Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Watch what you say and watch what you do.


Watch what you say and watch what you do.

Tolerance  - Toleration and tolerance are terms used in social, cultural and religious contexts to describe attitudes and practices that prohibit discrimination against those practices or group memberships that may be disapproved of by those in the majority.
So I’ll go a bit further and say that speaking, writing or acting in a way that will offend others are not acceptable. AND, that as a person in the public eye, and now that you’ve written a book, a story, a poem and placed your work here in these magazines you are, that you should hold yourself to a higher purpose and level.

I can’t tell you how many times I have written emails in response to authors and their actions, behavior or manner of speech. Those same emails are deleted and a new one is written. The process? Is just to get the anger off my chest and out of the way. I will also admit that I’m not perfect, yet do my best to not say things that will offend others and place me and my company in a bad light.

Having said that – I recently read a post on one of the BRP writer's Facebook page. And who would have thought that Facebook would be such a place of misunderstanding or a place of false courage and strength for the writer? Back to the point. This author decided to place a post, yes on his personal page, that the world is growing more and more homosexual and that we should all hate this as well as all homosexuals.
Now I’m not here to tell you what to think, to debate the role of homosexuals in the world or if you should comply with the writer's thought and become a homosexual. What I am here to tell you is that you’re living in 2019. That you are working with a publishing house that is open and accepting to ALL individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or whether or not they pick their nose.

So, to write something like that literally goes against all that we here at BRP believe in.

My response – was to remind this writer that they are seen by more people than just those that are within their 10 miles radius. That social media isn’t always the place to offer such statements as this will offend your possible audience. And sorry, but yes, you’re now a business and businesses typically don’t act this way.

His response – This is my Facebook page I can post what I want.

Agreed – but when you start to lose followers – you start to lose sales – this may be one of the reasons why.

His response – This is my Facebook page I can post what I want. And I think that in a year I want to cancel my contract and have someone else publish my next book.

My response – cool – but why wait. If you are unhappy with BRP because we are cautioning you against offending others – cool – we can cancel your contract now. There is no need to continue and have you have another year of being unhappy.

Yep – you guessed. He changed his tune. Unfortunately for him, I did not.

Somewhere along that way people, this guy, got it in his head that we are here to serve him. Let me correct that – we are a team, therefore, we don’t serve you or him – we work with you. If you see it differently, then this not the place for you.

Every time I speak to a new author I tell them that we are working together to make them and their book a success. That we as a team will come up with marketing ideas together that will hopefully move their book forward.

Keyword – TEAM

May I say that again – TEAM!

Breaking Rules Publishing doesn’t take orders from their authors – we work with them. Breaking Rules Publishing doesn’t give orders to our authors – we work with them. So when you have someone who sees you as someone beneath them it is best to cut the ties and let them go.

And now it gets better.

After giving him what he wanted he thought it best to reach out to some of our other authors and do his best to trash me and the company.

If I have to explain why this behavior is childish and unprofessional – then we have an even greater problem.

The point of this rant – just be kind to people.  Just be understanding with people and their views and for crying out loud – realize that you’re a business now – and I’m sorry to say – you’re going to have to act like one.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Everything that is new


Hey Guys –

So today I wanted to talk to you about a few things that are happening at BRP.

First up –

The new issue of The Scribe Magazine. As you may or may not know, The Scribe is packed full of short stories, poetry, writing advice. Tales of writers and how they got started. Some marketing ideas – why you should be journaling – how to start a blog – even a podcast. We have a couple of permanent columns as well as advertise as many of our writers in inventory as the interior will allow. You can subscribe or buy the magazine outright. Just hit up our website at www.breakingrulespublishing.com

Also – we are currently taking submissions for our November issue as well as a holiday issue in December. The great news is that come January 2020 – the magazine will be a monthly periodical.






