I'm an Ethical Author... Are You??? #EthicalAuthor #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor

#ethicalauthor An Author Program Facilitated by the Alliance of Independent Authors (“Author” being any writer who has published a long-form work of fiction or......
  • N. N. Light
    N. N. Light 2 days ago
    Thanks Brenda, I found it online and thought it was worth sharing. I have always been an ethical author. Now I have a cute badge to support my beliefs.

    Hey Kim, I agree with you on the reciprocal reviews. I must have missed that one. When I review something, I give my honest opinion, no matter what. While I try to find positives, if a book is not to my liking, I will explain why. I will not use attacking words but will be truthful. It's all I ask from people who review my book, Princess of the Light. :)
  • Kim Headlee
    Kim Headlee 2 days ago
    Most of these points are excellent. I do take exception to the code developers' position on one clause, however: reciprocal reviews. I have been a professional reviewer (i.e., I was paid by a magazine to write reviews, which I did for movies and stage plays, as well as books), and as such I believe that the practice of reciprocal reviews is borderline unethical at best -- though I understand why authors are attracted to the concept in this climate of needing to distinguish our works by the sheer volume of reviews they engender. And, that said, I do on rare occasions review works for friends, but it's a slippery slope for me. (Many of my professional reviews are reprinted with permission via my Goodreads author account, if you're curious. I am usually =very= tough but, I like to think, fair. :)
  • Brenda Lee
    Brenda Lee 2 days ago
    Absolutely I am! I think this is a fabulous idea!
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    Piracy and Effect (See what I did there?)

    I'm not going to go on some long ranting diatribe about piracy, torrent sites, cockroaches, and so on. I'm not going to call names, point fingers, post links, or mutter......
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  • Bethany-Kris
    Bethany-Kris 1 day ago
    The nerve indeed.
  • elodie parkes
    elodie parkes 2 days ago
    Totally empathize. My work is pirated so much I've given up trying to fight it. Great post.
  • Susan Coletta
    Susan Coletta 2 days ago
    WOW. The nerve of some people.
  • Bethany-Kris
    Bethany-Kris 2 days ago
    Thanks. I thought it was a different way of saying something that keeps get repeated,, but no one seems to hear. Thought I'd put my two cents in there as well.
  • Kayelle Allen
    Kayelle Allen 3 days ago
    Oh boy do I ever hear you on this. Well said.
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    5 Important Reasons to Keep a Journal

      "If you're serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don't trust your......
  • Andrea
    Andrea 2 days ago
    Great article! Especially great to write a journal to reduce stress:)
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  • Andrea
    Andrea 2 days ago
    Great article!
  • Alli Polin
    Alli Polin 2 days ago
    I don't journal so I love reading about the reasons to start the habit...
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    5 Delightful Responses For People Who Complain, Criticize, And Hate On Your Blog by @OlyviaMedia

      By Erika Madden | Featured Contributor   Does responding to negative blog comments scare you? Anger you? Give you an itchy delete button? How do you go about......
  • John Yeoman
    John Yeoman 3 days ago
    This is excellent advice, Erika. (And I posted this comment at your blog.) In my youth, I ran the Complaints Dept at a big UK retailer. The complaints sequence was: I hear what you say, I understand your feelings, in your place I’d feel exactly the same, and here’s what I’m going to do to address the issue. Immediately. But we should never say ‘You’re right’. That makes the vendor legally liable.

    But some complainants/trolls can never be placated. At that point, we go into Broken Record: ‘Thank you for your response. I refer you to my last communication’.

    Ultimately, silence is the cruelest weapon to inflict upon a troll. They’ll trot off to find another victim
  • Kayelle Allen
    Kayelle Allen 3 days ago
    excellent advice for any blogger. haters are out there. good to have a plan for handling them.
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    Fallen is a Featured Read at Wattpad

    Fallen Is love enough to make a bad vampire turn good? Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the......
  • Stacy Claflin
    Stacy Claflin 2 days ago
    Thank you, Brenda! I'm thrilled to have been picked. :)
  • Brenda Lee
    Brenda Lee 2 days ago
    Congratulations Stacy! That's fabulous!
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    White Noise: Silent Winter Landscapes

    Fine art photographer Vassilis Tangoulis is known for visually dramatic yet silent black and white landscape photography collections. One that may hit home with you at......
  • Mei and Kerstin
    Mei and Kerstin 1 day ago
    Wonderful! And you're right: as kids, we all used to play in the snow all day long, and only felt cold when grownups told us that it was cold! Let's hope that Tangoulis' photos will encourage everyone not to forget to be a kid from time to time, and to get out to enjoy the beautiful winter landscapes!
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    A Thanksgiving Love Letter to Writers...and the Indie Revolution

