Most will have heard by now Google has brought their closure of Google Plus (G+) personal accounts forward from August 2019 to Tuesday 2 April 2019 (just over one week away). Google have provided the means for users to save a record of their G+ data (posts etc.) prior to that date: Once an account … More Google Plus (G+) Closing – Are you ready?
This is the first of a short series of articles looking at some elements of book front and back matter i.e. what comes before chapter 1 and what follows after the story has ended. Note 1: The majority of visitors to this website have an interest in memoir and fiction consequently the following discussion will … More What is a Preface?
Author interviews are a great way for readers to get to know the person behind those books they love. They are also useful to fellow authors as a means of learning: every person is different and has their own unique method and style. The insights into persona are also interesting in their own right. One … More Author Advice for New Authors
This is the third in the author’s memoir series. Within each Jill Dobbe shares experiences encountered by her and her family while on teaching engagements in foreign lands (Jill and her husband are teachers). As the title implies, this latest memoir recounts incidents from their stay in India. Note: Though it may help to understand … More Only in India by Jill Dobbe
Whether experienced or not, all authors need a first draft. Why? What is its purpose? What is a first draft? Questions the following discussion is intended to address. Until a first draft is finished, whether it be a book manuscript; magazine article; newspaper column; social media post; etc. the author or writer has nowhere real … More Why Authors need to get their First Draft Finished
Reference to ‘Writing Rules’ regularly appears in author and writer related discussions, posts and articles. Nevertheless, the so called ‘rules’ are not usually listed, leaving readers with no option but to surmise what they are. It is in fact not easy to find such a list, however, a search of the internet, and through multiple … More Writing Rules – Do Authors Have to Adhere to Them?
In a previous article Understanding Gmail the differences between traditional e-mail systems and Google’s Gmail and how each operates were considered. That gave rise to some additional reader questions and enquiries. Naturally, there is a lot more to the subject than may be concisely discussed in a single article, unless the reader wishes to be … More Gmail: Confirmation Messages; Wrongly Sent; Recovery; Snooze
The following review for the novel Peter by T. R. Robinson was kindly left by one reader: ‘The story begins in 1860s Vienna with the chance meeting of two people, Katherine and Richard, who fall in love. Not your cup of tea? Please don’t stop reading this review – there’s more. Youthful curiosity and … More Peter – A Reader’s Opinion
In October (2018) Google announced the ‘consumer’ version of Google Plus (G+) would be closing in August 2019. ‘Consumer version’ is the one used by individual, non-business, users i.e. generally the private individual. However, the closure date has now been brought forward. Most G+ users should have seen the latest notification (contained in yellow … More Google Plus (G+) is Closing
In an attempt to determine authors and readers understanding of book front and back matter a series of surveys were commenced last October (2018). The intention had been for these to be posed in relatively quick succession. However, a variety of matters intervened resulting in an unexpected break in sequence. The surveys were: … More In Preface or Prologue? – A Survey