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Aug
23
awarded  Revival
Aug
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comment “All of a sudden…” ?
@Unreason: Thanks :) I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to correct - if I read a book, and the last line is "Standback, I am Oberon the King of Fairies and I AM WATCHING YOU," I'm not reacting to something that happened suddenly. It wasn't written suddenly; I didn't read it suddenly. The suddenness is in my reaction to it - my train of thought was wondering who's got that darn Maltese Falcon, and as a result of something unsudden, I am now suddenly reacting in an entirely different way (even if my response is to do nothing). That's what I meant by "the reaction is sudden."
Aug
22
comment What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
Here is a discouraging portrayal of post-MFA career paths tending to be very oriented towards teaching at junior college/university level.
Aug
22
accepted What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Aug
22
comment What are good criteria to consider when looking to enroll in an MFA program?
I'm not sure I agree. "Being successful" in literature is a tall order, and is a lot more dependent on the writer than his teachers. I don't think any department can offer any kind of guarantee; there are a lot of great writers, but I'm familiar with very few teachers who could be described as pivotal mentors to large groups of fledgeling writers.
Aug
22
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@Jürgen: Not exclusive, no, but rather more typical, at least to my humble knowledge. I'm not aware of self-published authors selling these types of rights; if I'm mistaken, by all means edit appropriately :) And: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/saleable
Aug
21
answered “All of a sudden…” ?
Aug
21
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
OK, that makes sense. What about the other way? If I offer authors a package deal of, say, copyediting, cover design, e-distribution and POD+delivery - does that mean I'm a vanity publisher?
Aug
21
revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
vanity vs. self-pub
Aug
21
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
So what would a "legit vanity publisher" be, and would such an entity be distinct from self-publishing?
Aug
21
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Since I wasn't sure, I decided to ask :)
Aug
21
asked What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Aug
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revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
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Aug
20
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
All are welcome to chip in to my attempt at an ordered answer. My "In Summary" is a personal opinion, but I guess edits and amendments to that are fine too.
Aug
20
answered Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Aug
20
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
Could you give us an example or two where you've been having problems? What is it about your writing or your feedback that makes you feel your use of these phrases is not effective?
Aug
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
17
comment How to create space
Great question! Some focus would be very helpful - what setting are you working in? Do you have a good idea of a mileau you're trying to get across, and you're not managing to? Or do you yourself see the story setting as being vague, indistinct, or unimportant? What have you written about the setting, which has proved insufficient?
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@Kate: But a wide-array answer - or an array of them - doesn't answer that very well. "I'm considering publishing strategy X for writing project Y" is answerable and constructive. "What are the dangers of vanity publishing?" is also helpful, but "My epic vampire saga is great, will vanity self-publishing maximize my profits?" or "Can vanity publishers be trusted to print my autobiographical recipe book professionally and in high quality?" are ever so much better targeted. SE doesn't do well with addressing broad generalities- you find yourself voting between essays and worldviews, not answers.
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@John: Yeah, I know. Not gonna keep me from griping about it, though :P Seriously, I've never had any qualms about edtting others' posts, but the purpose is usually to improve their answer - not contradict it outright. That's kinda what community wiki posts are for, and even that gets arguments.