Line Editing – Never Rush It

Line Editing – Never Rush It

Line editing makes all the difference. No matter how great your new story may be, are you really sure that you have an error-free manuscript? Hitting the publish button because you are impatient to get your fantastic new book out to readers can be one of the most fatal mistakes a self-publishing author can make if you have not done line editing. New books fail for many reasons; such as a weak plot, shallow characters or simply because it is not in a popular genre. This is a fact of life in publishing fiction. But to have your new book fail because it contains so many errors that it makes it

Tom Waits – The Ultimate Wordsmith

Tom Waits – The Ultimate Wordsmith

Tom Waits – A true word magician Calling myself The Vandal was a bit of fun many moons ago that probably arose as a result of an excess of cheap red wine. A joke about my bad spelling and a chronic yet imaginative use of the grammatical negative. In such a state, it was easy to think that I had some ability with words. Maybe I do, but I just write stuff. In such a state, it was easy to think that I had some ability with words. Maybe I do, but maybe I just write stuff. When it come to a true wordsmith, there is for me no one who stands

Mouths Cut Just Like Razor Blades

Mouths Cut Just Like Razor Blades

Tom Waits, the master of words. When it comes to wordsmiths, Tom Waits heads my list by a very long way. His ability to create images with often just a few immaculately chosen words always has me in awe of his brilliance. ‘With their mouths cut just like razor blades and their eyes are like stilettos‘, is one classic example of his mastery. This appears in the poem ‘Small Change’ and has, after more than thirty years since he recorded it with only saxophone accompaniment, remained one of my favourites. If you have never heard or read Small Change by Tom Waits, enjoy the following video and accompanying lyrics. If

In Defence Of The Self Published Author

In Defence Of The Self Published Author

The Self-Published Author and ‘Banjo’ While reading the following poem, which has always been a favourite of mine, I couldn’t help but think of the similarity with the current debate and divide over self-published books compared with traditionally published titles. It has become a bit city and the bush – New York and London against the world one might say. While many are beset on comparing the incorrect use of the Oxford comma in self-published titles, I really think they are missing the whole point. Self-publishing is about stories, wonderful and never before published stories from the hearts and minds of passionate people. Rugged yes. But a rugged beauty that