16420 SE McGillivray, #103-103
Vancouver, WA 98683
Helping to Push Your Publishing Dream into Reality
New 2016 Workshop:
Publishing On Amazon Kindle
Apprehensive about publishing on Kindle? Or wishing to Do-It-Yourself, instead of paying someone for that service?
Learn how to format and publish your novel or nonfiction on Kindle through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site. You will be guided through the process on the KDP website. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to publish your novel or nonfiction on Kindle.
There’s nothing like seeing it go live!
Date: June 11, 2016
Time: 9 am to 2:30 pm.
The Willamette Writer’s Writing House
2108 Buck St
West Linn, OR 97068.
Maximum places in workshop: 7
(4 spaces still available).
Contact: (for questions and registration)
Registration ends May 31st.
Payment must be received by June 3rd.
No refunds after June 6th.
The editor Janice Hussein has published through Kindle and CreateSpace. An example of her work in this area is the memoir, Love Those Horses, Follow Your Dream by Janet Louise Adler—Janice did the editing, formatting, interior design, and cover design, as well as the photo formatting for this book. (If you plan to have photographs in your work, you will learn in the workshop how to format your pictures and upload them to KDP.)
Janice is a freelance editor with 13 years of editing experience, and 17 years of copyediting/proofreading experience. She has 2 master's degrees--an MS in writing/publishing, and an MBA. From 2004-2007, she worked for Literary Agent Natasha Kern, reading queries, editing, copyediting, and co-writing submission critiques. She is also a freelance writer, with articles on the writing craft and related topics published through major national writing publications.
New Fiction Class is offered Sept 19th in Portland, Oregon: The first class in the 3-part series of The Keys of Fiction: The 3 P's of Creating Characters.
Document Driven - Editing, workshops, & classes for every writer.
Master's degree in Publishing/Writing
Master's degree in Business
Studied with Literary Agent & Freelance fiction editor.
Internship at S & S imprint.
Flexible editing plans available for your novel. Click on the Fiction Services webpage.
New 2015 Workshops:
1. Submissions: Your Foot in the Door, starts September 26, 2015!!!
2. The Keys of Fiction. Will be offered September 19, 2015. Place: Tabor Space, Portland, OR.Time: 2 - 4 pm.
3. Working on Your Novel workshop.
For further information on these classes, see the Workshops & Classes page.
Sample Edit Available:
First 5 pages for free.
Full Editing: Editing can begin with an agreement to edit just the first 50 pages of a novel. That agreement includes payment for just those pages. Then if both parties agree to proceed, editing will continue.
(see Fiction Services page)
This past summer 2013, I presented a workshop called Your Protagonist: Sympathetic or Unsympathetic, at the Willamette Writers Conference, in Portland Oregon.
Last fall 2012, I presented workshops at Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon, and at the 27th Annual Write on the Sound Conference, in Edmonds, Washington.
Click on the link above to access the newest post.
Some of the previous posts:
Took the month of August off from writing this blog. Hope to see everyone back in September 2012!!
7/20/12: Writing Conflict - some shoulds and shouldn'ts
7/21/11: Character Arc: Part 3"
What we do to our characters...
7/14/11: "Bringing Your Characters into Focus: Part 2"
7/7/11: "Characterization: Part 1"
Creating characters that "ring true."
6/29/11: "Writer's Block: Shift to Writing Mode."
Don't take the detour--10 suggestions to avoid writer's block.
The Book Business
Publishing House editors no longer have as much time to work with an author as they did in the past--in the publishing era of Max Perkins. In those days, the editor would mentor the writers and their work, acting as champion and guide in all stages of editing and publishing.
Increasingly, the consulting editor, as an intermediary between the author and the acquisitions editor and/or agent, helps to prepare and polish the manuscript so that it has a greater chance of being accepted for publication.
With the advent of self-publishing--indie publishing--the role of editor has become key in a partnership between writer and editor to produce the best and most professional work possible.
"I attended Janice Hussein's workshop [Sympathetic Protagonists] in Emerald City, and I think she's got a lot to offer."
SINS OF THE HEART
ADVENTURE as rich as gold * LOVE as delicious as chocolate
About Document Driven:
"Lines ...From Tintern Abbey" by Wordsworth:
Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear, both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.
Please preview my article: "Razor Sharp(ening) Dialogue" on Amazon:
Editing not only produces a revised & polished manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, which is ready to be published, but the process of editing with an experienced editor teaches writers how to write better, and the fiction writer learns the craft faster--the process teaches them so many of the needed tools for writing, for putting together a work of nonfiction or fiction--whether a novel, novella or short story.
"That Other Doorway," was published in an online anthology. It has been called brilliant, charming, & extremely clever. What do you think?
The Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR, had their 2011 Plein-Air Write-Out in August. Their online Anthology, where the short story (and essay) is published, is now "live," as of 10-1-11.
For the Write-Out, the parameters for writing were that any piece would be about 500 words, and all work must be turned in by the end of the 5 days of the Write-Out. So I decided to take the challenge to write a short story--in 500 words. In this case, I had about 2 days to write it and, of course, had to come up with a quick idea for the story; this one presented itself.
The Writer's Digest's 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
(Available Since August.)
The Writer's Digest's 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
See the first page excerpt,page 46 of this article, on The Smart Writer webpage.
And please visit the new Blog: http://documentdriven.com/SmartWriterBlog
"Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else."
The group's focus will be on Professional Publication.
Fiction: Mainstream, Romance, Thrillers, Mystery/Suspense, Literary and Young Adult.
Meeting: 2 times per month
Time: 2 hours
If you are interested, contact Janice@documentdriven.com for further details.
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What one can be, one must be."
-- Abraham Maslow.
"Creativity, it has been said, consists largely of re-arranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know."
-- George Kneller.
Developmental Editing: to develop a manuscript from concept and/ or draft-- working through subsequent drafts--suggesting changes in content, organization and presentation.
Fiction: evaluates the elements of the novel: plot, viewpoint, characterization, narrative style, pacing, and so on.
Nonfiction: improving presentation, organization, clarity, readability and flow, to create a new draft.
Copyediting: checking grammar, usage, capitalizations, punctuation, formating, and so on, yet preserving the voice & meaning of the original.
Checks for consistent style and format, and documenting these elements in a style sheet.
Cross-checking references for consistency throughout the text. Often includes proofreading.
Proofreading: identifies typographical and punctuation errors, inconsistencies and misspellings. Checks for text discrepancies & problems with page layout. May compare two documents for uniformity.
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