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Erick Mertz
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Creator of original story content. Able to make things up real well.
Creator of original story content. Able to make things up real well.

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Recently, I was talking project price with an editing client. We were trying to find the best payment plan to make the work affordable when I mentioned my regular self publishing discount.
She seemed surprised. Well, first she was grateful then she was surprised.
"Why?" she asked.
A few clients in the past have asked a similar question. Why offer discounts to self publishing authors? For me, the answer is simple: I believe in the independent pursuit of art.
Self publishing brings me back to what this is all about. The core of what making anything is all about. Creative beings need to say something. That's why they come to the table.
The way I see it self publishing authors have enough in the way of barriers to getting their work out. Cover design. Type setting. Answering the perpetual question of how to reach an audience.
If giving them a small discount on editing and/or manuscript consultation serves as a means of simplifying that process, I am happy to oblige.
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Recently, I was talking project price with an editing client. We were trying to find the best payment plan to make the work affordable when I mentioned my regular self publishing discount.
She seemed surprised. Well, first she was grateful then she was surprised.
"Why?" she asked.
A few clients in the past have asked a similar question. Why offer discounts to self publishing authors? For me, the answer is simple: I believe in the independent pursuit of art.
Self publishing brings me back to what this is all about. The core of what making anything is all about. Creative beings need to say something. That's why they come to the table.
The way I see it self publishing authors have enough in the way of barriers to getting their work out. Cover design. Type setting. Answering the perpetual question of how to reach an audience.
If giving them a small discount on editing and/or manuscript consultation serves as a means of simplifying that process, I am happy to oblige.
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Going to a writer's conference is a big step forward in professionalism. Here are a few things to consider before signing up.

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Now, I'd like to talk about the power of... boredom?

If our culture is obsessed with anything, it's obsessed with time. Your social media feed is likely teeming with articles about how we can master it, get more of it, and get more out of what we have.

A simple study of the habits of successful writers from across many generations and cultures shows a couple of common pass times. Walks and naps.

Go read a writer detail their daily routine. Often their creative time comes after a nap. Or they return to their desk once they've taken a walk somewhere.

Writers need to understand that brainstorming (the mind in an overly active state) is only one single means of drumming up ideas. There is the brainstorming's antithesis to consider as well. An under active state, the mind at its most sedate and passive.

Walking my dog. Staring out the window while drinking a glass of water. Listening to music.

Think of water. There is an image I'll venture a step further on. Impede the river's flow at any point and the pools downstream dry up pretty quickly. Sometimes you need to just let the flow go free.

We have a cultural aversion to boredom. Until the turn of the 20th Century though, a productive work day was a matter of life and death.

Daydream and the crops rot in the field.

Our dialect is full of idioms that chastise even an idle moment. Ever hear that the Devil finds work for idle hands. Of course you have but I'll stick my neck out and say, let the devil in.

We have a cultural aversion to creativity (because dreamers make poor plowers) so maybe there is something there we can work with.

When you're done reading this, go do... nothing. Don't even think about your story. You'll be surprised at how fast and furious the ideas will flood when you pull away the dam of so-called productivity.

http://erickmertzwriting.com/ghostwriter-talks-productivity/

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As a professional ghostwriter and ghostwriter editor, I frequently caution authors against the temptation to self edit your manuscripts. But here are a few tips on how you can self edit your manuscript to your best advantage, before you have someone like me provide perspective.

1) Be Wise With Time.
This advice applies to every stage of the writing process. A writer has to be wise with how they use their time. You need to make time to write. You also need time away from writing.
If your plan is to self edit your manuscript take time away. Don't edit a chapter the day after writing it. Don't edit it a week after. Instead, allow the work time to breathe. Stand a step back.

2) (Don't) Be Hard On Your Work.
Be honest about the work. If your gut says it works, don't overthink it and vice-versa. Trust your gut. If it doesn't work on the page it's likely time to make changes.
Again, it's all about balance. Seems like we keep coming back to that theme.

3) If It's Broken (Don't) Try And Fix It:
This can be tricky for anyone. Creative people are born problem solvers.
The hope is that a proper self-edit will lead to the identification of problems. What do you do when you find a glaring plot hole in the story?
You fix it, of course. Get in there and get it done...
Being hasty can aggravate a manuscript's underlying problems. A quick fix is often just that. When your reader sits down with the book, they'll be able to see a patch job.
Give yourself that time. It's worth it. Then when you're ready, visit my website and get in touch. I'll show you how beneficial it is to work with a professional ghostwriter editor when it comes time for the final polish!


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Check out the debut of my new featured blog column, "Music For Writers" where I review a few of my favorite albums to write to.

This week it's "At The End Of It All" by Carl Sagan's Ghost a lovely piece of electro-acoustic music that is perfect accompaniment to science and speculative fiction writing.

http://www.well-lightedetcetera.com/music-for-writers-carl-sagans-ghost/

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When No Doesn't Hurt

Plunging headlong into a  #freelance  occupation, no one bothers to tell you that no is often conveyed in silence. Prospects don't send you articulate emails, explaining why they're not hiring you.

They just stop emailing you. 

Here is a few tidbits of advice I've learned about how to turn all sorts of no responses into something positive.

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Great Lovecraft Fiction Recommendations

Check out this #blog from the #Lovecraft eZine. The venerable Ramsey Campbell offers some cool stories, many in the Del Rey editions of Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos and others, easily available. 

Curious omissions though, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. Anyone read this one and see anything missing from the list of great cosmic #horror stories?

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Literature & Word Junkies

Stumbled upon this recently, thought it would be of interest. Poems by Mary Oliver, music by Sufjan Stephens. 
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