Author Steve Laube

Book of the Summer 2020

Since today is the first of June and for some marks the beginning of Summer, I want to recommend you read at least one craft book during these months. Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality by Andrew T. Le Peau is that book! He worked for …

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Fun Fridays – May 29, 2020

With every major production there has to be someone “directing.” But it’s always better if that director is excellent, engaging, and entertaining. Enjoy today’s video of one such leader…You simply can’t take your eyes off of him! [If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click …

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Memorial Day

Today in the U.S. we honor the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in the military for our country. It is an important day of remembrance. Some interesting quotes to ponder in light of this day: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should …

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101 Best Websites for Writers

We are pleased to announce that our site has again been named as one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” in the newest issue of Writer’s Digest (May/June 2020). This annual list, now in its 22nd year, is a great resource. This year’s collection has 40 new additions (which …

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Fun Fridays – May 22, 2020

Today’s video is rather startling to watch. Titled Every Covid-19 Commercial Is Exactly the Same, it speaks a lot to the challenge of cliche vs. creativity. If you have some thoughts on how you can avoid sounding like the previous proposal in an agent’s stack or like another author in …

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Fun Fridays – May 15, 2020

What makes this video even more amazing is that the singer released it eleven months ago. Who knew how “timely” it would be in 2020? And he works in a large community hospital as a nurse! [If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the …

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Do You Have a Backup Plan?

by Steve Laube

The question is not if your hard drive will fail, it is a question of when. At least twice a year I have a client who has lost their hard drive to equipment failure. There was a recent story of an editor at Wired magazine who got hacked via a security hole in his Amazon and Apple accounts. He not only lost data, he lost all the digital pictures of his baby girl. He wrote the article as a cautionary tale. As the editor admits, he knew better, but did not follow his own advice. So my question to you is, “Do you have a backup plan?”

Hit the Save Button Regularly

Many think that just hitting the “save” button is enough. Sorry. That only saves the file to your local computer. And if that computer fails, you are toast. While hitting the save button helps with immediate things it isn’t a long term solution. What if someone steals your laptop while you turned your back to refresh your drink at the coffee shop?

Save to an External or Portable Backup Device or E-mail Service

Keeping your files on an external drive or a USB thumb drive is okay. But what if you lose the thumb drive (they are so small!)? Or what if you forget to take the external drive with you…and your computer is stolen from your office, along with the external drive?

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Fun Fridays – May 8, 2020

As things begin to resume, there are some things where bargain shopping is not a good idea. Day care is one of these. Enjoy today’s satirical video for a day-care service that had unexpected results! [If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the headline …

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