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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Watch for it...there's a little something extra in your future


cj Sez: When I posted on Facebook that I wasn’t having a lot of trouble with social distancing or some quarantine requirements because (as a writer) I’ve been practicing that for years, son replied…”Spread the word, not the germ.” Seems like a motto to me.

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cj Sez:  I've posted about editing before, but the topic is important enough for authors getting ready to publish their masterpiece that I think it bears repeating. 
   Did you ever open a book, read a few chapters and then put it down because of errata, i.e.; those typos, misspellings, and factual errors that drive a pedantic like me crazy. One or two will make me shake my head and pause; a lot of them will stop me in my tracks. That story needed a professional edit, which it did not get before publication.

   Speaking from experience, self-edits and beta readers do not, will not, and cannot catch everything that a professional copy editor will. When I was gainfully employed, one of my report/column-writing rules was to get as many people as possible to read the document…the more eyes on it the better the end product. That wasn’t easy to do because I was on deadline, and my work wasn’t on the top of someone else’s to-do list. But the effort was so worth it.

   And so it is for an author’s manuscript. I want my manuscript to be the best I can make it. I read the document on the computer screen, and because the text looks different when it’s printed, I print a few pages. I’ll find missing commas, periods, or quotation marks that were missed on numerous computer-screen read-throughs.

   Sometimes, I make a copy of the printed page. Copying changes the size of the font again, and I will (too often) find something else to correct. 

   But the end-all for me is to read the pages out loud. You’d be surprised at what you find. Not just spelling or punctuation problems, but whole paragraphs and dialogues that absolutely need editing in order to be coherent.

   My advice: Don’t presume that because you’ve typed “The End,” your manuscript is finished. It needs fresh eyes. Yes, it’s a personal and financial consideration for each author, but please consider hiring a copy editor if you can afford it.

   Caveat: Expect that if your manuscript is accepted by a publisher, their punctuation rules for how they want their publication to look may differ from your copy editor’s input, and there could be more changes to be made.
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Public Service Announcements

Good news during the crisis: The Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

   This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers. However, second quarter estimated tax payments are still due by June 15.


The Alabama Department of Revenue also announced that the income tax filing due date is extended…Read more here: https://revenue.alabama.gov/individual-corporate/due-dates/

   Not in Alabama? Check with your state’s Department of Revenue.

Reminder: The 2020 U.S. Census is ongoing. Your anonymous, honest response matters. The results enable communities to apply for federal funding for health clinics, fire departments, schools, and even roads, highways, and bridges.

   The census results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. In Alabama, the sluggish return threatens the loss of two Congressional seats, according to news media reports. (You can take a look at the actions of our current elected officials and know how important that is. Took me all of ten minutes to complete mine.)


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There's a little Lagniappe (something extra) in your future . . . 

   The authors of the upcoming release, BIENVENUE to the CHATEAU ROUGE, have joined together to give you a little Lagniappe (a little something extra)
   This collection of novellas and short stories gives you a sneak peek at the writers who have stories included in the May release of BIENVENUE to the CHATEAU ROUGE --- it's available for pre-order now. 
Read the teasers here   https://bit.ly/2WNYDtu     

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   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
  
   My paranormal, short story, “Love is Immortal” is included in a new anthology scheduled for release later this spring. Watch for more on the launch of BIENVENUE to the CHATEAU ROUGE on Facebook and Amazon.

  Autographed print copies of my novels CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are available at The Haunted Book Shop. Anthologies in which I have stories, including THE POSSE, the Bienvenue Press Christmas charity series, and the Mobile Writers Guild PIECES series are also available there.

   If the book shop doesn't happen to have a copy of any book(s), by any author that you want, they’ll place an order for you.

   TO ORDER (and support an indie bookstore) contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and an award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice. If you’re in Mobile area, do stop in at the book store; it’s a neat place to browse.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Spring isn’t the only thing that’s sprung, but moving right along…

cj Sez: Lots of stuff to pass along today. Old Man Winter might be hanging on in some parts of the world, but spring in the Northern Hemisphere has officially begun.

