No Thanks, Bitly

I write books that include additional web content, and if I put a link into a book, I want a nice, short link that’s easy for a reader to type into a browser. Bitly is a free option out there, but before I put Bitly links in my books (and published them), I looked at their terms and conditions (https://bitly.com/pages/terms-of-service). Here’s the part that made me spit my coffee all over my screen: (Copied from their terms on 11/12/17) “License Grants License to Bitly By submitting User Content through the Services, you hereby do and shall grant Bitly a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable…

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My Self-Editing Checklist – It Might Help You!

Editing is important and challenging. I’ve got about 200,000 words to put through the editing ringer before February. That’s a lot, but it’s okay: I have a plan. Every editing session, I start by reviewing 20 editing ‘rules’ that I find important. The items on the list below don’t have a ton of explanation, but I tried to throw some examples in to help. Also note, I made this list for my own use, so don’t be surprised if it’s a little whacked. Guidelines I review before each editing session: MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE Every line must have a mission and a goal.…

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Copy Editing and Proofreading

I’ve edited Infinite Vampire I: Blood 4 Life about twenty times. I’ve read it probably thirty times, and I’ve sent it out to twenty people to get their feedback on it. And I paid an editor I found on Reedsy to go through it… WOW. I thought it was clean, and there’s so much RED on my pages it’s almost a like a demon rave or something. Lots of suggestions, and all in all I bet they’ll make the book that much more face-punchingly awesome. In a couple weeks I’ll finish Infinite Vampire III: Maelstrom, and then I’ll do one last…

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The Internet Marketing RPG

I’ve spent about 5 or 6 weeks of 12 hour days creating my author platform (my internet marketing platform); and the thing is, I DIDN’T START FROM SCRATCH. I already had a start with a couple websites, a blog, and an email list. In hindsight, it would have helped if someone created a nerdy walk-through of this process… In an effort to add smirks to the faces of the faceless internet, I’ll describe this process, in terms of leveling up — as in game levels and experience points! Welcome Player One to the game: The Internet Marketing RPG! …Hey, you don’t like it? Too bad,…

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