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Don't call me Wordsmith!

Posted by Gordon on November 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Wordmonger would be better.


Wordsmiths labour away to create quality. Me? I should be hawking words on the street with all the other purveyors of tawdry merchandise.



As I enter the square, shrill cries from the wordmongers break in on my reverie.


"I ...

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The literary junk drawer: Kipple or untapped writer's resource?

Posted by Gordon on November 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM Comments comments (0)




Today I’ve resolved to clean out my office junk drawer. So I’m sorting everything into piles, mentally labelled: Keep, Toss, and What the Heck is That?


Call it kipple.


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If Your Eye Falls On A Bargain...**

Posted by Gordon on November 22, 2010 at 4:03 PM Comments comments (0)

I've always been told spell checkers are wonderful tools but they don't substitute for proof reading.

Here are some examples of how spell checking can send a story in new directions: (every one of these really has come across my desk)

  • He was being kept on a short leach. (Wasn't that in the second Star Trek movie?)
  • The crowd disbursed. (As high-ranking government officials, the first or...
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Necronomicon 2010 - St Petersburg, Florida

Posted by Gordon on October 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Babora Books is at Necronomicon 2010 featuring the work of CA Dawson.

My Life as an SF Book Editor

Posted by Gordon on October 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM Comments comments (0)

My Life as an SF Book Editor

Gordon Williams, Babora Books


I get asked a lot about what I do as an editor to get a manuscript ready for print. Mostly from authors wondering where the heck their book has got to.


Editing is a key part of the publishing process, regardless of the platform. When a manuscript is nearly ready but sti...

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