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Mar
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comment What printing methods and quality can I expect of POD companies?
Just to add a small fyi to this the POD "shop front" on the site is often just that, a shop front. The actual POD work is farmed out to approved printers so quality of finished product may vary by territory. For example when I first had Lulu send stuff to me in the UK they used a Spanish Printer who were slow, and sometimes produced lower quality runs of books. For the last four years or so they have switched to a UK printer who is quicker and produces better goods than the original printer.
Mar
5
comment Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Do I take it you already have your own answer to this question?
Feb
3
comment Do most novels not get published?
Seems the author was tired of paying for hosting and moved to smashwords. See above. He is now charging for them when they used to be free which I would consider to be an error of judgement but they are, at least, not the digital equivalent of out of print. Maybe googling will turn up the free versions.
Feb
3
revised Do most novels not get published?
Updated link to find materials.
Jan
3
comment Quality examples of 'in medias res' starting sequences in SF literature
@standback You are correct in medias res just means start in action as opposed to ramping up into the action. The beginning of the story should still, conceptually, be "the beginning" starting literally in the middle and then flashing back to a seemingly far calmer opening sequence is something else. I think its overuse in television is to do with the enforced structure and perceived need for "beats" dictated by creative control in that medium. It's not necessary, or shouldn't be, in an actual novel, unless of course, it is, which is rarely.
Dec
19
answered How to write realistic female dialogue
Dec
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Oct
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Oct
23
revised Cheap ways a young person can get paper books printed/bound from their manuscript? (Please incl sample costs)
Added some costings.
Oct
22
answered Cheap ways a young person can get paper books printed/bound from their manuscript? (Please incl sample costs)
Oct
17
answered Any documentaries or other inspirational movies about creative writing?
Oct
16
comment Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?
@Shan: Yeah. I'm a pretty fast typist... ;)
Oct
15
answered Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?
Oct
14
answered Am I too prepared to do NaNoWriMo?
Oct
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Oct
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Oct
11
answered What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
Oct
8
comment How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
@Hauser: My advice, FWIW, study the hero's journey deeply, try to understand why it exists. What Campbell wrote about suffers from being true but having no obvious corollary or use that's apparent to his peers. Also there is this problem of sticking to the recipe not always doing the job. Sentiment is the biggest enemy of success. The Wachowski's included Neo/Trinity for mostly cynical reasons, Rowling was working for her child and for her love of children's fiction. Which one was really the winner?
Oct
7
comment Italicize part of a word in fiction?
I believe I have seen this done by gasp actual published authors. So yeah, use as applicable. As with anything, don't overuse, terms and conditions apply, may cause drowsiness and contents occasionally settle in transit. ;)
Oct
7
answered How do I round out a powerful character?