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Blood from Your Own Pen

A Practical Guide on Self-Editing and Common Mistakes for Beginning Authors Who Intend to Survive to Publication.


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Blood from Your Own Pen by Sam Knight
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Sometimes there are little things you didn't know about that can change everything, and that's why I decided to write this guide. It is a compilation of things that have taken me sixteen years to learn, and I am going to give you the chance to learn it all in sixty minutes! Yay! Talk about a return in time investment! Hmmm... That's a great tag line. I think I'm going to put it on the back cover. The insights collected throughout this book are all things I wish I could have had in a book, in my hand, the day I decided I was finally going to put my butt in the chair and write a novel. Having this would have moved my learning curve up by years. Literally. So many of these were mistakes I made over and over again until some kind soul finally pointed it out, or until I had seen it (and hated it) in enough other authors' stories to finally recognize it in my own. Before you pay an editor to bleed red all over your manuscript with their pen, grab hold of as many of these rules as you can and squeeze them until the metaphorical blood drips from your imaginary fist. Use it to fill your own red pen and then go bleed red on your story first. You will get more benefit, and learn more, from an editor who doesn't have to correct these kinds of mistakes for you. And it will cost you less in the long run. You will never find anyone else in the writing world whose blood is less precious or expensive than your own.

Author Biography

A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home. As well as being Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, he is Senior Editor for Villainous Press and the author of five children's books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. He can be found at and contacted at
Release date NZ
April 7th, 2017
Illustrations, black and white
Knight Writing Press
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