Friday, November 19, 2021

Sites with good advice for writers

I subscribe to Jerry Jenkins's site, and yes, without buying anything, unless I genuinely find it worthwhile, I get excellent and reliable information, so I sincerely recommend him!
Here's an email I recently received; yes, I will check it out.

Hi, Marta C.,

Readers love conflict.

Conflict is the engine of fiction. 

Everyone agreeing and the protagonist succeeding at everything may be a worthy goal for real life, but on the page, it’s boring. 

Your main character must face challenges and obstacles that contribute to a dramatic character arc. 

But writing believable conflict can be a challenge in itself. It can feel forced and risk reminding readers they’re reading — instead of captivating them by your story.

To help you, I wrote a blog post covering the six main types of conflict in fiction.

It covers:

  • How to inject conflict into your story 
  • How successful writers have employed each type
  • And more!

Click here to read it now.

https://jerryjenkins.com/types-of-conflict/?inf_contact_key=89db08d82777e111e31e5355e12cf55bf651f238aa2edbb9c8b7cff03e0b16a0

Jerry



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Monday, November 15, 2021

Pets can catch Covid-19 🐶 🐈


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Not just pets but also zoo animals can catch covid.


"While coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mostly spreads from person to person, it can also spread from people to animals.

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses. Some cause cold-like illnesses in people, and others cause illness in animals, such as bats. In addition, some coronaviruses infect only animals. While the specific source of origin isn't known, the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have started in an animal, spread to humans and then spread between people.

Coronavirus in dogs and cats

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a few pets — including cats and dogs — also have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This happened mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Based on the limited available information, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 virus to people is considered low. Animals don't appear to play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no evidence that viruses can spread to people or other animals from a pet's skin, fur or hair.

However, keep in mind that young children, people with weakened immune systems, and people age 65 and older are more likely to get sick from some other germs that animals can carry.

To protect your pet from the COVID-19 virus, don't let your dog or cat interact with people or animals outside your household. For example:

  • Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.
  • When walking your dog, make sure your dog wears a leash and keep your dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible.

If you become sick with COVID-19 and have a pet:

  • Isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet. If possible, have another person in your household care for your pet.
  • Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding with your pet.
  • If you care for your pet or are around animals while you're sick, wear a cloth face covering. Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies. Also, make sure you clean up after your pet.

If you have COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, don't take your pet to the veterinarian yourself. Instead, contact the veterinarian. He or she might offer advice through a virtual visit or make another plan for treating your pet. Testing is only recommended for pets that have symptoms and have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

If your pet tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the same precautions you would if a family member became infected. Aim to isolate your pet in a separate room away from the rest of your family and have your pet stay at home. Wear gloves when you interact with your pet or its food, dishes, waste or bedding. Wash your hands after touching any of your pet's items. Don't put a face covering on your pet and don't wipe your pet with disinfectants, which can be harmful. If your pet develops new symptoms or seems to be getting worse, call the veterinarian.

If your pet becomes ill, there's reason to be hopeful. Of the small number of dogs and cats confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19, some didn't show any signs of illness. The pets that did become ill only experienced mild symptoms and could be cared for at home. None of them died.

If you have questions or concerns about your pet's health and how it can be affected by COVID-19, contact your veterinarian."



https://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/covid-outbreak-hits-lions-tigers-national-zoo.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html



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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Tips for Scoring More Book Reviews and Sales

Like all authors, I want great reviews and a lot of sales. Easier said than done!


It's hard to get readers interested in novels by breakthrough authors and much harder to get good or even bad reviews; I've learned and grown from both. 


When I published The Sylph's Tale, wrote it as a base for a screenplay that won a third-place award and is still in the works, I gave it to family and friends, hoping for reviews that never came. But I did get some good reviews on Amazon and other sites from readers I don't even know! 


What will I do now when I publish On Wings Of Immortals-The Series books? I certainly will not give it away to family and friends, but I will to readers who give me reviews. 


However, it all starts with me! If I want to be a best-selling author, I must make sure that the story and prose are riveting, well written, and edited.


My editors are Word, Grammarly, a couple of friends who are published authors, and my husband, an avid reader with impeccable grammar.


I also read and share articles like this: Fiction University: 5 Tips for Scoring More Book Reviews: Veronica Mixon Part of The Indie Author Series JH: Reviews can make or break a book. Veronica Mixon shares tips on how to encourage more ...






