Category: Questions and Answers

Why do writers still need publishing companies, when you can self publish?

Writers don’t need publishing companies. They haven’t needed publishing companies for more than a decade. Writers also shouldn’t self-publish. With the maturation of the indie publishing community, there are professionals (the exact same professionals who work for publishing companies) who can help any anyone with a manuscript go from writer to author.

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Question: Do you think that novelists can write about what they don’t know?

Answer: Nope. If you write what you don’t know it rings false, and that transfers directly to the page, and the reader will always pick up on it. To correct some misconceptions: How many submarines did Jules Verne ride in? None. But he was intimately familiar with the French submarine experimenters of the time – …

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Miscellaneous Questions: How did you become a screenplay writer?

I took a single screenwriting class. It was relatively easy – if you watch movies and understand that every story is the Monomyth. It’s all about structure, showing not telling, and fitting your story into 90-120 pages. Screenwriting was exactly what I expected it would be. It wasn’t difficult, and – within three months of …

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Miscellaneous Question: Should I become an author?

An author is just a writer who refused to take ‘no’ for an answer and was stupid enough to get back up after they were kicked to the ground. To become a writer, you must write.  To become an author, you must publish.  To become successful, you must write more.

Indie Publishing: Best software for creating eBooks

Question: What Windows application can I use to create beautifully looking e-books, withe possibility to export in both PDF and Kindle? Answer: There are a few options. But first: PDF isn’t an ebook format. Please don’t make the mistake that others have by trying to sell a PDF file. If you want to create an …

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