FAQBy Jason Kristopher
Soooo… you wanna know a little bit about the crazy guy behind this weirdly-titled and somewhat disturbing, occasionally brilliant, own-horn-tooting blog? Here’s the important bits.
1. Just who the hell do you think you are?
I’m an author and publisher. I wrote The Dying of the Light series of zombie apocalypse novels, several short stories, and I’m the Executive Director of Grey Gecko Press.
2. Why do some of your posts have the phrase “Beta Readers:” before the title?
This ‘feature’ hasn’t quite been implemented yet, but I believe in being proactive. – JK
I strongly believe that the best writers are the ones who don’t depend solely on their judgement regarding a book’s worth. With trusted colleagues, fans, and other readers who can assist them with other viewpoints on the work, the professional writer can come to see the flaws, the plot holes, and the spots where his or her work needs improving. I have a small but dedicated group of readers who provide valuable feedback, and this blog is one of the ways I interact with them.
3. What makes you an expert on writing and publishing?
Nothing. I’m not an expert. No one is. Even writers with careers spanning many decades will tell you they’re not masters of their craft, no matter what anyone says. We’re all still learning, every time we put pen to paper, even if both are more virtual than real these days. Still, I believe I’ve learned a lot over the past couple years, and I’m a good writer, so why not help others if I can?
4. Where do you get your ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere. Inspiration can come from anything or anyone. It’s all around, and everything’s got a story. I believe “idea generation” is a learned and practicable skill that anyone can develop over time. I’m working on a workshop for aspiring writers called “Genesis of Creation: Where We Get Our Ideas” – look for it soon.
5. I’ve just finished a novel. What advice can you give me?
First things first: get it edited. Even if you’ve revised it within an inch of it’s life, it’s not done, and never will be, until you get a professional developmental edit as well as a copyedit (grammar, typos, word choice). They are two very different things, and you need both. After that, get a good cover, set your price correctly, and above all – don’t shove it down people’s throats. No one will like you or the book, even if it might be the best thing they’ve never read.
6. Where did you get the slightly odd title for this blog?
I was moderating a panel version of “Genesis of Creation” with the lovely and talented Rhodi Hawk and she used the phrase in an answer to an audience question. It so perfectly described what every author has in their head that I had to jot it down and use it later (thanks, Rhodi!).
More to come later. If you’ve got any, email me with suggestions for this page.