April 10, 2014

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Book Release: Alpha Revelation by P.A. Baines

Scienda Editorial congratulates P.A. Baines on the release of the second novel in his Alpha series. Alpha Revelation is available from Splashdown Books and at all online retailers. The forefathers built a new home on the Red Planet and named it Utopia but, for Shor, life in the underground Martian colony is anything but utopian. With few […]

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March 10, 2014

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“The Thief” by Stephanie Landsem – Book Release

Scienda Editorial congratulates Stephanie Landsem on the release of her historical novel, The Thief, from Howard-Simon & Schuster. A global traveller since her teens, Stephanie loves adventure in far-off places. She brings her rich experience of the world to her storytelling, creating immersive reading experiences. The Thief picks up where her debut novel, The Well, left off, continuing through […]

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March 8, 2014

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When Technology Goes All Evil Betrayer

It seems that Gmail’s “intuitive filters” had arbitrarily decided, at some point around three months ago, that emails from my two websites (one of which is this one) were stuff that it just wasn’t going to show me anymore. So, instead of letting them into my inbox, it filtered and deleted. And I missed out on connecting with you.

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March 3, 2014

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The Novel with Multiple Points of View

Each character is a smaller story of varying length. Each rules their own little self-appointed kingdom.

But how long is each lesser character’s story? How does it intersect with the main character’s story for best effect? What do we even mean by “best effect”?

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September 23, 2013

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If Writing Career Advice Doesn’t Work For You…

…then you might not be a one-book writer. Kristine Rusch’s post on the difference between career writers and those without a bigger plan made me say, “Yes! This, this, this!” (For interest’s sake, compare Kris’s perspective against this one and use your native intuition to interpret.) You will hear me complain about unhelpful internet advice […]

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September 3, 2013

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Book Release: Structuring Your Novel, by KM Weiland

Scienda Editorial congratulates KM Weiland on the release of her writer’s help book Structuring Your Novel. Using familiar story examples, KM explains the journey from opening lines to “The End.” The process of editing this book generated some interesting discussion between myself and a colleague: Is there such a thing as a novelist who naturally […]

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July 15, 2013

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The Semicolon, Demystified

There’s a rule of thumb in teaching writing that the semicolon should just plain be avoided. One editor told me it comes off as too “scholarly,” which is polite-speak for “nerdy.” A writer friend with an extensive newsletter likes to humourously inform newer writers that they only get two semicolons in their entire career, ever. […]

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