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The Indie Author Primer – Manuscripts

The first article in Ed Charlton’s column for IndieReader.

What Indie Authors Need to Know About Their Manuscripts

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.

– See more at: http://indiereader.com/2015/03/indie-author-needs-know-manuscrcipt/

Coming Soon…

From Scribbulations’ own Ed Charlton:
978193751250-FrontWhat exactly is The Problem with Uncle Teddy’s Memoir?
And what is A Speculative Fiction Romantic Adventure Mystery?

Theo Kingman inherited a problem: great-uncle Teddy’s unpublished memoir of an impossible life in the fabulous place called Aleronde.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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R.I.P. to an inspiration

BrianClemens 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.

More at the BBC

…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.)

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Limited edition – not many left.
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SPBE 2014

Ed Charlton was a speaker at the “Distribution 101″ panel at this year’s Self Publishing Book Expo in New York.

It’s great being in the company of interested and interesting writers. There is so much talent just waiting to get out.