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I dabble in writing; I've become increasingly proficient in keeping my condescending nature in check. Haven't written much though. Working on that.

A lot of my experience comes from reading, from books on writing, and from blogs on writing. I've also done a lot of critiquing at Critters.org, and reviewing at The Fix Online. Science-fiction and fantasy are my natural stomping grounds, but everything else is good too.


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revised Multiple POVs in a single scene
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Aug
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comment Author's notes: yay or nay?
This question is awfully general - could you try to give a more specific case, or explain what you're trying to achieve and what your concerns are?
Aug
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comment What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
Oooh - podcasting to publishing. Cool. :)
Aug
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accepted What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
Aug
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comment What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
cf.: here and here; Wikipedia also mentions the POD service, which was apparently in addition to the family publishing.
Aug
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comment What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
Re: _Eragon_ - From what I've found, author's parents ran a very very small commercial press, and the book was published both through that and an online POD service. So... practically self-publishing for all most purposes, but under the auspices of a regular publisher, and with parents who had an extraordinary amount of industry know-how and put in an extraordinary level of effort. And, fittingly, reached an extraordinary level of success :)
Aug
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accepted Querying for a setting-heavy speculative fiction novel
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comment What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
I guess as far as I'm concerned, the distinction I'm intrigued by would be whether she was "picked up" solely on the strength of her self-published work, vs. selling a novel "the usual way" after having self-published previously. If they took her for a new, unwritten series, that sounds on strength of the self-pubbed work, which is basically what I'm aiming for.
Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can I self-publish, and how much would it cost?
Aug
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comment Querying for a setting-heavy speculative fiction novel
It's funny, I debated giving LotR as an example. :) Yes, you could summarize the plot into just a few sentences. But I don't think that's a good way to pitch the book to somebody who's never heard of "epic fantasy" or "elves" or "magic rings" and doesn't know why they might be interesting.
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asked What are examples of fiction books picked up by publishers after being self-published?
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asked Querying for a setting-heavy speculative fiction novel
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comment Write to the finish, or edit as you go?
Agreed. This is entirely individual, and there's really not much to say to this beyond "see what works best for you."
Jul
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revised Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
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comment Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
Interesting. What I'm seeing from a lot of blogging agents is a) it's the querying author's responsibility to decide whether an ms is entirely inappropriate and b) they have no difficulty sifting the entirely-inappropriate queries from their inbox. The ones I linked to describe needing to consider them by phone as far more of a hassle than by email. But... YMMV, I guess?
Jul
31
comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
I would guess it's to make it easy for people who want to read the reference to type in the URL, which may be rather long. But I agree, that seems annoying.
Jul
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comment Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
Do not call agents. See my answer for detail and links.
Jul
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answered Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
Jul
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comment First publication rights still available on this?
I think this will depend largely on the terms of the printing house. If it was privately done, e.g. a random person wouldn't be able to buy a copy of your book from the printing service - I don't think it counts as "being published." But I could be way off on this.
Jul
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comment Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
Well... where do you stand on actually following the guidelines and not submitting the illustrations? See e.g. danidraws.com/2009/01/22/… on the subject.