All Things Writing

The Etiquette of Being A Writer and A Review of Stoker and Barker's "Dracul"

October 12, 2020 Bryan the Writer Season 1 Episode 29
All Things Writing
The Etiquette of Being A Writer and A Review of Stoker and Barker's "Dracul"
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All Things Writing
The Etiquette of Being A Writer and A Review of Stoker and Barker's "Dracul"
Oct 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 29
Bryan the Writer

Welcome to the podcast. I am Bryan Nowak, the author of The Dramatic Dead mystery series, the horror novels, Riapoke and Crimson Tassels. I also wrote the book The Bagorian Chronicles, a wonderful little SciFi novel, and I wrote the Dean Cordaine novellas.

Thank you so much for joining me. If you like the podcast, please remember to hit the subscribe button so when new ones come out you can get them delivered. Also, it is not required, but please consider giving me a thumbs up and making a donation to the show. It helps me defray the costs of some of the things I have to buy to keep the show running. Anything is helpful. A few dollars, a few cents, pocket lint, anything really.

This week, I want to talk a little about etiquette in the writing world and how it is essentially one of the most important things you can keep in mind while you are working in the business. Believe it or not, this is a huge deal and can be crucial to your future success.

The rules of etiquette are easy to follow.

  1. Don't be a jerk.
  2. Treat people fairly.
  3. Don’t be pushy and mean.
  4. On social media, please read the rules and follow them.
  5. Don't get into fights on social media. You will never come out on the winning end anyway. 
  6. Relish those moments when people reach back. Even if it isn’t to buy something. At least your voice was heard and that means something. It means, dear writer, that you have connected!

A review of Stoker and Barker's Dracul

I would argue that this is the book we have needed for years. For those of you have taken the time to get to know the Dracula mythos, you will know what I mean intuitively. And there is no better person to tell the story than Mr. Barker and Mr. Stoker. Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Bram Stoker himself.

This story was taken directly from the annuals of the original work by Bram and would likely have been part of the original story no matter what.

Well written with characters you are going to find yourself thinking about while you are trying to sleep at night, this is a solid piece of work.

The story centers around young Bram and his siblings Matilda and Thornley. Central to the story is their nanny Ellen who is not only much beloved, but she also seems to harbor some secrets of her own. It is only later that we discover the true nature of those secrets and her connection to the darker world of Dracul.

The Dracula mythos is one of my favorites. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is undoubtedly one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t tell you how much it warms my hear to see this come out after all these years. Yes, it is a prequel, but it stays very true to the mythos and the story that became one of the most iconic characters in the world of horror.

If you loved the original story, as much as I do, then you need to read the book that lays it out where it all began. Check it out here! https://www.amazon.com/Dracul-Dacre-Stoker-ebook/dp/B079WNXNXS 

Thanks for listening to "All Things Writing!"
By the way, as a reminder, if you have any questions you would like to ask, feel free to send them to me at [email protected] or you can always email me at bryannowak.com through the contact portal.

Remember to tune in next week when we talk more about the world of writing. Until then, this is Bryan the Writer, signing off.

 

Support the show (http://paypal.me/BryanNowak)

Show Notes Transcript

Welcome to the podcast. I am Bryan Nowak, the author of The Dramatic Dead mystery series, the horror novels, Riapoke and Crimson Tassels. I also wrote the book The Bagorian Chronicles, a wonderful little SciFi novel, and I wrote the Dean Cordaine novellas.

Thank you so much for joining me. If you like the podcast, please remember to hit the subscribe button so when new ones come out you can get them delivered. Also, it is not required, but please consider giving me a thumbs up and making a donation to the show. It helps me defray the costs of some of the things I have to buy to keep the show running. Anything is helpful. A few dollars, a few cents, pocket lint, anything really.

This week, I want to talk a little about etiquette in the writing world and how it is essentially one of the most important things you can keep in mind while you are working in the business. Believe it or not, this is a huge deal and can be crucial to your future success.

The rules of etiquette are easy to follow.

  1. Don't be a jerk.
  2. Treat people fairly.
  3. Don’t be pushy and mean.
  4. On social media, please read the rules and follow them.
  5. Don't get into fights on social media. You will never come out on the winning end anyway. 
  6. Relish those moments when people reach back. Even if it isn’t to buy something. At least your voice was heard and that means something. It means, dear writer, that you have connected!

