Blog Editor’s Discussion: Self-Publication | Snopes by Nick Smith

ebookBlog Editor’s Discussion: Self-Publication | Snopes.

While I was brainstorming what I wanted to write this piece about (my version of brainstorming looking very much like drinking coffee and reading on my Kindle), I had a strange thought, which bloomed into a veritable forest of queries. What, I wondered, did the process of self-publication entail? How has the e-book changed the game, both for publisher and authors? Is it possible for average authors to make a living this way? After a mild argument with myself, I switched to decaf and went to work researching. – See more at: http://shenandoahliterary.org/snopes/2014/03/10/blog-editors-discussion-self-publication/#sthash.XaUN6Bpg.dpuf

From Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review (sponsored by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (24450) and published twice annually on the internet under the auspices of the Dean of the College, currently Suzanne Keen.)

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Critiques: What Can They Do For ME and How Do I Get One?

As writers we love to get some feedback on our new works once we’ve polished them up a bit. Submitting your work for critique and giving critiques to others is a great way to learn more about the craft of writing and to network with other authors.

What can a critique do for me, you ask? Critiques can be as simple as finding those typo’s and misspellings that your eyes can miss (and that spell checker can miss too!)
But they can also be in-depth and:
•   look at the overall style of your writing
•   look at the “meaning” of certain word choices
•   consider the  choreography of your phrasing
•   note dialogue vs description
•   watch for the flow and clarity of phrasing
•   consider the overall pacing of the story

Learning how to critique the works of others not only allows you to support your writing community but can also give you great insight into your own work.

I’ve created a forum called Writing Talk where you can get your work critiqued! The Forum has boards for writing discussions, challenges and prompts but it also has a restricted board for getting critiques.

The Critique board is accessible by password only – this means your work is safe in a private place – not in a public board where anyone passing through can see them!!

Please come and register for Writing Talk, introduce yourself in the Welcome Board and tell us about your writing, then see what the Forum has to offer!

I hope you’ll come and take a look. I’ve worked hard to create this in order to support my fellow writers and could really use some support and feedback on this!!

Would you like to have a safe place to get feedback? Would you commit to giving feedback to others as well? Please leave your ideas, comments, suggestions in the comments below!!

Writing Talk

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