As writers, we carefully craft our sentences to use the perfect word to say what is it that we want to say, creating the exact image in a reader’s mind. There are times when writers have been known to spend days to find those perfect words. Yet, there is one aspect of our writing lives where many writers don’t take the same care with words as they do their stories.
I’m talking about the posts that writers put on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The rush to get the post out there can sometimes land us in situations where the words cut like knifes.
Many self-published and indie-published writers are connected with Amazon’s CreateSpace and KDP. They aren’t bad options, but they aren’t the only options either. When I started down the road of setting up my own publishing house, I seriously looked into what CreateSpace and KDP had to offer. It was then that I quickly realised that CreateSpace and KDP had some major drawbacks for myself living all the way on the other side of the world.
Before I delve in the specific reasons of why I chose to print my books, and distribute the printed and eBook versions through IngramSpark, I better explain what makes IngramSpark different to CreateSpace and KDP.
When I tell people that I’m a freelance editor (including other writers), they instantly assume that I’m a copyeditor, with a keen interest in working on the grammar and punctuation of my clients. I’m not surprised that writers often jump to that conclusion. Majority of editors that I encounter actually ARE copyeditors. However, what is the point behind looking at the appropriateness of a given word in a sentence when on page 152 the bad guys are setting up the bomb that will level the city, but the good guys find the bomb and disarm it by the end of page 154.
This may sound incredibly odd coming from a professional editor, but in all honesty, grammar takes a backseat to story and character.
There are some out there who believe that writing is just writing. If you have training in writing of one nature, surely you can write other stuff too. Well…
There are certain aspects of writing that hold true no matter what type of writing you do. The rules of grammar, for example, don’t care if you write fiction, a scientific paper, or a cookbook. However, there is a massive difference between all three of those particular types of writing.
It is becoming increasingly common for those who have nonfiction writing backgrounds to shift into the fictional realms. Let’s face it, we have big imaginations and we want to share that with the world. Rightly so. Our stories should be told. However, nonfiction writers, you need to retrain your brains if you are serious about pursuing fiction.
The launch of Hidden Traps was a whirlwind and lots of fun.
As part of the festivities, I ran a scavenger hunt. Thank you so much for all who entered. I would have loved to give a copy to each of you, but there was only two copies of Hidden Traps up for grabs.
Over the weekend of August 18-20th, I will be running a Scrivener workshop at the RWNZ conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. It’s not the first time I’ve run a workshop on Scrivener, and it won’t be the last. Regardless, I’m still looking forward to it.
Those who have seen my Tips and Tricks for Scrivener videos will know how much I love the software (even though it has its faults), and I love to encourage writers to use this program, which was designed for writers.
In preparation for the RWNZ conference, I have developed a few more handouts and other resources for Scrivener. I’d like to share those resources with the faithful followers of my blog too.
Well, Hidden Traps was released earlier this week. In honor of the release, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the blog post that inspired the book. Or is that blog post inspired by the book? Whichever it is, check out some of these posts.
TODAY IS THE DAY! Finally, months of hard work have finally come to fruition.
To celebrate the release, we’re giving away two free copies. But don’t think it’s going to be as simple as entering a draw. No, of course not. You will need to find the hidden clues to a secret phrase from the book. And the clues are spread throughout Judy L Mohr’s personal online platform.
Every so often, I come across some blog post or a Facebook group message, or something, where a writer is asking about copyright certificate and the like. Amazon is becoming more insistent on obtaining those copyright certificates, and rightly so.
Too many times, I have encountered some horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong.
To complicate matters, far too many writers choose not to register their copyright with a copyright authority because of the cost. However, these are the writers that run the risk of finding themselves being the victim of some copyright takeover.
All writers want to protect their writing as much as possible, and for the most part, people are honest. It’s the shady ones that you need to worry about. Here is where taking a few simple steps can save you.