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Alternative Realities, Fiction, Musings, Writing

The responsibility of working on someone else’s novel


That’s what I’m currently doing. Or would be if I wasn’t writing this quick blog about how I’m working on someone’s work.

That someone is Stewart Hotston, partner-in-crime with regard to Alternative Realities Publishing, and his work is A Family War, a hard sci-fi novel about which you can find out more by looking at his blog.

The responsibility I’m referring to is that of formatting it for publishing in both paperback (POD) and e-book. It’s a small responsibility, but one which is key to getting his novel out there and published.

Getting this sort of thing right is absolutely key to a book’s success (aside from good writing etc). Quite simply, if a book’s filled with piss-poor formatting errors, is badly laid out, hard to read and therefore a shitty experience, the author is going to be panned and Amazon flooded with numerous one-star reviews. None of which will actually be about the story.

So, for Stewart’s sake, I’m going to do my damnedest to ensure that no-one has any reason to complain.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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