Tim C. Taylor
Latest release: Aug21 2020
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Liebster Blog Award
- On Theme in Science Fiction
- My first booktube
- Should authors review other authors’ books?
- A couple of book releases from me that I forgot to mention etc.
- Meditations on 99: eBook pricing in science fiction publishing
- 2020 roundup
- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
- SFS Episode 155 – MilSciFi Panel 3 – British Edition — Sci-Fi Shenanigans
- So how do you judge a short story anyway?
- SF Publishing in 2019: more developments in short fiction
- SF Publishing in 2019: short fiction and the Nebula Awards
- Author Earnings: an SF author’s perspective
- SF Publishing in 2018: The latest industry stats from Data Guy
- SF Publishing in 2018: The new writers of science fiction
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Category Archives: Writing Tips
Today I want to talk about themes in science fiction. Themes, thematic statements, morals, messages. For simplification, I’d say these are essentially the same thing and use the umbrella term theme. Conventional literary theory states that a theme of a … Continue reading
This time last week, I was on the train to London to attend the 20Books London writers’ conference. The event was a great success for me personally, and I heard nothing but praise from the other writers there. Since a … Continue reading
[In this post, I’m going to address a topic that some of you might consider pretty basic: how to write a paragraph using Microsoft Word. It certainly is fundamental but I would say around 15% of the manuscripts I receive … Continue reading
If you look back at the advanced font tab in Microsoft Word, there’s an entry there for Kerning. This isn’t specific to OpenType fonts and is something you should keep an eye on with your titles (for example, chapter headings, … Continue reading
Special Effects with OpenType If you look up the fonts on your computer you will see nearly all are defined as Truetype or OpenType (in Windows you do this from the Fonts section of the Control Panel app). For our … Continue reading
We’re going to be talking about fonts in the next few posts. Before we do, it makes sense to introduce a few basic terms and concepts in typography: the science and art of lettering. Let’s look at a letter Don’t … Continue reading
I’ve worked with a number of authors who have a back catalog of traditionally printed books for which the rights have now reverted to them. This throws up a number of problems when they wish to republish their books, whether … Continue reading
Last time I posted about how Kindles can support Unicode, despite rumors to the contrary. This time I’m going to give some practical advice on what Unicode is, and how if you are self-publishing eBooks you can use it in … Continue reading
I seem to be working through a mountain of jobs to format and edit eBooks and paperbacks at the moment. It’s gratifying that people trust me with their precious writing, but because I work with so many books, I get … Continue reading
For anthologies and most non-fiction, a table of contents (TOC) is essential for readers to find their way around your paperback book. It’s also a way of showing off the contents of your book for potential browsers, and that includes … Continue reading