Author Steve Laube

A Big Giveaway for Writers

Periodically, I like to let our readers know about some of the special things we are doing to help teach writers via The Christian Writers Institute (CWI). We love to see Christian writers learn, grow, and succeed in their craft.

As part of that, CWI is offering you a chance to win a Super Bundle Course Giveaway. The best part is that it is free.

This extraordinary giveaway comes with 35 of the best CWI courses, worth over $800 in retail value. This free bundle is the ultimate toolbox for your writing career. You can enter to win here.

THREE people will win the package. ($858 in total giveaways!) Enter soon as the opportunity to enter will end Tuesday (tomorrow) at midnight. Winners will be contacted by March 2nd.

A key word here is “FREE.” There is no cost to you. Only an email address to enter.

Take a moment and enter, or tell someone you know who might benefit from the giveaway. Share with your writers groups, Facebook friends, and any new aspiring writers.

The better we become at our craft, the greater the reach of our words for the glory of God and the growth of His Kingdom on Earth.

 

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Fun Fridays – February 21, 2020

In the 1960s, there were some unusual commercials that would have been widely enjoyed if aired during the current Super Bowl. Enjoy this one from Rice Krispies utilizing a famous opera. You’ll never hear the famous refrain the same way again! See more comments below after you watch the video. …

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Is Yours a Book or an Article?

The title question, “Is yours a book or an article?” comes up on a regular basis with nonfiction authors. Someone has lived an interesting life, survived a horrible disease, lost a precious loved one, suffered terribly (emotionally or physically) and feels led to write their story. But is it a …

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Where Is My Money?

Before I became a literary agent I had no idea how much energy this profession spent being a “collections agent.” Recently someone asked us the following questions (use the green button to the right to ask your question!):

What do you do, as an agent, when a publisher does not pay advances on royalties on time as per their legal contract?

What if a publisher is consistently late (months) saying they have cash flow problems and will pay when they can? Shouldn’t authors be able to count on getting paid the amount and on the date stated in their contract?

Is this common and is there anything that can be done or said regarding what seems to be a breach of contract?

This is an excellent series of questions. The full non-answer is “It depends.” Generally publishers are very good about making the payments according to contracted schedules. The above situation is much more dire and is a good reason to have an agent who know who to talk to inside the publishing house. There are ways to approach the situation that gets results, just remember, “Don’t Burn a Bridge.”

However, there are a few possible reasons that authors should keep in mind before getting impatient with a tardy paycheck.

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Fun Fridays – February 7, 2020

Be prepared for a jaw-dropping video. This is someone who follows their passion. I did think of a comparison to all writers. If each matchstick were a word, then 7.5 million words in 40 years is quite a few books. I suspect some of you have written that many. But …

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Astounding Amazon Statistics

Last week Amazon released their quarterly and annual sales and profit report. If you want to read the entire press release, you can find it at this link: Amazon Press Release.  If printed out it would be about 25 pages of financials. My notes here are to highlight a few …

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Fun Fridays – January 31, 2020

Today’s video was created in 2011. It is a fascinating look at things that have all but disappeared due to technological advances. (What makes this video even more incredible is that it is actually a book trailer.) The question for today is: What other things have disappeared in the last …

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The Editorial Process

It is important to understand the process through which a book takes under the umbrella called “The Edit.” I meet many first timers who think it is just a one-time pass over their words and that is all that will ever happen. And many who self-publish think that hiring a high school English teacher to check for grammar is enough of an edit.

There are four major stages to the Editorial Process. Unfortunately they are called by various names depending on which publisher you are working with, which can create confusion. I will try to list the various terms but keep them under the four categories.

Rewrites / Revisions/Substantive Edit

These can happen multiple times. You could get input from your agent or an editor who suggests you rewrite or revise those sample chapters of the full manuscript. Last year I suggest that one of my non-fiction clients cut the book in half and change its focus. We sold this first time author. But the writer had to do a lot of work to get it ready for the proposal stage.

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Fun Fridays – January 24, 2020 – Puns for Lexophiles

No. These are not original. But they are delightful to read again!
Do you have any you can add?

A Little Bit of Fun for Lexophiles (Lover of Words)

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off?
He’s all right now.

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.

Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.

We’ll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

The math professor went crazy with the blackboard. He did a number on it.

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

If you take a laptop for a run you could jog your memory.

A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.

A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia: The LAN down under.

He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

A calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

A plateau is a high form of flattery.

When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

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