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Punctuation is key

July 21, 2011 by

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“You need a comma. Because it wasn’t the farmhouse that was seeking answers.” “How do you know?”

The Jam Tomorrow of the Writing Game

July 19, 2011 by

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I submitted my first batch of queries yesterday. Apparently I was supposed to tell people that. There. I’ve told. I didn’t say anything because it’s not time for celebration, it’s just the dawn of a widening chasm of hopelessness and despair *ahem* I mean, patient waiting period. There will be cautious optimism if one of […]

The End. The End. *dance*

July 18, 2011 by

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In between writing query letters I’ve been writing a synopsis. Where ‘writing’ is composing a sentence and then thinking, ‘well, that’s stupid’, writing another and glaring at it, and then deleting both and starting again. Which is made worse by the fact that I’ve already done this once. But that was back when the first […]

/Kickstart: Bibliotek

July 18, 2011 by

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So that’s kickstart week over, I’m now going to relax to a steady chunk of it per week. Watch out this Friday for the beginning of the monthly ‘other fiction Friday,’ too! This time it will be from my much calmer, elderly superhero novel The Miracle.

Said a Kandace to a Rick…

July 18, 2011 by

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“No. Tomorrow’s Tuesday.” “Really? Not Wednesday?” “No. Tuesday comes before Wednesday. It’s tradition.”

Kickstart: Bibliotek: Nanograph One

July 18, 2011 by

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<— Previous ~~~~~ Nanograph One Andy had never been much of an Author himself. Not that that’d stopped him being chosen for this mission. The employer having sent Julia to him with the material. He felt his stomach clench. Around the hard, finger length capsule in his gut. Just for once… Andy wished he was […]

Kickstart: Bibliotek: Chapter One.Five

July 16, 2011 by

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<— Previous ~~~~~ Have you ever rained down from a volcano? Graham hadn’t, not until they base-jumped from the tower amongst the new thermals which smashed them downward. Shades had thrown him something like a poncho and told him, “it knows what to do.” Blessed fashion, he thought, at least it knows what to do. […]

A good query letter is one that gets them to call you

July 16, 2011 by

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A query letter is a tricky piece of writing. It has to excite the interest of the reader while being informative, condense the basic plot to a couple of sentences that still give a clear indication of what’s in the book, be funny and sound like your book while still being professional, tell them about […]

Kickstart: Bibliotek: Chapter One.Four

July 15, 2011 by

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<— Previous ~~~~~ Earlier that night, they’d taken a train to the hit. High on metamphetamines—on ultra-caff—they sleeked through the tiled wetroom of the London Underground; the non-Euclidean geometry of it. Graham had always believed that it brought cottage industry needle work to mind. Or blue, French pastoral china. He had not thought to laugh […]

Icky Theory: Paratexts and Metatexts

July 15, 2011 by

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Paratext and Metatext The next few Icky Theory posts are going to be looking at the ways I’m hoping this textual performance can be made. Para- and meta-texts describe ways readers can engage with ebooks in a way that they can’t with fixed print. These are texts which surround and infuse the seed text, providing […]