Friday, July 24, 2015

The Complete INDIE Editor Review

I recently read The Complete INDIE Editor - 55 Essential Copy-edits for the Professional Independent Author by Kev Heritage. This book is an excellent little guide that works great as a checklist for polishing your novel before sending it to your editor. Succinct with just enough examples to get the point across, this book not only tells you how to edit your manuscript, but why you should do it.

The eight sections (chapters) cover copy-edits for adverbs and adjectives, overused words, italics, quotations and capitalization, showing (not telling), speech, tricky words, and word pairs and homophones. Each section provides examples of common errors and suggestions on what to look for in your novel and ways to correct the problems. The Complete INDIE Editor also provides tips on writing numbers and time properly and includes lists of overused words and phrases and a glossary of the 55 copy edits.

On the down side, at $7.99, the price may be a little high on the cost per page ratio, but in defense of the price, I envision it as a resource I refer to multiple times. In addition, one Amazon reviewer points out that for a book on self-editing, it suffers from a lack of proofreading. I did check out the reviewer's claims, and the examples she mentions are still present in the version I own. Personally, I find the advice useful, even if the presentation is not flawless.

Have you read The Complete INDIE Editor? If so, what did you think?

Author Update:  I'm currently writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. My word count at the moment is around 30,000 words, so I'm inching toward roughly the half-way point.


July 2015 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title July 2015, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

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July 2015

I recently read The Complete INDIE Editor - 55 Essential Copy-edits for the Professional Independent Author by Kev Heritage. This book is an excellent little guide that works great as a checklist for polishing your novel before sending it to your editor. Succinct with just enough examples to get the point across, this book not only tells you how to edit your manuscript, but why you should do it.

The eight sections (chapters) cover copy-edits for adverbs and adjectives, overused words, italics, quotations and capitalization, showing (not telling), speech, tricky words, and word pairs and homophones. Each section provides examples of common errors and suggestions on what to look for in your novel and ways to correct the problems. The Complete INDIE Editor also provides tips on writing numbers and time properly and includes lists of overused words and phrases and a glossary of the 55 copy edits.

On the down side, at $7.99, the price may be a little high on the cost per page ratio, but in defense of the price, I envision it as a resource I refer to multiple times. In addition, one Amazon reviewer points out that for a book on self-editing, it suffers from a lack of proofreading. I did check out the reviewer's claims, and the examples she mentions are still present in the version I own. Personally, I find the advice useful, even if the presentation is not flawless.

Have you read The Complete INDIE Editor? If so, what did you think?

Author Update:  I'm currently writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. My word count at the moment is around 30,000 words, so I'm inching toward roughly the half-way point.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Oxbow Kingdom Giveaway - Free Fantasy e-Books

July 14 and 15, 2015, Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be available for Free on Amazon via KDP Select. Get your copy HERE!

In a suspicious coincidence, Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is available for free via a Booklikes giveaway.

And as a special to anyone who reads this blog, you can also get Crimson & Cream free at Smashwords with this code: FF63B.

So why pick up a free copy of these books? I mean, after all, there are a buh-jillion free e-books available online. Let me try to help determine if you may actually enjoy these books.
  1. The main character is a 13-year-old orphan boy who's coming-of-age story is revealed throughout the trilogy.
  2. The story is epic fantasy in the traditional style, set in a nostalgically-familiar Medieval European-style mountainous world.
  3. The books currently have 30 reviews on Amazon, with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6. respectively.
  4. The fantasy writers who I love to read, and who inspire me, and certainly influence my story-telling in subtle ways are, in no particular order, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
  5. Book III of the trilogy (Warlock & Wrym) is well under way, and targeted for a 2016 release.
And here are a few unbiased opinions for your consideration:

Tome Tender: "Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy! The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

Shaykitteh's World of Books: "A fun and exciting story, full of magic but - more importantly - likeable characters, I highly recommend reading Crimson & Cream . . . CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past."

Author Brian Beam's Blog: "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting . . . Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."

Author Jennifer Thompson: "For those devotees of Fantasy/Epic Fantasy this is a definite "must read." I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend CRIMSON & CREAM!"

A TiffyFit's Reading Corner: "I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache . . ."

Rabid Readers Reviews: "The negative aspect of this novel is that I couldn't put it down."
  
Books, Reviews, Etc.: "There is never a dull moment when you think you want to quit reading."

The Reader's Hollow: "Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy."

And if that's not enough, I'm also a very polite author, so please give these books a try, and thank you very much in advance. See? Very polite!



July 2015 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title July 2015, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Oxbow Kingdom Giveaway - Free Fantasy e-Books
link : Oxbow Kingdom Giveaway - Free Fantasy e-Books

Read Also


July 2015

July 14 and 15, 2015, Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be available for Free on Amazon via KDP Select. Get your copy HERE!

In a suspicious coincidence, Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is available for free via a Booklikes giveaway.

And as a special to anyone who reads this blog, you can also get Crimson & Cream free at Smashwords with this code: FF63B.

So why pick up a free copy of these books? I mean, after all, there are a buh-jillion free e-books available online. Let me try to help determine if you may actually enjoy these books.

  1. The main character is a 13-year-old orphan boy who's coming-of-age story is revealed throughout the trilogy.
  2. The story is epic fantasy in the traditional style, set in a nostalgically-familiar Medieval European-style mountainous world.
  3. The books currently have 30 reviews on Amazon, with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6. respectively.
  4. The fantasy writers who I love to read, and who inspire me, and certainly influence my story-telling in subtle ways are, in no particular order, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
  5. Book III of the trilogy (Warlock & Wrym) is well under way, and targeted for a 2016 release.
And here are a few unbiased opinions for your consideration:

Tome Tender: "Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy! The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

Shaykitteh's World of Books: "A fun and exciting story, full of magic but - more importantly - likeable characters, I highly recommend reading Crimson & Cream . . . CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past."

Author Brian Beam's Blog: "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting . . . Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."

Author Jennifer Thompson: "For those devotees of Fantasy/Epic Fantasy this is a definite "must read." I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend CRIMSON & CREAM!"

A TiffyFit's Reading Corner: "I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache . . ."

Rabid Readers Reviews: "The negative aspect of this novel is that I couldn't put it down."
  
Books, Reviews, Etc.: "There is never a dull moment when you think you want to quit reading."

The Reader's Hollow: "Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy."

And if that's not enough, I'm also a very polite author, so please give these books a try, and thank you very much in advance. See? Very polite!