A new voice–well, new to me–on ePublishing. A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
I’m just beginning to scan this guy’s stuff, and I’m already impressed with his blog. Of particular note is the way he has his sidebar set up. Obviously, this self-published writer is serious, and he’s done a lot of work toward paving internet paths back to his books.
Just thought I’d share.
When I began writing this blog I really did not understand what blogging was all about. I don’t know exactly what I was thinking at the time, but whatever that was, it did not meet with the social graces of net communication.
Well, okay. Even dumb people catch-on sooner or later.
Occasionally, I come across an article that I don’t want to believe. As I read, I’m resistant to the ideas proposed, until I come across a certain section that is undeniably true.
Lately, I’ve been offering links to other sites. I know you might click away to read them and forget about me, as you get caught up in the article, but I’m really, really interested in what you think about this one. Here’s a short clip of the article:
“Better Him Than Me”
Want to read about every writer’s worse nightmare? Check-out the reviews on Huff Post for The Worst Book Ever. Self-published, of course. This guy must be hiding under his bed, changing his name and closing all his accounts by now. In a way, I feel sorry for him. In a way, I don’t. BTW: Haven’t I seen his name on Smashwords?
See the Light
…and I thought an edit was just an edit. But no, the experts break it down into logical and productive steps.
1. Rewrites, revisions and substantive edit: I guess, you’ call this the Big Picture.
(I’m particularly talented at this stage, IMHO.)
2. Line Edit: An engine check. Does it work? Does it flow? Is it logical? Is every action followed by a reaction? Is the POV consistent?
(I get a passable grade on this one, too.)
Read these two excerpts and tell me which one you like better…
This one, a mishmash of sentences as they occurred to the writer (me):
Early morning light crept across the dirt floor. When would they come for him? What monstrous hour would be his time? Steve watched a spider build its web between the two metal bars of his cot. He noted the beads of dew on the web without really seeing them, without seeing the spider or its red belly, without caring about a potential bite from its venomous fangs. Down the hall, keys rattled on a heavy chain, a door clanked and a prisoner whined something unintelligible. Somewhere, within the compound but farther away, two other men laughed. It was not the sound of two men sharing a joke. Steve squatted on the ground, pulling his legs up until even his toes were covered by the darkness.
So, Wikipedia is down for the day. That’s kind of scary, isn’t it? Even if it is only for 24 hours.
Makes me want to run down to the store and buy a set of encyclopedias. Of course, encyclopedias are like automobiles. As soon as you cross over the curb, they’re not worth as much as you paid for them.
It also makes me think about government control. For all the officials bemoaning of short funds and national debt, there seems to be no shortage or end-in-sight to the government’s ability to set-up new agencies and lockdowns on information. (You don’t think they can monitor these new rules without spending a zillion dollars, do you?)
Are we approaching a time when what we KNOW is only what ‘they’ want us to KNOW??? Is the Internet the last vestige of secret knowledge for those who can ferret it out? Are they putting a public relations spin on what they’re doing? Is a copyright more important that 4th Amendment?
The government has its nose in too many things. Don’t you agree? Instead of the government stepping on us, we should be stepping on them. Of course, this is the historical path of all governments. Eliminating more and more freedoms, until the whole system is torn down.
Am I making too much out of a little thing??? Maybe. But it looks like a bad omen to me. And what’s up with the lack of coverage on the news? It almost like the word has gone out: Don’t mention it and maybe no one will notice. Excuse me, but in my world, Wikipedia is more important than O.J.
Writing often calls for research. All you writers out there should be paying attention.