Reading Books

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I know, it’s a very generic title, but, well, this is about reading. Books. And there are lots of ways for you to explore books on KD Did It: book reviews; lists of genres I’ve read and what I think of them; Chronological Lists of Complex, Intersected Series of all those series that have subseries and/or short stories…or those series which slip back and forth along the chronological line. For an obsessively organized person, not knowing drives me nuts!; and, my own publications.

The Other Side of Reading — the Writing!

There is also the other side of books, the writing thereof. I know most of us can’t afford an editor. Or think we can’t. It is actually much cheaper to hire an editor than to to have to fix your reputation after publishing a poorly edited book that will be out in the world forever.

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

Anyway, back to editing… I’ve been posting a variety of self-editing tips from Word Confusions to Grammar Explanations to Formatting Tips to the Properly Punctuated.

The Agony of Writing & Self-Editing

My research, along with exploring other aspects of writing and editing, is leading to a new section: Author Resources, the public side of which will provide surface information for authors on the process of writing, book layout and covers, publishing, and marketing.

My Reading

The thing is, it is about books. Books are where I go for knowledge, insight, new worlds to explore, new ways of seeing, for the fun of it, the escape. Yes, it’s an indulgence. You could even call it an addiction — I reckon it’s a cheaper addiction than heroin!

I love reading all sorts of books from historical anything to romances, the excitement of science fiction with the fun of space opera and the curious construction of steampunk with a few horrors thrown in, all sorts of fantasies including paranormals and paranormal romances and urban fantasies. Then there are the myriad sub-genres of mysteries, the thrillers, and the suspense of it all. Every once in a while, I touch on nonfiction.

“Paying for” Reading

To “pay” for my indulgence, I review what I read. It’s definitely slowed down my reading rate, but it’s turned into more of a master’s course in literature analysis.

… something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
– J.K. Rowling

Where the Reading Has Led Me

It’s reading books that has led to my lists of the series I’ve read — ’cause I always seem to forget several when someone asks me — I hate when that happens.

That OCD need of mine led to the Upcoming Releases notice. I’m like everyone else, wanting to get my hands on the latest release, and it drove me nuts to miss a new release by months! And there didn’t seem to be much point in my keeping the information to myself.

New Paths Opened Up

It was my research on my business plan that led to my newsletter, A Hodgepodge of Bits & Pieces. Another instance of finding great bits of information that I couldn’t bear to hoard to myself! The Opportunity pages for writing workshops and conferences and conventions are a result of the Hodgepodges being inundated with these opportunities. I didn’t want to take up space with repeating this information nor did I want to force readers to have to sort through past issues for information. Instead, I thought Writing and Conferences and Conventions would be more useful as standalone pages.

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