Stephen Blake Mettee

May 312012
 
Proofreader’s Nightmare

  Known for his (practiced?) eccentricity, T. E. Lawrence was, as described in the unattributed Introduction to his Revolt in the Desert, an “archeologist, philosopher, diplomat and student of military affairs, [with] the genius of a surpassing leader of irregular cavalry.” Apparently he was also something of an opportunist. Before World War I, while on Read more…

Dec 312011
 
Use Plot Motivators to Move Your Fiction

         The following is excerpted from June and William Noble’s classic, Steal This Plot: A Writer’s Guide to Story Structure and Plagiarism. (The Write Thought recently republished Steal This Plot in our Classic Wisdom on Writing Series.) There are certain items which become basic to story construction, and we’ve chosen to call Read more…

Nov 172011
 
Controversy Rages: Amazon to Lend Books

      There’s been quite a ruckus in the book publishing world lately. Amazon.com has recently announced its long-anticipated foray into lending e-books. Kindle owners who are also Amazon Prime members, in addition to getting free two-day shipping on their orders and “unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows,” can also Read more…

Oct 162011
 
What Will They Want to Read Tomorrow? Anticipate Trends with “Top Searches.”

  “If you want to see how a society thinks, look at what it searches for.” —George Bernard Shaw Allow me to slightly rewrite Shaw’s wise counsel: “If you want to know what a society is interested in reading about, look at what it searches for.” As writers (and publishers) of nonfiction books, magazine articles—even Read more…

Aug 272011
 
10 Things to Consider when Pricing E-Books

To reuse a couple of ‘graphs from my previous blog, “Book Pricing, Finding the Sweet Spot”: One grand thing about e-books is, since there is no printing involved, once edited, designed, typeset, and formatted, the cost of an e-book is zero. Another is that the retail price a publisher sets can vary day to day. Read more…