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    An Amazon book store has been added to the site. You should see a new button link added to the main toolbar. If any active members have work published on Amazon and would like it included please send Cran a PM with details.

    by Published on April 23rd, 2014 12:08 AM

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    Q - If I post my artwork, story or poem here, does that mean I'm "published"?

    Good question.

    We suggest that if you plan to submit your work to an agent or publisher, then you should consider posting in the Members' Only Workshops. If your work is a novel, then only post excerpts rather than entire chapters.

    The advice from the author’s submission service, Writer’s Relief is -
    Is work considered previously published if I post it on a blog, Web site, large social-networking site, or online literary journal?
    If you’ve posted your writing on any of the above sites, it is generally considered previously published.

    Is my work considered previously published if I post it in a writing forum or Web board?
    If the forum or Web board is private and intended for the purposes of encouraging feedback or community support, then most editors and literary agents will consider the work unpublished. But just in case, you may want to take it down once you’ve received feedback so it doesn’t appear online.

    If the forum in question is public (that is, if nonmembers can see what you’ve written), then your work will likely be considered previously published...

    Generally speaking, it’s okay to publish excerpts online, as long as they are on the short side (relative to the work in question). - Writer’s Relief (http://writersrelief.com/blog/2013/1...ished-writing/)

    The situation for artworks, according to AIGSF* –
    Unfortunately, there is no consensus yet on whether posting a work online qualifies as a legal “publication.” The Copyright Office has refused to offer an opinion. Some people think posting online qualifies as publication because it allows multiple people in multiple locations to view the work at the same time, which is analogous to print publication. Also, in fact your computer technically makes a “copy” of the work when it displays the web page…

    However, the law is clear that unauthorized copying does not count as a legal publication. Therefore, if you post your work with a copyright notice (and, for good measure, a clear statement that it may not be copied without your permission), there’s a good argument that you have not made copies of your work available to the public, and thus your posting is not a legal “publication.”

    An illustration that’s been posted online for the purposes of peer review and critique doesn’t affect the marketplace for printed books. You have not given anyone a license to print the illustration in a commercial way, and there will be nothing out there in the marketplace to compete with the publisher’s book. Thus I don’t understand why publishers would consider such online postings to be a problem, especially if it is a relatively private forum, as opposed to on your website where the entire public can view it. In my practice, I have not personally encountered such an objection from a publisher. - AIGSF*
    (http://aigasf.org/community/legaliti...as_publication)

    * The San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, is one of the largest and most active in the country, representing over 1,600 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion, and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area.



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    Below the advanced dialog box, you'll find more options, including [Disable smilies in text] which is very handy if your work includes brackets. (Cran)



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    by Published on August 2nd, 2013 04:08 AM

    [originally posted by Olly Buckle in The Writers' Lounge]

    Piglet's Picks

    Some of these are good threads, some good posts, they are all things which strike us as useful, or at least worth a look at.

    Beware some contain off-site links over which we have no control, follow them on your own initiative.

    I have called it “Piglet’s picks” because Piglet from Portugal has done most of the grunt work (Blame amsawtell for the pun, it was to good to miss) seeking out these posts, thank you PiP. I have simply put them in order of the boards on which they appear.

    If you see anything you think worthy of adding to this list please post it below or notify me of it and I will edit it in.

    Keep an eye on the thread, people are passing stuff on all the time, a new post is usually a new link, go to the post and you will not have to read through the list to see what's new since you last looked.

    Posting and Critiquing
    The Dark Art Of Posting
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    Strange Uncle George's Tips and Tactics
    Reviewers' Handbook

    Techie Stuff
    How to make symbols with keyboard.
    Stuff You May Not Know How To Do
    Formatting for Kindle DeMystified

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    Copyright Basics
    Writing Advice from Thirty Published Authors
    World Building Interview
    D.I.Y Publishing

    Writing - Hints and Tips
    Homonym confusions!
    Advice to those writing long stories(especially if using multiple POV's)
    Clear and Concise
    Compound Adjectives
    Letters of Note: You've got to sell your heart
    World Building Interview
    The Balance between Detail and Imagination (This is a thread from writing discussions about balance in a piece, there are some excellent replies throughout, but post 18 determined it's place here.)

    Poetic Discussion - Hints and Tips
    On critiques and replies
    Basics of Free Verse Poetry
    What the reader expects
    Teach me Metaphor
    Writing A Poem Based On A Picture
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    Other Useful Resources (off-site)
    Perfect Pitch (Book Publishers Accepting Submissions by Category)
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    A Guide to Verse Forms aimed at the would-be Poet/
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    Encyclopedia of Mythology (should be useful to fantasy writers)


    [Reorganised by the original Piglet, PiP]
    by Published on July 31st, 2013 12:22 AM

    [originally posted by Sam in Site News & Announcements]

    Guide to Staff Ranks

    For new members of any site, it can be a daunting experience when you don't know the customs of the forum you've just joined. Most places encourage members to contact the staff if they have queries, but when you have six hundred staff members and fifteen different ranks to choose from, where the heck do you even start?
    ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2013 06:22 PM

    (originally posted by Sam and garza)


    Sam: It's a little complicated, but here goes:

    First, use the square brackets to start. [ Next, type the letters 'url=www.writingforums.com' ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2013 06:15 PM
    Article Preview

    (Originally posted by moderan)

    It's pretty simple-the forum software has the facility.

    Simply select the posts to answer, using the icon at the extreme lower right of ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2013 05:41 AM

    (First Posted by Bazz Cargo)

    The Dark Art Of Posting.

    Hello.

    Gleaned from the steady application of making mistakes,
    ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2013 05:30 AM

    (Edited from a post by eleutheromaniac)

    Copyright Basics

    An idea is not protected by copyright; copyright protects only the unique and original presentation of that idea once produced in a tangible or recordable form.


    "Anytime that you create a creative, copyrightable work and it is fixed on a tangible medium (ie, paper, videotape, etc...) it is copyrighted. You don't have to register the work to have copyright protection, although registration brings other benefits such as the immediate right to sue and potential statutory damages, notwithstanding actual damages. So in sum, once you create it, it is copyright protected." - FindLaw for Legal Professionals | Law & Legal Information


    See Also:
    Fair Usage or Theft (Mike C)

    Copyright term and Public Domain. Note: Just because something is considered public domain shouldn't give one the right to pillage it at will without giving some due credit to the original source. Call it 'Writer's Etiquette'.

    U.S. Copyright Office

    UK Copyright law

    Austrialian Copyright law

    Canadian Copyright

    PS - You can make the copyright symbol by holding down alt and then typing 0169 on the number pad.
    by Published on April 11th, 2013 01:19 AM

    Strange Uncle George's Tips and Tactics
    For The Literary Maneuvers Contest



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    by Published on April 6th, 2013 02:54 PM

    This site looks pretty good, sounds like the person is a literary agent and offers links to information.
    I have only ...
    by Published on April 6th, 2013 02:45 PM

    Ex-RAAF engineering officer, and Australian fiction writer, Peter McLennan owns and manages The Australian Writers' Forum.
    • The forum is for fiction and non-fiction writers
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    Anniversary Challenge ...
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    A big thank you to everyone who participated and
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    Reminder of the prizes awarded to the winner. ...
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    Our guest on the 8th November will be Marsha Friedman.

    For the past 23 years, Marsha has been at the helm
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    by Published on October 27th, 2012 01:49 AM

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    by Published on October 17th, 2012 02:19 PM

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    by Published on October 1st, 2012 04:03 AM

    LITERARY MANEUVERS
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    A reminder of the prizes awarded to the winner of the LM.

    ...