Bruce Byfield visiting at Guest Blog

Wonderful to have Bruce Byfield commenting on my webpage. His opinions give us a rare combination of thoughtful and lively. Byfield is a well known blogger and writer in the world of software and open access information.His own blog appears at:  https://brucebyfield.wordpress.com

While his blogs are often controversial, I find I agree with most of what he says. He’d be delighted if someone wrote him and disagreed.

 

 

 

 

Who is your market? The book world of children and young adults

Who is your market? The book world of children and young adults

  Children and teen literature is classified in genres. This is not so much on the insistence of the authors, but on the insistence of the marketing department of the publishing houses and on-line distributors. The placement of your book in a certain genre is…

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Must I bother about grammar?

Must I bother about grammar?

Everyone has some gaps in their grammar education. No matter how much grammar was pounded into us in class, we didn’t get it all. We might operate on the principle that if something ‘sounds’ right, it is right. Why it is right is often beyond…

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My Writing Style

My Writing Style

Of course, I have style.   Writing style is part of our personality: brash, in-your-face, shy, retiring, academic, rational or emotional. It is a little like clothes sense–something we develop to suit ourselves and to make a statement to others. Our choice of long sentences…

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My Writing Style

My Writing Style

Of course, I have style. Writing style is part of our personality: brash, in-your-face, shy, retiring, academic, rational or emotional. It is a little like clothes sense–something we develop to suit ourselves and to make a statement to others. Our choice of long sentences or…

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The Dialogue Test

The Dialogue Test

Here is the dialogue test: Give a reader a sentence taken from the dialogue in your book manuscript. Ask him or her to identify which character said which sentence. It should be obvious. Characters speak in dialogue that has a definitive and unique flavor. A…

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