Category: Rules For Authors

Rules For Authors

Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Three

Number Thirty-Three To Thine Own Self Be True And for God’s sake let others do it, too! I can’t tell you how often I see comments in mailing lists, blogs, seminars, and any number of other venues where someone who fancies themselves to be a successful author is telling everyone how they should all do …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-Two

Number Thirty-Two Pick a P-Word That Works for You Some people in the industry are into buzz words. Really into buzz words. They can sound like a cliché festival run amok sometimes. As for me, I hate buzz words, corporate-speak, and pretty much anything politically correct. I’m the CEO and board chair of a reasonable …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty-One

Number Thirty-One Size Matters And it matters in more than one way, too. People tend to make up their own definitions, but let me give you the industry-standard ones right up front… Flash – Less than 1,000 wordsShort Story – 1,001 to 7,499 wordsNovelette – 7,500 to 17,499 wordsNovella – 17,500 to 39,999 wordsNovel – …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Thirty

Number Thirty Thou Shalt Not Snark (This Rule was triggered by a production meeting I attended in Los Angeles where the other two writers on a project were nipping at each other like a pair of chihuahuas.) Isaac Asimov said in The Foundation Trilogy: “Violence…is the last resort of the incompetent.” I believe this applies …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Nine

Number Twenty-Nine Have Book, Will Travel Yep, just like Paladin on TV. Well, sort of… For most writers, there will come a time in their career when they will need to travel. Sometimes it’s to a convention. Others it may be to do a business meeting. And there may come a time when you’ll need …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Eight

Number Twenty-Eight Get Thee A Pen Name…Or Several If you don’t have at least one pen name, you really need to get a few. Pen names do a bunch of things for you…they protect your identity from the crazies out there (and there are plenty of them…I have the scars from a butcher knife on …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Seven

Number Twenty-Seven Have A Clear Understanding Of Success How do you define your success as a writer? Is it measured by how many books you release? Maybe by how many books you sell? What about by how many awards you win? Something else, perhaps? For most authors, but by no means all, success is measured …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Six

Number Twenty-Six There Are No Limits I’m talking about limits on what you can write. There is no essential difference between writing a short story, a novella, a novel, a teleplay, a screenplay, or an audio book. (And yes, you can write something aimed at being an audio book only.) The limits here really come …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Five

Number Twenty-Five Take Care When Revising Your Story…You May Break It Every writer does it. Professional authors are not an exception either. Just because we’ve been in the business for a few years, that doesn’t mean we aren’t just a little stupid sometimes. Besides, the temptation is simply too great…you’re working along at your normal …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Twenty-Four

Number Twenty-Four Beware Of Publishers Bearing Gifts OK…this is an exceedingly rare problem, but I learned this Rule the hard way. A few of you reading this may be old enough to remember the payola scandals of the 1950’s. Many more may be familiar with the events through research or just general interest. In short, …

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