Second –

We have decided to add a couple of new faces to the periodical department of BRP – which simply means that we are opening up two new magazines – Horror and Triangle Writers. Our hope is that the focus is obvious – if not then I’ll help you. Horror is just what you are thinking – any short story or poem that is in the Horror/Thriller/Paranormal genres. The second is Triangle Writers – for years the triangle has been associated with a safe place for the LGBT community. So we have put forth a new magazine that will house short stories and poems that are written by our about the LGBT community.

If you are looking to submit a story or poem to either of our three magazines, please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com. You can also pick up a copy on our website or certainly set up a subscription. These magazines are also going to be monthly starting in November.


Next UP –

We are currently planning our first of many 3 day writing retreats. The date is November 8th. We will have another in the Spring and Summer months. Keep an eye out. If you’re interested please feel free to contact us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com or visit our website.

Join us for a 3 Day Writing Retreat in picturesque Sheffield, MA. The event will be held at the 1802 House - Bed and Breakfast in Sheffield.

The weekend will be filled with private and guided writing time, lectures, workshops, a field trips to the Herman Melville Museum, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Attendees will also get a lovely one of a kind journal created by our artist in residence, David Rule, information on how to get published, editing and much more.

All meals, wine, and lodging are included in the price. Payment plans are available upon request.

Interested? Please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com

3 Day Retreat - $50 non-refundable deposit
3 Day Retreat - Lodging – meals and wine included - $375
3 Day Retreat - Lodging Not Included but your meals and wine are - $275

And lastly –

We are now taking submissions for our 4th Short Story Book Project. The Deadline is Jan 15th – the release date is Feb 1st. Just in time for Valentine’s Day – and yep – you guessed it – the theme is

Love Is Love.

We are accepting short stories that are 30 pages or less – single-spaced and in a 8.5 x 11 format. No header – no footer and properly edited, please. All writers involved will receive a royalty package. A portion of the BRP proceeds will go to help fund the Roy Jeffers Scholarship Fund.

That should do it for now.

Thanks for stopping by.



As always, Breaking Rules Publishing is accepting submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Things Are Coming -


Hey Everyone - 

I would like to take a moment thank you all for your participation, support and trust in Breaking Rules Publishing. 

To date, this has mostly been a one-man show. Since its inception, BRP has published 84 books from 72 authors from the US – Canada, Scotland, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Australia, India, and Jamaica. 

We have created a bi-monthly magazine, The Scribe (more about that later) and we will  be publishing our 4th Short Story Book Project book on Oct31st. 

We are offering editing services as well as cover art services. 



Thank you, David Rule, for the image for the cover image.

And on Nov 8th we will have our first 3 day writers retreat. And we have also just hired a little bit of help.

So - a lot has happened. But – there is more to do. We are hoping to reach the 100 mark with our books published, (so if you have any new submissions – we’re ready to hear from you again.) We will continue to create writing retreats and we have decided to take The Scribe to a monthly level added 2 new magazines to the mix. And will start to pay a small compensation for our short stories and poems published in the magazines.

Meet –

Horror – a monthly magazine dedicated to the genres of horror/thriller/paranormal. We will continue with the same formatting – short stories/poetry in this specific genre as well as add some helpful tips on writing – starting a blog – journaling etc. We already have a wonderful response and submission level and look forward to the first release date of Nov 1st. Thank you to Patty McCarthy for the encouragement and inspiration to form this magazine.



Meet –

Triangle Writers – a monthly magazine dedicated to the LGBT writers and or short stories and poetry. Like Horror and The Scribe, we will continue with the same formatting sticking with this focus. The genres are open to all – the themes just need to be LGBT based or written by LGBT writers. Thank you to David Rule for the image for the magazine cover.

As you know, the September issue of The Scribe is out and ready. It is one of our largest and most diverse issues. With the two new magazines in the works, you will all have more opportunities to submit your work. And because of the vast interest in these three magazines, we have decided to start to offer a small compensation for the stories and poems written. Please look to our website for additional information, www.breakingrulespublishing.com.

