Book Review: George Lucas, A Life by Brian Jay Jones

4 out of 5

George seems to be a talented visual storyteller. He knows how to craft engaging images, but is almost lost when he has to create a movie that requires a plot
and not just pretty images. He works best when he’s got people to collaborate with and fill in his gaps as long as he takes their advice. This became less common when he got older and more established thus the interesting but less engaging Star Wars prequels. Being able to assemble and overlook creative teams is a good skillset but is not one that most artists can emulate. I didn’t find what I wanted from this book, but it was interesting to get this glimpse into his work methods, and his fans may want to read this to satisfy their curiosity.

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Review: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954
In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954 by Isaac Asimov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isaac Asimov is one of the few people who can make their autobiography interesting. He may sound like he’s bragging but there’s no escaping a fact he’s a Master of Science Fiction and denying it would be ridiculous. It’s interesting for writers to see his mind at work and will answer any questions fans of what happened behind the scenes while he was writing his stories.

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Free Book: Hybrid Author Game Plan free to download from Bookbaby

Don’t know whether to self-publish or get a traditional publishing contract. It’s possible to do both? Writer’s Digest sent me another email for a free Hybrid Author Game Plan pdf that’s free to download if you don’t mind registering for the Bookbaby mailing list. Click the cover to access the download page. 

Recommended Book: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

I read through Publishing for Beginners: What First-Time Authors Need to Know (Kindle Edition) by Lourdes Venard and it lead me to another reference book purchase. She stated that The Chicago Manual of Style is used by the publishers of fiction writing to edit their author’s manuscripts and I thought it best to get my own copy of the must current edition. I received it this week and am doing my best to plug away at it. I don’t think I’ll ever have it memorized but I believe I’ll get a good overview of editing practices and will know when to refer it on an as needed basis.

My research says that I shouldn’t try to edit myself since writers are blind to their own common flaws and errors but I think things will be better if I make my manuscripts as clean as possible.

Free Kindle Book for First Time Authors

I’m not sure if anyone will notice if I put it out there right now but the Savvy Authors yahoo loop gave me a heads up about a free kindle book about publishing/self-publishing for first time writers book that is available for free at the this moment called Publishing for Beginniers: What First-Time Authors Need to Know (Kindle Edition) by Lourdes Venard.

I’m not sure how long the offer will last so grab it if you want ASAP. If you don’t have a kindle there is a free kindle for pc
app that can be used to view kindle books on your pc or laptop.