Taking editing in the spirit in which it’s intended, or Humber week three

Back many years ago, I used to work for a boss who was capable of rendering me incoherent. I don't know what it was, but when I would bring something I'd written into her office, she's cut and thrash all of what I'd done and I'd go all quiet and destroyed and sad and broken…

Indie publishing from the owner of Smashwords

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/61116-hugh-howey-and-the-indie-author-revolt.html Interesting article in Publisher's Weekly about the ongoing increase in indie publishing. Key points: - professional editor - professional cover design and key to all: - great story!

Infographic: 4 Key Book Publishing Paths

Infographic: 4 Key Book Publishing Paths. Excellent post by Jane Friedman. Writers should subscribe.

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published. Wonderful blog post with all sorts of good info and links. Fantastic job!

So, how do you DO a good murder (story) these days, anyway?

I remember once having a lengthy and somewhat gruesome chat about how you would dispose of a body in these recycling focused days. Would you drop it by the medical school? Dissect it and put the hip joints and such in either the plastic or metal recycling containers? Take the head and the mercury fillings…

It’s almost National Crime Writing Month!

Now, finally, a blog topic that won't involve endless self-examination and revelation and such. Phew. Because I haven't done any crimes. Okay, I remember ONE TIME where I stole something. I was in grade 5. I STILL feel guilty about it. Ashamed, bad, totally awful. I'd make amends to the harmed party but I am…

Overwhelmed with reading others’ writing

In Desiderata, the author tells us to avoid comparing ourselves with others as it will leave us either vain or bitter - there will always be those greater and lesser than ourselves. How right, how true. Especially when it comes to writing. Sometimes I wander through a bookstore or see what books are being launched…

Nanowrimo/ NaBloPoMo/ Why so many November writing tasks?

Well, but of course, I have to do both... So here's my first of November blog about my first of November writing for Nanowrimo... It seems like November is a good time of year for focused writing. Perhaps it's the gloom setting in, the threat of winter, the darkening skies, the reversal of daylight saving…

Editing with the Kindle (or other ereader, I would imagine)

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/09/19/editing-kindle/ Another blog well worth following!

Mental Health Days

Before I went back to work, when I was spending my days playing with my kids and doing seemingly endless piles of laundry and arbitrating fights and driving people all over the place, every once and awhile, I'd see that we were getting stressed to the max with school and other commitments. So I'd give…