To that point – we are only able to pay for submissions if we sell magazines, get advertisements, and of course, we’ll need your help for that. You can do that in many ways. Purchase or subscribe to one or all of the magazines yourself. Promote the magazines on your social media to your friends and followers – share it on your social media groups – recommend it and let me know where in your communities I can place the magazines for better exposure.

Feel free to make your purchase of a subscription to the links below.

Subscription links -

https://www.breakingrulespublishing.com/our-magazines.html

To purchase The Scribe – September Issue.

https://www.breakingrulespublishing.com/store/p148/The_Scribe_Magazine_-_September_Issue.html

And lastly – I have to announce the sad news that we have lost one of our most kind-hearted poets. Roy Jeffers was killed in a motorcycle accident this last week. Roy has 3 books of poetry and 1 short story. He also has many more books in the works and we are working with his family to see where they would like to go with them. In the meantime, Roy’s royalties will be donated to The Point Foundation and Kidspeace – two organizations dedicated to helping young people through advanced education. If you are a fan – consider purchasing one or more of Roy’s books. If you haven’t experienced the delight of a Roy Jeffers poem – I would highly recommend reading his work. He truly was a talented man. We, I, will miss him.

It seems that this is a week of bad news in the way of life and death issues. One of our children/young adult book writers, Debra Bellera, has been placed on life support. It seems that she has been suffering for some time and was just recently admitted for a heart condition. Debra is currently fighting her way back to us. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

I hate to end on a sad note so I would like to add that it has been my honor to work with each of you and I look to most of you as friends, if not family. Your support, trust, and understanding has meant the world to me.

Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Christopher

Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com. 

www.breakingrulespublishing.com

 

 


Monday, July 22, 2019

Looking for a different social media network? Pinterest!


Looking for a different social media network? 
If you’re reading this you must be a writer or you want to be. We know that you’re,  like 2/3's of the population of the world, on Facebook, Twitter and probably Instagram, but, are you on Pinterest?
Here are 10 Pinterest tips for writers and bloggers that will help you find new readers and help you market your writing!
WHAT IS PINTEREST?
Well, it’s been around for a while – but more of a hidden social media network. You hear about people finding all kinds fo cool things on there but mostly it’s a place to hold your photos. Or so we thought. Pinterest, is one of the fastest-growing visual social networks and can be a great way to reach your audience for your book. It’s not surprising that it’s quickly becoming a favorite marketing platform for authors to reach a wider audience for their work. And at this point, don’t you need all the help you can get?
We have put together some tips to help you effectively market your book or blog on Pinterest – take a look.
1. CREATE INTERESTING PINTEREST BOARDS:
If you don’t know - Pinterest organizes all the pins/photo into boards. You can create these boards to reflect any category you’d like. We recommend creating larger boards that have a minimum of 100 pins/photos on them. Think about your target audience – what interests them? Something that will hold their interest and offer you the opportunity to sell your book/work.
2. BUILD UP YOUR FOLLOWERS:
It’s social media – of course, you need followers. Like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - without followers, no one will see your content. And no one will see your book. Follow your fellow authors and readers. Find friends via Facebook and other social media sites and invite them over to your new page. This helps you get in front of a broader audience. You can also add a Pinterest button on your website that can attract more followers. Don’t have a website? Get one!

3CREATE IMAGES OF QUOTES FROM YOUR WRITING:

If you’ve used any social media site for any amount of time, you’ve likely noticed that quotes are quite popular items to post. Use that and create your own!
As an author, it is a good idea to make sure you have a board specifically for quotes. Once you have that, create some images with quotes from your book or from your blog.
Make sure when you upload the quote image that you link the quote to your author website or book sales page. This will help pique people’s interest, as well as help you build name recognition the more people see your quotes.
There are a number of free online apps that can help you create images with quotes you can place on your account, or you can try making your own in a photo editing program.

