Prepublishing

Typesetting aka Formatting aka Look Pretty

What is typesetting? Typesetting is also known as formatting. People and some programs take your completed story and handle the layout. This could be for submissions to magazines, agents, publishers, or as many do, for self-publications in e-Book and print. What formatters don’t do. They aren’t editors, though I know some editors who also do… Continue reading Typesetting aka Formatting aka Look Pretty

Author Presence, Tips & Tricks

Newsletters of the Future

Not so long ago, followers signed up for things like "clubs" to learn information about their favorite anything. Some of you might be too young to remember the Jonathan Taylor Thomas clubs of the 90s. I didn't get into such things, but they were a way of staying connected. The rise of the internet gave… Continue reading Newsletters of the Future

Prepublishing, Tips & Tricks

Working with Editors

Working with editors is a hard leg on the journey of publishing. From finding recommendations, vetting their abilities, and paying for their services, it can be a complicated ride for a novice. If you’ve tried using Google, you’ve probably made your head spin from what type of editing is needed to the roller coaster of prices… Continue reading Working with Editors

Author Presence, Post Publishing, Tips & Tricks

Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers

From small fries to world renown authors, pirating and plagiarism go hand in hand. Some "writers" take snippets and weave it into a story while others just straight up copy an entire book and claim they wrote it. Thousands of readers flock to pirating sites that remind us of Napster or LimeWire (for those too… Continue reading Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers

Prepublishing, Traditional

Vanity Publishers: A Quick Guide to Identify

Vanity publishers prey on the impatient, the lost, and the overwhelmed. They look for writers who don’t know what is standard, they use flowery words and “important" phrases to capture the “I can’t wait,” and they promise to do all the heavy lifting. It looks good. It looks promising. Until you peel back the plastic and discover… Continue reading Vanity Publishers: A Quick Guide to Identify

Author Presence

Instagram For Writers

Instagram is the fastest growing platform, and it has been for the last year or so. It's one of the reasons Facebook bought Instagram. https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-statistics/https://www.socialpilot.co/blog/instagram-over-other-social-media-platform The phone-contained app is popular with more than just the high school crowd, and the average user spends 30 minutes in the app. My first introduction to Instagram came from… Continue reading Instagram For Writers

Prepublishing, Tips & Tricks

Chapter Breaks & Scene Breaks

Knowing when to take a break is an important aspect in writing. Short stories do not have chapters, but they have scene breaks. Novellettes to novels have chapters and can have scene breaks. But what are these? As readers, we understand chapters. They act like stop signs, allowing us to breathe. As writers it's obvious… Continue reading Chapter Breaks & Scene Breaks