Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A spoon full of sugar!


So here’s the deal. Everyone makes mistakes.
NO ONE IS PERFECT.  Certainly not us.

All we can do is learn from our mistakes and move forward.

What we don’t need is someone pointing out any mistakes or errors that we make in public. And then taking it one step further and bashing the work that you do. Simply not cool.

And now we have it. A spoon full of sugar!

Yesterday we made a post on one of our social media sites and we had someone that we don’t know leave a harsh and destructive comment. Now we’ve all had them and we’re old enough and big enough to realize that it is just a way for this person to feel better about themselves. And, it should be used and looked at as a tool for us to learn. Maybe they were right. So – we’ll look at it and fix it. Could she have brought this to our attention in a different way – yep! Are we any worse for this? Nope. Are we going to close the doors or crawl over in the corner and cry? No! Will people look at us differently? I hope not. But all we can do is get better from here.

What this person may not understand or get is that Breaking Rules Publishing has many overseas writers who struggle with the English language just as much as we do. AND, sometimes you have to give them a break. They are trying to write in a second language. We're trying. And I ask you young lady with the chip on your shoulder who seems to know best about everything - what are you trying to do? How many languages do you speak?

What we do here at Breaking Rules Publishing is to try to help those writers that are struggling. That want to be published and can’t. Those who don’t want to go the self-publishing route and need help with marketing – maybe editing and cover art. We are looking to work with them. To help them reach their dreams and become successful. Even if they only sell 201 books – at least they beat the national average. In my mind, that’s a win. Hell – selling 10 books is a big deal.

The greater question is - what is this person doing to help out her community? Nothing. Unless you count hiding behind her computer screen handing out backhanded comments trying to do damage. My ex-wife did that. It did her no good either. But sister woman, you do what feels right. See where it gets you.

What isn’t needed here, especially in a community of millions, is a nasty ass negative attitude or word from someone who doesn’t know better. My suggestion - keep that shit to yourself and do your best to be a good person and help. Don’t try to damage and destroy.

Sorry, at this moment I’m laughing a bit, because, will this post of comment hurt us. No – what it has done is make us stronger and our skin thicker. On the other hand – the person who was hiding behind their keyboard to try to bring down a company that is only trying to do good, she is still weak.

AND SHAME ON YOU!

Grow up and try to be a part of a community that needs some positivity. After all – we all have witnessed rejection over and over again – why toss that same feeling on someone else. Especially a peer.

I don’t want to rant too much. I just want to let you know – if you see something on the website or on a post – please bring it to our attention. We would appreciate your positive feedback.  If you have a negative word – be respectful and keep it to yourself. That should be something that you learned in kindergarten.

So in closing - Wise up Chic!

As always, Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers all around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Scribe Magazine - Get in for July

The Scribe Magazine
Breaking Rules Publishing's
Online And Hard Copy Magazine comes ​out 6 times a year.


Save $3 per issue by subscribing to The Scribe Magazine for just $7.00 an issue - 6 times a year - Use the link below

The Scribe is a 60 - 90-page magazine that features articles and tools to assist in the success of the writers and readers that subscribe. It also offers writers, published authors and young writers the opportunity to share their work, promote their novels, short stories or poetry.

The Scribe is available online as well in hard copy. It is sent out to all of our subscribers as well as placed in various locations throughout the country, concentrating on St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater in hard copy form. We also share The Scribe on our social media sites.

For information about advertising and pricing for The Scribe, please look below. If you are interested in placing an ad please email us at 
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All of the artwork on the front covers is created by artist David Rule - created.rule


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(Includes - up to 5,500 words, author's website, and a photo)  

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(Includes - up to 300 words, author’s website, and a photo) 


Next Up - the July Issue. 

We have the cover - now we need to fill it.

If you are interested in submitting a short story or poem - advertising your latest book or previous books - or advertising your business, please email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.



Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.



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Monday, May 13, 2019

Self Editing Your Book - Need Help?


Are you in a self-editing nightmare?
Here are 9 Simple Ways to Edit Your Manuscript.