4. USE ENTICING IMAGES FOR YOUR BLOG POSTS:

That whole – a picture is worth a 1,000 words – is true. If you are writing really amazing blog posts, you’ll want to make sure you use an enticing image for the post and pin the blog post to your Pinterest board. Just a hint – the images you place should be at least 600 pixels to have the greatest click through rates.

5. ORGANIZE YOUR BOARDS:

No one wants a sloppy book cover – it’s your calling card. Make your social media sites the same. Make your most important boards visible “above the fold” – think of a newspaper – all the important articles are above the fold line of the pager. No one wants to search for information so your followers shouldn’t have to scroll down your page to see your best work. This is what people will see first when they visit your Pinterest profile. Be sure too that each board has a nice cover photo that encourages people to want to follow it.

6. LINK TO PINTEREST ON YOUR WEBSITE:

You’ll definitely want to make sure you include your Pinterest link on your website in addition to any other social network such as Facebook or Twitter. If you have a business account, you can also include widgets on your sidebar or at the bottom of your posts that feature pins from your favorite boards.

7. You’re a writer for crying out loud – make SURE YOUR PROFILE IS INTERESTING:

Write about who YOU are, what YOU do, and of course, link to your blog or website. Make sure you use the same profile image you use across other social media platforms as that will help people to recognize you more easily. Be sure that you use words relevant to the topics you write about, as this will help increase the odds your profile and boards will appear in Pinterest search results.

8. Like anything else worthwhile - PIN CONSISTENTLY:

You may think this extreme, but you should post and pin at least 5-10 new things each week. Try to add new fresh content from the web, not just repins of things you’ve found on Pinterest already. Unless you’re just starting out and need to build your page up - be careful not to overload your followers with too many posts all at once – this can be overwhelming or annoying to them. It is for me.

9. PIN SELECTIVELY:

Don’t pin every single thing you see – actually, take the time to click through the pin to see what it links to and make sure it provides value to your readers and followers.
It is also a good idea to write your own comments and descriptions about the different things you pin, as it shows your audience why it is “pin-worthy”.
And for our sack as well as your own - leave your issues and struggles out of your posting schedule. Everyone has their own issues - they don't need to see yours. 

10. USE PINTEREST FOR STATS:

If you convert your account to a business account, which is easy to do on the website, you will be able to see a number of stats and information about the content you’re pinning. Use that to your advantage.
You can also check to see what pins are the most popular from your website. This will help you identify better with your target market as well as to create more content that appeals to your readers.
By understanding what your readers enjoy reading, you will be able to create better content and write new blog posts on your website that will make them excited to keep returning for more!
Like any other social media site - Pinterest can be a great way to connect with a broad audience for your website or book.

Do you have any Pinterest tips for authors you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below!
As always, Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com



We are still looking for guest bloggers - if you're interested please contact us via the info@breakingrulespublishing.com email. 






We are still looking for poets and short story writers to fill the pages of The Scribe Magazine - if you're interested - check out our website at www.breakingrulespublishing.com or email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.








And lastly - we still have space in our Breaking Rules Publishing Short Story Book Project. The release date is Oct 1st - the submission deadline is Sept 15th. Please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com. The theme for this issue is Horror/Halloween - all those involved with the book will get a portion of the royalties. 








Thursday, July 18, 2019

Why Blog? By Guest Blogger Richie Billing



A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging
Posted on May 15, 2019 by richiebilling


On June 12, 2019 A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was release, and today I'm delighted to give you another glimpse inside the covers. When somebody first suggested blogging to me I told them in no uncertain terms to ‘eff off’. My concern was that I had nothing worthwhile to say, nothing anyone would find interesting. In this teaser chapter, I reveal what changed my mind, what I’ve learned in my years of blogging, and some ways to make some cash in this developing field.
There have been a couple of advanced copy reviews on Goodreads so far. Here’s the latest…
“This is the most comprehensive book I’ve read on the subject. And unlike most nonfiction books, the tone of it was light and interesting, where I’ve come to expect dry and boring. I’d recommend this for anyone that’s interested in writing, not just fantasy writers. And I think the world-building and character portions would also be great for role play.” Amber Christiansen.

