Monthly Archives: July 2013

TYPESETTING BASICS FOR POD

I’ve had a chance to read a bunch of self-published books lately, and not e-books but actual paper books made possible by the magic of print-on-demand (POD). This technology is helping to fuel the new indie, self-pub, and micro-press “boom” … Continue reading

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GETTING OUT THERE

I’ve been attending conventions since 1981, but didn’t start actually participating as a speaker until Gen Con 1996, where I was put on the spot to help run seminars as an employee of TSR. In the years since then, I’ve … Continue reading

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FIRST THINGS FIRST

Creative writing, despite the tagline on the cover of The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, is not a step-by-step process. But what about after you’ve finished writing? Time and again I’ve said that if you ask a hundred … Continue reading

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WHAT READERS RESPOND TO IN A HERO

In a previous post I recommended the book Writing the Breakout Novel by agent Donald Maass. Late last week I was putting together an outline for a new novella and referred back to that book and the notes I made … Continue reading

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WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW, BUT THEN SOME

For the second year now I’ve been working with my friends in the F+W Media family, helping to judge a contest. Though I’m not generally a huge fan of writing competitions—many of them are just plain scams—this is an organization … Continue reading

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