A writers’ victories are short-lived indeed.
For a brief moment after completing a first draft, writers sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, post a self-congratulatory humble brag on their social media sites about finishing their manuscript, and then immediately think about that one character we forgot to really complete, or that we’re pretty sure we overused the word “that” instead of “than,” or that those squiggly red lines scattered throughout our manuscript are surely incorrect.
In other words, the joys of #amwriting give way to the trials of #amediting.
As a strong believer that every author needs an editor, your first line of literary defense shouldn’t be a professional editor. Rather, you need to learn how to self-edit before sending your manuscript off for that second pair of eyes.
Breaking Rules Publishing offers full-service editing packages and payment plans that are affordable to everyone. We have witnessed dozens of simple mistakes authors constantly make. If only they’d take the time to learn and incorporate better self-editing techniques, they would become better writers; endear themselves to their editors, and maybe even save money on a professional edit.
Check out our editing services on the Breaking Rules Publishing website – www.breakingrulespublishing.com.
If you think that you’re ready to self-edit your book, take a look at these 10 tips that will help you out:
1. Rest yourself and your manuscript


When you’ve finished typing the last word of your masterpiece, set it aside for a few days. If you can stand it, set it aside for a week or more. Many writers place their finished drafts in a drawer for at least a week before looking at them again.
Why rest your draft for so long? It’s easy - you want to try to forget everything you’ve written so that when you do come back to it with fresh eyes, and the best way to do that is to rid your mind of what’s been filling it for so long.

2. Listen to your manuscript
Hearing your words spoken makes mistakes glaringly obvious. You can enlist a (very patient) friend to read it to you, or you can go the friendship-saving route, which has the benefit of being free: use your computer’s built-in speech synthesis function.
For PC users, make use of Narrator, part of the system’s Ease of Access Center. Press “Windows+U” and click “Start Narrator.” Since the program is intended for blind users, it will automatically begin to read any text your mouse encounters. To turn this off, hit “Control.” To have Narrator read a paragraph, place your cursor at its beginning and type “Caps Lock + I.” To have Narrator read an entire page, press “Caps Lock + U.”

3. Search for troubling words
All writers have specific words and phrases that 

(which?) always cause them to (too?) second-guess whether (weather?) they’re (their?) using them correctly. If you know what your (you’re?) troubling words are, use your word processor’s search function to locate every possible variant of that word or phrase.
To help you consider what your troubling words might be, here’s a good starting list.
·          a lot/a lot
·          affect/effect
·          can/may
·          further/farther
·          good/well
·          i.e./e.g.
·          into/in to
·          it’s/its
·          lay/lie
·          less/fewer
·          that/who
·          their/they’re/there
·          then/than
·          who/whom
·          your/you’re
If you’re unsure of how to properly use these words, there’s no shame in looking them up.

4. Remove or replace your crutch words
Do you know the top 10 words you use most frequently in your manuscript?
Outside of necessary articles and prepositions, you may be surprised at what words you tend to use over and over. One client of mine used “suddenly” too often, making every action seem unnecessarily rushed. Some new writers have crutch words that tend to fly in the face of the age-old encouragement for all writers to “eschew obfuscation.”
In other words, they tend to cash in ten-dollar words when five-cent words suffice.
Many writers put words on the paper that are an indication of how they speak. This is fine – just remember that your reader may not understand and you may need to explain your way of speech somewhere to give them a hint about what is going on. “With,” is something that I personally have an issue with. “Do you want to come with? Go with.” And, on and on. So consider your reader as you write.
No matter how you determine your crutch words, go back through your manuscript and see where you can remove or replace them with something fresher.

5. Remove all double spaces at the end of sentences
If tapping two spaces following your sentences is an age-old habit ingrained into you since before the dawn of modern digital typography, may I suggest ingraining another practice? It simply is no longer done, so find a new habit.

6. Search for problematic punctuation
Are you a comma chameleon, adapting that otherwise innocent punctuation mark to do work it was never meant to do? Or does your manuscript need a semicolonoscopy — a thorough check-up on proper semicolon and colon placement?.
If you know you have trouble with certain punctuation marks, conduct a search for that mark and figure out whether you’re using it correctly. If you’re still unsure, let your editor fix it, but make a note to ask him why.

7. Run spell check or use an automated editing program
I think writers become too accustomed to the colorful squiggles under words and sentences on their digital pages; I know I do. In an effort to get ideas on the page, we might run rampant over grammar and usage.
Yet those squiggles mean something. At the very least, run spell check before sending your manuscript to an editor or beta reader. It’s a built-in editor that I’m not sure every writer uses to their advantage. You may not accept every recommendation, but at least you’ll save your editor some time correcting basic errors.
8. Format accordingly
While preferred styles may differ from one editor to the next, you can show your professionalism by formatting your manuscript to conform to industry standards.
Such formatting makes it easier for beta readers to consume, and editors prefer industry-standard formatting, which allows them more time to edit your actual words instead of tweaking your formatting. Here are some basic formatting tips:
  • Send your manuscript as a Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • Use double-spaced line spacing. If you’ve already written your book with different line spacing, select all of your text in Word, click Format > Paragraph, then select “Double” in the drop-down box under “Line spacing.”
  • Use a single space following periods.
  • Use black, 12-point, Times New Roman as the font.
  • Don’t hit tab to indent paragraphs. In Word, select all of your text, then set indentation using Format > Paragraph. Under “Indentation” and by “Left,” type .5. Under “Special,” choose “First line” from the drop-down menu. [Note: Nonfiction authors may opt for no indention, but if they do so they must use full paragraph breaks between every paragraph.]
  • The first paragraph of any chapter, after a subheader, or following a bulleted or numbered list shouldn’t be indented.

