BookMarc History and Rules of the Road
BookMarc is a series of lectures, articles, lessons, whatever, on the art of writing. They are based on my book, Easy Reading Writing, easy reading about writing easy reading. Though an earlier series of these articles I was given a contract to write the book and it was first published by Scrivenary Press in Texas. This press has since have gone out of business. The book is now available through reprint on iUniverse, and through them, on Kindle and Nook. The idea was, too many books on writing are hard to read. Does that make sense? So as (if) you parse through these articles, or pick up a copy of the book, and find the reading difficult, stop, it means I don’t know what I’m talking about.
That’s the history.
Now the rules of the road, and these may change a bit as I work through it.
The articles are free. The only things I glean from them are whatever publicity they garner for me, and the altruistic feeling in helping fellow writers, those established writers–no one knows it all–as well as those getting started (God save us from the newbie cliche).
However, being free, you might have to suffer through some typos and misspelling and an error or two in English. You are welcome to point them out and I may take them into future consideration.
I will try to put up a new article once a week and will probably keep no more four articles up at a time. If you sign in you will be notified each time I make an update, otherwise you can check back periodically to see what’s happening.
Also, if you ask a question that I think may be of interest to the BookMarc readers at large, I will try to answer it, otherwise, I do have my own writing to get to. As I said, it’s free.
Okay, with these caveats in place, allow me to start with the first article.
Go buy one of my books.
Whoa, before you think this is crass commercialism, whiiiiich in a way it is, there is a purpose. Not only will you be able to judge if I’m practicing what I preach in BookMarc, but the lesson here is that the work doesn’t stop once a book is published. Publicity depends upon the author, especially if you self-publish, and if he/she doesn’t take every opportunity to bring his/her novels before the eyes of potential readers, then no one else will. I should also tell you, aside from meeting readers which is sort of fun, publicity is drudge labor. I don’t do it well.
So now, as your humble jungle guide, let me invite on this fiction-writing journey, to hopefully solve some of the problems of which Hemingway said, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
If you feel like it, climb aboard. Check out the table of contents under it’s own heading.
Peter E. Abresch