#1linerWeds – Really Short Story

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When the gravedigger dug up Frank’s coffin and opened it, he went pale; there were scratches on the inside of the lid – and two bodies.

Author’s Note: This is part of the amazing Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday writing prompt. Click the link to check out other one-liners, and maybe write one of your own!

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Click this link to go vote for Linda G. Hill’s awesome book, The Magician’s Curse. She’s in the running to receive a Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewer’s Choice Award! Linda has also included links to purchase her book if you haven’t read it yet and want to do so before voting.

Or, you know, if you like reading good fiction.

True story.

#1linerWeds – Being First Isn’t Everything

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“I’ve never placed second to anyone,” Victor told the executioner, “and I don’t intend to start now.”

Author’s Note: This is part of the wonderful and amazing Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday writing prompt. Click the link to find more one-liners, and then maybe try your own!

Self-Published Books Are Real Books Too

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If you don’t follow the amazing Linda G. Hill, check out this post about a Facebook discussion she was privy to. I was going to comment, but I ended up writing a rant of my own. Some people in person have expressed similar opinions that trash self-publishing as prone to errors. It’s not really fair to self-published authors. Below is the comment I wanted to add (but ended up getting away from me).

I can’t think of any work I’ve read that didn’t have some typo, error, or mistake. Writers juggle hundreds of thousands of words (that’s including the ones that make it and the ones written down and then deleted). One, two, or even ten mistakes out of thousands of opportunities isn’t a good reason to trash a book. This happens no matter how the book gets published, because the writing process is different from the publishing process.

Even the quality of self-published books gets a bad rap. Other publishers used to publish crap all the time. For example, meet Tanaka Tom, the Six-Gun Samurai from Georgia. Here is its Goodreads review. I’ve read some of it, and suffice it to say I didn’t like it. Despite my personal tastes, there are some people who actually like the story. Different people have different tastes in entertainment, and books are no exception.

For people who are skeptical of self-published books, remember that there are thousands of new writers putting stuff out there. This volume of work means that even companies which sell these books cannot always read a reader’s mind. It takes readers to actually find and recommend good writers and books to others. If one typo is enough to make you put down a book, that’s fine. Just please do not assume that everyone else has the same attitude towards good books.

Self-published books are just as good as their traditionally published counterparts. If anything, they highlight the difficulty in writers putting together a story good enough for many different people to enjoy. I’ve been told that on average, a self-published book will sell 10 copies. Beat that average, and you’re a success. Unfortunately, 10 books means a writer gets paid a pittance for many hours of labor. In traditional publishing the sales are higher, but that’s only because writers need it to earn back their advance. Thus, writing only gets done because writers love telling stories.

Busy Day & Linda’s Got Her Book

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Today I’m waist deep in trying to get a short story written for submission to a magazine. Unfortunately, this means I don’t have much time to write a blog post. However, the famous Linda G. Hill just got her author copy of an anthology she’s in. Not physically. It’s a collection of short stories, and one of her stories is in it. I’m sure nobody’s invented technology to place themselves within a book. Yet.

If you want a link directly to Amazon to buy it, here it is.

On a semi-related note, Ms. Hill also has her own short book she published entitled “All Good Stories.” I linked to the Amazon edition, but I purchased my copy on Kobo. It only costs 99 cents, but I promise it is worth more than every penny. If you’re looking for an enjoyable, witty, and engaging read, I cannot recommend it enough.

Or at the least, give her blog a follow. She’s good people, and you will never know what awesomeness will happen next.