IN PRINT AT AMAZON!

CHECK OUT MY INDESIGN BEGINNER’S CHEAT SHEET: FORMAT YOUR OWN POD BOOK!

INDD opening screen

Complete with Screen Shots!

I’ve posted a recent share from Diane Tibert via Chris the Story Reading Ape that suggests that Amazon’s move to (apparently) phase out CreateSpace in favor of a print option in Kindle is bad news for indie publishers. This seems like a good time to re-invite readers to my series on formatting with InDesign to publish first at IngramSpark, where you can publish with your own ISBN as your own publisher. If you use InDesign (and you can!) to do your own interior formatting, you save a  major cost. So check out my posts and let me know what you think!

NEW POSTS AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING! Semicolons, horse books, and backstory!

book w starsFrom Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog, a feisty post from Aliette de Bodard on the much-maligned semicolon and what it can do for your prose.

My review of Anne Clermont’s Learning to Fall for all the horse lovers out there.

A succinct how-to from Andrea Lundgren at A Writer’s Path on managing all that pesky “backstory” stuff your readers need to know without letting it kill your pace.

INTERESTED IN RESEARCH ON WRITING? CHECK OUT 3 NEW POSTS AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY!

www.collegecompositionweekly.comH. Bernard Hall, in the new Research in the Teaching of English, says we no longer need to ask why to use hip-hop in English classes; we need more models for how to use it well.

Rob McAlear and Mark Pedretti, writing in Composition Studies, ask students how they decide if a paper is “done.” The answer isn’t what you think.

John Duffy, in the January College English, explores “virtue ethics” as a possible replacement for consequentialist, deontological, and poststructuralist ethics in college writing classrooms.

New Shares at Just Can’t Help Writing: Stop By!

BooksDon Massenzio has tips for book formatting to make life easier for you and for your readers. Some good questions answered here.

Louie Cronin, aka Cronin the Barbarian from Car Talk, tells us about her experiences rejecting people for the show—and why we shouldn’t be downcast! She makes rejection fun!

Writer Unboxed has been on a roll recently. Here’s a great post with some clues that you might want to skip that writing contest you just found.

I weigh in on this post from Adirondack Editing, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, on split infinitives and dangling modifiers. I ignore one and screech when I find the other. Check out which is which.

Four Great Shares at Just Can’t Help Writing!

 

A writer's bookshelf

What should writers know about trademarked names or brand names? How should you handle these names in your fiction? Adirondack Editing, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, helps out!

Phoebe Quinn at A Writer’s Path has a list of seven writing mistakes that are all too easy to make—and some ideas for improving. See if you spot yourself in this list! I did.

And if, unlike me, you’ve been struggling to keep up with SEO, here’s some good news: SEO tricks we writers can let go of, from Torque.

more books for writers

Speaking of tech stuff, I found this post from Bookworks on basic tech skills for writers more than helpful. Check it out!

 

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT SHARES AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING!

A writer's mind: all books!

Think you know SEO? Chris the Story Reading Ape passed along this comprehensive list from Mostly Blogging: How to be Found on Google Today, 17 Powerful Tools.Some I bet you’ve never even heard of!

Then there’s How to Write a Press Release from The Happy Self-Publisher. Instructions, templates, examples galore! Help yourself!

And what about “stupid writing rules”? Colleen Chesebro at the Fairy Whisperer proposes a list of 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other. I added one of my own. What would you add?

A FUN LIST! Do You Hear Any of These Writing “Rules” from Your Groups?

Check out “12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other.”

The "dumb writing rules" monster

The “writing rules” monster! He can go wild!

Do you have any to add? I’d add fear of the word “had” and terror of starting sentences with “and” or “but.”

AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Digital Badging as Assessment

www.collegecompositionweekly.com

In the November College English, Stephanie West-Puckett argues for “digital badges” as a means of encouraging participation among teachers and students as they design writing assessment practices that work toward social justice.

THIS WEEK’S POST AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: “Devilish Smartphones”

THIS WEEK AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY! Privatization in Higher Ed

In the September 2016 issue of College Composition and Communication, Tony Scott argues that composition scholarship has little impact on the “neoliberal” privatization of writing instruction because it fails to “see” the disconnect between innovative scholarly ideas and the material environments in which they will be enacted. www.collegecompositionweekly.com

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