Dueling Words at Ten Paces

I had hoped to settle in and finish the first draft of my current project, but I have been sidetracked by the events of one big publisher negotiating with one big distributor on the web, so I decided to create a poster that sums it up.

If you are interested in the business of publishing, both traditional and Indie, I suggest you settle in and enjoy the business negotiation process unfolding between Hachette and Amazon, and follow along as some authors buy into the negotiations, but do check your facts before commenting, either on this site or any other site, because there are a lot of false statements floating around at the moment.

The process of one author commenting and other authors arguing against the first author reminds me of a boxing match (or a duel), with one throwing a punch (or firing a shot), and the opponent blocking, or throwing a counter punch, (or taking his time to aim and fire while the first duelist is reloading his pistol).

I may also draw some cartoons later. Enjoy the poster.

 

HachetteVsAmazonWeb

 

Some of the sites to follow to get a balanced view of this duel are The Passive Voice, J A Konrath, and Hugh Howey.

I hope that after another week or two, I will come to my senses and get back into writing or creating covers.

Keep writing and having fun.

 

First Tip for Scribus 1.4.3

Due to my laptop dying and purchasing a new laptop, as I discussed in my previous blog, I reinstalled Scribus, but got an updated version.

I located my Broken series and opened each into the new version of Scribus.

First I was asked to chose a font to replace the fonts I used in the older version.

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Nothing Stops Progress

I have (had) a lovely laptop running Windows XP that I used for coding windows programs and writing my novels, and everything else related to computing.

That is, until last Wednesday.

The laptop stopped working. No need to panic. All I had to do was reinstall the operating system and everything would be Ok again. The computer did not recognise the USB ports, or the CD drive. The hard drive would not boot the operating system. I could not install XP again.

Panic set in! Read more »

The Writing Process Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stage of the writing process blog tour!

I am following Lisa who I met while studying How to Think Sideways with Holly Lisle.

I do realise that those participating in the blog tour are all at different stages in their writing career, but we all find a way that works to get the next scene or chapter written. Read more »

Raw Data Is Telling

Yesterday I was minding my own business working in Scribus on the layout of one of my novels. I was following the steps in my Creating Print On Demand Interiors & Covers Using Scribus 1.4.1  and realised it gets easier and easier, each time I went through the steps.

Note the blatant plug for one of my books. :-)

I stopped to have a break and decided to open FeedReader to skim over the topics for the day in all the sites I monitor.

Wow! Just Wow! Read more »

Indie ReCon Happening 25-27 February

If you are like me, you rested over the December break, planning what projects you would start in 2014.

Or, like me, you took January off to watch the tennis in Australia. Fun and relaxing sitting in the lounge chair in air-conditioning comfort while the heat built outside, including a few days of 40 degrees Celsius (102 for those of you who know Fahrenheit).

Once January finished, or rather the tennis finished, I went back to the computer and caught up on all the mail, blogs, and other writer sites I usually check out once a week. Read more »

Welcome 2014

I think the Indie Publishing Industry grew and matured in 2013. Now, I look forward to producing more novels, short stories and flash fiction in 2014.

If you need motivation to increase your writing this year, look at the following articles. Read more »

Illustrations: Back to Basics

I decided to start learning Photoshop colouring in by doing a drawing by hand. So I located the book Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures by Finlay Cowan and read the steps he takes using marker pens.

I copied one of his drawings, and followed along with the steps, but I couldn’t find my marker pens since I moved house, so I used coloured pencils instead. Read more »

Finalising Outstanding Projects for This Year

What a year!

I adjusted deadlines for my projects in my 2012 Wall Year Planner and realised this year flew by. I then printed out my 2014 Year Planner (4 x A4 pages) and glued it together and placed on the wall under the 2013 planner.

Note to everyone who tried to open the 2012 Wall Year Planner blog page but couldn’t, you can comment below if you want me to email you a copy of the excel spreadsheet so you can print out your own wall planner, to use year after year, by just changing the year in one cell then compiling the new layout for that year. Read more »

First Flash Fiction Published

I just published my first Flash Fiction stories created from Holly Lisle’s How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck free course.

I would recommend this course to any writer from beginner to advanced writer. Read more »

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