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Meet the Pirate Author

Meet the Pirate Author

Pirate Publishing takes our narratives back from the Information Dealers who profit on human fear and hatred and calls pirate authors to #jointhestory.

This POV is Only Yours

This POV is Only Yours

As authors, we understand the concept of POV (point of view). When writing a story, the POV dictates the details we share with the reader and the tone we take. Each character in our story would require a unique POV if we chose to tell the story from that character’s perspective. The reason is simple:…

Final Battle Epic Playlist

Final Battle Epic Playlist

A One-Way Ticket to Epic-ville A Playlist by DMB This is the soundtrack I listen to when I need the strength and motivation to keep going even when I know the odds are overwhelming… FREEDOM!!!! Sometimes we need to feel heroic, whether we’re crawling inside the head of one of our characters who knows they…

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part Two

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part Two

Genre Therapy is just like normal therapy, but applied to story.   And therapy, vastly simplified, is all about digging under the surface of a person to figure out what’s really going on, because what you see on the top is never the whole story, or even the real one.   On the surface, a person might…

Sentence Structure: Verbs

Sentence Structure: Verbs

Flashback to the second grade. You’re learning about the parts of a sentence. How does the teacher define ‘verbs’? Why, they’re action words, of course! And that’s actually a pretty good description. The verb makes the subject of the sentence do something. When “the cat jumps”, ‘jump’ is your verb. So without verbs, nothing can…

Paragraph Structure: Pacing & Rhythm

Paragraph Structure: Pacing & Rhythm

In school, you probably learned how to construct the classic, academic paragraph. The O.G. paragraph, if you will. You’ve got your topic sentence, your supporting sentences, and then your concluding sentence. A nice snug package of information. Also, a total bore. In fiction, paragraphs never have to be this structured. Indeed, paragraphing is an author’s…

Creating an Author Brand & Mission

Creating an Author Brand & Mission

There is a lot of talk these days about creating an “author brand.” Raise your hand if you land somewhere between “I’m not exactly sure what that is” and “What the [bleep] is an author brand?” Okay, I see those hands. What exactly is an author brand? There are times, such as when you are…

Downtempo Editing Playlist (w/vocals)

Downtempo Editing Playlist (w/vocals)

Editors Need Tunes Too Playlist by Kasey Here’s a sample of the music I used to edit most of Wizards in Space! As I edit, I often read the story out loud, so I don’t always listen to music. However, the times that I do want music generally are during a first read or if…

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part One

The Story Solution: Genre Therapy Part One

Genre refers to the specific type of story you’ll be telling. It’s one of the first things you’ll want to decide about your life. Because this is an odd concept, hang tight while we take you on a short diversion into genre and what it means in the book and movie world. In a physical…

Assemble Your Pirate Crew (Collaborative Writing)

Assemble Your Pirate Crew (Collaborative Writing)

Pirate Publishing mandates collaboration. The forces we pirate authors oppose are much too organized and relentless for us to hope to succeed in our individual and divided efforts. The Information Dealers are those who proffer human narratives for capital gain. Via social media, journalism, and any form of media they can manipulate via paid impressions,…

Dramatic Writing Soundtrack (w/vocals)

Dramatic Writing Soundtrack (w/vocals)

Sometime You Need Vocals Playlist by DMB Here’s my playlist for my Pirate Publishing Blog. With this writing soundtrack, I went for high drama. I wanted songs all about tension and emotion, and for my two cents, tension and emotion are driven home by lyrics and vocals. While vocals can sometimes be distracting, I find…