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The first article in Ed Charlton’s column for IndieReader.
Before you have a printed book, you have a manuscript. These are different things, connected but distinct, like a butterfly and a caterpillar. Some indie authors get confused between the two. They have unrealistic expectations of their manuscript. They expect their caterpillar to fly.
Theo Kingman inherited a problem: great-uncle Teddy’s unpublished memoir of an impossible life in the fabulous place called Aleronde. What are Theo’s motives for selectively sending chapters to his childhood friend and publisher, Curt? Why does Curt find some of the descriptions so disturbingly familiar?
In copied letters, collected emails, office notes, and of course, the pages of Uncle Teddy’s own manuscript, Ed Charlton pieces together a tale of empire, conquest, slavery, betrayal, romance, adventure, and mystery. Is it speculative? Is it even fiction at all…?
The Problem with Uncle Teddy’s Memoir will be published later this year.
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Here are some good tips for writers posted on the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
Do you think they included the one about improving your resume/CV in case the writing thing just doesn’t work out?
Brian Clemens died recently.
His work on The Avengers – the UK TV series with Patrick McNee and Diana Rigg and others – is still a source of inspiration to writers who aspire to use humor well, to be surreal when appropriate, and want to have fun with their drama.
…The Avengers writer created some of TV’s most enduring shows. His secret? “There’s no mystery: arse to chair, pen to paper.”
(And I take comfort from his writing space looking a mess.)
After many years toiling in corporate data systems he branched out into writing and, subsequently, to providing publishing services to independent authors. Check out the rest of this site to learn more.
Ed owes a debt of gratitude to all in The Write Group based at the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, NJ. He is a member of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County and the founder of The Write Group: Kennett Square, PA.
He has a reputation for asking, in the middle of long BBC dramas, “When do the aliens land?”
When Visitors Come to Tea
Ruth is a lifelong resident of Nutley, New Jersey. Art has been her avocation and passion since childhood. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from Montclair State University and a degree in graphic design from Kean University. Ruth has won numerous awards for her art and photography and is a member of the Enamel Guild North East USA.
Hummingbird Tales: The Beginning is Ruth’s first children’s book. She continues to write, illustrate, and is currently working on her second.