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Two posts in one: Book 3 is done, and I need Facebook likes

I only like posting once a day here, if possible, because I know folks get emailed every time. So for the first time ever on this blog, I’m harnessing the Power of Cyberspace and merging two posts into one. Maybe five years from now, when people are merging four and even five posts together, we’ll all look back and laugh. But for now, this is cutting edge stuff!

Post 1: Facebook likes

I’m doing a little paid Facebook advertising ($$), and my reach is based on the number of likes on my page. So I could really use more likes. Am I asking for likes? You bet! If you follow the link and then click “Like” I’ll be your best friend forever.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-L-Monk/438937726219898

Post 2: Book 3 is done

Ugh, finally — FINALLY — I finished all the parts and pieces and rewrites of Book 3 of The Jenkins Cycle (title to be released later, hehe). Wow, it took a while. I thought when I finished the first draft in January it’d go quick. Boy was I wrong.  Lots of rewriting and agonizing and complaining and whining and profanity and conjunction after conjunction. What’s their function? Beats me, I just type stuff. Anyway, it’s done. I have to read it again, weeding out as many typos as I can, as many inconsistencies as possible, and then I need to get it to beta readers.  After that, I hope to hire 2 proofreaders — back to back — to find the last problems. Then I publish. I sincerely hope this is in July, and wish it were sooner. Still lots to do, but the hard part is over. Nothing bad can happen now.

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The show you never knew you needed: Writership Podcast

writership-podcast1400Over on the Sell More Books Show, Jim Kukral announced the launch of a new podcast as part of his new “Author Marketing Institute Podcast Network.” Unlike other author podcasts, this one focuses on craft. Specifically: editing.  Anyone who knows me, or who’s followed the Awesome Indie Project, knows I have an appreciation for good editing. I’m always striving to hone my skills, because the better job I do on my drafts, the easier it will be for a paid editor to help me prepare for publication.

Content

I’ve listened to two shows so far, and both were great. The hosts — Leslie Watts and Alyssa Archer — start the show with a quote about editing from someone famous in publishing, and not necessarily from the trad pubs (the first show quoted Chuck Wendig). After that, they choose a published or unpublished novel someone has submitted and read it on the air for about 10 minutes. Then they tear it to pieces! Haha, just kidding. Actually, they’re incredibly respectful of the work. They say what they like about it, and then suggest improvements from a number of different perspectives: story, pacing, sentence structure, etc.  In my opinion, they do a bang-up job. I really love this stuff and could listen to it all day.

Style

One of the things I love about the show is the personalities of the hosts: calm, focused, friendly, earnest in their mission. Delivery is something I usually don’t think about when it comes to podcasts, but it’s an important consideration. Simon Whistler of the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast mixes bubbly enthusiasm with a Tony Blair accent, and it’s always fun to hear Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen riffing off each other so naturally on the Sell More Books Show. It’s no coincidence that I mention these other two shows side-by-side with Writership. They’re all winners.

http://www.writership.org/podcast/

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Sunday Word Count: Not applicable, lots of editing though

FarkusYay, I finally get to use this photo of Scut Farkus.  I haven’t been writing anything new, but I have been doing lots of editing. All the major inconsistencies are fixed, no visible plot holes left, lots of clunky writing declunkified, and the typos that are left are hiding in plain sight no matter how many times I read them.  A few more passes and I’ll be ready to send “Kick 2” off to my beta readers. Oh yeah, I’m probably going to have to rename it from “Ride” to something else — there’s another novel called “Ride” and I’d rather not confuse things if I don’t have to. Also, I like to avoid the image of being a claim jumper.

Cheers

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“Like a junkie returns to his needle”

http://www.pthylton.com/over-used-words-death/

If you dare…

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Marvelous interview with editor Harry Dewulf

I went sailing over the weekend with some friends of mine.  It was a 2 hour drive each way, and with time to burn I decided to listen to the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. I was completely blown away by the interview with Harry Dewulf. He really cares about his craft, and the lengths he goes for his writers are above and beyond what I thought was possible in an editor-for-hire.

I immediately sent the link to the podcast to various friends. I also emailed Harry. He’s a great guy, even offered to Skype with me about my current work in progress, for free.  I had to decline, mostly out of  shame that the project isn’t as far along as I wanted it to be.  But I also told him I’m going to try to get him to edit it when it’s done.

Link: Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast with Harry Dewulf

Link: Harry’s Website…

Link: Harry’s Blog…

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Guest Post: Editing — Why Do I Bother?

This is ossum!

Belly-up!

Do you ever ask yourself, “Why are so many traditionally published books woefully under-edited?”

Sci-fi and fantasy author Michael Drakich does, too.

Editing – Why Do I Bother?

author Michael Drakich

Lately, in my recreational reading, I have been finding a greater number of the novels I read as being poorly edited. I understand that, by being engaged as an author, my perspective has skewed from the days prior to my entering the industry as I now examine what I read in a different manner. Still, I cannot help but believe the need for crisp editing has gone out the window.Before I go further, I need to clarify something. I’m not talking about self-published works. I’m referring to novels being produced by the big publishing houses.
Call me old-fashioned, but I still have a penchant for buying print copy books instead of reading eBooks, and I tend to make my purchases…

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Why Indie Book Quality is Important

I read this today and totally agree. It’s sort of a big deal.

