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Vision

 

Issue 73

 

October/November/December 2013

 

 

This issue of Vision includes a plethora of interesting articles to help you through the last of the year, including a few items for those of you daring the insanity of NaNoWriMo. This is also the end of the year issue. 2013 saw some interesting changes, including the new $0.99 version available on Smashwords. Issue # 72 (the last issue) can be found here.  Smashwords provides formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, PDF and more.

This issue (#73) will be out on Smashwords in a few days.  This allows the authors to go over their work and point out any problems before the ebook version is created.

Vision: A Resource for Writers is written by writers for writers. With over 700 articles in our archives, this ezine is an excellent resource (as the name indicates) for helping you with your writing problems. Would you like to see other articles written on specific subjects? Write me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know!

I am always looking for new articles as well. Read the submission guidelines and consider sending me an article or two about writing. I look forward to hearing from you.

In this issue:

From the Editor:

Two days after I finished editing the last of issue of Vision and got it up online, I had a heart attack.  It was incredibly painful and scary, but not as bad as it might have been.  I was lucky.  I took that luck into account and started planning on how I could change things.

 From the Editor: Things that Change

 

Inkygirl Comic

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

A Writer's Fantasy

Inky Girl Comic (Writer's Fantasy)

 

Workshop: The Tao of Outlines

-- by Lazette Gifford

This workshop does not have the usual sets of assignments. Instead, there is only one -- to write an outline. With NaNoWriMo coming soon (November 1-30), doing some pre-work ahead of time can make the difference in reaching your goal.

Workshop: The Tao of Outlines

 

Indie Corner: Amazon's Kindle Matchbook Program

-- by J A Marlow

Once again, Amazon is at the forefront of innovation in the book selling world. Following the success of their audio book discounts, which linked audio book and ebook, on September 3, 2013 the company announce a program called "Kindle Matchbook."

Indie Corner: Amazon's Kindle Matchbook Program

 

The Balanced Muse: Surviving Publisher Change

-- by Mary Caelesto

The one thing writers can be assured of is that publisher upheaval will happen. I’ve spent a decade in this business, and during that time editors have moved on to different houses or projects, publishers have closed, and uncertainty has loomed.

The Balanced Muse: Surviving Publisher Change

 

Tricks of the Trade: Writing on a budget - Using your resources

-- by G R Colorado

This is much like networking. Many writers and freelancers shy away from trading skills. I don’t see why. Bartering is wonderful. Both parties gain what is needed with little to no money exchanged. Man has been partaking in trade since the beginning of time.

Tricks of the Trade (Part 2) Writing on a budget – Using your resources

 

The Plot: Avoiding Glitches

-- by Dr Bob Rich

Some writers grow a book organically. This is my preferred method now. I have a concept, get a general idea of what I want to achieve, create some people, and then get off the stage and let them take the story where they will.

The Plot: Avoiding Glitches

 

6 Truths That Every Writer Must Accept

--by April Aragam

You might believe some myths about writing that have been holding you back from enjoying and achieving all that you can in your writing career. This article outlines 6 truths that every writer has to accept for a successful and long-lasting writing career.

6 Truths That Every Writer Must Accept

Getting Started in Critiquing

-- by Suzan L. Wiener

Have you hurt a writer's feelings inadvertently by saying something when you only meant to be helpful? Here are tips to avoid that problem. At first, it might be an effort, but once you keep doing the critiques, you will be able to do them, and the recipient will appreciate your efforts. The rule, "Do unto others as you would have them to unto you," really applies here. If you follow it, you will become a great critiquer.

Getting Started In Critiquing

 

How to Design an ePub Book Cover

-- by Connie Cockrell

I was ready to send a short story out to be epublished, but I didn’t know what to do next. When I self-published my first book, I went to CreateSpace (https://www.createspace.com/) and it was easy. They even helped me pick a cover from their own stock of cover pictures.

How to Design an ePub Book Cover

 

Website Review: National Novel Writing Month -- nanowrimo.org

-- Reviewed by J.A. Marlow

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or NaNo, is almost here! Huh, you ask? Is it really that time of year again?

Website Review: National Novel Writing Month

 

Book Review: NaNo for the New and Insane: A Guide to Surviving NanoWrimo by Lazette Gifford (Part 2)

-- Reviewed by Kelly Eileen Hake

*This review is a continuation of my review from the last issue of Vision. Then, I reviewed it as a novice looking to enter JulNo (a July NaNo challenge) for the first time. Now, I’m reviewing the advice contained in the book from the perspective of someone who attempted—and sadly failed—a NaNo challenge.*

Book Review NaNo for the New and Insane: A Guide to Surviving NanoWrimo by Lazette Gifford

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