NewsBreak Update

Even unique takes on national news stories with the local tag “Washington, D.C.” will not earn a score above 4.

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A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~Thomas Mann.

I have been writing on Newsbreak since the beginning, and like many of you have had my ups and downs with the platform. Overall, I have appreciated the earnings opportunities which will continue through June as well as the chance to write news stories which aren’t particularly lucrative on other platforms including Medium. I was honored to have been one of the winners for their first writer’s contest and was thrilled with the monetary reward and swag they sent. In many…

How To

Advice on how to get your stories accepted and ranked high on NewsBreak based on personal experience.

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Writing for News Break has been a challenge for many of us. Part of this is due to the constantly changing rules, a stricter focus on local news, and altered earnings models. Initially, the contract said you were guaranteed a certain amount* per month if you published at least 12 articles, had 500 followers and averaged 500 views per article. The sign on for that contract for early adopters said that we still had to publish 12 articles, 3 each week of the month, but that we wouldn’t be held to the other criteria for the first three months.


There are some truly strange laws in Georgia that will have you shaking your head in disbelief.

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“What a strange world we live in,” said Alice to the Queen of Hearts.

— Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

Everywhere has some odd laws that people wonder about when they live there or visit. Sometimes there is a method to the madness and when you find out what it is the law makes sense. Other times it may be a law that made sense a long time ago but doesn’t in the modern era, but it just got left on the books. But then there are some laws that don’t seem to make sense no matter how you look…

Writers of serialized fiction are always looking for places to self-publish their work and earn from it. At the same time, many writers are already writing on several platforms and are hesitant to join up with another one that has a steep learning curve. If you are one of these writers, and already write on KDP, you will be well placed to try Amazon’s new writing platform for serialized/episodic writing call Vella. It was just announced on April 13th, so this is the chance to get in on the ground floor. There are new engagement features so you can interact…

Amazon announces a new Kindle publishing platform for serial or episodic writing.

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Kindle is a place where people can go to read eBooks and is one of the most popular self- publishing sites for authors. On April 13th Amazon announced a new self-publishing platform for serialized or episodic works called Kindle Vella. Kindle and Kindle Vella have some differences not only in what is published there but also in terms of rules, earnings, features and previews that are being slowly clarified by the company. Here’s what we know so far.

Vella is a new way that Amazon is offering writers to present their stories in the Kindle mobile app. …

There are many common household items you’ve probably been using incorrectly the whole time.

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When we see a detail in an object that seems to be unnecessary, we may wonder at first why it’s like that. Over time, we often come to accept it as part of the item and we don’t really even notice it any more. But these features are there for a reason and their purpose can help us out in a lot of ways, if we learn what they are there for. See how much you know about the details mentioned below.

Bobby Pins

Okay, I admit to complete ignorance on this one. I am mortified that I spent…

Shake up your writing and try something novel to attract a new audience. We all go through times when we’re in the writing doldrums, when we approach writing more with dread than excitement. Those of us who have made a business of writing know we can’t rely on inspiration. Sometimes we just have to slog through. Then we have to promote our work while thinking of new ways to attract an audience. When the going gets tough it’s important to find something that shakes us out of our writing lethargy and engages new readers. I was encouraged by friends to…

May is a great month to revamp your content promotion strategies to increase your readership and following into the next year.

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When you’ve been writing for a while, it can be difficult to come up with new ideas to keep your work fresh. This is important not only to maintain your readers’ attention, but also to keep your own interest high.

If it gets to the point that writing feels like dragging through the mud to get something, anything, out, this will be reflected in what you publish. Your readers will feel the difference, your numbers will start dropping and this will put more obstacles in your way as you try to write each day.

The key to staying…

Thinking outside the box. Today I heard a fabulous story which is a great example of thinking outside the box, a skill we sorely need in these strange times. We can’t approach our lives and the world the same way we once did. My friends daughter in law wanted to get the vaccine but wasn’t in an eligible group. She called everywhere nearby for days but couldn’t secure an appointment. Then she realized there was a possible opportunity if her hypothesis was true. She called a nearby county and had no problem getting an appointment the same day. The reason…

Sometimes our writing satisfaction on a platform comes from what we’ve come to expect or accept.

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I have an admission to make. I’ve been cheating on Medium.

Okay, maybe that’s not a realistic assessment, but it’s how I feel since I’ve been writing on News Break. Sometimes I hear the voice of Medium in my ear saying,

“Oh right. We were good enough for you when you didn’t know how much more you could earn on News Break. But the second something newer and shinier comes along you jump ship!”

To be fair, I haven’t jumped ship, nor has Medium lost its place in my heart. But it is true that I’ve been spending the majority…

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

I write about behavioral health & other topics. I’m Managing Editor (Serials, Novellas) for LVP Press. See my other articles:

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