   From a Google search: “In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) occurs on Thursday, March 19, which is earlier than it's been in over a century. Astronomically speaking, the first day of spring is marked by the spring equinox, which falls on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. This date not only signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere, it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere.”
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Stay out of trouble
   If you’re doing podcasts, here are some tips to keep you out of legal trouble:
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Info about a historic quarantine from the DAR Museum’s Facebook page ( DAR Museum ):

   “…’tis said that the Schools are all broke up… the offices are almost all shut up— and little business done, —the doors of the Houses where the infection is, are ordrr’d to be mark’d, to prevent any but those that are absolutely necessary from entering— such is the Melancholy and distressing state of our poor City.” (1793, Elizabeth Drinker)

   The yellow fever epidemic of 1793 decimated the city of Philadelphia. It was terrifying in its rapid spread and mortality rate, especially since no one knew how the disease was transmitted. In her diary, Elizabeth records the fear and uncertainty: people fled the city if they could, others grasped at any remedy they heard might prevent sickness, like carrying a rope covered in tar. (FYI: it does not work)  We know now that yellow fever is spread by mosquitos…”
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cj Sez: Looking for something to do during our mandated "self-quarantine and social distancing?"

   A couple of weeks ago, I posted info about a local workshop I attended at the Haunted Book Shop in Mobile, led by visiting international authors Jennifer K. Dick and Lisa Pasold. I recently learned that they have a new blog and are inviting authors to participate…It’s called Self-Quarantine Lines and can be found at https://selfquarantinelines.blogspot.com/  This from Jennifer:  “We are calling on anyone that is interested to ‘post’ their own poems, stories, lines or reactions in comments sections under the pieces that are being posted by authors from around the world (France, Luxembourg, Scotland, England, The USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Israel, etc.). See the ‘About’ explainer at top.”

(cj Sez: Sounds like a fun project!)


   If you have a Mobile (AL) Public Library card, this: LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Register with your MPL card number:   https://libraryaware.com/1ZSAEY

And a P.S. “Temporary library cards are being issued over the phone to area residents. Call one of our locations for more information. Access hundreds of free online resources 24/7 including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable videos, music and audiobooks, databases and more with a library card.” 
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   Complete Schoolhouse Rock Series is available:  https://bit.ly/2UqwqGe
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From Publishers Weekly…

   “In an effort to ensure you’re receiving the support you need to continue doing business during these difficult times, we recently announced that–along with the tools available on publishersweekly.com­–the digital edition of Publishers Weekly magazine will be free until further notice. The latest issue published today and is now available.

You can access your free digital edition of Publishers Weekly here.

…you’ll receive a notification as each new issue is available. If you don’t wish to receive those notifications, going forward, you can unsubscribe.” 

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For artists of all stripes, a Special Announcement about copyright fee changes.
   Effective March 20, 2020, the Copyright Office is changing fees for copyright registration and other services. The fee for online filing of a standard registration will be $65. The filing fee for a registration of one work by a single author with the same claimant, not for hire will be $45. Other fee changes are listed on our website.

The 2020 U.S. Census is ongoing.
   Your anonymous, honest response matters. The results enable communities to apply for federal funding for health clinics, fire departments, schools, and even roads, highways, and bridges.

   The census results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. You can take a look at the actions of our current elected officials and know how important that is.

   Read more here:  Importance of the Data and the Impact in Your Community
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   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on and I’ll try to do the same.

cj

  My paranormal, short story, “Love is Immortal,” is included in a new anthology scheduled for release later this spring. Watch for more on the launch of BIENVENUE to the CHATEAU ROUGE on Facebook and Amazon.

   Autographed print copies of my novels CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are available at The Haunted Book Shop. Anthologies in which I have stories, including THE POSSE, the Bienvenue Press Christmas charity series, and the Mobile Writers Guild PIECES series are also available there.

   If they don’t happen to have a copy of any book(s), by any author that you want, they’ll place an order for you.

   TO ORDER (and support an indie bookstore) contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and an award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice. If you’re in Mobile area, do stop in at the book store; it’s a neat place to browse