Blogging
When somebody first suggested blogging to me I told them, in polite terms, to eff off. I thought it’d be a waste of time—who even still reads blogs? Turns out, a lot of people do. Today, if somebody asked me what I thought about blogging I’d tell them that I should have started sooner, that I should do it more often, before reeling off all of the reasons behind why they should do it themselves. In this chapter, we’ll look at these very reasons.
Why blog?
People blog for different reasons—an expression of their creativity, for the fun of writing, to highlight a cause, to share their experiences with others. You can pretty much blog about anything you want. And I suppose this is part of the problem when starting out. What in the seven hells am I going to talk about? In that moment you feel as if you know nothing at all.
But ignore that thought, because you do know things. Things that other people don’t. Experiences that other people haven’t endured. Have confidence in your words, and if you come up with an idea, start writing. One of the best things about blogging is the freedom of it. There aren’t any hard and fast rules, no fixed formatting guides, no editor telling you what you can or cannot say or do. There’s just you, your keyboard and a blank slate for you to fill.
Being helpful
Earlier on I said you want to showcase your writing to the world. But what if you have none? A blog is an excellent way of changing that. Not only is it a fantastic way of reaching out to fellow readers and writers but it drives traffic to your site.
A blog is a means of helping others. For me, I chose to blog about the things I’ve learned while studying the craft of writing so that others could benefit too. It’s geared toward expanding people’s knowledge and skills and helping them to become better writers. If they improve their craft then we all benefit from the better writing and the brilliant ideas they produce, and now, in this crazy era of ours, we need it more than ever. Forget about gains in exchange. It’s sad that as humanity grows, we’re becoming more insulated as individuals, more focused on the self than on the whole. Those who merely blog about themselves, particularly if they’re not that interesting, aren’t so enjoyable to read. Who cares at the end of the day? I’m so grateful to the bloggers that share their knowledge and experiences for the benefit of others. I’ve learned so much from them. And now I follow them, read their every post, and buy their books.
When thinking of what type of content to write, think about what kinds of skills you have and experiences you’ve lived through or any specialist areas of expertise. What have you learned that you can share with the rest of the world? Don’t worry if someone else has already done it. You can do it your own way.
Are you doing a creative writing course? Have you been to a workshop? Why not share your notes on what you’ve learned? I once visited a castle, took some pictures and blogged about it, and it ended up being one of the more popular posts on my site. You can blog about anything! So be helpful. You have something to give to the world. We all do.
Consistency
If you’re a sufferer of procrastination like myself, then blogging can be tricky. It requires commitment and dedication. Time must be spent thinking of new and original ideas, planning, drafting, editing, formatting, sharing. A single blog post could take weeks or months to write.
In the beginning, it helps to work out how much you want to produce, and how much you physically can. With all the will in the world, there are times in our lives when we’re just unable to do the things we yearn to do. Not long ago I decided to increase my rate of blogging to three times per week. With my job, family and friends, it left me with little time to work on my fiction writing. I kept it up for about a month before reducing it back down to once per week. That’s been my average for the vast majority of my time blogging. It works for me, and that’s what it comes down to: what works for you. Because if you’re doing too much, it’s going to affect the quality of your content and readers will be able to tell. And besides, you’re not going to enjoy it.
I recommend keeping a feasible schedule. Every Tuesday, for instance. Or every Monday or Friday. Schedule your plotting and drafting around it and allow it to become part of your week. Once it becomes routine, it becomes easy.
Promoting your blog
Once you’ve published your first blog post or you’ve just finished polishing your shiny new website, you need to get promoting. People have written whole blogs on this point alone. Here are a few of my favorite pointers:
·         

     Read other people’s blogs and engage with them
     
     The blogging community is incredibly supportive and co-operative. Bloggers love to read each other’s blogs. If you take the time to connect by reading posts and leaving a comment, it goes a long way. Chances are that person will go and read your blog, engage with it, maybe share it, getting your blog out to many more people.

