Review: Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells
Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells by James Scott Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Scott Bell’s writing technique books speak to me. This is worth adding to any writer’s reference collection. His writing is clear, well reasoned and he’s got enough experience writing best selling fiction to make his techniques more than dry theory to him. Any writer is sure to pick up some useful techniques from this book even if they don’t follow all his methods.

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Machine Learning: Two Short Reads is Live Today

Let’s see if I can bring out one Khiatons Short Read a month starting today! The Khiatons Short Reads are meant for Kindle Select readers but is also available for purchase on Kindle.

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)

Review: Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between
Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is enough to convince me James Scott Bell deserves his reputation as an excellent writing teacher. He came up with an intriguing technique of use to both plotter and panster writers. His premise is that you can organize your work around the crucial moment in your story, usually in the middle. You define the middle and you can create the build up in the beginning and fallout of it in the ending. If you are a plotter this is the starting point of your outline. Even if your a pantser you still need to organize your story once your done and this can can become the basis of a revision plan. Thanks to this book I have my eye on more of his writing instruction books.

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Announcing the Start of Khiatons Kindle Short Reads

Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.

The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.

I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.

This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.

Machine Learning: Two Short Reads

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)