What Makes a Book? (Pt. 2 – Edits)

As I mentioned in the previous post, edits are an important, nay critical piece of the process. I can’t tell you how often I have heard people complain about a story they were reading that was riddled with errors and how they simply couldn’t finish it. I’ve also heard many complaints about books that don’t have enough cohesion or are missing a critical piece. These complaints are both examples of poor/insufficient/non-existent editing. “But wait!” you say. “Edits were not the first part of the your previous article. What about finding a publisher or the contract piece?” To that, all I can say is, there are tons of publishers and articles on how to query them. I know I can’t really […]

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Music

There is a very strong connection between music and writing. Both tell stories. Both can bring forth very strong emotions in the recipient. For me, music represents yet another avenue for inspiration. For example, as soon as I heard Kiss from a Rose by Seal, a story popped into my head. The imagery from the song was so strong the story was almost immediately there. It took me a while to work out all the details for the story, but once I did, I had to write it. That has happened other times too; a song has inspired a character or a setting or plot points. I wonder if stories do the same for song writers? Music also provides me […]

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Almost there

I received my final line edits last night for Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War. This is very good news indeed. It means, the book is almost finished and ready for publication. Only a few steps are left: final edit of the story, layout of the novel and printing of the novel. It is my hope to have the first two done by the end of the weekend. Then I can refocus on the other books I’m writing. Unfortunately, those books have taken a bit of a backseat the past few weeks as I’ve worked (also stressed about) exclusively on Scouts. I’m sure JR Murdock will be very happy to have me working on Jack Kane and the Kaiser which […]

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