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Writer’s Resource: Editors

For authors considering self-publication, there are a lot of extra roles the author must fill that a traditional publisher provides.  Among them is editing.  Even if you are going the traditional publishing, route there is the debate of whether or not to use an editor before shopping for and agent or publisher.

SFWA provides a lengthy discussion on when to seek out an editor, what to look for in an editor, and what you will and won’t be getting when you hire an editor.   Even better, they provide a few links to well established editors.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers is a place where writers help other writers, all with the goal of getting published.

Everything, from the discussion boards to the classes, are free.

A couple years ago they added a section for the Indie publishing industry due to the changes in self-publication

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Spreadsheets

Now that you have your tools to motivate you to write, here are some options to keep track of how many words you write a day. Each offers a different layout

Jamie Raintree – It looks like an excel spreadsheet, but you have to email her to get a copy.

Keith Dumble – The Amazing Mechanical Wordcount Tracker, this is for Google Drive users only.

Justin McLachlan – an excel spreadsheet for download that changes colors as you progress

Sprint Shack – another excel spreadsheet

Jenny Trout – excel done up by week

Nerds and Nomsense – a guide on how to make your own spreadsheet

Finally, the previously mention Svenja Gosen

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Applications

With NaNo fast approaching, here are a few options to help encourage achieving the daily word count goal.

Write or Die – this offers the carrot and stick options for writing, using pictures, sounds and colors based on how well the writing goes. Application charges fee for download.

750Words – based on the idea of writing three pages a day, the site offers rewards in the form of points and monthly contests. Site charges a fee after a free trial membership.

Written? Kitten! – operates on a reward system. Site shows a picture after so many words. Default is of kittens, but can be changed. Use is free.

ilys – does not allow the writer to edit until the world goal is reached.  The writing box doesn’t even show the entire document, just the last letter type. Once the word count is reached then you can access the full piece and edit. Use is free.

Writeometer – an android app that supplies graphs for tracking word counts, rewards for achieving goals, and sends notifications to remind you to write. Download is free.

There is also the previously mentioned HabitRPG.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

 

Writer’s Resource: Scrivener

Scrivener

Scrivener is a writing program offered by Literature and Latte. They are another sponsor of NaNo and offer a free 30 day trial. Scrivener offers tool such as a corkboard, files for easy formatting, a place to store research, and easy import/export from other software.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a free alternative, with less functionality offered through SpaceJock Software. Also available is Jami Gold’s Scrivener template beat sheet.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline is an organization tool that offers a twenty day free trial or is available for download through the website. It is a timeline designed to help plot out the course of a book whether it is character arcs or specific events.

I am a Pantser, so I have not yet dug into the specifics of Aeon Timeline, but NaNo has promoted it for the last couple years as a way to get ready for the month-long madness.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Writer Beware

Writer Beware

Writer Beware is dedicated to educating writers, established and aspiring, of questionable practices within the publishing world. It is operated by the previously mentioned Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with support from Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association.

There may be some overlap with a site I mentioned a while ago, Preditors and Editors, but Writer Beware covers a wide range of topics, from publishing scams, advise on the realistic expectations of publication, and resources for legal action.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly