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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
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I started out writing when I was about ten and a teacher gave me an exercise book to direct my overactive imagination and hopefully tame my awful calligraphic skills. One out of two, I suppose, isn't bad. My imagination has been directed but my handwriting remains appalling to this day nearly three decades hence.

At first I wrote what people write, genre novels, trying to make something I would be proud of, a dark fantasy novel to capture the imagination filled with relatable characters and new ideas. After producing a heap of badly written generic tripe with wooden characters, appalling dialogue and wonky plotted garbage I finally fixed the dialogue in the first novel I wrote that doesn't make me blush with shame Hidden Predators, Dangerous Prey.

After that I noodled around trying to make something a publishing house might want to publish before realising my chances of a satisfying career as a writer were about as good as my chances of winning the lottery four weeks straight.

Thereafter I got involved in the murky world of self-publishing and it was a short leap from there to the design of RPGs and other such ephemera. I designed several RPGs and had a whale of a time before Amazon's Kindle brought e-readers to the masses.

Since 2005 I have tried to complete 50k in National Novel Writing Month and have only failed in 2007. In 2012 I have begun to rewrite, ressurrect, polish and produce some solid genre work that I have been proud to publish through KDP Select.

Check out my work (and the artistic stylings of my artist friend Justin on one of the RPGs) at my creative blog: leostableford.blogspot.com


Sep
7
comment Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
Just to be a pain, but also because it is true, I find none of these characters likeable. I might however sympathise with any of them. It's not the actions themselves. It's the motivation that matters.
Sep
6
revised I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
expansion
Sep
6
answered I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
Sep
2
comment First Person Voice - Same as speaking?
Your "didn't/di'n't" example does point to an exception to the general rule. Where a word or phrase has no other usage except in a particular patois it can be safely rendered as a part of the written story. The phrase "Oh no you di'n't!" really has no validity written "Oh no you didn't!". People use the latter without the same connotation as the former. It is permissible to render "didn't" as "di'n't" to distinguish between the phrase being used as an expression of surprise and despair vs. slang usage as a shorthand for "how dare you show me disrespect, backpedal rapidly or I will hit you".
Sep
2
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
1
answered What's the best way to distinguish between co-authors?
Sep
1
answered First Person Voice - Same as speaking?
Aug
5
comment How do you develop a strong female character?
@Lauren: I don't know. What does? ;)
Aug
3
comment Write to the finish, or edit as you go?
@Kate sometimes you can't see your characters are doing something that, in retrospect, you realise was "improper". One time a case of writer's block went poof when I talked over a problem with a friend and they pointed out that two characters who were involved in the stock genre fiction romance (tm) were moving too fast in their relationship bearing in mind my stated character history. I slowed the relationship down a little and it all came right. Other outside observers would have seen nothing amiss.
Aug
3
comment Write to the finish, or edit as you go?
@John: It's a complex question, with a lot of bases to cover. Although I suppose I could have just written "edit as you go, it's better." I think some of the nuance may have been lost ;)
Aug
3
answered What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
Aug
3
answered Write to the finish, or edit as you go?
Aug
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
29
revised Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version
added 1 characters in body
Jul
29
answered Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version
Jul
28
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Good answer. On the topic of promotional uses for DRM free e-books it's worth bearing in mind that Cory Doctorow credits the success of some of his printed works to his policy of giving away free e-books of the same titles. Baen books have seen their sales of paperbacks rise since releasing a number of titles for free download.
Jul
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Actually music has gone precisely the other way. It started out that everything had DRM on it now nowhere people actually buy music does. So far it's the odd media out as movies and games are usually laden with ever more bizarre layers of DRM and always have been. It doesn't trouble me as most of what I read is available for free anyway. I would never buy an unreasonably priced or DRMed eBook and there are plenty of alternatives.
Jul
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
I don't buy anything with DRM. I once received a "gift token" which allowed me to download DRMed Windows Media file versions of songs. I downloaded them but never listened to them, the fact they kept trying to "license" themselves made them seem kind of broken. DRM is a great way to inconvenience customers and reward pirates (who rip out the DRM and distribute product x DRM free anyway).