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Updates…

I love elipseseseses.  They always make things seem more interesting.  Except when used…to…excess…(…).

Some updates:

1) For anyone who followed and read my Carbivorous Rex post over on dot2trot,  you’ll be happy to know I walked past an absolutely delicious-looking cake from a party someone threw.  Normally I’d load up 2 pieces on a plate and shoot back to my desk, then grab my coffee cup and go fill up and grab another piece and bring that back with me.  Today?  Nada.  Didn’t even feel the urge.  The weirdest thing? I miss the urge.

2) Just heard back from my ecover designer.  He said he’d have 2 options available today sometime.  I expect 3d holographic projections and special inks that glow in the dark.  I’ll let you know…

3) I’ve just finished a major mark-up of my latest work in progress–a book about a thief.  Working title: Thief’s Odyssey. I hope to get the edits in today, but it’ll probably take 2-3 days since “Life Happens” when you get home.

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Writing ebooks has changed a lot since the 80’s

Ahh…I remember it so clearly, back in the 80’s…

I’d just gotten home from school, sat down on my Commodore 64 and brought up Amazon (formerly called “river-in-south-america.com”) to check my sales report: 20 downloads!  Where did they come from?  Back then, we didn’t have any cool sales statistics like KDP does today. You know, with that tiny little map and lightly shaded areas indicating that humans with ebooks had at one time downloaded something.  And Google wasn’t Google back then, it was simply called “a-whole-bunch.com.”  Still, it was all we had, and we were happy to have it.

So anyway, I pulled up A-Whole-Bunch and clicked around with my joystick and guess what? Turns out Michael Jackson, fresh from his Victory Tour, had been Tweeting (Twatting) and Digging (called Dig-Dugging) and Tumbling-Upon (Nudging-Along) all day long, telling people it was awful and not to buy it!  Apparently he’d downloaded a very early, incredibly preliminary version of Kick, which I’d uploaded before it was ready because I heard you could make millions of dollars (hundreds, in 80’s money).  Back then, the working title was “Bop.”  At the time, I  thought it was best not to respond to critics so I ignored Michael Jackson’s attacks.

Maybe a day later, a strange man in a suit showed up at my house and demanded I come out.

“What do you want?” I said.

“I demand that you take “Bop” off of river-in-south-america.com immediately! ” he said.

“And why would I do that?”

“Copyright infringement, you pathetic fool!”

“Who’s copyright am I infringing upon?” I said.

The man laughed mysteriously, adroitly, and emphatically all at the same time, then switched to a maniacal laugh that set my teeth on the edge of my seat, causing my eyes to drop in mesmerizing, ecstatic, anticipatory wonder at him.

“Funny you should ask,” he said. Then he spun around three times, whipped off his glasses and coat, still spinning, and a wind picked up outside and suddenly he was Michael Jackson, hands spread out to his side, yelling, “Hee heeeeeee!

“Wow,” I said.  “You’re Michael Jackson!”

“Shamon,” he said.

“So how am I copyright infringing you?”

“I’m the King of Pop…the name of your book is Bop–it’s too similar.”

“What if I changed it to ‘Beat?'” I said.

“Nice try–my biggest hit was Beat It.”

I thought about it.

“How about Kick?”

He did that kicky move thing he always does and I rolled my eyes.  “Ok, yeah, you got that too.”

“Hey,” he said.  “Why don’t you call it–Hee heeee!

I blinked at him.  “But I thought that was one of your little catchphrase things?”

“No, not ‘Hee heeeee,’ I meant to say–Hee heeeeeee!

Now I was really confused. He’d just said he didn’t mean “Hee heeeee,” and then he’d suggested I use “Hee heeeee.”

“But you just said…”

Hee heeeeee!” he said again.  “Can’t Hee heeeeee! say anything Hee heeeeeeeee! else because Hee heeeeeeeee!”

And suddenly it was clear to me what was going on.

“Come on in, Mike,” I said.

I sat him down, got him a Coke (he flinched when I offered Pepsi), put on his Thriller video, we watched it, it scared him, Heeeeee-cups cured, he said I could call the book “Kick,” and I rushed this blog post to it’s happy/sad/laughed/cried/amazing yet subtle conclusion, with very little editing, and hit “Publish.”

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Best editing tip EVAH’

Ever come up with something so amazing you want to knock on your neighbor’s door so they can look at how awesome you are?  So I’m sitting here editing something short that’s going to go out to a lot of people and I’m using every trick to find mistakes and typos and I’m not finding any.  Then, just before hitting “send,” it hits me: paste it into a text-to-speech translator.

I’m sure someone’s done this before.  I’m sure if I google it right now some amazing person’s already said, “Hey, if you’re editing, throw it in a text-to-speech translator.”  But I’d never thought to do it before, and maybe you hadn’t either.  Guess what?  It found a whopper of a mistake. 

Woo hoo me!

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