What Is This Thing??

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A NOTE FROM ALIANNE:

Every once in a while, a writer will reach out to me on social media for answers or assistance. I’m always happy to help, and the conversation always leads to, “You should teach a class or something!” And I say,”On…what?” And they say, “Anything! All of it! You should mentor, I don’t know, this is awesome stuff!”

Well, to be honest, I’d rather chew nails than stand in front of people and give a lecture, and “mentor” is a title I’d give to people like Leonardo da Vinci and Ludwig van Beethoven, not to myself. To me, most of this is just stuff I wanted to learn because it matters hugely to what I do and how I do it, and I kind of thought other people did their own research the same way for the same reason.

But writers are still reaching out to me, and I still get the same questions over and over again, and it tells me that I might have made the wrong assumption (wouldn’t be the first time…). Maybe there is just so much information out there, people don’t have a good place to start, let alone a practical way to sort through it. So I figured it was time for someone to break all of this stuff down in a way that’s easily referenced and comprehensive.

Thus, this website came to life. Here, you will find the world of publishing broken down by category and topic, and each one will be discussed in great, and hopefully useful detail. Think of it as an encyclopedia for the new or aspiring writer. While the static pages are devoted to mostly factual stuff, there’s also a blog component with more opinion-based things I feel the need to make known or rant about. It happens…

If there’s something that’s no longer accurate, or you have additional information to share, fantastic! Comment on the page to add your insights. If there’s anything you’d like to know about that hasn’t been covered yet, use the handy-dandy Contact page to let me know and I’ll see about getting it added.

And now I leave you to your browsing.

Enjoy!