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When I was a kid, I had no idea I would someday become an independently published author. I had lots of ideas about what I wanted to do when I grew up: archaeology, travel writing, commercial art. One of my childhood aspirations was to design books. I loved all the subtleties of type and layout, the feel and smell of ink on pages. I was fascinated by the differences between books published in English and …

Dear Self-Published Novelists: Please tell the whole story (Wherein I rant a bit)

Barbara Nicolosi, founder of Act One, a Christian screenwriting school, often complains that her students just don’t seem to understand what makes a story. My adventures in reading self-published novels on the Kindle has shown me that even writers of novels seem to have trouble grasping this concept. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that many self-published novelists seem to think they can get by without editors, who would be able to point out …