Link of the Week – Plagiarism

February 26, 2019

So…plagiarism… It sucks on so many levels. Most in Romancelandia are very aware of the latest scandal—an “author” who has lifted whole paragraphs from other authors’ works, had them cobbled together, packaged into her “own” books and put up for sale on Amazon. And of course, once her dirty little secret was exposed, she blamed others and disappeared. Today’s link of the week will get you up to speed in what originally happened and what small ways we can help prevent this from happening.

Where it broke: Courtney Milan

http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2019/02/18/cristiane-serruya-is-a-copyright-infringer-a-plagiarist-and-an-idiot/

Nora Robert’s weigh-in

http://fallintothestory.com/not-a-rant-but-a-promise/

Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Perspective

https://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/so-weve-gotta-talk-about-this-plagiarism-thing/

 

Here is a link to a site that checks for plagiarism and helps prevent theft and fraud. I haven’t used them yet, but I plan to.

https://www.copyscape.com/

 

 

There is also Fakespot, which “will ensure you get the most up to date and relevant information to make your online shopping experience as safe and trustworthy as possible.” This will help in culling out the fake from real products.

https://www.fakespot.com/about

Sad that people continue to profit off of others’ blood, sweat and tears (lots of tears) to make a quick buck.


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2019

January 8, 2019

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to kick your writing into high gear. WHOOO HOOO!

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2018, thru February 28, 2018–the much-anticipated NINTH Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts. And it’s FREE!

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Did I mention SPRINTS! Yes, I did! Regular sprints are held in our cozy RUBY CHAT ROOM.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

 


Link of the Week – Persona Poem

May 16, 2017

One of my Ruby sisters, Shelley Coriell, has an awesome and simple characterization trick which really hones in on a character’s goal/motivation/conflict. The eight-line Persona Poem is a quick exercise meant to draw out your characters and make them dimensional, no rhyming necessary. I’d never heard of this technique and just had to share it on MuseTracks.

I think you’ll find this as handy as I do.

Check out the blog post on The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood.

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/character-the-heart-of-great-story/

 


Link of the Week – Holiday Contests

December 6, 2016

Holidays contests are under way! Here is your chance to nab you some goodies.

I am running a Goodreads contest for a free paperback copy of Dead Man’s Kiss.

JenniferBrayWeber_DeadMansKiss_HRThe blurb:

Forced to make a bargain…
One drunken night in Cuba lands Captain Valeryn Barone in a life or death situation. To escape the gallows, Valeryn must agree to a bargain only a fool would make: Escort the tempting and tenacious niece of his captor across the Caribbean or lose his ship, his crew and his life! The caveat? The beautiful Spanish woman must remain untouched for the entire voyage.

Determined to get what she wants…
Catalina Montoya will stop at nothing to get what she wants—even when trouble is certain. Sent to live with her uncle after a scandalous affair, Catalina intends to concentrate on her dream to become a renowned naturalist. She never expected her uncle would send her with a notorious pirate to further her studies. Worse, she never expected to want the devilishly handsome pirate more than anything else.

It’s a battle of wills…
Now Catalina only has 8 weeks to seduce Valeryn and collect her specimens before he returns her to her uncle. And Valeryn has 8 weeks to secure his redemption. Except neither would be that lucky. Not when ruthless enemies threaten to destroy them at every turn. Can Valeryn save those that foolishly depend on him? Can he resist Catalina’s heart? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?

Enter the contest below!

 

Dead Man's Kiss by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Dead Man’s Kiss

by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Giveaway ends December 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/212767-dead-man-s-kiss

 

rubycookieexchangeBut that’s not all! The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood is having a Ruby Cookie Exchange. Not only can you collect luscious cookie recipes, you could win a grand prize of a $150 gift card! Plus, there are opportunities all along the hop to win more prizes. Yours truly is participating! You can stop by my website starting the 8th for a chocolatey treat plus a $10 Amazon gift card. www.jbrayweber.com

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/announcing-the-ruby-holiday-cookie-exchange-hop-starting-december-8/

 


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2016

January 11, 2016

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to get your writing groove on.

rss_winterfestival-participant-badge-2016-300x150Through the bleakest part of winter–January 11, 2016 thru February 29 2016–the much-anticipated SIXTH Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts.

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Get more detailed details  at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog on the Opening Ceremony here.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/opening-ceremonies-2016-ruby-slippered-sisterhood-winter-writing-festival/

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/goal-setting-advice-for-the-winter-writing-festival-2/

http://www.rsswwf.com/

http://www.rsswwf.com/about/


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival

January 6, 2015

rss_winterfestival-participant-badge-2015It’s baaaack. But that is a good thing! It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to dive into a avalanche of writing productivity with goals and rewards you set, sprints, loads of encouragement, and prizes to gather along the way. It’s a super-charged writing challenge that has been wildly popular. And we are in it’s FIFTH year! How cool is that?

So what exactly am I talking about?

Through the bleakest part of winter–January 12, 2013 thru March 2–the much-anticipated FIFTH Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning, with support, advice, inspiration, frequent live chats, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot-chocolate (or virtual champagne or virtual cookies) as you please. ‘Cause nobody’s Muse can resist a party!

