Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Paying it forward: Links and tips.
Five Overlooked SF/F/H Books of 2013 (Must point out that I copyedited the first book in the B and N list. And it's a wonderfully fun book.)
Waterstones offers Twauthors – The best authors on Twitter
Over on Goodreads, Steven Saus tells us The Write Agenda Can Teach You How To Avoid Untrustworthy People... Like Themselves. If you read nothing else, go read that. It will help you with contracts, with understanding the behavior of the anonymous troll -- and the vanity press publishers -- and the many MANY scammers out there preying on the new authors and future authors.
Writer Beware is a major example of paying it forward.
A Few Things a Writer Should Probably Do at Least Once from Doctor Doyle. Since I'm in SCA, I can tell you that yes, these would indeed help you. Have I done them all? No.
As a copy editor, guns and other weapons are something I tend to research a LOT.
Shh: a simple tip for talking about race.
Bonus: Until this paragraph, this entire post was an example of paragraphing style. [Which Nero Wolfe will tell you all about in Plot It Yourself; you should read that.] I tend to do mine a certain way, and I vary it deliberately while writing to make it easier on readers. And just for variety's sake too.