Archive | February 15, 2013

She’s right, you will need to hire a few professionals, even if you self-publish. A sloppy book cover, messed up e-book formatting, and lack of editing will all SCREAM “novice”.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Happy Friday! Today Jenny Hansen is going to talk to you a little bit about LinkedIn…hey, she gave me cookies. Who can say no to COOKIES?

You might be wondering why to bother with a LinkedIn profile, even if you aren’t a NF author (for NF authors, LinkedIn is a must). For one reason, a lot of agents and publishers are there, so it’s a good place to connect professionally.

Also, many of us will do additional work to supplement our writing income, especially in the early years. LinkedIn can be vital for getting freelance work that pays the bills or even gives us a little extra spending money.

Finally, if we self-publish (which many of us will), we will need to hire a team of professionals—content editor, line editor, book cover designer, book interior designer, e-book formatter, web designers, etc. LinkedIn is a wonderful place to find endorsed professionals 

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I can live without it, thank you.

Just because it happens doesn't mean I want to watch.

Just because it happens doesn’t mean I want to watch.

I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. Our Amish are called Mennonite here. As a faith and culture the community is not without hypocrisy or secrets but I enjoy the novels about these people because I can count on them to be safe for any age group, uplifting and wholesome.

Hopelessly out of touch? Idealistic and naïve? I don’t mind.

Here’s a simple question. Are there things you will not do in the conduct of your job or business for moral or ethical reasons, regardless of how this decision may impact you financially? Is the bottom line always dollars and cents?

The art world is comprised of every imaginable segment of society. All men and women, of every creed, colour/color, faith or orientation are of equal intrinsic value. There is little that is objective about art. Even its definition can be open to debate.

There is a market for every form of art that any human mind can devise and create.

You could be excused for thinking that editors are not censors, and you would be right in that no editor has the right to decide what any person may see or appreciate.

No human being, regardless of profession, is obligated to read or view anything he or she finds personally disturbing. Once an image is in the mind it will continue to crop up, unbidden, at random times, and there are images I do not want in my mind in the first place.

Gratuitous sexuality, with or without pictures, is something I can do without. There are things I simply do not need to know about people whether they are real or fictitious characters. No matter what the story, or how much a part all of this ‘love’ played in it, I am of the opinion that these things are not necessary unless you are writing pornography; which, incidentally, I will not edit. You can elude to it. I will get the picture. But please leave me on the other side of your bedroom door.

I am not trying to force my sensibilities onto anybody. I don’t preach or point fingers. I just reserve the right to choose for myself the types of material I will read. I am not a prude. I have been married for forty-five years and we have three children.

If you are offended because I won’t edit or aggressively promote something that means the world to you, I do apologize. But I won’t compromise. Thanks for understanding.