Vol. 3 Phase 1 Completed

My-ro-na!! The first draft of You Can’t Have Us ~ Grace from the Dead Silent Voices Series: Vol. 3, is finally finished. As of 3:14 PM Thursday March 22, 2018. My fingers are so tight and numb, I’ve been here today on the computer since 6 A.M. this morning. One cup of Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and a Blueberry Muffin.  I’m starved and need to move my poor stiff body. Thank goodness for Sound-cloud and my 532 saved House Music favorites. 

Now that I’m over this hurdle, I’ll work on gathering some images and send those to my book-cover creator. Proofreading and editing will be done by me this time around using ProWritingAid. So bear with me as I get working on that next week.  Since this is finishing up, I’m think about either a sequel to Under My Umbrella or something a little more racy, for me anyway. Always wanted to try my hand at an Adult Novella.  

Right now, I’m taking some time out for myself re-decorating my studio, knitting a sweater for next winter, quilting two pillowcases for my jumbo body pillow and giving support to my fellow writers at Voracious Readers Only. So much to do and never enough time to do everything, considering a schedule guide where I just focus on one outside  activity a day. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to look for me on Amazon, Smashword and B&N under this  name T. Otelia Scriber.

Thank you,

Otelia

What is an ISBN?

isbn If you are publishing a novel or any written work , you might be asking yourself what is an ISBN and do you need one. Until recently most writer’s never had to worry about this publishing responsibility your brick and mortar publishing company took care of this. Now, if you’re a self publisher, you might be able to publish your masterpiece without one. E-Books published under Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble will provide you with a ISBN, they become your publishers ~ your work is still your own. 

  • ISBN = International Standard Book Number
  • it’s a 13 digit number (It used to be 10.)
  • it’s printed on the copyright page
  • The ISBN identifies the title and edition of a book and the publisher to be contacted for ordering the book
  • each edition or format of a book gets its own ISBN
  • Who buys the ISBN?  The publisher.

If you plan on printing a hard copy physical book then you MUST purchase an ISBN code. Bookstores track books solely by their ISBNs.  If you’re selling your printed book on your own website without the benefit of submitting to stores or libraries or with wholesalers, it’s not required.

You may buy ISBNs one at a time or in quantity from Bowker. In the U.S., one ISBN costs $125. Larger orders get a discount, so if you’re certain you’ll be self-publishing at least two books (or two formats of the same book), then you may want to purchase ten ISBNs for $295 and use the rest later. (Sorry, once assigned, ISBNs are non-transferable.)

International ISBN

Australia

United Kingdom

Canadian  {when last checked ISBN were free}

ISBN Fields of Information

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If you self-publish and plan to sell print versions, you may want a bar-code on the cover as few book merchants actually read the ISBN numbers anymore, they scan them. You can turn a number into a bar-code for $25.

T. Otelia

You Can’t Have US ~ Grace from the Dead

Silent Voices Series Vol. 3 ~ You Can’t Have US ~ Grace from the Dead
The last sequel is proving to be a challenge. Not only am I attempting to bring the last part of the series to a conclusion, the gathering of information from the other two prior works are referrred to as well.
I want to branch out and create another series from this work. I love Teing and Cat, not to mention Jasmine and  Pierce might deserve a series of their own.
With that being said the last volume will take a little longer before it is released. Not to mention I’ve yet to decide on the final cover for the series. So for now we’ll use this photo as a concept for future reference.trioghosts

Novella ~ Who?

It wasn’t until I began writing professionally that I discovered there was a difference between short stories and novels. So, now that I had the difference between those two down pact, the literary world decided to throw in terms like novellas and novelettes.

Novellas and Novelettes are not common, but the differences are still important and worthy to be mentioned.

Flash Fiction

The briefest of short short stories ranging from 53 – 1000 words. These literary works became the norm @ the year 2000. You can read Monster,” by Michael Czyzniejewski.

Short Story

Traditional short stories are readings that a person could finish in one day. The word count for short stories range up to 3,500 words, but no more than 7,500 words. The theme of these works usually center on a single plot, one main character and is told in either single person or third person narrative style depending upon the author. Short stories do not as a rule involve multi-plots or major twist and conflicts.

Novelette

New writing contender in the literary world. As the name implies this form of writing focused around romantic or semtimental themes and characters. Because of the fact that they are short and brief in their telling the catergory will have several volumes centering upon a central theme. The word count for a single writing can range from 7,500 words to 17,500 words.

  • Gordon R Dickson ~ The Cloak and the Staff
  • Conn Iggulden ~ Blackwater

Novellas

Novellas have been around since the 1300’s but did not become famous enough to make any type of writing impact until the eighteenth century. They were considered to be in the genre of the short novel or the long short story. You might remember the movie A Clockwork Orange which was written by Anthony Burgess. This is just one famous example of a novella, another example of the form of fiction would be The Metamorphosis by Kafka. 

Novellas can range from 17,500 words to 40,000. Looking for complicated plots, twist, conflicts, involving more than one character ~ bring it on. It will have more content than the flash fiction, short story and novelette, but less than the novel. Full blown up storyline. You can still read these written works within one day. You can still have volumes attached to this form of writing the works are usually broken up into time periods.

Novels

Readers get your reading fix here: 40,000 to 120,000 words. Science fiction, fantasy and horror can touch as high as a 1,250,000 word count. Consider this the written work of a movie production. Several characters, intricate plots and sub-plots, minor and major characters, time travel over a period of days, months and / or years. The writer addressing character growth issues, morals, judgments, personal situations, disappointments and victories. Some authors you might recognize:

Which Story line is Better?

