Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
In the course of our editorial adventures, we at Third Person Press have often discussed the mind-bogglingly numerous ways in which a story can, well, go off the rails. It's something we had never really thought about in our pre-editorial days, but we are constantly amazed by it.
The "Didn't-Even-Make-It-Out-Of-The-Gate" Story
I'm happy to say we don't see a lot of these at Third Person Press. This story is so crippled from the outset that it doesn't have a chance. Spelling and grammar mistakes are rife, sentences are poorly constructed or just plain wrong, tense and viewpoint are not consistent…you get the idea. No-one but the author has ever read this story. And it's likely no-one will.
There's a two-part fix for this story problem. One, writing is a craft which can be learned. The author needs to spend time learning the basic techniques of spelling, grammar, and good, competent writing. You may have the greatest plot ever conceived, the most compelling characters to ever grace a page, but if the writing is poor, the reader can't discover all those wonderful things. It's like erecting a beautiful house and then surrounding it with a ten-foot-high hedge of thorns. Poor writing will keep readers out.
Two, editors and beta readers are your helpers. Get eyes on your story to help you find the problems and fix them before you show the story to someone you hope might buy it. Pay, barter, or beg for help with the writing even while you work to improve on your own—and accept the fact that you need it. The need for editing will never go away, even for the most skilled writer, but the work you set your editor will lessen over time as you become more competent.
Eventually, you'll have stories that make it out of the gate every time. Then you can worry about the other 1000 pitfalls lying in wait. We'll have another one next time!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
If you're following us on Twitter (@3rdPersonPress), you might have seen some of our fun typography projects lately. They're available here for you to download if you'd like to use them on your desktop. Have fun!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Gary David Henderson
Mark A. Rayner
Jane Peterson Burfield
Kathryn M. Beaton
Ethel L. Clark
Voula Kappas-Dunn & David Dunn
James FW Thompson
Lynne O’ Neill
Sue MacKay Miller
Boularderie Island Press
Eternal Elf Creations
Michael & Tracy Hall
Peter Andrew Smith
Pat Ritter Richie
Kevin S. Moul
Kerry Anne Fudge
Monday, October 7, 2013
Grey Area includes stories from thirteen Cape Breton writers: Hugh R. MacDonald, Meggan Howatson, Leah Noble, D.C. Troicuk, Nancy S.M. Waldman, Charlotte Musial, Voula Kappas-Dunn, Julie A. Serroul, Nancy MacLean, Diane J. Sober, Katrina Nicholson, Theresa Dugas, and Sherry D. Ramsey.
The book will be for sale through the Third Person Press website and at online retailers in both print and ebook formats following the launch.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
"Grey Area" by Katrina Nicholson - Can a person make better choices after death than they did in life?
"Stillborn" by Hugh R. MacDonald - The warning was clear: don't go in there. But sometimes you don't have a choice...
"Mildred Mudd's Epiphany" by Charlotte Musial - Mildred has always prided herself on her unwavering good sense and can't explain the reasons for her sudden unravelling to her best friend. She can't even explain it to herself.
"Teetering on the Edge" by Voula Kappas-Dunn - The edge of a cliff is as sharp as the line between sanity and insanity, past and present, life and death...
"Not on This Earth" by Theresa Dugas - A little girl, far from being spooked by the shadowy woman in her room at night, is comforted by her "Mother Goose," who returns to help out at just the right moment.
The Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories release is scheduled for October 24th. Stayed tuned for details!