEO Media 2006). http://www.indiebusinessmedia.com


Dr. Michael Beitler and Walter Brasch will be guests of Wyatt McIntyre, host of Patriot Action on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotaction, Walter on September 17, 2009 at 6 pm (ET) and Mike on September 24, 2009, at 8 pm (ET).

Mike will also be the guest of Jordan Kaufman, host of Corruption Radio, on KDWN 720 AM, Las Vegas, NV, on September 26, 2009.
http://CorruptionRadio.com

Mike is host of "Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler," on the VoiceAmerica Business Network and author of Rational Individualism: A Moral Argument for Limited Government & Capitalism (Practitioner Press International 2008). The Libertarian Party of North Carolina has asked Michael to be its 2010 U.S. Senate Candidate. http://www.mikebeitler.com

Walter's newest book is Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush (BookSurge Publishing 2007). http://www.walterbrasch.com


Melissa Zollo was the guest of Sharon Sayler, host of Beyond Lip Service (being renamed Master Your Message in September) on September 8, 2009, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondlipservice at 1 pm (ET).

Melissa is author of two audio programs: Discover the Power of Imagination and How to Unleash the Power Within and Attract Money
http://www.presentmemory.com


Brenda Black will be the guest of Mona Magic, host of Mystick Journey, on http://www.MonaMagick.com, on September 27, 2009.

Brenda is host of Your Astrology Now on http://www.achieveradio.com.
http://www.anchoredinastrology.com


Kevin Coolidge will be the guest of Barry Eva, host of A Book and a Chat, on September 8, 2009 at 6:30pm (ET).
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

Kevin is author of Hobo Finds A Home (Edgecliff Press 2008).

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(6) SUBSCRIBER SEMINAR

Lisa Lenard-Cook's weekend intensive workshop, After Practice: Piecing Together Your Scattered Writings (& Life) in Four Easy Lessons, has been relocated from Carson NM to Corrales NM, Oct. 17-18, 2009, 9 am. to 4 pm.

"Please reserve your place soon — half the places have already been taken," she says. "If you’re from out of town, don’t let that stop you: very nice, very close, in-home accommodations can be arranged."

$250 fee includes lunch both days.

For more information, contact lisa@lisalenardcook.com
http://www.lisalenardcook.com
http://www.authorlink.com
http://www.WritersEducation.com, the new sister site to Authorlink

Lisa is author of The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives Your Fiction (Writer's Digest Books 2008), NM Presswomen Communications Contest Honoree; Dissonance: A Novel (University of New Mexico Press 2003), short-listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award; and Coyote Morning: A Novel (University of New Mexico Press 2004), NM Presswomen Zia Award Honoree


Judith & Jim (Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD) --- authors of #1 best seller "The Heart of Marketing - Love Your Customers and They Will Love You Back" -- started their “Bridging Heart and Marketing” conferences Feb 08 — to rave reviews!

NOW – out of respect for the economic jitters so many people have - their VIRTUAL “Bridging Heart and Marketing III" Conference gives you 15 sessions of world-class training in a wide variety of MUST-know-about marketing techniques and strategies and mindset – And it won’t be just talk. Each speaker is preparing their training with take-action sections for you to participate in so that what you’ll be learning becomes practical and use-able right away!

To see what all you get — http://tinyurl.com/nrdlzy

Why are Judith & Jim doing this - practically giving all this top-notch training to you for only $67, $197 or $297 (depending on what you want re downloads etc)?

Because in these lean and unpredictable times, they want to contribute their Economic-Stimulus Rock-Bottom Tuition to make this conference available to as many people as they can in order to upgrade their marketing know-how and upscale their financial return from their marketing efforts – http://tinyurl.com/nrdlzy

And since this event is VIRTUAL, you can register and attend from anywhere in the world!
So Get Registered Now http://tinyurl.com/nrdlzy

Judith & Jim always over-deliver — so I know you’re going to thank me for this for years to come!
PS – Tell your friends. They’ll be thanking you as well.
http://tinyurl.com/nrdlzy

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(7) KUDOS

On August 24, 2009, KOAA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Pueblo, Colo., where Betty Jo Tucker makes her home, ran a story about her Blog Talk Radio show, Movie Addict Headquarters.
http://blog.blogtalkradio.com:80/movies/movie-addict-betty-jo-tucker-props-local-nbc-affiliate

Check her out on UTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsBSjiij7to

Charles Ehin's article, Process of Innovation, was published in the Utah CEO Magazine. http://www.utahceomagazine.com/article.php?id=376

Charles is a management and innovation expert. He is emeritus professor of management at Westminster College in Salt Lake City where he also served as the dean of the Gore School of Business. He is the author of The Organizational Sweet Spot: Engaging the Innovative Dynamics of Your Social Networks (Springer, 2009), among other titles. Contact him at kalev1@msn.com or visit http://www.UnManagement.com.

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Francine Silverman, P.O. Box 1333, Riverdale, New York 10471, is author of:

TALK RADIO WANTS YOU: AN INTIMATE GUIDE TO 700 SHOWS AND HOW TO GET INVITED (McFarland & Co. 2009). The $75 reference book is available from author at $67.50,

and

BOOK MARKETING FROM A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005) written by 325 paid subscribers to Book Promotion Newsletter. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-0106967-2029708?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Book+Marketing+from+A-Z&x=22&y=24

Subscribers are entitled to a 20% discount on the book. Contact Fran at franalive@optonline.net for code. The publisher's toll free number does not work outside the continental US and orders cannot be processed from its website for shipping outside the US.

Subscribers in foreign countries who wish to purchase the books with the discount may email Michelle at michelle@infinitypublishing.com or fax an order (610/941-9959). She will provide confirmation that your order has been received and will be processed promptly. When using these options subscribers should put everything to Michelle's attention and reference the Promotional Code (contact Fran for code).

If emailing Michelle, DO NOT put your credit card number in any email correspondence as this is not secure.




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