Reviewing My Grammar

Reviewing My Grammar

Tweet Yesterday I was given a book by a friend on grammar. The usual response to such a gift is often either “do I look that boring?” or  “is this a clue?” Strangely enough I sat down almost immediately and started reading. I’ve been dying for some literature on grammar; which puts me back in the upper echelons of weird. I’ve been trying to find Elements of Style to read since it’s hailed as one of the seminal works on writing. But seeing how it’s still not available on Kindle I’ve had to order the paperback from Amazon.   In the meantime I read my friend’s book, the Craft of Writing by O.M. Thompson. The main thing I took from it was the need for shorter sentences. At least in my own writing I...

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Reflecting on the polo dichotomy

Reflecting on the polo dichotomy

Tweet Maybe it’d be better identified as the great polo lie. In any case I know what you may be thinking in response to that title… “what the crap?” Maybe you’re not that far along in the thought process but let me fill you in before you get there. Polos, the style of mens shirt. I was told the other day before a PR event that I wasn’t dressed “professionally” enough. Granted I was wearing Pumas, but they were nice white Pumas. Otherwise I had brown/gray slacks on and a nice button up collared shirt. Now for a PR event fine, I imagine they want something a little more formal than my blue heat shirt and trainers (sneakers, tennis shoes, take your pick on the name). But the suggested change was to wear a branded...

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Looking around

Tweet So I finally got through and bought a block of ISBNs. I guess if nothing else I’ll own them forever. I can at least add them to the long list of worthless intellectual property I own and hope will someday attain value. I was talking to Jeff and wandering around the internet and all of the buzz and hype about eBooks and indie publishing has been both encouraging and terrifying me. I think I’m just having one of those days filled with self-doubt. Granted I’m tired and we’re running out of Carribian Onion & Balsamic Vinegar Lays on the ship, but I think it’s more than that. Seeing other authors succeed is a great thing. It means books are alive and well, people still love good stories, and we’re all doing better as a...

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My first ISBN

Tweet I’m in the process of buying my first ISBN and figured I’d write about it while I wait… the internet is slower than the advance of arthritis right now. The whole process of self-publishing seems to be more treacherous than I’d initially thought, go figure. I guess that’s why authors pay people to do it for them The more research I’ve done, however, the more I’m convinced I need to do this all myself. I don’t really want to let lulu do my ebook publishing as it sounds like they’ll wind up taking a cut of my sales, unlike the kind souls over at bibliocore who will deliver my book to the iBookstore for a flat, up front fee. Hopefully not a HUGE fee considering they don’t advertise how much it is, but I...

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Creating a Kindle ready eBook

Tweet So I set out this morning to create an eBook format that I could upload to Amazon to get started. There’s no single source on how to do it out there it seems, at least not without significant Googling. I found Mike’s Window which had a fantastic collection of links and information that proved most useful in the end. Thankfully all of that time I wasted on websites over the years proved useful in getting this done, so that was a bonus. Basically I had to save it out from Open Office as an HTML file then go in and clean it up. By “clean it up” I mean remove most of the formatting and add as many extra Kindle-specific tags as I could. Granted only half of them worked in the end, but whatever. The ones I wanted, namely the page breaks,...

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