A Writer's Reference

Light Your Writing on Fire

by Lee Higbie

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A Writers Reference is a collection of notes on writing from the author’s years working on novels. In addition to a collection of quips and rules of thumb from writers, A Writers Reference has notes on Beginners’ mistakes: writing that stops most agents and publishers reading (and, of course, many readers) How to proofread, edit and revise a manuscript How to format and prepare a manuscript, both for agent and e-publication submission The sales materials needed: synopses, sales blurbs, log lines, and genre selection What your legal (copyright) rights are, both practically and legally The meaning of the specialized vocabulary of The publishing establishment Writers and rhetoriticians Critics of prose A Writers Reference irreverently looks at many aspect of novelists’ craft and career with many examples of how you can undermine yourself. It also gives many positive outlooks and nudges for writers and satirizes us to help us write better. In an era when most authors will self-publish, A Writers Reference will help novelists through the maze of indie or e- publishing and that of preparing their manuscript for submission to agents or to editors at legacy publishing houses.

Knowledge Elements

Reading Intent

Purpose: Self-help
Reader's Existing Knowledge: Beginner (introduction)
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults

Example Forms

Author's Personal Anecdotes: Some
Citations: Footnoted or linked in context
Examples and Case Studies: None
Exercises and Reader Questions: Some questions or exercises

Writing Style

Humor: Just a bit of fun or humor
Narrative: Third person


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About the author

Lee Higbie

Lee Higbie worked for years as a computer engineer before transitioning to writing. He now writes non-fiction under his own name and novels under the allonym BJ Creighton. His current non-fiction titles on Scribl are "A Writer's Reference" and "How to Talk about Wines you haven't Yet Tasted." He also co-authored "Computer Architecture," many years ago, a book that is only available in print format. His current fiction titles are "Stringship Vandenberg," a science fiction world-building novel, "No Sanctuary," a Bobbie Lee mystery, and "Agenda Ebola," a bio-terrorism thriller. He is currently working on another Bobbie Lee mystery and a sequel to "Stringship Vandenberg."