9. Don’t over-edit
Set aside an hour or two to go through this list with your manuscript, but be careful about over-editing. You may start seeing unnecessary trees within your forest of words, but you don’t want to raze to the ground what you’ve toiled so hard to grow.
A middle path exists between exhausting yourself in a vain attempt for perfection and being too lazy to run spell check. Do yourself and your book a favor and self-edit, but be careful not to go overboard.
In the end, you’re going to want a second pair of eyes to look at your manuscript. Plus, going through the editing process with a professional editor will help you become a better self-editor the next time you write a book.
Again – look to the Breaking Rules Publishing Services page to find our editing packages. And remember – we’re here to help you, if you need a payment plan, don’t be shy, we more than understand. You only need to ask.


As always, Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com



Monday, May 6, 2019

Writers Block?

10 Ways to Fix Writer's Block

For the last few weeks, we have been encouraging our writers to become guest bloggers - or create a blog on their own. 
Did you know that integrating a blog as part of the marketing mix for your business can be very effective...the ability to share the story about you and your work can be the difference between a browser and a new customer. A blog can create that personal connection with potential customers that sometimes lacks in the online world...but what if you just can't seem to come up with the words for your blog, what if you encounter writer's block?
Don't worry, writer's block, for some, is very common and can easily be addressed using a few very simple methods...below are 10 ways that we have come up with to fix that all to deadly writer's block the next time you are trying to write that story that is locked up inside of you.

1. Get up and just WALK AWAY

Walking away from your computer, tablet, paper, or notebook can provide the break you are looking for.  Staying in the same place will only discourage you more so walk away and give yourself a chance to take the necessary mental break. Some find it easier to get all of their errands and chores out of the way before they sit down to write. They say it helps to clear their head - try it.

2.  WRITE SOMETHING ELSE

Sometimes writer's block occurs because you just don't enjoy the topic you are writing about so try writing about something else.  For example, write about the events of your day, a hobby you enjoy or even just draw some pictures to distract yourself.  After this, go back to your original topic with a more refreshed and relaxed mind. You could also try journaling. Many, many writers keep a journal and find that it helps to kick start them back into their writing process.

3.  READ SOMETHING ELSE

For God sake, pick up a book. Taking a break from your own
scribbling to read something that someone else has written may provide a new idea or inspiration and encourage you to get back to your own writing.

4.  MAKE A LIST

it's not a grocery list, but it could even be that. 
It's simple. Just write what you know...make a list of everything you know about the topic you, we were going to say trying to write about but decided to be a little more uplifting and say that YOU ARE WRITING about.  Creating a list could provide you with new directions and areas to take your storyline.  This all and powerful list may also provide you with new topics for the future. You could also add this list or parts of it to a blog that you've started and ask for some help from your followers. 

5.  RESEARCH AND LEARN - GOOGLE IT

Google it! Do it enough - it'll become a habit. 
Go online - do the research to learn more about your topic...this will give you many new ideas and areas to write about.

6.  ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS...AND ANSWER THEM

Ask yourself questions about the topic or your story and then answer them...and answer them as if you were describing it to a child.  Write it out if you have to. Sometimes we forget how much we know and forget to inform our audience about what is happening in our story or about the characters.

7.  DON'T EDIT...JUST WRITE

Some of us have a tendency to edit as we write. BIG MISTAKE - HUGE! You should allow yourself to write from a stream of consciousness...write whatever comes to mind and continue to write.  Another reason why a journal can be helpful - you can just write without worry of who is going to read it. 
You can always go back and edit your story later, just get the words down, you can move them around later. Moving forward and making progress is the goal, not whether you misspelled - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Yes, we had to look it up. Remember, good writing means rewriting.

8.  TRY WRITING AT AN UNUSUAL TIME

If you typically write during the afternoon, try writing late at night or early in the morning.  If it's usually on the weekend, try it on a weeknight...you might find that this disruption actually becomes a great creative outlet.

