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Steven R. Drennon was born in Lawton, OK, where he first started writing at the age of 15. He published an epic fantasy novel titled "Rise of the Raven" in the spring of 2011, and another fantasy novel titled "Three for Avadar" was released in the summer of 2011. Since then, Steven has published a total of 37 other titles under different pen names, and he is currently working on a new historical fiction series that will be published under his own name.


Dec
12
comment How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?
Sometimes you need to be willing to do some real research if you want to have some real data. Having said that, I found four sites on Google with very relevant data, so you may want to reconsider what you are looking for. One in particular was a gold mine of information, but sometimes you have to work a little harder to find what you need. Some states have better information than others, but there is information out there.
Sep
25
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
You are no longer required to purchase the proof copy, although it is recommended.
Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
Also, I'm not sure where you got the idea that US copyright lasts for 150 years, but that is not correct. The US has had a number of changes to their copyright laws, but basically any books published prior to 1923 are no longer protected. Books published after that had to have their copyright renewed every 28 years or they fell into the public domain. There were a couple of changes that happened between 1964 and 1998 that complicated things further, but the current coverage is for the life of the author plus 70 years. copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
There are a couple of different ways in which the examples you gave are currently available through Amazon. First of all, any that were submitted prior to the middle of 2011 were grandfathered in. The current Amazon policy went into effect in Feb. 2011, and started being really enforced about the middle of 2011. The second example are books that were converted from sources such as the Gutenberg Project and are available for free. There are others that may slip through the initial review, but Amazon usually catches those and removes them in time.
Apr
3
comment Is publishing to Amazon Kindle-alternative eBook markets worth the time and effort?
@Vass, yes you can. They each have their own processes and require a different format, but they are both available. You can go to pubit.com to create an account to manage your books through B&N. Kobo (Sony) and Apple also have their own programs now, but I haven't created accounts with them yet.
Dec
18
comment How to publish public domain books?
I was referring to the author re-publishing their own works in a collection somewhere later in time from the original publication. I personally could not take a collection of someone else's public domain works and publish them as a collection and thereby lay claim to a copyright of their individual poems. I added some more info to my answer to give a better example.
Dec
11
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
lol - I wish I could take credit for being that clever, but it was an honest typo! :) Nice catch!
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Sorry, but I can't name any that are still in business. About ten years ago I was looking at vanity publishers for a project, but the more I looked into them the more discouraged I became. With my marketing background and my own self-publishing experiences I would be willing to bet I could do a better job than a vanity press.
Jun
13
comment Is there a quick way to know I have created a Mary Sue?
No worries, I have been trying to go through some of the questions to make sure they have five tags so that we get a broader reach for them. Editing was a stretch, but I felt that this pertains to writing styles as well as techniques. Looking at it now, I suppose that's more true about some of the answers than the question itself. :)
May
30
comment What are “industry leading royalties”?
I believe the official term is called "joint accounting", but it is more often referred to as basketing, as in put everything into one basket. If you are more concerned about the advanaces than the long term royalties, then you probably wouldn't care much either way. Ultimately, though, you stand to make more money by having them account for each book separately.
May
3
comment How does one break into the field of professional writing?
Superbly done! That is a very thorough answer!
Mar
24
comment How to convert DOI to citation information
I think this question would be better suited at one of the other SE sites. It seems more technical in nature.
Feb
22
comment Is “sparkle” the correct word?
Below is a link to a similar question. I don't agree that this question is vague or unanswerable. It's a simple yes or no type question with a request for other options. I don't think it is so much about a critiques as it is about proper word usage. writers.stackexchange.com/q/2280/2343
Feb
20
comment What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
I don't understand why this question was closed. I believe it is relevant to what we do as writers. While it borders on the edge of inviting opinion rather than clear answeres, I still believe it can be answered, especially since he asked about the "average" length. I don't think the genre really matters with a short, it's more about acceptable length. This might vary by publication, but it's still a relevant question.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
You may want to check on that deduction of the employer's half. I'm not sure that is correct.
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Sorry, I deleted my original comment because I realized it was wrong (and even more confusing than Amazon's policy statement). Your response was appropriate, it just didn't seem to me that Amazon did a good job of explaining what happens or how the author could initiate the automation for customers.
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Two things here. 1) A customer sees on the book's page that the content has been updated and decides they want the new version. They must request it in order to get it. (Refers to Note at the bottom of your quote.) 2) The author contacts KDP Support to notify them that they have updated the book and want to alert their customers. KDP sends the e-mail and THEN the customer requests the new version. Option 1 almost never happens, which is why he needs to follow the steps for option2. This quote does not make it clear that they contact all your customers to give them that option!
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Actually I believe you missed the mark here. The second paragraph states that they will not provide a copy of the new version unless the author grants "explicit permission". They will also not automatically provide a copy of the new version unless customers ask for it. Sorry for the downvote, but you missed the point of the statement.
Feb
7
comment Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?
All very good points! If I was going to spend money on a newly finished manuscript, I think it would be better spent on an editor than a paid review service. Also, I would strongly hesitate before asking friends, relatives or acquaintance to review it. My experience is that they will seldom read the whole thing and always tell you it was great. These are people who care about you and are not going to want to hurt your feelings.
Dec
17
comment What to do when characters disagree with the plot?
Wish I could give this two votes! Listen to your characters!