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Source: A Case of a Heart
Writers must be insane. We spend countless hours pouring our hearts out into our work, nurturing our characters, giving our story legs to stand on its own merit, and falling in love with what we have created. Then, we let out a loud sigh of relief as we step back from it. Like any good parent would, we want to show others the glory of this new and powerful force of nature, also known as our story…
And then those blood thirsty vampire editors get their claws in your baby. Violent red slashes scar the face of your once well-crafted pages. Cradled in your arms, your anger grows at those who have no foresight, no imagination, no understanding of what you had created.
Hmmm…I might be a little dramatic, but I think most new writers feel like this on some level when their manuscript is returned from an editor. I…
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This guy knows what he is talking about! Great advice for anyone in a business.
I find that writers have a tendency to think of themselves and their career as individual endeavors. Oddly enough, I once thought this way as well. Reality couldn’t be further from the truth. It takes a team of people to be successful in any business, and writing is no exception.
I’ve owned and run several businesses and I understand the value to having a great team. Typically I need someone strong in operations, another in quality & regulations, another in finance, and often a legal counsel representative. This is just basic business. You can’t possibly know everything you need to about every aspect of your business, so surround yourself with others that can support the areas you aren’t top notch on.
If you’re a writer and not an artist, then don’t be creating the book cover for your next book. Have a resource that you trust to do this or…
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Martin Crosbie In a press release, Amazon called Martin Crosbie’s debut novel “My Temporary Life” one of their success stories. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. Martin’s recent release “The Dead List – A John Drake Mystery” was awarded a publishing contract by Kindle Press.
He’s also the author of “My Name Is Hardly – Book Two of the My Temporary Life Trilogy“, “Lies I Never Told – A Collection of Short Stories“, “How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle – An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook, 2015 Edition“, and “Believing Again: A Tale Of Two Christmases“.
Martin was born in the Highlands of Scotland and currently makes his home just outside Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada.
One of the most helpful tools that I use when writing is my character matrix. Addicted to MS Excel spreadsheets, I found the logic of using this tool to ensure that I had characters that truly interacted with each other in a natural way.
To do this, I simply listed out the names of the primary characters across the top and then the same names along the left side. In each of the boxes of my matrix I list out how the person (or character) recorded in the top of that column feels about the person listed on the left of that row.
So, let’s say the grumpy old man, Sam, feels that the thin young boy, Tim, is unfit for combat duty. I type that in that specific cell of the matrix grid. Sam also feels there is no place in a war zone for females such as Maria…
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