9.  EXERCISE

Stand up - move around - touch your fingers to your nose. Not only will it give you practice for when you're being pulled over for drunk driving. But it will also get the blood flowing and can help get the creative juices flowing.  Exercise not only keeps you healthy, but it can also keep you mentally strong by giving you the needed break to reduce your stress and increase your heart rate.

10.  ASK FOR HELP

One of the best ways to get over writer's block is to ask for help from your family, friends or even online community, even us.   Reach out to us or fellow artists and ask for new ideas or tips for how they deal with writer's block.  Creating a community of support is the core of everyone's success so use those people or groups close to you. It's like stopping to ask for directions. As you know, most men hate to do that - put the pride stick down - get out of the car and just do it.
So tell us - How do you personally deal with writer's block?  Share - Let us know so others can benefit from your ideas...besides - writing it all out may just help your own writer's block. 
Most importantly - have fun and good luck!

As always - Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Welcome Our Newest Guest Blogger - Karina Evans





Please welcome guest blogger - Karina Evans - Breaking Rules Publishing UK author - Echoes.

You can find the link to purchase Karina's book at the bottom of this blog post.


Should You be Taught How to Write?


I have a confession.


I don’t care about form and style and grammar. I don’t care that the last sentence I wrote contains too many instances of the word ‘and’. I don’t care if you care that it does, either.


I read a lot of books, and many of these books are written imperfectly. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor is another. Echoes by Karina Evans is another (I slipped that one in to make you buy it).


With the first gray light, he rose and left the boy sleeping and walked out to the road and squatted and studied the country to the south. Barren, silent, godless. He thought the month was October but he wasn't sure. He hadn't kept a calendar for years. They were moving south. There'd be no surviving another winter here.’ — Cormac McCarthy


If I’d handed this into my secondary school teacher it would have been sent back covered with red scrawl. My teacher would have sat, head in hands, disappointed tears pooling on her pile of exercise books. It is perfectly imperfect. It paints a breathless picture. The prose holds doom within its words. The long soft sentence symbolizes a journey, with the shorter demonstrating an urgency. How can that be deemed anything other than beautiful?


A sentence can start with ‘and’ or ‘but’ or ‘then’. Speech marks can be forgotten. You can write one word a line if you so wish. This is your story; your time; your creativity; your passion. Don’t be afraid of the lesser-spotted semi-colons; who needs buts and becauses when you have that winking beauty? Words are malleable, they can be shortened and lengthened; split into two.


They can rhyme and they can judder.


A paragraph need to contain only one word.


One.


Words can, all of a sudden, stop. Like that. Just stop. Dead.


Or you could keep them bouncing, down here, up there, trying to catch them but missing and suddenly they are flowing escaping running from you and you are chasing breathlessly can you catch them in time, can you control them, can you slow them, have you got them; there they are.


Don’t ever let anyone tell you that a writer needs a degree in English; that they need to know what a sub-clause clause super clause thing is. Because they don’t. All they need is a passion and


A


Rather


Large


Vocabulary


But, if I catch you using more than one exclamation mark, the word ‘lol,’ or more than three dots in an ellipse, I will hunt you down. And that is that.


Karina Evans


Author of Volcano and Echoes


And that all-important - shameless plug.


The link to Karina's Breaking Rules Publishing book - Echoes is below.


Echoes - $10

Echoes is a collection that introduces that anonymous: the people you have walked past, but never seen. 

These 'deliciously dark' musings showcase short stories in a contemporary form. Gripping and powerful, you may never view strangers in the same light again.









Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at infor@breakingrulespublishing.com






Thursday, April 25, 2019

Welcome John Dover


Welcome, John Dover!

John comes to Breaking Rules Publishing with a series of spellbinding Johnny Scotch mysteries. His first - 

A Song For Charlie. 

Redemption in a red-headed package.

A triple homicide that points to Johnny.

Buying a girl a drink never caused someone so much trouble, and this time- Johnny Scotch ordered a double. How does Johnny deal with the failure with Charlie while trying to keep himself out of jail in the present? What is Lila hiding in her past? How much single malt does it take to dull the sharp edges of Johnny's current predicament?

Follow Johnny down a rabbit hole filled with scotch, bruised knuckles, and soft cures while he reconciles his actions and how their consequences affect Charlie and Lila.

Based out of Portland, OR, John Dover works as both a professional musician and writer. On the page, John is the creator behind the comic book Series, Johnny Scotch. His pulpy, jazz-noir creation pulls from his experience as a performer as well as his love of the hard-boiled detective novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. John has released three comics in the Johnny Scotch world, as well as a self-published short story, Ella, and his first novella, Danger in Bass Clef. John was also a contributing author to "Tales from the Braided Pony" and "Monster 'N' Things" horror anthologies. You can hear John’s musical voice on his debut solo album, Working Out the Kinks, available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and various other online outlets.


