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Self-Publishing: Hiring Contractors Beyond a Copy Editor

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Self-Publishing: Hiring Contractors Beyond a Copy Editor

Here’s an interview conducted by the BRILLIANT Katie Merkel! If you’re a writer, be sure to check out her blog.

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Hello everyone!

As promised, here is my interview with sci-fi and fantasy author Olivia Berrier.  In the interview, Berrier talks about her experience with the self-publishing process and what types of contractors a self-publishing author can hire.

If you read my last post, you know that I had quite a learning curve with this project.  Below are the top three things I learned about making a YouTube video:

  1. Always shoot your video in horizontal.  Never film in vertical.
  2. Use a microphone or have a sound recording device close to your mouth.
  3. Double or triple the time estimate you allot to the editing process.

Happy writing!

Katie

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A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

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Thank you Novellover97 for reviewing my book!

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Book Review

Title: A Book Without Dragons

Author: Olivia Berrier

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian /Sci-Fi

Rating: 4

Review: The opening to a book without dragons was, we are introduced to Willow Ayers in the year 2054, who is one of the creators of Unitime which basically controls all electronics. However, strange things start happening with clocks being wrong, phone calls dropping and much more which should be impossible due to Unitime’s technology. We begin to see how this begins effecting everyday people and when we are finally introduced to Willow’s perspective we learn that he might not be able to fix the system, he might just have to stabilize it long enough for NASA to launch the old technology back into space, but he isn’t sure he can even do that. Despite his fame, Willow seems to be a bit of a recluse with the only person he trusts Jasper who is his…

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A fantastic review – Thank you, Scintilla!

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Hey friends ^_^ I don’t always do this, but Scintilla’s review of A Book Without Dragons was just so lovely, I had to boost the signal. Thank you SO much, Scintilla!!

I particularly liked this analysis of the open-ended nature of the ending (no spoilers, don’t worry!)

I love the way A Book Without Dragons ends without forcing conclusions or final answers upon the reader. It explores interesting questions: what kind of people are we becoming in our tech-dependent world? Could we survive without all the tech? Would we possibly even be better? Does technology bring us together or drive us apart? Berrier does not really answer those questions for us. She poses one set of possibilities…then takes them away and leaves the reader to answer whether anything was ultimately gained or lost in the transaction. Some of the characters are arguably better off in the end. Others are undeniably worse. And some are just in a different place. Whether society is better or worse, though, is something the reader will have to decide.

You can read the full review here:

Book Review: A Book Without Dragons, Olivia Berrier

 

(Also – if you aren’t already – you should really be following their blog. Their reviews are written in a clear and witty style and are just a delight to read!)

Short Story Review: The World That Forgot How to Dance by Olivia Berrier

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Just stumbled on this lovely review of my novelette ^_^ Made my day!

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I met Olivia Berrier at Confluence in Pittsburgh last year and picked up the printed format of her short story The World That Forgot How to Dance (Fantasy 72 pages).

“Dancing destroyed a village … Ellsie lives in a world where magic is controlled by dancing, and both have been illegal for the past three centuries. No one really knows what happened when the village of Laenin was leveled, but the magic of dancers hasn’t been trusted since. The world is better off, they say. The loss of dancing is a fair price for protection against magic so powerful and unexplainable. Ellsie, however, still dances in secret, and she figures she can’t be the only one.”

I read this as a break from a lot of really intellectually and academically heavy work I’m involved with because of a class right now and it was a welcome break. This book also…

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Review by Ashley Simon

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I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Online Book Club (it’s pretty awesome, though. It’s kinda like Goodreads, but with more emphasis on talking to other readers.) I bring it up because I recently had A Book Without Dragons reviewed on their website, and I was just so flattered and delighted with what Ashley Simon had to say about it! 

Read the whole review here!

In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow

“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”

  • Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer

With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience. 

 

Guest Appearance! Crystin Goodwin’s Characters from UnBlessed

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This post written by Crystin Goodwin
Featuring characters from her book UnBlessed
Which is FREE! 
(Just so you know. Last day to get it!) 

No Spoilers.

Extra-special guest post today, my friends! In honor of the last day of her sale for Blessings of Myrillia, I interviewed Crystin Goodwin! And by that I mean I interviewed her characters. And by that I mean I asked her to stick three characters in a room with strange boxes. 

This is what I like to call “The Mystery Box Interview.” (It’s great fun for anyone who enjoys throwing characters into odd situations.) I ‘gave’ Crystin three boxes and filled them with objects that I thought would spark conversation. She then placed the boxes and her characters in a room, and – ta da! 

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“Lucien. Lucien, wake up!”

Grumbling, Lucien rolled over and tried to wave away his visitor. “Five more minutes …”

“Lucien, please! Please wake up. I don’t—I don’t know what to do!” Panic laced the familiar voice. Read the rest of this entry