>Something every potential ebook Author should read…

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For tonight’s post, I’m simply going to direct you to the right of my Blog page where the My Blog List resides.  Note the name Nathan Bransford. I’ve mentioned him before as both Author and former Agent.  Read what he has to say about the scuffle between Amazon ebooks and Apple.  Sounds like ebook Authors will take the hit possibly in publishing restrictions, perhaps in accessibility, likely in the wallet.  I’ve a very loose understanding on this, so I’m directing you to The Pro, Nathan Bransford.  Follow the link to his page.  The article you are looking for is “This Week in Books” dated 5/13/11 Nathan Bransford talks about ebooks and the possible new rules

Blogging is a Start…

Climbing Gear

Equip yourself with the right gear and learn the ropes of getting published!

>There is a lot of advice about writing out there, but many sites fail to mention that you need to learn the ropes before you finish your manuscript.  Nathan Bransford’s Blog about Writing and Authorship talks about what you need to do ahead of time, things you should be researching ahead of your completing a manuscript.  Under the title, “How to find a Literary Agent” you can connect to his straight talk about the work you need to do.  Blogging is a start.  You can read the info. HERE.  Bransford champions learning about and beginning to promote yourself, connecting with other Writers and Authors, and learning about agents before you need them…makes sense, right?  So here’s my attempt at getting my WordPress Blog account to connect with  Blogspot so I can connect with more of you brilliant Writers and Authors!  Wish me luck!

http://ckgarner.blogspot.com/

>Two Important Links for Writers!

Traps

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If an offer for your manuscript smells funny, say because you will have to buy copies of your own books, or the agent’s offer still seems too good to be true, though you will be handling the printing costs, the perfect publishing packaging of your dreams may be an Author’s trap.

So, how does an anxious Writer, eager to get published, avoid the pitfalls and bad guys that lurk around every corner of the publishing business?

The answer is do your homework!  Do some research on those editors, agents and publishing houses to whom you intend to submit your manuscript.

Here are two must see resources for Writers and Authors:

Writer Beware, go to their site here  is a direct affiliate of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site (SFWA) which has included members such as Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and Anne McAffery. Writer Beware exists to aid Writers and Authors in avoiding literary scams and unscrupulous editors, agent and publishing traps.  They do not accept manuscripts, but offer advice on staying clear of fraud, and if you have been scammed, a place to begin the process of reporting it.   Their site is well respected and the advice is sound.

Preditors and Editors, go to site here ,was recommended to me by Nishi Serrano, Author.  The site has inside information about agent listings, editors and publishing houses, along with basic and advanced Writer and Author manuscript submission advice, query letter and synopsis guidance.

In Preditors and Editors Agents and Attorneys section there is an alphabetical list of possible sites for you to query with your manuscript.  There are some that are listed as NOT Recommended, and others that have a High Recommend, according to feedback from aspiring Authors and Published Authors.  Still other listings are marked as Highly Not Recommended for various reasons.

From what I hear the industry is trying to shut down Preditors and Editors, which says to me, go print it out just in case the information is gone one day!  But I hope that will not be the case.  Just out of curiosity, I checked a couple of NOT recommended agencies, and sometimes no address is posted, link won’t go to the posted addy, etc.  Take a look for yourself!

Preditors and Editors alongside Writer Beware and SFWA are a Writers and Authors goldmine of protection and writing advice.

Thanks so much Nishi, for the Link!!

>And now, for the WRITERS portion…

>I’ve got a huge treat in store for the Writers and even Authors already published. Ever heard of NATHAN BRANSFORD? He has, hands down, one of the best blogs on writing a scribbler like me, or like you Dear Reader, could ever desire!

Nathan Bransford was a literary agent from 2002 to 2010 for Curtis Brown, Ltd.. Now he is an Author, but he keeps his blog going to help aspiring Writers get to that golden dream they’ve set themselves to following: Their FIRST NOVEL! (I put it in caps because that is how I see it in my head…in marquee lights!Lol!)

He offers up great advice, from learning how to set up your pages to plotting your first, or your tenth fantastic tale, to making your characters come to life on the page. And if you want the lowdown on publishing, whether ebook or traditional, he’s got the answers you’re looking for!

I’m going to start with a link, and then we can talk about it.  You can get to his page by clicking the link at the top of this page, or just click the link in My Blog List section to the right of the page. Tell me what you think!

>My new and first Blog Post about becoming a Writer and eventually an Author

A Scribe or Copyist

C.K. Garner Smarty Pants Writer to Author Blog

Blog, Paper, Scissor is a reference to:

A.)BLOG~My new Blog about writing life, creating my manuscript and the maze I navigate in learning about getting published

B.)PAPER~Getting my story ideas from head onto computer and  printed page, how it sucks my life away and gives me new perspective on living at the same time

C.)SCISSOR~The Godawful amount of editing it takes to build a good story by tightening up my manuscript, and the cuts I make to my social life because I’m writing, researching about writing, and talking to other Writers and Authors about writing