Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: Write Well Publish Right

Everybody has a story. It builds up inside us, fighting at the edges of our soul, pushing at us until it forces us to open an outlet and let it escape. So, what do we do? How do we tell the story?

Write Well Publish Right is designed to bring story-tellers from the first glimmer of an idea into completion of a full-fledged print book. This is not a “how-to” book, this is an “I did it and you can do it too” book. For all the writers who have ever attended writer’s workshops, community education classes and library meet-the-author days and wondered how to write a book and get published, this book leads the way. This book takes you on a journey into the world of writing and publishing from the perspective of an author who has been there. Lucinda Moebius has experienced the world of publishing through professional and self-publishing forums. Through her journey she has learned many lessons and has experienced both good and bad sides of the publishing world and she has decided to share the knowledge she has gained with you.

There are books out there about writing and there are books out there about publishing. Write Well Publish Right is a book about both. This book breaks down the foundations of good writing, teaches lessons and explaining, in the simplest terms, how you can publish your story. There are no shortcuts to becoming a published writer, but if there was Write Well Publish Right would be the signpost pointing the way.

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  1. Why did I buy this ebook when I already own two bending shelves full of them? Intrigue—a real fiction writer and I always learn something new. This ebook demonstrates that the author is a lover of writing, she teaches it and that shows too. A big plus is that Lucinda Moebius is a lover of science fiction and, like me, is frustrated at the bias in the literary community against our genre.
    Lucinda says with passion that good story telling can emerge from people of any age and in any genre and I agree. The “Write what you know” is good advice for reporters and non-fiction but if fiction writers have anything different it is their imagination. I’ve not been to Saturn’s rings but I’ve written stories based there.
    Great Scott, we both like Fahrenheit 451! I reread it for my SF book group and we all agreed how ‘modern’ and tight the writing style is. Amazing that Bradbury wrote it in a week in 1953.
    I agree with the author urging us to read Shakespeare and Scripture although the latter for probably different reasons. The various books of the Bible have been honed, edited and re-written many times. Some by papal decree, some by Henry VIII’s bidding and by thousands of monks whose copyediting have all played a part in the several versions of the Bible we have today. All that editing has produced poetic and moving literature.
    I don’t go along with everything the author promulgates with respect to Freud, Jung and other psychologists. I studied neuroscience and prefer to treat the brain as more than a black box with input and output but it doesn’t matter if those sections makes an aspiring writer reflect on life, motivations, and anything we, as individuals, believe to be greater than the sum of the whole.
    Outlining a plot is well outlined. The only addition I’d add is someone else’s: Bridport prize judge, Ali Smith, said she's looking for a beginning, middle and end but not necessarily in that order (2009). Actually, the author refers to this later with In Medias Ra – neatly done.

    The subtlety of foreshadowing in story telling is cleverly described and not often seen in other works on the craft.

    A note to UK writers: you do not need to apply for copyright of your stories outside America. All you need is evidence when you wrote your story. Date it and emailing it to yourself is sufficient for the British legal system. You could print or save it to a memory stick and deposit it in a bank – dated – if you like but your entitlement is solid with self-emails dated, as long as you can access them all your life.

    There are valuable chapters on editing and proofreading. I cannot help but smile because my ‘ARIA: Left Luggage’ science fiction novel had most of its commas removed by one editor then put back by another.

    Love this quote from the author: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, a cover art is worth a hundred thousand...” Even with professional artists I don’t get this one right – excellent advice in this chapter.
    Another review mentions the many elements of autobiography in this how-to book and there are, but they illustrate by example and so are totally appropriate.

    Overall, an excellent guide for newbie writers and others to craft their stories and prepare them for publishing and unleashing on the world. Highly recommended.

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