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Resource Monday: Copyright.gov

In Its resource Monday! on September 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

Starting today I’m going to place on my blog a helpful resource for my followers.  I will call this blog entry “Resource Monday”.  Always expect to get a good reviews and helpful tips each Monday!

Today’s resource is copyright.gov

In this website you will discover everything you need to know about copyright law.  All the information you will ever need to know is right here at your finger tips.  I especially recommend the FAQ section.

A common misconception is that once you’ve written something is that its not copyrighted.  That is actually incorrect.  per the site. “Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. “

What your really seeking is to have your work registered as copyrighted.

Here are two questions people typically have about registering a copyright.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.” 

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38bHighlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works. 

So enjoy, and let me know if this was helpful to you!

 

 

 

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Searching for an agent oh joy!

In Look what I did! on September 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Well I’m starting to get a few beta reviews in (hurry up Phillip!), and for the most part people think I’ve got some talent.

Of course after the completion of revisions: which I am still doing!  I need to start thinking about who I’ll submit my first query too.

Now it’s funny because I feel like I’m looking for a date on match.com. But all the profiles are not conveniently at one place for me to view.  😦

So I’m starting to take some time to seriously consider the question: Who am I going to query?

So my book is about the fall of Lucifer.  I consider it Christian Fiction but it might possibly appeal to a mainstream audience.

Anyone have suggestions for titles or agents?

Free media files you can use

In Great Resources on September 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

Free media files you can use

I am always on the look out for great media.  Great media such as songs, graphics, etc, can inspire or be used to help promote your work.

Today I am introducing you to  a site called Commons Wikimedia.  This site has tons of great media.  Enjoy!

Oh I take check, cash, and great book reviews!

Edulon

How much rejection can you stand?

In On writing on September 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I had an interview for a job the other day, and one of the interviewers revealed that she had received written a book and had received a rejection letter from a publisher/agent.  If I remember correctly she was pretty discouraged over the experience.  My response was that I was willing to accept a 100 rejections before I realized everyone was wrong and I needed to self publish.  🙂

J. K. Rowling also experienced rejection.  Her first book was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript.[43]

What is your tolerance for rejection? How many times can you be told your work is no good?  And will you still give up?

Whats been your experience?

10 mistakes of bloggers.

In Great Resources on September 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

10 mistakes of bloggers.

What are some of the things you do to increase traffic to your site?

A new teaser trailer for my book! :-)

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Chuck Norris Jokes for my Quote of the Week – Gotta love it!

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

lol…love it!

Ain't no rest for the wicked - Philip Wardlow

Here some of  the TOP  Chuck Norris Jokes (Facts)…Yes FACTS ….ladies and gentlemen

1.  Chuck Norris once sold ebay, to ebay, on ebay.
2.   Chuck Norris doesn’t dial the wrong number, you pick up the wrong phone.

3.   Chuck Norris threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded.

4.    Death once had a near-Chuck-Norris experience.

5.   Chuck Norris can do a wheelie on a unicycle.

6.   Chuck Norris can strangle you with a cordless phone.

7.  When Chuck was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: “What is courage?” Chuck received an A+ for turning in a blank page with only his name at the top.

8.  Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

9.  Chuck Norris doesn’t play “hide-and-seek.” He plays “hide-and-pray-I-don’t-find-you.”

10.  Chuck Norris can hear sign language.

11.  Some kids piss their name in the…

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Empower your writing by creating an atmosphere.

In On writing on September 1, 2012 at 5:48 am

In my writing I have learned the power of atmosphere.  That one’s environment can invoke powerful emotions and imagery to your craft.

So what environment do you use to empower your writing?

 en·vi·ron·ment  (n-vrn-mnt, -vrn-)

n.

1. The circumstances or conditions that surround one; surroundings.

2. The totality of circumstances surrounding an organism or group of organisms, especially:

a. The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, and survival of organisms:

So what influences your growth, and development when your write?

I noted a while back while doing a bible study that Gensis makes it clear that God crated an environment conducive to growth.  Then populated it.

Gen 1:10 And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good.
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

So here we see God creates water then fills it with fish.  You see this pattern throughout the first chapter.  He creates an atmosphere first, and then populates it.

I try to fill my ears with music that evokes the images I want to project on the page when I write.

Here’s an example

This music evokes an emotion that I use to capture in my writing.

What music or other ways do you use to power or otherwise create an atmosphere for your writing?

Edulon