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I agree with… Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking “Write a lot, but read even more. Learn to be open to criticism. And research as much as you can before making a decision about where you want to see your writing career. The internet is filled with information that will help you become a better writer and make better decisions before publishing.” [Amanda Hocking, in an interview with the ‘Huffington Post’, May 1, 2011] Amanda Hocking, who is something of a wunderkind in self-publishing circles, offers sound advice. If you want to be a writer, there are two basic things to do: write, and read. And nowadays there is so much help out there that it is no longer an excuse for a writer to flounder. I googled ‘How to write a novel’ and got 135 million links to click. Some were selling me products [how-to books, novels, computer software], many were selling their services [proofreaders, cover designers, manuscript consultants] but some were good old-fashioned free advice from authors and creative writing tutors. Hocking’s latest book, published in January 2015, is Frostfire, the first in the Kanin Chronicles series. For Amanda Hocking’s blog, click here. Click here to read the Huffington Post interview in full For more
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Categories: Book Love.

The copy-editing experience

This is an unusually long post from me today, as I want to write about copy-editing. One thing I wasn’t prepared for when preparing the manuscript (MS) of Ignoring Gravity for publication was copy-editing. This was something I just hadn’t got around to organising.It wasn’t that I didn’t know it would have to be edited, but I hadn’t factored in the time needed. The novel has been read so many times, in its many forms and with its different titles, by so many different people, surely copy-editing is just picking up bad punctuation? Wrong. I am so thankful that a journalist colleague now runs a copy-editing business. Dea Parkin [below] and I go back a long way, I trust her. Fiction Feedback gave me a brilliant service. I heard Dea gulp when I said she had a week to turn around the MS, and another gulp when I said it was 99,000 [alright, 100,000] word MS. But she did it. In fact we did have more time, and in the end Fiction Feedback read the MS three times. It was worth every penny. On all style points, Fiction Feedback refers to the Oxford English Dictionary, and New Hart’s Rules. The
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Categories: On Writing.