GDRP Meant the End of Freebies for EU… and Other Stark Realizations

Screenshot of author’s email Inbox by Eve Paludan.

1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In May of 2018, I informed subscribers that I was terminating my author newsletter in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. I explained that as of May 25th, 2018, EU countries would not allow anything free to be provided in exchange for an email address. This news was dismaying—I had given away thousands of ebooks over the years to promote my fiction series and it had helped to grow my fan base, including in the EU.

GDPR also required a two-step sign-up procedure…


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We all know about staying home, wearing masks, social distancing, and washing our hands, but those are the bare necessities of life as we now know it. But kindness is that extra effort that shows others that you aren’t just going through the motions of protecting yourself from germs — that you really care about them, too. Here are some easy ways you can be a little “extra” in your daily life:

1. Say thank you to all essential workers and let them know they are appreciated and supported. Essential workers are not just USPS workers, medical personnel, and teachers…


Writing Don’ts from an Unconventional Wordsmith

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As an author and an editor, over the years, I’ve been to many writers’ conferences and book conventions. I always came away with nuggets of advice from the pros and I discovered, over time, what advice has worked for me and what hasn’t. (I’m not going to name names here for the advice that failed me.)

Likewise, I’ve paraphrased the original advice so I don’t directly throw shade on other writers because writing advice that didn’t work for me might work for other writers. I just want to reveal what writing adages flopped for me, and why.

1. “Write every…

Eve Paludan

Eve Paludan, book editor and author of 35+ books (mostly fiction), lives in Arizona, where she enjoys writing, reading, water aerobics, art, and photography.

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