Write. Edit. Share. Repeat.

About writing, editing, publishing & getting it out there

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Variety of services at Arzooman Editorial

Example_of_copyedited_manuscriptWhat I edit

I don’t know how many copyeditors work in just one genre (I suspect very few), but as far as my business (Arzooman Editorial Services) is concerned, I work in a variety of styles and genres.

I’m currently editing a non-fiction book about fighting diabetes, but the last book I worked on was fiction, a thriller about a serial killer. Read More

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Infusion of Creativity—WordCamp Asheville

logo for WordCamp

WordCamp logo

Discovering WordCamp

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first WordCamp, held in Asheville, NC. Three months ago, I didn’t know what WordCamp was. I have a friend who’s a Website designer. Since I dabble into the design and function of my Website and sometimes run into issues trying to make something happen in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), I often turn to her. She’s given me lots of great advice. But she knows I want to learn this myself, and sometimes I fear I’m bothering her with something the most basic of WordPress.org bloggers should already know. Read More

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No guarantee

NYPL books 3 020113I named my blog “Write.Edit.Share.Repeat” because I wanted to encourage everyone to write, to make their work as perfect as they could, to share it with others (self-publish, if you can’t get a deal with a mainstream publisher), and then to keep going. When I tell people, “If you want to write, just write,” I mean it.

But everyone has limitations. I struggle with writing, myself, and more than half of the time I don’t like what has emerged on the paper or screen. You have to write, edit, revise, edit, revise. No book you see on a shelf in a bookstore was a first draft. Read More

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Learning scary new technology

I spent the last two evenings learning how to make videos of processes I’m doing on my computer, and how to add music and/or my own voice, in order to make some how-to videos for clients and anyone who needs them.

EZVID logoI’m using a free program called “EZVID,” which so far is doing what it claimed it could do. I announced my first “successful” attempts on Twitter late last night, but on review in the light of day, they were not that well done and I was not happy with my voice and the music behind it. I felt my music choice wasn’t quite right, and I wanted to work harder at matching my narrative to my actions. Still, I was nearly there, and I’ll probably have a better video by tomorrow. Read More

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Quickie: Never too late to start writing

Janet Evanovich, from her Amazon author page

Janet Evanovich, from her Amazon author page

Found at The Princeton Patch

Janet Evanovich on getting published later in life.

“(Author Janet) Evanovich is in an inspiration for middle-aged people who still have dreams to fulfill. She didn’t publish her first book until she was 47 and her first Plum mystery came when she was over 50. She started writing when she was in her mid 30s and it took 10 years before she got published.

“I think the real advantage to it is I really was able to experience a lot of different things and now I’m a successful writer,” she says. “I haven’t got a good sense of age. … most of the people my age are retired and I’m just peaking … I still have a lot of stuff to do.”

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Talking me off the ledge of negativity*

By slava (https://secure.flickr.com/photos/slava/496607907/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By slava (https://secure.flickr.com/photos/slava/496607907/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We were discussing the nature of creativity, and the persistence of negativity, and the ridiculousness of feeling like a fraud in the face of evidence to the contrary.

What is going on? Why does a person with a history as a writer declare, “I cannot write!” to a hopefully non-judgmental outside party? Read More

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Blogging challenge–from A to Z

APRIL-2013-CALENDAR-001I’ve come across a blogging challenge that piqued my interest (thanks to Damyanti of Daily (w)rite, who led me to this). If you click on “Other blogs to visit” above, you’ll find a list of other writers participating in this challenge.

It’s called “Blogging from A to Z” and it’s a challenge, which starts on April 1, to blog on a topic starting with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.

From the blogger who started this, Arlee Bird of “Tossing it Out“: Read More

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No better time to be original

In Seth Godin‘s new book, The Icarus Deception, he writes that with the old way of doing things, most musicians (you can substitute writers or whatever type of art you do) did not have a chance of being heard. Most are not signed by a label. Of those lucky enough to be, 98% fail in the marketplace. Only 1/2% of the remaining 2% ever see a royalty check, Seth writes. (I don’t have a source for these figures, but it does seem in line with what I’ve heard about the record industry.)

He goes on: “A musician who sells two (two!) copies of a song on iTunes makes more money than she would have earned from a record label for selling an entire CD for seventeen dollars.

“There are more musicians making more money being heard by more people and earning more money than ever before.

“Now, multiply what happened to music by a million. Multiply it by consulting, coaching, and design. Multiply it by manufacturing, speaking, and non-profits. Multiply it by whatever it is you care enough to do.”

Again, since I focus on books, I’m substituting “writer” for “musician.” You may make money through a traditional publisher and some of them treat authors very well. But the world of self-publishing is yours (mine) waiting for you (me) to share your/my/our words.

 

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What am I going to read? (part 2)

baitdogIn the first part of this blog I wrote about how I read (and I’m curious to hear about how other readers are reading these days).

Now I want to talk a little about what I read and how I make choices. Is how I decide how others decide? (Toss me a comment.)

On my reading list right now (ie, books I’ve started):

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Never Mind E-Books: Why Print Books Are Here to Stay – WSJ.com

Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.

Half a decade into the e-book revolution, though, the prognosis for traditional books is suddenly looking brighter.

Click to read more: Never Mind E-Books: Why Print Books Are Here to Stay – WSJ.comBy NICHOLAS CARR