Getting Rid of Filter Words

Do you agree that increases the feeling of urgency in the situation, without losing the natural restraint of a gentleman with a typical English stiff upper lip? Continue reading Getting Rid of Filter Words

Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin!

Dan’s contests are always worth entering, if only for the critique which is provided for each the first 50 entries this time around. Source: Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin! Continue reading Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin!

Quality: #atozchallenge

One of the many engineering projects I worked on in the 1980s was aimed at increasing the quality of the synthetic fibre the company produced. There were two benefits claimed for improved quality: We could reach more discerning – and, therefore, more lucrative – markets for our product, and By reducing the quantity of product that was rejected, we could significantly increase productivity. Later, whilst working for another organisation, I was part of a team introducing a concept called Total Quality Management (TQM). TQM is a philosophy based on the work of an American, Professor W.E.Deeming. An engineer and statistician, … Continue reading Quality: #atozchallenge

Getting Your Book Into Print.

I have posted previously about my experience using CreateSpace. I thought it might be useful for people to see a guide to what other options are available for getting your book into print. If you haven’t considered doing so, it is worth remembering that thirty-six percent of book buyers read only print books. That’s according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Codex Groups and quoted in this New York Times article. It is a significant chunk of the market that you are unable to reach if you limit yourself to digital. CreateSpace, and the other businesses I’ll be reviewing … Continue reading Getting Your Book Into Print.

Primer, Undercoat, Gloss.

No painter/decorator worth his salt would apply gloss paint to a door without first treating it with primer and undercoat. And, before any of that, a good sanding down is in order. So why do some writers think the ‘gloss’ of proof reading is all they need before publishing? Eamon did an excellent job on my latest novel, Transgression. This is why: http://writingfromtheoutsidein.blogspot.ie/2016/01/the-folly-of-taking-shortcuts-have-your.html Continue reading Primer, Undercoat, Gloss.

Don’t be Scared of Print

If you are someone who feels daunted by what you see as the difficulty of uploading a book to Amazon’s CreateSpace for print publication, don’t be. I’ve just done it for the second time and it was a lot easier than the first. Here’s why. The first time was back in the summer of 2014 and I am certain that some of the features that made it easier this time around were not present then. Like the step where, having uploaded your interior text you wait for 24 hours to receive an e-mail with a link to the converted text … Continue reading Don’t be Scared of Print