Here’s the beauty part: unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help.

Check out the details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/get-ready-for-the-winter-writing-festival-2015/

http://www.rsswwf.com/

http://www.rsswwf.com/about/


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival

January 7, 2014

rss_winterfestival-badge1Craving some serious writing productivity this winter? Need to clean up the mess you left in the second half of your Golden Heart full entry? Want to finally, finally fix that pesky plot hole in your WIP? The Rubies have your back!

Through the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2013 thru the end of February–the much-anticipated Third Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning, with support, advice, inspiration, frequent live chats, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot-chocolate (or virtual champagne or virtual cookies) as you please. ‘Cause nobody’s Muse can resist a party!

Read more HERE!

Get ready for the Festival and read goal-setting advice HERE!


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival

January 15, 2013

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What better way to kick of the new year than with a link that is sure to get your writing juices flowing.

Every year, my sisters at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood puts on a fabulous writing challenge sure to fit ANY schedule. The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! We Rubies made sure this challenge is not only doable, it’s fun! Our festival kicks starts you creativity, offers support, advice inspiration, chats, sprints, and PRIZES! It’s a 50 day PAR-TAY!

For the details, follow the link!

I will see you there!

http://www.rsswwf.com/


Link of the Week

January 10, 2012

This week’s link is to the Second Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood
Winter Writing Festival! Is this shameless plugging? Well, yeah.

http://rsswwf.com/

So what is the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival? It’s a writing challenge custom made just for you! 50 days  from January 11th through the end of February to write, edit, brainstorm, polish, format, or whatever the little author in you needs or wants to do.

The RSSWWF work with a “point” system, and YOU decide the terms for earning your point each day. And you define what it takes to earn that point.

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination) you can make it work for you.

Here are some examples of the sorts of things you might define as worth one
point (you fill in the variables according to your needs) :

-writing X number of words or pages
-deep revising Y number of pages
-polishing Z number of pages
-freewriting / brainstorming for Q number of minutes/hours
-doing R number of 20-minute writing sprints
-keeping butt in chair and hands on keyboard for S number of hours

Another example of how one person might commit to earning points according to the following terms:

-writing 500 words per day OR
-deep revising 10 pages per day OR
-doing a final polish on 25 pages per day
-participating in an hour of writing sprints

Any day that person meets ANY of those goals, she gets a point.

There’s no falling of the wagon either. You can get points for slacking, too.

This isn’t a competition, it’s a supportive process for MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR WRITING.

For more info, visit the website.  Oh, and there will be swag tiven away, too, so check it out.

http://rsswwf.com/


Tracking Word Counts Made Easy

February 2, 2011

Song of the Day: Firework by Katy Perry

Writers know that there is great satisfaction in meeting and exceeding word count goals. It’s an accomplishment, no matter how big or small, that makes us feel good about our progress. Every word is one more word than the last and brings us closer to the manuscript’s final words ‘the end’.

When participating in challenges such as the madness of NaNoWriMo or The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival, word count benchmarks are essential. An author can waste time figuring up how far they’ve come or how far they’ve got to go.

That’s one reason I enjoy using tools that help me keep track of my progress visually. My choice of tracking device is called Write Track, created by fellow writing daredevil, David Gale. The Write Track is a tracking system custom fit to any author’s need. The writer creates a pre-planned schedule based on their current goals, even as those goals fluctuate. This super easy program has a bar graph to show progress and a calendar which breaks up word counts for each day of the schedule.

Jenn - I would love nothing more than for you to accompany me to my next movie premier. 🙂

Let’s use the Rubies’ Winter Writing Festival as an example. I proposed that I would write 500 words everyday of the challenge. That’s 17,500 words total. Each calendar day will show my goal to be set at 500 words. If I write 1000 words instead of the target 500 words, the calendar adjusts my minimum word count goals lower for the remaining days left in the challenge and I watch my graph grow.

But wait! What if I don’t meet my word count goal? Life happens. The washing machine breaks and a whole day is wasted cleaning up and waiting on the plumber. Or a child gets the flu. Or the MIL makes a surprise visit. Or you have a blog (wink, wink) Poof! The day is gone. The word count is ka-put. No worries, my time-impaired friend. The Write Track calendar will readjust the minimum word count, spreading it out over the rest of the challenge to meet your targeted goal. How cool is that?

Plus, you can give each day a weight. Say Gerard Butler has asked me to be his date for a fancy-smancy movie premier in Cannes next Saturday. (Shh – Let’s not tell DH about this fantasy.) I’ll not be meeting my word count that day. (A girl can dream, right?) Instead of writing 100% of my word count for Saturday, I can give that day a weight of 0%. If I know in advance certain days will not receive my full attention, I can assign those days a weight of 25%, 50%, 75%, or whatever. The tracker will adjust the word count totals for the rest of the calendar accordingly. This makes managing goals guilt-free when daily objectives are not met.

The bottom line? The Write Track can be tailor made for any author. Whether for compulsive writing challenges or maintaining a steady pace on a WIP, a tool that tallies your word count progress can make reaching goals easier and more gratifying.

Hop on over, explore the sight, and give it a shot.