You will also find John's second addition to his series - "Danger In Bass Clef."

It has been months since Johnny last saw Cass, but when she bursts into his bar one night with a tale of kidnapping, extortion, and an illegal downhill death race, Johnny jumps into action. Join Johnny and Cass on an adrenaline and scotch-laced adventure through the pulpy jazz-noir streets of Bridge City as they fight to rescue her love, disrupt a local gangster's betting ring, and keep Cass from becoming road kill.

Amazon Reviews -
Johnny Scotch – whiskey worshiper, jazz musician, white knight and defender of the underdog. While enjoying his favorite drink in his regular haunt, a blast from his past, Cass, the roller derby dynamo, bursts back into his life needing his help. Not one to turn down a plea for help from a damsel in distress, Johnny sets out to save Cass from the bad guys. But, not everything is at it seems.

This is the first story of John Dover’s that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. Dover weaves a rich palette of flavors in his story-telling. He links back-stories seamlessly with the current tale, creating a world of colors, flavors, and scents. His descriptions are so evocative and seductive that, despite a personal distaste for whiskey, I found myself craving a glass of Johnny’s poison.

This story has believable characters that I found myself caring about, a remarkable achievement for any writer and the city setting he creates is the perfect backdrop for this noir tale. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.

I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this. Being already familiar with the Johnny Scotch character from the brilliant noir comic of the same name I was eager to see how having him star in a prose novel would play out. It played out wonderfully, this is truly a great example of a hard-boiled noir styled novel. John Dover was born to write this stuff and it seems to flow from his pen like good scotch from a bottle. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all fans of the noir genre. Bravo Mr. Dover, bravo.

“John Dover is an amazing writer. He breathes life into words that transcend the page.

In "Johnny Scotch: Danger in Bass Clef" he seduces the reader into his smokey jazz and scotch flavored world. A noir world of crime, booze, and dames, punctuated by magical interludes of scotch on the tongue, jazz in the ears.

I don't even like jazz, and I don't drink alcohol at all, yet I yearned to fall into the pages and soak up the ambiance. A tourist.
    
Also, in case you're wondering, the title is perfect. It will make more sense at the end.” Robert Easton - Author, Fortress of the Heart

“You’ll pick this scotch soaked, gnarly knuckled noir and polish it off in a single sitting. Storytelling is in tune with the genre. Book is a primer for what you order next time you are at a bar. It’s also a cautionary tale for anyone messing with the grim countenanced jazz musician on stage. 

The only gripe is that the book is short and I’d like the next one right on top. 
Pick it up. Solid noir.” Erick Mertz - Author, The Mask of Tomorrow

Amazon Reviews for Ella:

“This is a fast-paced short story about a trumpet player turned vigilante named Johnny Scotch. It's straightforward and violent and has a retro pulp flavor. If you're looking for irony or satire, you won't find it in this story. What's unique isn't the character's typical physical prowess but his expertise as a musician and love of Scotch whiskey. They both feedback into the old-fashioned plot about the tough guy title character coming to a helpless person's rescue at the hands of over-the-top bad guys. I recommend it if you like two-fisted tales that don't try to parody the genre or be hardcore for its own sake.” Charles Austin Muir -- Author of “This is a Horror Book”

“If you like music, detective stories, and scotch then you will find that this is a book is aged to perfection!” Greg Smith -- Writer of “Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

“I am familiar with the dark and gritty world of Johnny Scotch from the brilliant noir comic series of the same name when I saw this prose short story available on Amazon I had to buy it immediately. John Dover writing never ceases to astound me, he paints such a dark and vivid picture of the action going on in the story. His Johnny Scotch character, booze-soaked musician and righter of wrongs never hits any false notes in his various quests. Buy this story and read it but by all means, go seek out the comic as well. Bravo Mr. Dover, this story is a worthy addition to the legend of Johnny Scotch.” Anonymous Amazon Reviewer


Look to the Breaking Rules Publishing website - www.breakingrulespublishing.com to order and check out John and his two new books. 



Breaking Rules Publishing continues to accept submissions in all genres from writers around the world. Simply email us at info@breakingrulespublishing.com.

And thanks for stopping by.


GONE WRITING!!!





A spoon full of sugar!

So here’s the deal. Everyone makes mistakes. NO ONE IS PERFECT.   Certainly not us. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and m...