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2Print on Demand Formatting for Better Royalties Thinking of self-publishing a paperback through CreateSpace or Lulu? Some small decisions in page size, margins, and paragraph formatting can save you and your readers a lot of money! Here's my advice on how to bring a book from 630 pages to 250, without cutting a word unless you want to!
Fiction: Essay, K, English, words: 2k+, 9/27/2013
Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful cover image. In the spirit of inquiry, I've conducted this-is it called a "postmortem" is it's successful beyond my wildest dreams? -No, a friend reminds me the word I'm searching for is "debriefing"-this debriefing, then, of my Kickstarter campaign for a self-published nonfiction book.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, words: 5k+, 8/14/2013
21 A Very Fundamental Introduction to Publishing » Have a story, poem, or article you're thinking of publishing, or do you simply have a dream and no idea where to start? Here's the bedrock you can use to build the twenty-bedroom mansion or the house of cards your writing career turns out to be.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, chapters: 3, words: 10k+, favs: 29, follows: 3, updated: 7/2/2013 published: 5/22/2009
Making Words Do Things: Revising and Rewriting Your Story Some tips to look for while turning a first draft into a second draft: the difference between 'words that do stuff' and words that don't. How to turn the latter into the former, and where to fit them in. Rated T for *'d out cuss words, don't let that scare you. Don't let editing scare you, either.
Fiction: Essay, T, English, words: 1k+, favs: 3, follows: 1, 11/8/2012
4Not Pain as You or I Would Understand It "They don't feel pain!" Gnaak' exclaimed in exasperation. "Not anything like we'd call pain! Hells, every extraplanetary vacation, I try to take this family out for a pleasant dinner and…"
Fiction: Sci-Fi, K+, English, Humor, words: 683, 6/29/2011
2 The Guardian On Corrone, a planet where money determines everything, slaves excavate the ruins beneath Corek and Lucuo streets for precious artifacts and treasure. But one of them is about to discover something far more valuable-and more dangerous.
Fiction: Sci-Fi, K+, English, Adventure, words: 3k+, 8/22/2010
1 Niri the WorldWalker A short story of prophecy, doubt, and disaster. Is Niri A'Tawn the foretold World-Walker, and what will it mean for the empire of Xeocib if she is? Contains excerpt from the prophecies of Dahuan of Ilnar, Prophet, for the reader's edification .
Fiction: Fantasy, K, English, words: 3k+, 10/6/2009
3 In the Face of Eternity A prose poem The true epitaph of a human being does not lie in or on the grave, but in a place where for one moment, truly, they left their soul.
Fiction: Fable, K, English, Spiritual, words: 241, favs: 3, 6/17/2009
1 Crushed Sometimes you just have to abandon what's holding you back-if you can.
Poetry: Family, K+, English, Hurt/Comfort, words: 270, favs: 1, 6/17/2009
28 The StepByStep Guide to Writing Epic Fantasy » I've seen too many stories begin the same way. It makes me wonder if there's a guide out there, and if so, what it would read like... A series of observations on the genre that have probably been made before, but never by yours truly! Check it out!
Fiction: Essay, K+, English, Humor & Fantasy, chapters: 3, words: 4k+, favs: 15, follows: 3, updated: 1/31/2009 published: 10/28/2007
57 Guide to Things a Fantasy Author should Never Do » After much painful research, I have brought you a master list of 23 things that will never work in your writing. Ever. Ouch!Sorry, I sort of choked on the tounge in my cheek.
Fiction: Essay, K+, English, Parody, chapters: 2, words: 3k+, favs: 16, follows: 1, updated: 9/17/2008 published: 7/10/2007
28 Dialog Tags and SecondBest Words Two issues I've seen frequently on the various writing sites I belong to. Some musings and advice.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, words: 922, favs: 21, follows: 1, 9/16/2008
12 Good Prose Prose: Literally, anything written that is not poetry. The text, the words on the page, the stuff the reader is actually reading. Here's what you need to make a reader want to read.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, words: 1k+, favs: 18, 6/22/2008
30Description: The hows, whens, and whys » Some thoughts on description in fiction and how to handle it.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, chapters: 2, words: 3k+, favs: 34, follows: 1, updated: 6/17/2008 published: 5/16/2006
31 Prose Mistakes that Amateurs Make Want to make your writing sound more professional? View the nitpicks within-and learn to avoid them!
Fiction: Essay, K, English, words: 2k+, favs: 50, follows: 1, 5/15/2008
86Spirit Lake » It seemed like a routine, if mystical, errand. Even if it did have strange company. But after this, nothing can be the same...for anyone. From the same setting as Heir to Life, though not a sequel.
Fiction: Fantasy, T, English, Adventure & Romance, chapters: 15, words: 26k+, favs: 3, follows: 4, updated: 1/20/2008 published: 5/11/2007
6 Parody: A Working Definition Provided as a public service to all those reading the essay section who wish to avoid making fools of themselves! If you aren't sure what a parody is, or have every found yourself shaking your head and saying 'This CAN'T be real', come on in and see it is
Fiction: Essay, K+, English, Parody, words: 388, favs: 2, 11/22/2007
11 Burning You Way Through the Library A helpful, informative guide of what to scorch first, and why. Perfect for whenever you're stuck in a library and need some heat or light! Also known as 'what happens when the library pages get rebellious'
Fiction: Essay, K+, English, Humor, words: 1k+, favs: 5, 10/21/2007
8 The Subtle Strife A discussion read: rant of subtlety and the lack thereof. I'd say more, but I don't want to clobber you over the head with it.
Fiction: Essay, K, English, Humor, words: 1k+, favs: 10, 9/21/2007
102 The Feng Shui of Review » An entire essay dedicated to that FictionPress staple, the review. Everyone who reviews gets a special treat!
Fiction: Essay, K, English, chapters: 2, words: 2k+, favs: 34, follows: 7, updated: 5/16/2007 published: 2/15/2007
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