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A great article about self-publishing ebooks

Richard Bowker

Hadn’t heard about Hugh Howey until last week, when Jeff Carver mentioned his success as a self-publisher of speculative fiction.  Now he’s written this piece for Salon, which encapsulates a lot of what I think about self-publishing in the ebook world.

With self-publishing, you learn your craft while producing material. You win over your fans directly. You own all of your rights, and your works stay fresh and available for your lifetime (and beyond). Nothing goes out of print. I think this advantage is difficult to fully appreciate. My bestselling work was my eighth or ninth title. As soon as it took off, the rest of my material took off with it. To the reader, it was all brand-new. To those being born today who will become avid readers 15 years from now, those works will still be brand-new. My entire oeuvre will always be in print and always earning…

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Publishing Wars: Traditional vs Self

Living in Other Worlds: The Life of a Fantasy Writer

Maybe some of you have been waiting for this one. And after a long, busy week (where I may or may not have forgotten to post yet), I’m finally going to tackle the subject.


Now, before I begin, I want to start off by saying I am not an expert and anyone who claims to be an expert (unless they have legitimate credentials and experience) is really not. There is blog after blog filled with writers rambling on about self-publishing and traditional publishing. They claim to be experts. Most aren’t. So don’t take what you read and think it the absolute truth (this just so happens to be a smart thing to do with just about everything).

Let’s look at a quick list of pros and cons.

Traditional: They have editors to look over your work, some (note some, you still have to do promotion yourself) publicity that will work…

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My Editing Plan for the New Year

Come January, I’ll be getting stuck in to my edits. I’ll also be blogging my editing journey as I go along, and sharing what works for me and what doesn’t (and probably asking you to hold my hand when I send my manuscript off to my editor).


Stacey J. Mitchell

Editing. I know it has to be done, but until recently, I didn’t have a clue where to start! As you may know, I’m a novice when it comes to novel writing anyway, and after many false starts only completed my first first draft a few months ago.

So I decided that first of all, I needed to learn more, and I’ve done a lot of research into how various novelists go about the editing process. (Thank goodness for the internet and blogs, enabling me to get my hands on a lot of information very easily and quickly!)

Based on my research I have come up with the following plan for the editing process:

1. Big picture edit

For this, I have converted my novel into a Kindle file and am going to read it through quite quickly, making rough notes on any major plot issues, glaring omissions and…

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The thing remains what it is. It is not you. You are not what it is. You know nothing of the thing apart from the growing emerging context. You know nothing about the thing. The thing itself. The thing with respect to itself. From the thing’s frame of reference. From the thing’s point of view.

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My offering for the latest Friday Fictioneers challenge.

Out of context. Everything begins out of context. Everything begins out of context at least with respect to itself. From its own frame of reference. From its own point of view.

Out of context until something emerges to give it context. A detail. A broad stroke. A battery.

Then the context grows. The context and the emerging details grow and develop a context around the thing. At least with respect to itself. From its own frame of reference. From its own point of view. A jar.

But does the thing grow? Does the thing grow within the emerging context? The detail, the broad stroke, the battery, the jar? Or is it your understanding that grows when the context emerges? Your understanding grows but the thing does not grow. Only the context around it–the context that you understand–grows and emerges and grows. Like…

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