Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Clean Reader App Uproar

Censored stampUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock (or editing your manuscript, or are on safari in the depths of the DRC) you’ve probably read about the uproar surrounding the Clean Reader App. I’ve read several posts about it and thought I’d share the two I enjoyed most: Charlie Stross and Chuck Wendig.

Gotta say, Ernest Hemingway’s turning in his grave right now. I remember picking up a used copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls years ago and being puzzled by his word choices (unmentionable was used several times in place of his original text. I freely and somewhat sheepishly admit it took me a couple of pages before I realized I had a censored copy as I’d never run across one before.) The replacement words absolutely destroyed Hemingway’s intent, not to mention totally messed with my reading experience. Talk about jarring…

Thankfully, Mark Coker over at Smashwords has requested all SW books be removed from the app. Personally, I’d love for the Clean Reader App to disappear in a flood of legal challenges. I choose the words I use in my work specifically for rhythm and flow and effect, and if that includes profanity, well, then that’s what I’m going to use. If you don’t like it, then PLEASE don’t buy my books.

UPDATE*** Thanks to authors around the world flooding these folks with take down notices and comments against this insidious app, they’ve removed all books from their online store. A small victory, but a victory for literature nonetheless.

 


The Secret to Writing That Nobody Tells You

Found this via Dylan Hearn’s blog Suffolk Scribblings. The ‘secret’ to writing we’ve all been searching for 🙂

Word Savant

When I coach people, there is an ugly truth about writing that I often hold back from them. It’s something you can only learn through gut-wrenching, razor’s edge, shard of broken glass experience.

There is no magic to writing, none at all. It’s nothing but grueling

No magic, no easy formula, no genius algorithm. There is no “secret” that is going to make everybody love your work, buy all your books, tell their friends about you, and get stars in their eyes when they hear your name.

It is simply monotonous, repetitive work.

I recently finished the manuscript for my first novel. For eight years I struggled to finish it. And do you know what finally helped me finish it?

Monotonous, repetitive work.

I did it by sitting down (almost) every day and writing a minimum of 500 words.

Some of those days were pretty good days. I would say…

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A One Way Ticket to Dead Nominated for Readers’ Choice Award

Quick DVBerkom_AOneWayTicketToDead200update: I’m SUPER honored and excited to announce that Kate Jones #7, A ONE WAY TICKET TO DEAD, has been nominated by BigAl’s Books ‘n’ Pals in the thriller category for a Readers’ Choice Award!

Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee medallion

BigAl has been a major champion for indies, beginning with indie music back a few *cough* years ago. For Al, it was a natural progression to jump feet first into the independent publishing fray and get the word out about indie authors and small presses (see Al’s awesome interview here). As most of you know, there are very few “Indie Only” venues out there that truly support independent publishers and authors. BigAl’s review site, along with The Indie View, are two of the best. BigAl and his pals don’t charge for reviews, and they certainly don’t hold back on what they really think (although they’re nothing if not fair). Plus, they only review about 10% of submissions–you won’t be inundated by a gazillion non-vetted books.

So, instead of asking for your vote, I’m going to ask instead that you head on over to the site and check out the other fabulous books that have been nominated. Read the reviews, maybe even purchase a couple of the books for your reading pleasure. And yes, vote for the books you love and earn a couple of entries to win some swag. But most of all, I hope that you hang at BigAl’s for a while, check out the blog, join his mailing list to hear about authors you might never have found. It’s a great way to show your support for indie authors. (Voting ends March 28th)

Happy Vernal Equinox!

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