Three Things About One Thing

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Learning by Doing, Redux

I do my best to study the (self-)publishing biz 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes per day. This includes but is not limited to: Writing advice, publishing advice, business advice, coping advice, and so forth.

I fell down the rabbit hole that is Scott Berkun’s web site, and found a page that automatically made me cringe, expecting the usual. I was pleasantly surprised to read the following, on the subject of “how to be good at anything“:

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On Self-Editing Your Manuscript

(As opposed to self-editing your blog posts, which happens more times than I care to count, and by that I mean self-censoring.)

I recently finished reading a particularly awful eBook. In fairness to the author, and because it was free, I’m not going to name names if for no other reason than it would be a distraction from the larger point I aim to make with this post. I think one of the overarching sins of the book was that it was, or at least appeared to be, entirely self-edited, and the book suffered tremendously as a result.

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Tool Tryout: Autocrit

I believe I mentioned recently that I am making a point of studying, since I am not querying literary agents anymore. (Note: As of this writing I have two active queries remaining.)  One resource that has proven invaluable to me is Jane Friedman’s web site, which is loaded with all sorts of information pertaining to writing and publishing. It was by poring over her blog archive that I got wind of a tool called AutoCrit, which uses whiz-bang AI to review your fiction manuscript, or whatever else you plug into it (but mostly fiction), and determine how well your writing rates on a variety of factors. Full disclosure, I tried it out yesterday and am not in any way affiliated with any of the sites named above except as a casual but interested observer.

I plugged my publicly-available writing sample into the AutoCrit trial application and let it work its algorithmic magic.

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From A to B

As told in my previous post, what was once Klark: Volume One is now (tentatively, yet probably) Crossed Out: The Ana Lode Series #1. Wait, what? How did I go from “this is a series about a masked vigilante named Klark” to “this is a series about a badass rogue cop with masked vigilante flavoring added”?

I studied, and made adjustments. Simple as that. The long-winded explanation follows.

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