Author Archives: John Robin

About John Robin

John Robin is an epic fantasy writer, professional editor, and lover of imaginary worlds. He write stories about magic and myth, human suffering and the power to rise above it. He loves world building, coffee shops, mathematics, chess, and is an avid author community builder.

How to Invent a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Race: with guest author Randy Ellefson

Today I’d like to welcome Randy Ellefson, author world-building reference guide Creating Life, to speak to us on the art of creating new species for our Fantasy or Sci-Fi works. Take it away, Randy! Creating a fantasy or SF species/race is … Continue reading

Posted in Guest post, World Builders | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The editorial cycle: proofreading, copyediting, and understanding the different kinds of editing steps

In my first installment for How to Edit A Book I covered what proofreading is and how it works. I also mentioned how proofreading is often confused with copyediting. Copyediting (also called copy editing or copy-editing, or ce for short) is the … Continue reading

Posted in John's blog, Story Perfect Newsletter Posts, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to use twitter as an author to reach more readers: tips, etiquette & twitter marketing strategies

A few weeks ago, in this post on book marketing, I outlined the basics on how to build an effective engagement and outreach strategy as an Indie author. While Craig and I continue to work on the marketing follow up … Continue reading

Posted in John's blog, Story Perfect Newsletter Posts, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to proofread a book: where proofreading fits in the editing process and useful techniques

Proofreading is a good place to start if you’re first getting your feet wet as an editor. But there are many misconceptions on proofreading and how it works. Let’s break apart these misconceptions, and in doing so, unearth the process and … Continue reading

Posted in how to edit a book, John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

How to put your writing time first and get your writing done, no matter what

It’s late and everyone in your house has gone to sleep. If you’re a writer, there’s a good chance this might be your favorite time of day. No one is around to interrupt you. You’ve had time to have dinner, … Continue reading

Posted in John's blog, Story Perfect Newsletter Posts, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 lessons to improve your world-building: with guest Susan K. Hamilton

Continuing our series of guest posts, Susan K. Hamilton, the author of Shadow King, brings us some important tips to make your world-building great. Fantasy and fiction author Susan K. Hamilton published her first fantasy novel—DARKSTAR RISING—through Xlibris in 2003. The … Continue reading

Posted in Guest post, World Builders, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How to edit a book: a writer’s guide to understanding the process

I have been working as an editor with self-publishing authors for several years now. A year and a half ago my work load grew so big I had to expand and form a team. Since that point I’ve become a … Continue reading

Posted in how to edit a book, John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments