Good News……. aaaaaand Bad News.
Quick Update Mad Minions.
So I got a new editor and they are working like crazy on the D&D Module I wrote, the bad news… it is highly unlikely it will be ready by Gary Con.
Its my fault, I trusted my old editor would actually would pull through.. but alas, they did not.
Learning Experience I guess.
Ah well, its a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?
Hey Mad Minions,
Just a quick post. I found this article today and I thought it would be of interest.
So I posted it.
With Chinese New Year a few days away, things have been hectic. But things are coming
More great words of wisdom from one of my biggest writing influences…. Mr Jim Ward.
Getting the Work
I do the same things all the time as I work on projects. Maybe some of this information will be useful to others.
1 — try hard to bring projects ahead of the deadline. Troy Denning used to say that a deadline was something where you were dead if you crossed that line. I know I have gotten work in the past because I try very hard not to be late on things.
2 — Outline
I’m a great one for being focused. I outline every project I work on. I always change that outline as I work, but I always have one.
3 – Spell check, spell check, spell check
As I begun my writing career I was a terrible speller and there wasn’t a spell check program. I can remember Anne Brown saying she cried as she worked on my files because I spelled so bad. I’ve worked hard on that. Turning over projects with even a few spelling errors is a terrible idea.
4 — Know the companies you work for. I study the products of the companies I work for. I study their websites. I make suggestions on products unique to them.
5 — Know your competition. When I worked for TSR years ago I read all of the competition’s materials. Even now, I read what other companies produce and I try to beat it with my work.
6 — Try new things. I try to put unique concepts into all of my projects. When I wrote, with Anne Brown, the Storyteller’s Thesaurus we wrote that book with an entirely new way to work a thesaurus.
7 — Read a lot
I read short stories and novels every day. It gives me great new ideas.
8 — Write every day. Saturdays and Sundays are just normal work days to me. Holidays just mean I don’t write when I’m pulled away to fun family gatherings.
9 — Facebook
I try to write something on facebook or share something on facebook every day. I find it an inspiration to me on a daily basis.
I hope some of that helps. God Bless America
Hope your learned something. I sure did.
Well, one of my editors is fantastic. Everything I send her she gets back to me with a reasonable turnaround time. She is amazing. The other editor… well, since I started talking with them back in October, they kept giving me reasons they will delay working on my stuff. I bet they thought I would forget by now. But Mad Overlords are insane and never forget those who make promises (so they can exploit them for favors when the Day of Reckoning comes).
I understand that things happen. I pushed back the release of my first book no less than three times. So, I do understand. That said, I am now looking for a new editor with a race to see if I can get it done by Garycon 11.
Luckily, my first editor is awesome. I just need someone to look and see all the pieces are there. All the backstory works. Does everything make sense? Does ANYTHING I write ever make sense? Specially when I am raving about how I will take over the world by making sure all toothpick containers have an odd number of picks inside.
The race is on.
If anyone knows of a good page layout artist, please let me know.
More cool stuff is coming.