A review of Stoker and Barker's Dracul

I would argue that this is the book we have needed for years. For those of you have taken the time to get to know the Dracula mythos, you will know what I mean intuitively. And there is no better person to tell the story than Mr. Barker and Mr. Stoker. Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Bram Stoker himself.

This story was taken directly from the annuals of the original work by Bram and would likely have been part of the original story no matter what.

Well written with characters you are going to find yourself thinking about while you are trying to sleep at night, this is a solid piece of work.

The story centers around young Bram and his siblings Matilda and Thornley. Central to the story is their nanny Ellen who is not only much beloved, but she also seems to harbor some secrets of her own. It is only later that we discover the true nature of those secrets and her connection to the darker world of Dracul.

The Dracula mythos is one of my favorites. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is undoubtedly one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t tell you how much it warms my hear to see this come out after all these years. Yes, it is a prequel, but it stays very true to the mythos and the story that became one of the most iconic characters in the world of horror.

If you loved the original story, as much as I do, then you need to read the book that lays it out where it all began. Check it out here! https://www.amazon.com/Dracul-Dacre-Stoker-ebook/dp/B079WNXNXS 

Thanks for listening to "All Things Writing!"
By the way, as a reminder, if you have any questions you would like to ask, feel free to send them to me at [email protected] or you can always email me at bryannowak.com through the contact portal.

Remember to tune in next week when we talk more about the world of writing. Until then, this is Bryan the Writer, signing off.

 

Support the show (http://paypal.me/BryanNowak)

Welcome to the podcast. I am Bryan Nowak, the author of The Dramatic Dead mystery series, the horror novels, Riapoke and Crimson Tassels. I also wrote the book The Bagorian Chronicles, a wonderful little SciFi novel, and I wrote the Dean Cordaine novellas.

Thank you so much for joining me. If you like the podcast, please remember to hit the subscribe button so when new ones come out you can get them delivered. Also, it is not required, but please consider giving me a thumbs up and making a donation to the show. It helps me defray the costs of some of the things I have to buy to keep the show running. Anything is helpful. A few dollars, a few cents, pocket lint, anything really.

This week’s topic actually came to me through a podcast site I follow on facebook. I am not in the habit of naming names, although I was tempted to this time, but a supposed podcast editor was sending messages to people and telling them that if they didn’t sign up for her services, she would start a campaign to get their show downvoted on several different channels and no one would ever listen to it.

I think it is also safe to say this person has essentially become mud in the podcasting world but it got me to thinking about how this situation relates to the writing world.

This week, I want to talk a little about etiquette in the writing world and how it is essentially one of the most important things you can keep in mind while you are working in the business. Believe it or not, this is a huge deal and can be crucial to your future success.

Back to my first example. While that was drawn off of my experiences as a podcaster, I can tell you that the experience is not necessarily unique to one industry. For example, I have seen several so-called editors out there that would offer their services, and then they would badger people when they didn’t accept their offers.

If you come across an editor, or suppose a publisher, who badger’s you into taking their services to the point where they are downright threatening you, you need to block that person. The writing world is essentially a very small microcosm of the world. While most people are kind and decent and good, there are a few dirtbags wandering around. You don’t have time to deal with those people. The best way to approach editing is by talking to the editor, having them do a sample edit for you, and then taking a close look at their fee schedule.

If that editor is not a good fit for you, they should be able to accept that. However, if they can’t then you need to walk away.

As I said, writing is a small world. If you treat people fairly, that word will get around. If you’re a bad writer, that word will get around. If you’re a bad editor, that word will get around. If you’re a giant pain in the third point of contact, that word will spread like wildfire.

Unfortunately, here’s the big problem that technology has laid in our laps. If you want to be a new person every day, you can. Unscrupulous people trying to sell you products take advantage of this. I’ve now seen the same offers selling the same services resurrect several times under several different people. I look up those people and see that they basically have no online presence, which indicates to me it’s a scam.

So, my point is that these scammers get called out as frauds, but can be pretty much just revived as soon as they are down by coming up with a new name.

In your interactions with editors and publishers, the kindergarten rules apply. Don’t be pushy and mean. A nudge is okay every once in a while, but don’t be pushy. It’s just not nice.

