Thanks to something called ablaut reduplication — a rule stating that, if you repeat a word and change an internal vowel, the order you say them in has to follow I-A-O. This is why it's King Kong, Ding Dong, Tick Tock (which sounds right to your ear), and not...read more
Research, like writing, is never linear. I have a running chat conversation with Edward Branley that delves into many different directions. The beauty of it is, I can search on it and find the conversations that pop up as a "hey, what do you think of this" and use it...read more
Some books just stay with you. They haunt you. You dream of the characters, and of what would be if it just ended differently. Sometimes the closing lines just make sense, and sometimes they hint of a path not taken. Some give us closure, some are cliffhangers, yet...read more
"Imperfect Image" "Imperfect Image" - it just might be perfect for your book We presented a bit of background on NOPSI 857 in our previous post. Streetcars and transit are popular photos in history books. They represent movement, growth, development. In many cases,...read more
NOPSI 853 NOPSI 857 - Streetcar in Uptown New Orleans New Orleans Public Service, Incorporated (NOPSI) streetcar 857, entering Carrollton Station. The streetcar turned off of S. Carrollton Avenue, onto Jeanette Street. This is the back of the streetcar barn. The...read more
I just finished editing the second novel in the Bayou Talents series for Edward Branley, Trusted Talents. As I am wont to do after finishing edits, I take stock on how I can help my clients streamline the process and make it smoother. Trusted Talents has so *many*...read more
Make sure you know what kind of edit you are asking for. There are differences between a developmental edit (also known as substantive editing or structural editing): “the big picture” feedback on structure, style, pacing, and voice. “The strongest part/s of the book...read more
Happy 2018 everyone! New Year, new material to help you write that manuscript that is in your drawer. Take it out, dust it off, and let's get started on Point of View. This article, "Choosing the Right Point of View for Your Story" is cross posted from my blog over on...read more
Finding photos in unlikely places (this article is cross-posted to NOLA History Guy) Finding photos in unlikely places - it's fun! Checking our Facebook group, "Ain't There No More" (the title is an homage to a popular New Orleans song) this morning, I saw...read more
Writing Research! Writing research for your manuscript is nothing like you remember having to do in school, when the teacher or professor assigned you a topic you weren’t interested in, or you just picked it to be near the girl or boy you had a crush on. For your...read more
Edward J. Branley is the author of five books published by Arcadia Publishing and one by The History Press, all about New Orleans. He is also the author of the urban fantasy novel, Hidden Talents, and two YA novels, Dragon’s Danger and Dragon’s Discovery. He is the History blogger for GoNOLA.com, and is @NOLAHistoryGuy on Social Media.
While Edward has written five books for Arcadia and one for The History Press, and Dara has edited several of these, this site is not affiliated with Arcadia Publishing, The History Press, or any of their other imprints.