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There’s now a way to get your ePubs signed … with video!

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Personal | 0 comments

Gambatte Corporation has released an app for the iPad called iSigned. The app lets you get either a plain signature, a signed picture, or even a personal video from your favourite author and insert it right into an ePub version of their book.

Alphadigits.com calls it an eBook lifesaver.

In a changing world where some people are wondering what will become of book signings in an digital world, there is now a solution that makes signing even better.

You can find iSigned in the Apple App Store.

 

 

 

 

iSigned - Gambatte

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Pet Peeves: Irony

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Tips and Tutorials | 0 comments

Irony is a word I often hear people say, yet they seem to think it means “interesting” or “unexpected.” Neither is correct. If we looks at the dictionary definition…

irony: a strange, funny, or sad situation in which things happen in the opposite way to what you would expect

So something that is ironic is unexpected, but something unexpected is not necessarily ironic in the same way that a duck is a bird, but a bird is not necessarily a duck.

In a conversation I had with a friend of mine, the problems with pointing out bad grammar can be seen:

Friend: So I went into the drug store and ironically I met my aunt there.
Me: Is the drug store the one place you’d never expect to find your aunt?
Friend: No.
Me: Did you go into the drug store to avoid meeting your aunt?
Friend: No
Me: Then I don’t understand the statement. That’s not irony.
Friend: Don’t be a jerk.

However, if you don’t use irony correctly when writing then, not only are you creating a permanent record of your ignorance of grammar, but you may be teaching those who read your work the wrong lessons.

Let’s look at the three main ways in which we can express irony in our writing.

1) Verbal irony: when someone says something that is the opposite of what they really mean.

Example:
“I completely trust you with my car,” Jake said as his discreetly hid the car keys.

2) Situational irony: when a situation is contrary to what you intended or expected to have happen.

Example:
Going out to the country to avoid the noises of the city and get a good night’s sleep, only to be kept awake by all the foreign noises of nature.

3) Dramatic irony: when the reader (or audience) knows something that the character does not

Example:
Running away from a monster, Jake hides in a cave that we know to be the monster’s lair.

One of the most annoying examples of ignorance of irony is Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic.” While I like the melody, nothing it the song is ironic. The song should be called “unfortunate.”

Do you have any favourite authors who use irony in their stories?

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Show and Tell

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Tips and Tutorials | 0 comments

For any new writers, not just young adult writers, this is most important lesson to learn. You need to show your readers the story and not tell your readers the story. This may sound wrong because as writers aren’t we story-tellers? Yes we are, but let’s look at the sentences below”

Upon hearing the news, Frank became angry.

Upon hearing the news, Frank grimaced and clenched his fists together. He wanted to to punch something, someone, even this innocent messenger. Grinding his teeth together to keep from spouting profanities, he let out a low growl.

The first example accurately describes Frank’s reaction. It tells us he became angry. The second example, however, we go into details about how that anger expressed itself both physically and mentally. Note that nowhere in the second example does it explicitly state that Frank is angry, yet we know what’s going on and are pulled into the scene because of it. Think about it. You really don’t want to be in front of the second Frank, do you?

I can gives many more examples if anyone asks, but I think the above clearly illustrates the point.

Novice writers often tell their stories. Check your work and make show you’re showing as much as possible. You do not need to get overly descriptive, but you don’t want to simply state facts.

Any questions?

 

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