Dialogue, Part One (of God Who The Fuck Knows How Many Because People Rarely Get It)
Okay kids, let’s get real. Dialogue. Why is it so hard for so many people? Everybody talks, right? Everybody hears people talk, right? So why do the words on the page often feel wrong?
I think about this a lot because — not to brag, but dialogue comes naturally for me, and people notice, and mention it. Also, I have had to help a lot of writers fix dialogue issues. That’s because it’s a huge part of fiction, and in modern genre fiction, it can make or break you. Literary snobs have their own take on it, but genre fiction isn’t even “put up or shut up” anymore. It’s “put up or fall off the planet and sell nothing.”
Continue reading Dialogue, Part One
No self-publishing lesson this week. I haven’t abandoned you, but I am having issues. I should be back on top of the column next week!
The traditional wisdom on reviews is: reviews sell books. And it’s true, conditionally. So let’s think about this a moment.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons 9: About Reviews, Part 1
Lay Versus Lie
Written at the request of one of my favorite people, I’ve decided to occasionally address common grammatical snags. “Lay versus Lie” is a biggie, so we’ll start here.
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Thesis and Theme
This is the last installment I’m going to do on developmental editing for a while, and it probably should have been the first, but it won’t hurt to save the best for last.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Part 8: Thesis and Theme
Developmental editing requires a holistic, big-picture approach that starts with how the book will flow for the reader. Here are some ways to help a writer think about that.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Part 7: Flow and Outlining
I think this is the post I’ve dreaded the most in this whole series. Bear with me as I try to give some insight into how to developmentally edit your own manuscripts.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Part 6: Developmental Self-Editing
Self-Editing for Development
Most modern self-publishers are writers, not editors, and self-editing is not really part of most writers’ toolboxes. If you edit like a writer, you’re going to have a bad time.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Part 5: Self-Editing, #1
What Editors and Beta Readers Do
I’ve been nipple-deep (I’m short) in the indie/self-publishing community of authors for over a year now, and most of you make me sad. Have a sit and allow me to explain to you what editors and beta readers are, and what you should expect (and demand) of them.
This is going to take more than one column, FYI.
Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Part 4: Editors and Beta Readers