Petition to Demand Change in Amazon’s Treatment of eBook Returns

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ImageAmazon’s return policy and how they treat ebooks is completely detrimental and unfair when you consider how Amazon treats other “media items.” To quote Amazon’s return policy: “Media items (for example, movies, music, video games, and software) must be unopened and still in their plastic wrap.”

Why aren’t ebooks treated the same? As a publisher and author of ebooks, we know how Amazon returns can wipeout significant earnings.

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There’s a petition on Change.org to get Amazon to change their policy regarding ebook returns/refunds. Right now too many people are buying ebooks, reading them
within the 7 days allotted for returns, then returning them for a full refund. There are people who cheerfully brag about doing this and see nothing wrong with
it. I and many others see it as another form of piracy. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie published, this policy negatively affects authors’ incomes. If
you’re interested in signing, here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/amazon-kindle-e-book-return-policy-stop-allowing-refunds-on-e-books-after-e-books-have-been-read

And here’s a tweet to help spread the word:
Pls RT Sign & spread the word: #Change.org petition against #Amazon #ebook return policy. http://ow.ly/jATIZ

Who vs. That

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So many words

Martha Punches discusses who vs. that.

Let’s be honest here. How many times have you been reading along, thoroughly enjoying your leisure reading time, and gotten jerked out of your concentration on the hot sex story/murderer being revealed/cliffhanger ending because the author has used THAT instead of WHO? Am I the only one who hates this? Nah, I can’t be.  (Wednesday Writing Tips: Who versus That )

Zombie Blog Hop: ‘Warm Bodies’

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Warm Bodies

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Today is the Zombie Blog Hop at Precious Monsters.  Author Jolie du Pre chats about the new 2013 zombie movie “Warm Bodies.”

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Have you read Warm Bodies by 30 something author Isaac Marion? I haven’t, but I’ve added it to my “Want to Read” list at Goodreads. (I plan to read it after I finish 100 Unfortunate Days and Supernatural Freak.)

Who knows? I may hate it, just like I hated reading Meyer’s Twilight. However, I loved the “Twilight” movies, and based on what I’ve seen from the 2013 movie’s trailer, I’m sure I’ll love the film version of “Warm Bodies,” with the screenplay written by Jonathan Levine, who is also the director. (Read the rest at ‘Warm Bodies’: Upcoming Zombie Movie)

Forget He Said, She Said

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Tiffany Reisz discusses dialogue.

Dialogue between characters creates the melody of a work of fiction. It sets the beat, sets the tone. Is your book masculine and moody? Then your dialogue should be spare and terse like Hemingway’s. Is your book playful and poetic? Then the dialogue in your book should be sprightly and witty. (Read the rest at Guest Author Tiffany Reisz: Forget He Said, She Said – Three Easy Tricks for Better Dialogue )

Do Erotica Authors Watch Porn for Inspiration?

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Author Karenna Colcroft asks erotica writers their thoughts on porn.

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I’ve had several people suggest I watch porn, either for story inspiration or as a visual aid when I’m trying to describe sex scenes. I have to admit, I’ve never done so. Watching porn makes me uncomfortable, to be honest. I feel like I’m watching something I shouldn’t be seeing. Yeah, I have issues.

However, I know a number of authors who do watch porn to inspire them, help with sex scene choreography, or just because they like it. So I took to Facebookland to ask opinions from some of my fellow authors. Here’s what they had to say, quoted with permission. (Read the rest at Porn-spiration)

Zombie Blog Hop at Precious Monsters Blog

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One thing I’ve learned is that even though I love a variety of monsters, zombies are my favorite.  After I’m finished with The M Series, I plan to write a zombie series.  I already know what it will involve, and I’m excited about it.

To celebrate my love of the gory looking walkers, I’m running my first Zombie Blog Hop at my monster blog Precious Monsters.  The December 7th hop is open to everyone, even if you’re not a horror writer or a monster lover.   If you own a blog, and if you can write a blog post about zombies, you qualify!

Jolie

Join the Zombie Blog Hop.

Don’t Say These Things to an Editor

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Editors are often the person you turn to, to protect your image, to ensure that your book is spot on and most of all, to make sure that you’re not missing something because you’re too close.  They’re the new set of eyes that every book *needs* before it’s released.  They’re not mean, and they’re not there to upset you (though, I know every author smarts a little bit after edits, even me).  But, by and large, there are some things that clients say that make us wince. (Read the rest at Five Things Not to Say to an Editor)

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