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  1. (I didn't go to college for any appreciable time and landed a career gig as a Technical Writer despite that. My lifelong reading habit filled in my vocabulary gaps but I had to pick up other skills in other ways. I really like your approach.)
  2. Short answer - when you're brilliant. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/start-a-book-with-a-dream/#
  3. From Joe Bunting. https://thewritepractice.com/publish-book/
  4. Phy

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Lest we lose the point, I'm just saying as a writer and editor for a long, long time, I don't immediately discount the accuracy of information just because there might be some typos. I know too many really smart people who really don't grok spelling / grammar to immediately discount something with some typos. (This has to do with non-fiction online such as this infographic - I have rather less patience for fiction which, one presumes, has been more rigorously vetted.)
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    I'm a Technical Writer for my day job. I work with people we refer to as SMEs, Subject Matter Experts. I've learned that many of the people who are the most technically accurate are also the least grammatically careful. (I'm not complaining - this explains how I can get paid to do what I do.) I've learned to accept spelling and grammatical errors as long as the content is correct. (Also, I frequently work with people for whom English is not their first language. It would be churlish of me to chastise people who are trying their best but didn't learn to use as many articles as I do, so I take the content provided and craft it into something which is publishable.) In other words, if the content is good, I'll look the other way if I run into spelling or grammatical errors along the way. In this case, I think this Inforgraphic does a decent job at a high level overview and accept the typos as someone who might know their stuff but who didn't pay close enough attention to their writing.
  6. Phy

    Christian Science Fiction

    Well, it wouldn't be the first time we around here walked the straight and narrow path.
  7. I think you think you're coming across an an authority. You're coming across as something else to me.
  8. (It's generally considered poor form to argue with a forums Moderator. I'd tread carefully.)
  9. Phy

    Nanowrimo 2018 - Who's On Board?

  10. Tim Grahl makes the case for self-publishing. https://booklaunch.com/traditional-or-self-publishing/
  11. Phy

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    We'll find out when I go to publish my novel.
  12. Phy

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    True. I paid a pretty good chunk of change for a course and considered it money well spent because it was information I hadn't heard before compiled in one place in online lessons which are easy to complete. I've also met the guy who constructed the course and spent an hour and a half asking him targeted questions. That conversation alone was worth the trip, for me.
  13. Phy

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    The mods here have been very patient. I've been around since 2005 - in my experience, different viewpoints are encouraged! But attitude is important as well, and that has more to do with one's internal compass than anything as expansive as 'the future of modern civilization.'
  14. Phy

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    I also recommend Tim Grahl's Launch A Bestseller program. It's pricey but comprehensive. https://booklaunch.com/ He's also got a book which covers this material. https://www.amazon.com/Book-Launch-Blueprint-Step-Step-ebook/dp/B019JMWGGK
  15. Everybody's heard the 'show, don't tell' rule. Here are three short caveats from our own Katie Weiland. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/three-places-where-you-should-tell/