Period Spaces

Sep 18, 2012 by

Once, a long long time ago, in this here galaxy in which we live, you wrote on a typewriter, and the rule was two spaces after a period. And while even the nefarious Writer’s Digest acknowledges that no, we do not do this anymore, people insist on it, and give many a reason for it. When we used typewriters, readability insisted that two spaces come after every period. It gave the eye a rest, and the irregularities inherent in typewriter text made it necessary. We do not do this in today’s computer-driven world. I understand this is a hard habit to break – that’s what “Find/replace” is for. To remove all those double spaces from your finished manuscript before you send it in. Why, you ask? Publishers don’t want to see it. There are plenty of...

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Writer’s Digest

Sep 14, 2012 by

I subscribe to Writer’s Digest’s newsletter. Many of you do as well, most likely, but while we both read it, this is for vastly different reasons. Writer’s Digest is considered a good source of information for the general public. But in actual fact, if you read closely, you’ll notice that you never actually get said information. Each article or seminar or book is mostly designed to make sure you get just enough to have to buy the next one. Now, this isn’t to say that their information is always inaccurate. It’s not. Just recently, an article went up that I thoroughly agree with and will be writing more on next week. However, this is a bit rare and far between. For the most part, Writer’s Digest is a simply money-making machine. Hardly surprising in today’s world, but...

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Uncertainties of Life

Sep 11, 2012 by

On Sept 11, 2001, the world came to a crashing halt, and that included the book industry. Every book on an editor’s desk that was set to get published? Scrapped. Every manuscript that had an agent’s attention was shoved aside. Every book already at the presses was halted. For six months the industry came to a stand still. Contracts were cancelled, series were paused, sequels didn’t come out. There are no guarantees in the world, least of all in the book business. If you come to me with a manuscript and ask for a promise that after I’ve worked on it, it will be published by a major publisher, I show you the door. No matter how good the book is, there’s never any way to be certain. Today is the 11th anniversary of a deep tragedy,...

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Books VS Graphic Novels

Aug 31, 2012 by

Despite wide-spread thoughts, graphic novels are not the same thing as comics. Comics are shorter, tend to be printed as magazines are, and do not usually tell a complete story in each issue. A graphic novel is, in fact, a novel, told using a comic, or “artistic” format. Basically the difference between a Saturday morning cartoon and a feature motion picture. That said, they are not written the way traditional books are. And it is very difficult to apply the principles of either media/style to the other. A graphic novel has the obvious advantage of the artwork. The art can convey the emotion, show the foreshadowing, hint at the lust or betrayal, illustrate the catastrophe and explain to the reader exactly what it is the main character is holding. None of these tools are...

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Streaming Movies on an E-Reader...

Aug 20, 2012 by

Not a new concept, but not really what we really intended those little tablets to do, right? And yet more and more people want, if not expect, their e-readers to do more than just display books. This was posted last...

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