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Why I Like (But Also Sometimes Hate) Audio Books

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I like audio books. I am not afraid to admit to it. In fact, most of my reading these days comes in the form of listening to audio books.

Why I like audio books is no great secret.

1. During the course of my two hour commute every week day, I get two hours of reading in. No kids screaming, no wife constantly interrupting me to fix something. It’s just me, the audio book, my car, and that moron in front of me who is now cutting me off. HEY! Buddy, would it kill you to use a turn signal? Read more…

Don’t Believe The Hype, It Hurts Later

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Just recently, a new member came into our author’s group. She is a nice enough girl with a lot of great ideas and good critiques on other people’s work. After getting through the trial period she was allowed to beginning getting critiques on her own material.  “You’re gonna love this story I wrote,” she beamed once submitting the book she has been working on. “Everyone else has,” added.

She was not so chipper after the critique of her first five chapters came back. No one was mean, but they were honest. The new girl’s face turned red with a cross between rage and embarrassment as reviews were given.

The critique centered around:
– lots of misused words that were not synonyms for what she wanted to say
– the fact that in the first five chapters (two scenes each) there were 10 different POV characters
– there appeared to be eight different plots happening with none standing out as the main one
– run-on sentences galore Read more…

Never Say Never

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

So many people say never do this and never do that when going about and giving advice to authors. But, except for extreme examples of stupidity (disjointed plots, rampant spelling errors, glaring contradictions, etc.), for every one of these “don’ts” which supposedly make stories unpublishable I can find examples of these “don’ts” being used in published works by both established and new authors all the time.

So how did these “don’ts” come to be “don’ts” then? Who knows. Maybe it is just another example of a lie being told often enough that it becomes truth.