Sunday, October 24, 2021

Protect your work: copyright

Wonder if you should copywriter your work? Read this article by for real and to the point experts. https://www.writersdigest.com/copyrights/can-you-copyright-a-title


Read the article and then go to this link: 
https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/u-s-patent-and-trademark-office


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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Great writing advice

Want some great writing advice that is most of the time free and or for very little?
No, I don't get a commission from Jerry Jenkin, nor have paid for classes, etc. but I go to his site for great information and advice. So, I am sharing his site because it has helped me a lot without ripping me off. 

https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-synopsis/#fiction

https://jerryjenkins.com/learn/tw-quiz-results-4-27/


Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Thursday, May 06, 2021

I need your help!

Ayekah the Damned, first book of Elementals (my four book series) is currently over 69k words, it will be at least 80k words. The next three books are at present over 30K and all are historical/ fantasy/ paranormal: https://www.martacweeks.com/p/on-amazon-on-books2read-warning-this.html

However, I am told the synopsis is too long so I am trying a revised one, please let me know what you think. Than you!

Book one, Ayekah the Damned, starts when Celestials are sent to Earth to witness Creation and the Archagel of Light is Damned after falling for a virgin escaping the First Virgin Survival Rites in a Maya culture marooned in an island. 

After the fall, the Archangel’s name becomes Ayekah; meaning, “what have you done”. The virgin’s name becomes Haya, meaning “life”. From Ayekah and Haya and other virgins, are born generations of angel humans.

The book ends after the Almighties try to destroy all Angel/ Humans. Most of Ayekah and Haya’s descendants are saved by the two headed dragon of eternity that forms the two peaks of Mount Ararat.

The next books start in early modern times and go into the future.
Again thank you, I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards, Marta


Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed! 

Sunday, April 04, 2021

My Easter Poem

ON THE CROSS


Man on the cross on this Easter

Help us recognize that buckled 

Under pompous vulgar leaders

We excused immorality and disdain.


Man on the cross hidden by sashes 

To keep pious signing in praise

Not offended by blood from nails 

Or a crown of thorns.


Help us recall how You

Buckled under lashes of greed

Hung for us to stand strong 

Against borders to build nations.


Not for wigged powdered classes

But for freedom and equality

As You, Moses, Mohamed, Buddha

Rose to give strength and purpose.


For the time has come to end

Rules that topple our nation

And Liberty’s Flame

Under mire and stench.


By @MartaCWeeks 4/17/21




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When and how to put your  characters in peri!

The emotional peril a character faces is just as important as the physical peril.

http://blog.janicehardy

.com/2021/03/4-ways-to-create-emotional-peril-in.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=last_week_on_fiction_university_march_29_april_3&utm_term=2021-04-03


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In the world of struggling writers everything costs $ that most of us don't have, but there's hope. Famous authors such as Jerry Jenkins share, for free, a lot of valuable information. Thank you JJ! Here’s is one of his latest posts, more sign up for his email!


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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Beware of scammers; if it sounds too good to be true, it's false.


If you are an author, podcaster or both and someone makes a too-good-to-turn down offer to be famous and make tons of money, they are the only one making the tons.

I get stuff from many writing, publishing and marketing sites. Have learned to delete the ones who bait me by profiting from making me famous. Why? Isn't that what I want? Not necessarily by dishing out $$$ to scammers.

The genuine ways to publish and or get income in your field and mine is via learning and hard work. For me, that means using ”real sites” and licensed agents. They don't ask for up front fees to teach the ins-and-outs of how they did it and how ”they” can teach me to do it. Don't have elaborate sites with long speeches and glowing lures: they don't need that! They make tons from representing real authors, promoting real sites, etc.

Also, avail yourself to Youtube videos where you can find lots of great advice without dishing out your cash. I was looking at publishing and podcasting and amongst the TONS of offer to teach me how to do it by making them money I found lots of free advice.

So you might ask, but ”how am I going to get known and sell my books, my product, etc.?” Certainly not by paying for said services. In this article from a site I trust are some ideas and useful advice:



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Sunday, January 03, 2021

About “10 Publishing Predictions”


About  Agent Laurie McLean Gives 10 Publishing Predictions for 2021

Thanks for the not-stiff-upper-lip buy the store and you’ll be famous very refreshing article. I do believe that my series will rock and that old gizzards like me who came up from the wild 60/70s and are now retired and writing will rock the publishing industry. We have been there, done that and survived. Amen!




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