Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing – The Great Question

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing? The publishing landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years, with more and more authors choosing self-publishing over traditional publishing. I’ve been self-publishing ebooks and print books for about 5 years, I’ve been self-publishing audio books for 1 year, and as a media professional, I’ve been following the industry for a very long time. I’ve listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts, studied traditional marketing in classrooms, and followed the publishing industry for years. The self-publishing route is not for everyone. I choose to self-publish, and I’ve been doing so for my ebooks, print books, and even…

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My Draft Zero Process

I have a unique approach to creative writing I call the Draft Zero Process. My Draft Zero Process might be something similar to what other writers do. It may only be a new perspective on a well established work-flow, but because it has made such a significant impact on my productivity, I’d like to share it. Some believe in outlining a story before writing it, while others insist that such a practice binds them—and their characters—too rigidly. Many argue that the characters in a story must be granted their own voice and be given the freedom to respond to the…

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The Writer’s Spaceship

No matter if you’re writing non-fiction, sci-fi romance, or YA historical high fantasy, every author could benefit from having a writer’s spaceship. We’re creative people, but we can be distracted. Sometimes, words don’t fly onto ‘the paper’ as often or as frequently as we like, and one solution I’ve come across is the author’s spaceship. The benefits are astronomical, haha, with only a little cost. Of course I’m not actually talking about a physical rocketship with humanoid-passenger carrying abilities; I’m talking about a work area. The idea is simple: you create a creative cockpit, where you strap yourself in for the great…

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Deep Structure

On writetodone.com, Dr. John Yeoman writes tips on creating Deep Structure in short stories. This was a nice article that gives tips and describes why the tips create better stories. He describes ‘Deep Structure’ as the depth the reader feels in a story, the additional information and perspective that a reader can get from a story. He gives three really nice tips, and goes into a lot of detail on the tips. It’s a must read. He says you must give your story a sense of unity, you could echo an emblem, and that you could weave in a sub-plot, all to…

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