Ok, so I’m contemplating another storyline and I’m brainstorming ideas.

Weep Not 4 Me { Scenario 1}

Wanda was lost in thought alighting from the Qn 114 bus trying to think of all the chores that she needed to finish by the time her boss arrived for the conference this morning. She came upon a crowd gathered in front of an electronic store. The store window home to several TV screens all broadcasting the 7 O’clock News.

Police are looking for Mrs. Jay Tee Wheatena, a missing Afro American elderly woman possible mid-sixties, Salt n’ pepper hair worn in a French roll, black-rimmed glasses, wearing a grey/blue plaid light coat with medium grey pumps. She was last seen carrying a large brown tote bag with her companion inside ~ a Pekinese dog wearing a red sweater with a matching little red bow barrette in its hair. If you have seen this woman, please call the Missing Person’s Hotline 1800-555-6610. 

The attendant left her in the living room of her home for two minutes to get her medicines and settle her for the evening. When the attendant returned she found the front door opened and Mrs. Wheatena was gone. She called the police immediately. Mrs. Wheatena is insulin dependent and suffers from dementia she wandered from her home attendant last night after attending a benefits gala.

Wanda gave a little scream as she realized the woman was a passenger on the bus she just left. The woman smiled at her as she took a seat right across from her, talking to the pooch feeding the dog snacks. The pup was mannerable, head crocked to side listening to the lady’s voice, laying comfortably in her lap, inside the tote bag. She scrambles for her cell phone frantically dialing the number and turning around to look at the bus now six blocks away moving fast.

Weep Not 4 Me { Scenario 2}

Mrs. Jay Tee Wheatena was sorry for the trouble that she might cause Kimberly her attendant for leaving in the middle of the night, but she couldn’t stand one more day taking medications that left her disorientated and didn’t work. The pain was unbearable, her bone cancer was progressive, and she just wanted it to end. Attending the benefit gala was her last social event. At least she’d have one special night to remember before she closed her eyes.

She was a proud Afro American woman mid-sixties, Salt n’ pepper hair worn in a French roll, black-rimmed glasses, wearing a red sweater dress under a grey/blue plaid light coat with medium black pumps. She had to take Mizzy with her or she would have cried all night. Dressed in a matching color outfit like her mistress, Mizzy laid comfortably on top of her special quilt in a spacious black canvas tote bag. She was a beautiful tan and white Pekinese dog wearing a red sweater with a matching little red bow barrette holding a tuff of hair in the middle of her head. Mizzy had been her mistress’s companion for seven years, they were inseparable.

Mrs. Wheatena, took the Qn 114, bus that would take her to the beach, so she could walk watching one more sunrise paint the day with its rays of bright red, orange and yellow. Mizzy would be alright running up and down the beach until someone noticed her without an owner. Inside the tote bag was her last will and testament. She was leaving all her property and Mizzy to Kimberly who had taken excellent care of her for three years. She knew that Kimberly had two children ages ten and seven that she left every day with her cousin to come and care for her. Hopefully, this would compensate her for her dedication and sacrifice.

She breathes easier comfortable with her decision the disease robbing her of her quality of life, but it would not steal how she ended it, her only regret was leaving Mizzy behind. Well, she had sixteen more stops to the beach looking at Mizzy with love, she spoke softly to the dog and rubbed her head affectionally.

 

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Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel

Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel, as an aspiring writer it pays to know the difference between the different types reading material for whatever it is that you are writing. Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel ~ each can play havoc with your expenses, especially if you’re looking for editing services.

I’m one of those flies by the seat of your pants writers, so when I focus on a plot ~ I just go write and go wherever my mind takes me until I’ve exhausted the theme. Unfortunately, I’ve tried three times to write a short story and failed each time. This is after I’ve trim lined the text, reconstructed sentences and cut out scenes. One of these days I’ll hit it on the head but so far all I’ve been able to come up with are Novels.

Most readers think of books in terms of page count, but depending on the font and the size of your text the printed word that could range anywhere between 150 to 875 words on a page. So just using page count is not the most accurate way to measure the length of your work. A more accurate range of measurement as a standardized method would be word count. The publishing industry has been the only driving force in determining the standardized manuscript measurement to be 250 words per page. Now we as Indie Publishers have managed to work outside of the proverbial box and in doing so have created and resurrected variations of style. 21st Century ~ Ebooks, Mass market paperbacks, Trade paperbacks and Hardbacks word count varying all over the place. 

Length Variations as per Gendre

Science Fiction Writers of America ~ Nebula Award Standard:

  1. Short fiction ~ under 7,500 words
  2. Novelette ~ 7,500-17,500 words
  3. Novella ~ 17,500-40,000 words
  4. Novel ~ 40,000 words and up 

Short Mystery Fiction Society ~ Derringer Award Standard:

  1. Flash story ~ Not more than 1000 words
  2. Short story ~ 1001 – 4000 words
  3. Long short story ~ 4001-8000 words
  4. Novelette ~ 8001-17,500 words

So when I’m looking for a Proofreader/Editor, I make sure to let them know beforehand what they will be editing. There are different prices for each type of book that you are writing. Don’t let them box you into a generalized category, search for a quote that reflects your length of work.

The best measure of length is word count, authors should start placing word count in the descriptions of their stories, it will help readers to determine whether they have time to invest in the reading not to mention make Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Novel household names in the world of the reading and writing.