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Category: Writing
Tags: ebboks epublshing short stories novellas innovation in publishing

It’s just over a year since I bought a Kindle reader so ebooks are still somewhat new to me. Though I’ll never completely abandon print books, I’ve adapted quickly to this technological advance and regularly download new books to my collection – probably more than I’d have bought if they were paper copies. I love being able to read several books at once without needing a rucksack to cart them around with me. As a reader it’s like turning me loose in a sweet shop when I was ten years old (or even now, for that matter).


I’m also excited about ebooks from a writer’s perspective. I know we have a couple seasoned ebook authors on our site so what I’ve been learning won’t be news to them but it is to me so I’m babbling on about it.


So how do ebooks benefit writers? Obviously there is less financial outlay to publish an ebook than a print one. The book is also instantly available and eliminates the need to ship stock to distributors or post online orders to customers. These are considerations for traditional publishers and writers who self-publish. Ebooks can also be priced lower than print books, encouraging readers to buy them.


But there’s one benefit that really struck me: it’s cost effective and practical to publish works of any length. This opens up so many possibilities. Works that might have been too long or too short to release in print form can easily be published as ebooks.


I first began to think about this when I read a couple of Nina Croft’s novella length books (I started with Chosen). I did some lateral thinking and realised that there are wonderful possibilities. I have several short stories that had been printed individually in magazines, websites and a couple anthologies and I didn’t have any plans to submit them to any other publications. So their ‘lives’ may have been over or I could have waited until I had three times as many stories lying around and produced a print collection. But I decided to take advantage of this aspect of epublishing and Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves was born. It’s short enough to read at one sitting and there’s a place for that in the ebook world. Of course, I’m excited about my own ebook but I’m also excited about the opportunities epublishing offers all writers of short stories and novellas.



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Rules, Restrictions and Darn Right Spontaneous!
Posted by Crilly

George Bernard Shaw famously declared -

‘The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.’

We have rules to create boundaries by which we can live safely. A simple example is road rules. In Australia we drive on the left and as a  rule  most people adhere to that. (Imagine the carnage if we didn’t!)

It is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a push-bike, swimming pools must be fenced and there has to be soft-fall on the ground in children’s playgrounds. These are just some of our many rules here in Australia.

If you are like me, you check your emails daily. Perhaps also, you find there are invariably some concerned with writing.

The types that say – ‘Avoid using this or it is better to do that.’

This got me thinking about how the myriad writing rules or suggestions affect spontaneity.

I wondered if for example, Charles Dickens worried about run-on sentences when he appeared to be more concerned with poverty and the lack of social welfare in Britain at the time.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..." from  A Tale of Two Cities

Equally, was Jane Austen anxious about adverbs and adjectives when writing about the delicate and sometimes risky economic situations the women of that era found themselves in? It seems she also got away with double negatives as shown below.

"She owned that, considering everything, she was not absolutely without inclination for the party." from  Emma 

When hunched over a small table and squinting by candlelight, were these great writers constrained by the so-called writing rules? It seems not.

On researching this, I found articles saying ‘Never open a story with the weather.’ Use patois sparingly. Avoid exclamation points and the old chestnut, ‘Show Don’t Tell’ can be found everywhere!

V.S. Naipaul recommends never write long sentences, a maximum of 10-12 words (sorry, Mr Naipaul, I failed you in this blog!)

Use the active voice unless specifically requiring the passive and don’t get me started on irregular past participles and those awful dangling modifiers! There are times when I’m convinced I slept through some English lessons at school or like taxation laws, have new rules have been introduced merely to confuse?

After writing that first draft do you go back to the beginning and alter this or delete that aware that unless you do, it may cost you the writing competition?  What if the judge is known to have a predilection about this or that, do you adjust your writing to better your chances?  

 Are there rules that really annoy and frustrate you and inhibit free-flowing, spontaneous writing?

Or in conclusion, do you ignore the rules and scribble darn right spontaneously?

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