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New Year – No Compromise

2016 has been a devastating year for many people, including myself. I almost went off the deep end due to certain events. But being the strong woman I am, I picked myself up and started moving ahead, determined to succeed.

I want to tell all my detractors that I will not compromise on my integrity, nor will I back away from what I believe to be right. There are those that will want me compromise on what I believe to be true, and I will not. I will not lie, nor will I lower myself to the level in which you want to drag me. I have had enough!

I cried peace because I wish to move ahead, but remaining silent does not mean I have given up my right. Therefore, for those who seek hold me back, too bad, I've already stepped ahead.

Don't waste your time on old grudges. In a few days, it will be a new year. Let's move past the old and step into the new. I will not be looking back, rehashing old battles. I will be getting to a place where I can become the author I need to be, regardless of those who want to stop me. Please do the same. I have reinvented myself and I urge those who are stuck on the past to do so as well.

I urge you my friends and those who are not, get past the old and step into the new. Let sleeping dogs lie, because that dog you see resting, may be a lion in disguise.

I want to be left in peace to fulfill my dreams. Though my trust is shattered and my confidence slipped a bit, I am determined to be a better person. I will not waste my energies going back. I will spend my time perfecting my brand, making money and becoming the author I have always wanted to be.

It's always amazing that people will hurt you and never say sorry, but when they feel wronged they make demands. Don't be the person who cannot say sorry for hurting someone. Be that person who can look into himself and accept responsibility for his own actions.

There is an Indian drama called The Promise which airs on my local television station. It's about a couple who were married for 12 years, living happily, until the man's college girlfriend showed up and seduced him. Being his first love, he believed her to be his true love, given that his marriage was an arranged one. He walked out of his home, but soon realized how jealous he was of other men wanting his wife. He also soon realized that he loved his wife and not this girl. The girl soon realized the man she so desperately wanted loved his wife and not her. She did everything in her power to destroy this woman, including trying to kill her but ended up killing the man. Ten years later she is still trying to destroy the man's wife blaming her for everything wrong in her life.

Watching this drama reminds me of some people who can't see the wrong they did. They blame others for their own downfall and will spend all the money they have to destroy someone they felt did them wrong. These people are narcissistic, a mental disorder that makes the person unable to recognize when they have erred. 

If you are reading this and this applies to you, please let 2017 be the year you change. Try getting past the old stuff and look forward to greater things happening in your life. Accept responsibility for your actions and move away from hate and malice.

Forgiveness is hard, but when the pain becomes just a memory, it will be just an experience. I have forgiven those who have hurt me. It's very tasking to live with unforgiveness in one's heart. It only hurts me and no one else. I urge those who have that grudge buried deep, to let it go and be happy. Imagine how happy you can be if you let it go. Those you hate are living life to the fullest while you are hurting yourself with malice.

Make peace with yourself, it's worth it.

Happy and prosperous 2017, and may the light of the Lord encompass you about as you seek to make the year a great one.

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Why Non-Americans Opinions Matter In The US 2016 Presidential Elections

I’m not American and my friends know me as a Jamaican national. I have never been to the United States and I don’t plan to in the near future. I had hoped a while back to visit, but given all that may happen, I’m not holding out hope.

Now, as a foreigner to my United States friends, I have seen where Americans are not happy when someone like me voices my opinions on the presidential race. What Americans do not realize is that what happens in the US happens to the rest of the world. Here are some reasons why your presidential race matters to the rest of us.

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Ghostwriting Secrets: The Crap We See On Amazon Today

As I transition from ghostwriting to being a published author, I realize many things wrong with the self-publishing industry, including the fact that more than 50% of so- called Amazon authors have never written a sentence of fiction.

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An Introduction To Copyrights And Plagiarism

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the different elements of copyrights, plagiarism, and all that intellectual property rights entail.

I've been a writer for a long time, but have recently become a published author. Having had to deal with plagiarism for a while, I felt it is necessary to share my experience and knowledge on the issue. Included in the articles that I will share will be my knowledge as a ghostwriter, content creator, blogger and now author.

I realize that many authors have no clue what copyright encompasses and what the sub-elements of copyrights really mean. Here are some examples of what the upcoming articles will cover:

  • Exclusive publishing rights
  • Full Rights/Partial Rights
  • Usage Rights
  • Non-Disclosure
  • DRM
  • Royalty Free (usually associated with art and graphics)
  • Fair Use

In essence, copyright is simply the legal ownership of a particular creative material, including fictional works (books and movies), art, music, and some non-fictional material. 

The original creator of the material holds exclusive rights to the material, upon the creation of the material. They hold the exclusive rights for distribution in any format, until and when they sign over those rights for publishing purposes (only) such as for print distribution or Digital Right Management.

The copyright of the material becomes legally binding when that material has been published. The creator of the material is still the legal copyright owner, unless otherwise stipulated in a sales contract. However, in recent years, due to the widespread of theft of intellectual property, many artists (including authors and musicians) have registered their copyrights with their national copyright agencies. This is good, but the problem with this is that some agencies charge a fee and many people are unable to afford this.

The upside with publishing online is that places like Amazon.com and many other publishing houses, secure your copyrights as the first edition published. This they are able to do by scanning for similar material with their plagiarism scanners in order to detect copied content from your files.

Other websites, such as some content curators, also do the plagiarism check to see if your material is found elsewhere on the internet, or to make sure your materials is not stolen.

Currently, I have 163 articles published on Hubpages.com. Of those articles, more than 50% of them have been stolen at some point or another. 

In the articles I will be sharing, there will be advice on:

  1. How to deal with plagiarism
  2. How to copyright your work easily without having to pay a cent
  3. What to do to secure your work when sending to editors and beta readers
  4. Sending ARC copies to reviewers

I hope these articles will come in handy to someone facing copyright issues and those in need of answers. Stay tuned as we work together as artists to protect each other from those who seek to take advantage of us.

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The Nightmare Of Being A Ghostwriter

I blame my depression. Okay, maybe not, but I'm not far off the mark.

It was during one of my most devastating moments of depression while talking with my doctor that he asked me, "What is it that you want to wake up doing and what you think about doing each night as you go to sleep?" 

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