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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…

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Last week’s post addressed the effects that an increasingly commoditized and leveraged publishing industry is having on the stories that are being produced and sold via the “all-you-can-read” buffet for readers and the ad-spend driven battle-dome for writers. As promised, this week we’re gonna drill down more on what the heck we can do about…

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

(Or at least there can’t be another Harry Potter within the current publishing infrastructure.) Not too long ago, I had lunch with a gentleman who played a significant role in the commercial success of Harry Potter while serving as an informal advisor to Scholastic. His was and is a fascinating story. With the changes that…

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Living life is messy. You’ve probably noticed, people are effed up. The good news? If you’re willing to get messy, connecting with people ain’t that hard. StoryShop has come forward with a call to action called #JoinTheStory that essentially challenges all of us to take back our narratives and openly explore each others’ narratives. In…