The “1 ½ Pass” Rides Again

Well, I finished the first draft… My next non-fiction book (the one I pitched at the conference 3 weeks ago) is a completed manuscript. Now comes the rest period where I set it aside and shift from writer mode to editor mode. In the meantime, I’m doing some developmental editing on my other big projectContinue reading “The “1 ½ Pass” Rides Again”

Book Review: It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

I’ll admit it (actually I do regularly…), being a writer doesn’t mean I’m the best at spelling or punctuation. Even when we know our subject well, there are things we may forget or overlook. So, having information sources we can refer to helps. It was the best of sentences it was the worst of sentencesContinue reading “Book Review: It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

Facing what you create (Honest self-editing)

I may have confused a few people at the conference this year. About half the sessions I went to were editing sessions and not “writer” sessions. Actually, I didn’t hit any “writer” sessions this year except the keynotes. Since I’m a writer, why would I skip the writing sessions? Because there’s more to writing thanContinue reading “Facing what you create (Honest self-editing)”

Fast Pitch!

Well dear reader, I’m back from LDSPMA 2022. There’s a lot to talk about. Today we’ll talk about one of the most valuable activities at a writer’s conference, doing Fast Pitch. What is it? What’s fast pitch? In the writers’ conference context, Fast Pitch is kind of like speed dating. You sign up for aContinue reading “Fast Pitch!”

A one percent return (Part 3)

In the previous parts of this discussion, we’ve collected a pile of research and refined it. Now, we’re going to use that pile to build our writing. There are many writing and citing styles out there, and a plethora of subjects and subject matter to work with. There are many reasons for writing and manyContinue reading “A one percent return (Part 3)”

There’s still time… But not much!

If you’re reading this when the post went live, we’re about two weeks into the virtual conference/pre-conference for the 2022 LDSPMA conference. There’ve been some interesting sessions. I’ve learned a thing or two and took part in discussions on manuscript prep, book design, and how to handle “fast pitch” situations in selling the things weContinue reading “There’s still time… But not much!”

Beta readers

I’ve got projects approaching completion. Or at least I think they’re nearing completion. Where they really are is ready for me to show them to someone. But does that mean I’m sending them off to a publisher? Nope, not if I’m smart. Does that mean I’m showing them to an editor? Some stuff, yes. SomeContinue reading “Beta readers”

Not all readers are the same!

I’ve been reading a book about writing short stories; one of those books with lots of articles and contributions by different authors and publishing people who’ve ‘really been there’ and know what they’re talking about. It’s fascinating how much conflicting advice exists in the same text. Why does that happen? Shouldn’t the people who’ve ‘beenContinue reading “Not all readers are the same!”

Conference attendance virtual vs. in person

The last few years have been exceptional (you choose the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ tags for yourself…). The world’s changed a bit. One of those changes has been an increase in the acceptance of virtual conference. And yet, there’s value in being there too. Virtual advantages Virtual conferences are cheaper. You may get a direct discountContinue reading “Conference attendance virtual vs. in person”

Scenes and encounters

As a writer, I build scenes. As a game master, I build encounters. There are differences, but there are similarities too… Encounters and scenes have different requirements and components. I usually introduce outside characters and creatures in an encounter, but not as often in a scene. Scenes might focus on the actions of a singleContinue reading “Scenes and encounters”