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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.


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.
Jul
30
comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
Agreed. The first thing I'd want to see in a URL citation is what site it's from, and shortened URLs just don't do that.
Jul
29
awarded  Civic Duty
Jul
29
answered Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version
Jul
29
revised Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version
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Jul
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
28
revised Why does an author need an editor?
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Jul
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
@michael - great point. Basically, if you're doing well enough for piracy to make much of a difference, then you're likely doing well enough for somebody to make the effort and bypass the DRM :-/ ...or maybe the other way around? A self-pubbed book is less likely to get pirated, so DRM might be enough to protect it from the less-intense piracy efforts?
Jul
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comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Wouldn't it be better to learn from other people's experience? There are plenty of existing books that have been released with and/or without DRM; we should be able to figure out quite a bit from all those. Staking one's first few books on experiments in marketing sounds a little iffy to me :P
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27
answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Jul
26
answered Does this paragraph make you want to keep reading?
Jul
25
comment Designing a book
see Ralph's comment to OP: "Be warned, if you use a service like Lulu or CreateSpace, you're getting into pretty iffy territory by having things printed which you don't own the rights to."
Jul
25
comment When publishing a Fantasy novel, do I look for a specific Fantasy-only publisher, editor, and/or agent?
Steven, with all due respect for self-publishing, there's really no need to constantly mention it in response to questions which are clearly asking about something else. If OP is asking about looking for publishers, then the merits of self-publishing do not answer the question. If you're truly concerned OP is missing an important avenue of publication, this could be appropriate as a comment to the original question.
Jul
24
reviewed Approve Is there anything wrong with saying “Thanks” several times in the same email? If not, how could I correct it?
Jul
24
answered Is there anything wrong with saying “Thanks” several times in the same email? If not, how could I correct it?
Jul
22
comment Is there a Market for Poetry with a Fixed Verse Form
I don't feel this answers the question. He's not asking the state of poetry in general - and sure there's a market; it's just small, obscure and doesn't pay much. And much of that market seems very light on fixed-verse, so the question is whether fixed-verse is simply uncommon (but fine), or actively disapproved of.