On social media, please read the rules of any social sites you are a member of. If you despriately want to get blacklisted on those sites, a great way to do that is to constantly post sales stuff on sites where you really are not supposed to do that unless you have something new coming out. I know the temptation is there, but don’t do it. Stick to the rules of the road.

Speaking of social media, I have said before that you are not really a legit author until you get your first one-star review. And you will, whether you like it or not, someone is going to one star you. And that is how you know you have made it in the world of writing. So, when it happens, do yourself a favor and follow these simple rules.

You ready?

Okay, take a deep breath. Count to ten. Feel free to piss and moan to closed facebook groups. Then … as the Italian in me would say, Fuuuughetabout it, ah! Look it is meaningless. Unless you get like all one start reviews, it means nothing. You win no awards by opening up a war on Amazon reviews about this person. You don’t. Likely they are a troll and literally go from book to book and make up ridiculousness. 

Recently, I sent out a sales pitch to all of my customers in the past. I did this through square. Really simple. One of them e-mailed me back and apologized to me that they cannot buy anything at this time. Which brings me to my next point. Remember why you are writing. If you are only worried about the almighty dollar, get into something more worth while like gold prospecting or antiquities theft. You are going to stand a better chance of making money in either of those fields.

Never write because you want to ride around in a limo and eat steak and lobster for every meal or whatever it is that you want to do. It won’t likely happen.

When that person reached out to me I was so genuinely pumped that they actually reached out to me. Sometimes writing can feel like you are screaming out into a deep dark hole and you have no idea where the bottom is. So relish those moments when people reach back. Even if it isn’t to buy something. At least your voice was heard and that means something. It means, dear reader, that you have connected! 

Okay, enough about ettiquete. Please … oh please don’t be a jerk out there. It’s unnescessary. 

I am going to take a quick break to feed the hamster that keeps the podcast wheel turning and I will be right back after this message

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And we are back. A few years ago, I was introduced to a wonderful guy who has a pedigree which blew my mind. The next morning, he invited me to have breakfast with him and we had a great chat about everything from our backgrounds to our hopes and dreams for the future.

His story is inspiring as well as is his family history.

That man was Mr. Dacre Stoker and I met him at Stokercon in Providence Rhode Island. But I am not here to tell you the tale of how I met Dacre, I am here to tell you about the book he and J.D. Barker wrote by the name of Dracul. 

I will be the first to admit that I normally hate prequels. I am just not a fan because they normally only end up detracting from the original. However, I’m going to have to change that now. 

I would argue that this is the book we have needed for years. For those of you have taken the time to get to know the Dracula mythos, you will know what I mean intuitively. And there is no better person to tell the story than Mr. Barker and Mr. Stoker. Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Bram Stoker himself.

This story was taken directly from the annuals of the original work by Bram and would likely have been part of the original story no matter what.

Well written with characters you are going to find yourself thinking about while you are trying to sleep at night, this is a solid piece of work.

Those of you who have followed me for some time will be able to fill in the blank to the statement that Bryan the Writer thinks ______ is the most important. For those of you do are new to me, I think that ultimately the characters are the most important part of any story.

Sure, world building is important, but give me characters I care about to the point that I am scared for them when they are working against unspoken evil.

The story centers around young Bram and his siblings Matilda and Thornley. Central to the story is their nanny Ellen who is not only much beloved, but she also seems to harbor some secrets of her own. It is only later that we discover the true nature of those secrets and her connection to the darker world of Dracul.

I don’t want to give you the impression that world building is skimped on, for it most certainly is not. Vivid and mysterious, you can see the bog where they witness something fantastical. When Bram and Matilda ascend the steps of the ruined castle, you can feel their peril as they make their way to the top.

The Dracula mythos is one of my favorites. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is undoubtedly one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t tell you how much it warms my hear to see this come out after all these years. Yes, it is a prequel, but it stays very true to the mythos and the story that became one of the most iconic characters in the world of horror.

If you loved the original story, as much as I do, then you need to read the book that lays it out where it all began.

That is it for this week’s installment of All things Writing. I am sorry for being a day late in posting, but I have been super busy getting my office redone so that is sapping most of my energy.

By the way, as a reminder, if you have any questions you would like to ask, feel free to send them to me at [email protected] or you can always email me at bryannowak.com through the contact portal.

Remember to tune in next week when we talk more about the world of writing. Until then, this is Bryan the Writer, signing off.