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The Scalability of Your Craft and Your Voyage

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in 2018 | 0 comments

A common discussion point in the project management world is the scalability of a process or operations or technology. For example, if you’re installing an email system for a company with twenty employees, will the system be sufficiently scalable to handle the email volumes when the company has two hundred employees? Scalability is also an important...

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Shifting Perspective to Find the Rough Spots

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 2 comments

For my early novels, although I invested in professional editors and proofreaders to make sure my craft was as water-tight as possible, I was dismayed that readers still managed to find typos. When I was preparing the manuscript for my fourth novel to send to my editor, I decided to adopt a practice I had heard other authors use—listening to the book via a...

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Episode 011 – Making the Move to Full-time Writer

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Podcast | 0 comments

Ken Lozito is the author of fourteen science fiction and fantasy novels across four series. Ken has been independently publishing his own books for over four years, going from “hobbyist with potential” to a full-time author career. What started out as a love of stories has turned into a full-blown passion for writing them. (And it’s clear that readers have...

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An Epic Review … and Author Etiquette

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in 2018, articles | 0 comments

On November 21, 2017, Russell J. Sanders left this epic review of The Sense of Reckoning …   Matty Dalrymple’s The Sense of Reckoning is apparently the second in a series featuring main character Anne Kinnear, a woman who is quickly developing psychic powers. I purchased this on a recent trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, in my quest to read books from...

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Conquering the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 0 comments

Bernard Malamud once commented, “The first draft of anything is suspect unless one is a genius.” I am suspect of the “genius” caveat, and am more in agreement with Ernest Hemingway that “the first draft of anything is rubbish” (although he expressed it more colorfully). However, the hesitance to commit words to paper, actual or virtual, because you know...

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