·        Guest blogging. Once you get your foot in the door on the blogging front and you’ve made a few friends, why not invite a few other bloggers to write a guest post. Likewise, you can ask other bloggers if they’re looking for guest writers. You’re collaborating to help each other out. It’s win-win. I’m always looking for guest writers for my blog so if you’re looking for opportunities, please drop me an email.

·         Join writing forums. In joining writing forums you can make connections with people who appreciate helpful content. Some have rules about self-promotion, which personal blogs fall under, so watch out for those.
·         Use social media. Twitter and Facebook are the two platforms I use most. I have more joy with Facebook. There are loads of genre-specific writing groups on there filled with people who’ll appreciate your content. On Twitter, use hashtags like #amwriting #amwritingfantasy or #writingtips, to link your content to potential readers. Check out this very helpful article on marketing on Twitter. When posting always bear in mind the time at which you do so. First thing in the morning, say around 9-11am works well, and another peak time for me is around 1-3pm. Most people who read my blog live in the US so 2pm for me is 9am for them.


Making cash
When most people think of blogging they think of pasty teens bashing away at their keyboards in their bedrooms. Few people take it seriously, but I think the times of change are upon us. Blogging is shifting to the forefront of people’s sources of information. People are making careers out of it and earning significantly more than most of us.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to make money from blogging, while also promoting your blog, is through Medium. If you’ve not heard of it before, it’s a monetized blogging platform. Some content is free, but others require a subscription in order to read it. And it’s through the funds generated by subscriptions that writers get paid. Medium calculates it as fairly as possible: it goes by the number of unique reads and interactions your post gets, if I’m not mistaken, though they do tend to change it up every now and then. There’s no limit to what you can earn, and everyone at least earns $3.50 a month.
On Medium you’ll find hundreds of magazines on topics ranging from health and travel to mindfulness and creative writing. Some have readerships of hundreds of thousands. And you can write for them. And earn money for doing so.
I cannot profess to be an expert with Medium, but there are plenty about, and if you’re serious about giving this a good go, then I encourage you to read as much as you can about how it works and what the most successful bloggers on there do. There are plenty of helpful articles knocking about, mostly on Medium itself. Here are a few quick pointers to get you going:
·         Familiarize yourself thoroughly with how Medium works: formatting, presentation, image permissions and most important of all, the Partner Program. You’ll need to enroll in this to make money and select your posts as being available only for subscribers.
·         Get your Medium profile up to a good standard with links back to your own platforms.
·         Sign up for Smedian, a sister website of Medium (smedian.com). On this site, you sign up to write for different magazines on Medium. Once accepted, you’ll be able to submit your posts to those magazines on the Medium website.
·         Remember to credit all of your images. If there’s no source link for an image, a publication is going to reject it outright.

Breeding opportunities
Blogging, in a sense, is a form of networking. Ah, networking. That vague term they bandied about in university. As I’ve gotten older my understanding of what it means has grown. And indeed, it means opportunity.
I dislike the phrase ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’. Knowing people, befriending them, helping and supporting them, can open doors, and this, in a nutshell, is networking. So when you comment on another bloggers post, that’s networking. Easy?

If you’d like to receive word of any new teaser chapters before anyone else and be in with a chance of winning a free copy, just fill out the form below. All subscribers to my mailing list also receive free lists of publishers of short and long fantasy fiction, a list of fantasy book reviewers, and a bunch of short stories.



Thank you to Richie Billing for being one of our very talented guest bloggers. 

If you are interested in being a guest blogger - please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.





As always, Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world.  Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com. 


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