    My blog posts are usually for readers, not writers, but in the light of the coming Thanksgiving holiday I thought I’d make a bit of an exception. That’s not to say......
  • Victoria Dougherty
    Victoria Dougherty 2 days ago
    Amen, Pauline. What is great about new authors is that they don't know how good they have it. True, we have to learn the art of social media, but it's better than someone else having control over your career, i.e. if your book bombs.
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  • Victoria Dougherty
    Victoria Dougherty 2 days ago
    Amen, Pauline!
  • Pauline Baird Jones
    Pauline Baird Jones 2 days ago
    A very lovely letter and so true! I came into this in the bad old days when it was common to hear other authors say, "Why should I train my replacement?" It is indeed a glorious time to be writer and a reader.
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    New #Book Release ~ SOLEIL by @LainieSuzanne ~ The Nexus Series #2

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  • LoveBites AndSilk
    LoveBites AndSilk 2 days ago
    It is very classy. Thank you for commenting, Brenda. Enjoy your day.
  • Brenda Lee
    Brenda Lee 2 days ago
    I love this cover. Very classy!
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    New #Book Release: Compulsive Fascinations by N. Isabelle Blanco @Nyddi #Giveaway

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  • LoveBites AndSilk
    LoveBites AndSilk 3 days ago
    She certainly does. Thank you for reading and commenting, Braine.
  • Braine Supie
    Braine Supie 3 days ago
    Oh I love her!!! She writes super sexy stuff :D
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    Interconnecting Your Social Media Accounts - Good or Bad?

    Do you notice how many people share their content on various social networks and link their social media accounts together? One of my pet peeves are the ones who share......
  • Thad Puckett
    Thad Puckett 1 day ago
    I may be the only person like this, but I tend to not connect my social media life. I do that because my "persona" is a bit different on each. Facebook is more friend oriented (as in people who know me or whom I know personally if not closely). LinkedIn is my career focused social network, while Twitter is the "crowd", wild and more anonymous in nature.

    Great post by the way.
  • Carol M Biederman
    Carol M Biederman 1 day ago
    Great information Lisa. I use Buffer a lot, but never thought about the interconnections between the different social media.
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    7 Ways to Travel Without Going Anywhere

    I'm sitting here watching the steam rise out of the coffee mug in my hand, trying not to look out my window. Everything out there is covered in snow. Not the light......
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  • Mandie
    Mandie 2 days ago
    Thanks a lot guys - I had fun writing it. :)
  • VroomVroomVroom
    VroomVroomVroom 2 days ago
    From the video games to the staycation -- and that kitty! -- I really enjoyed this article. Well done. Sharing it on Twitter.
  • Cyra @ Gastronomic Nomad
    Cyra @ Gastronomic... 3 days ago
    Great post! :) I'll be sharing this one.
  • Sabina
    Sabina 3 days ago
    I really enjoyed this post girl! Thanks for sharing :)
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  • Sabina
    Sabina 3 days ago
    Loved this girl!!!
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    Commit to the Ethical Author Code #ethicalauthors

    Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:? A couple of weeks ago the Alliance of Independent Authors announced the establishment of an......
  • Brenda Lee
    Brenda Lee 3 days ago
    Good idea John! I didn't realize that.
  • John Yeoman
    John Yeoman 3 days ago
    It's a great idea, and I'm signing up, but I've queried ALLI as to why - when we publish the logo on our site - it doesn't click through to a summary of what the logo means. I await ALLI's clarification!
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    A bird's eye view of London from St Paul's

    528 steps to climb, 280 feet off the ground, or in metric, 85.4 metres up, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral in London would not be complete without seeing the view from......
  • Kathryn Burrington
    Kathryn Burrington 3 days ago
    Thanks @VroomVroomVroom that's really appreciated. And thank for the invite but to be honest, I don't really use Triberr much so I'd only be dead weight.
  • VroomVroomVroom
    VroomVroomVroom 3 days ago
    Gorgeous shots. Made me a bit dizzy! Sharing with our Twitter followers via Triberr.
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    Wordless Wednesday ~ I'm an Aunty!!!!

    After Nine Months, please let me introduce you to….. My name is Jennifer, I'm 31 years old, married to my University sweetheart and I'm a working mother of 3. 1 Heart,......
  • Saanvi Roy
    Saanvi Roy 1 day ago
    Hi Jenn,
    Hope you are doing well.I liked your intro.Congratulations.
  • Amberr Meadows
    Amberr Meadows 1 day ago
    CONGRATULATIONS!! Cheers to new life and blessings prayers for the good health of mom and baby!
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  • Nicole King
    Nicole King 2 days ago
    Congrats!
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    Clover's Story - Hello, Fate!

    Here, friends, is post #3 (of 5), telling the adoption story of border collie puppy, Clover. When we left off yesterday, I’d just hit SEND on an adoption application......
  • Roxanne Hawn
    Roxanne Hawn 2 days ago
    Thanks, Pamela. Some readers were desperate for the whole story at once, so I posted that on the site as well, but it's on a secret page ... and people had to email me privately to get the link. I figured that way people could choose to follow the story piece by piece or read the whole LONG thing at once.
  • Pamela Douglas Webster
    Pamela Douglas... 2 days ago
    I love the way you're telling Clover's story. It's so engaging and I can't wait for the next installments.
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