Saturday, April 18, 2015

St. Louis Indie Book Fair

St. Louis author Mark Pannebecker has been hard at work organizing his hometown's first inaugural Indie Book Fair. Beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, the fair will feature booths and live readings until 9:00 pm. For more details, visit the St. Louis Indie Book Fair website or Facebook page. Entry is free; don't miss it!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Copyediting and Proofreading: The Secret to Professionalism

Photograph credit: Alberto G.

I recently conducted a brief survey on reader reactions to typos and other mistakes in writing. The survey was short: just seven questions, with an optional eighth question to sort respondants by occupation. About 500 people responded to the survey via links posted to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The results are fascinating, and I can’t wait to conduct a second version. In my updates, I intend to clarify some questions, add a few questions, and attempt to attract a more diverse array of respondents. I welcome your suggestions.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Publishing Short Stories

Photo credit: Marcus Hansson.

Writers hate outlines. Of course! Writers want to write, the way painters want to paint and dancers want to dance. But the finished product of any art is the presentation, and presentations require lots of preparation. A well-considered and flexible outline can do wonders to make a story effective. But what about the story of your stories?

Zoom out and add another level to consider: what does your publishing outline look like? A publishing outline is a plan for publishing your stories, and it's always better to plan ahead. Here's how to start: