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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


11h
comment Simple rules for separating paragraphs in books?
A strong caution: Any guidelines for academic writing are likely to be deadly for fiction.
2d
comment Misleading facts in the About the Author section
The author (JK Rowling, not part of the book) is real. The attribution (part of the book) is fiction. The description (part of the book) is fiction.
Aug
19
comment DIT:Is it legal if a write a book about an artist?
Also, "... to appeal to another crowd ..." attributes motive. That seems very dangerous to me (also not a lawyer).
Aug
19
comment Do Decimals Bounded Between 0 and 1 (inclusive) Need a Leading Zero?
Hagen, that was me trying to be snarky, and being clumsy with my wording instead. The exact phrasing of section 9.21 (about omission of the zero) begins: "If a quantity is always less than zero, as in probabilities, ..." That section also gives baseball batting averages as an example of such a quantity.
Jul
20
comment Story length and the term used
Glad I could help. And welcome to the Writers StackExchange. If you like an answer (from me or anyone else), consider upvoting it. And on questions you ask, you can accept the one that best answers your question. Some additional info here: writers.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers
Jul
16
comment How to deal with two ISBN from two different countries?
Why do you need two ISBNs to publish the same book in two countries? If you're using two different publishers, you need two ISBNs, one for each publisher. If you are publishing different versions in each country--different text, different language, different trim size, different format (e.g. trade paperback vs mass market paperback)--you need two ISBNs, one for each version. Otherwise, why do you need two ISBNs?
Jul
6
comment What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
Any of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories.
Jun
28
comment Outliner (software) with annotations for OS X or browser based (but offline!)
Scrivener can indeed do most of this. The feature is called "custom meta-data." I wrote about it in another answer: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/8938/…
Jun
25
comment Where and how to publish new work
I think you can also hire out the services. Editing. Book cover design. Interior design. Ebook conversion.
Apr
3
comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
Or from people buying copies from you.
Apr
2
comment Can stories be “revived”?
Oh, I forgot to add: Revising is not the only way to revive a story. You can also throw out the old manuscript and write the story anew, given everything that you have since learned about how to write stories.
Mar
19
comment How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?
D'oh! I inadvertently omitted "daydreaming" from my list. I don't know where my mind was.
Mar
16
comment Indicating a word choice you're unsure of
Ah, I see. For situations like that, I (usually) first put some effort into finding the right word. If I can't find the right word, or in the rare situations where I don't think it's worth the time, I put a question mark in parentheses after the word. "Three troubadours(?) visited me in my dreams this morning."
Dec
2
comment Can I plug a loophole in my magic rules without rewriting the whole novel?
I would agree if the loophole were subtle. My hunch is that if two beta readers found it, it's not very hard to discover. And if it's easy to discover, someone in the magical world would have discovered it. But if the beta readers are rare people who can pick out subtle implications, yeah, maybe leave it.
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
Genre-neutral means that the cover does not convey information about the genres, which greatly reduces the value of the cover for attracting readers. As for fitting two genres, you might be able to do that. The key is to use a cover and a blurb that clearly indicate what kind of story this is, so that readers who would like the story are attracted to it.
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
The category you put a story into on Amazon is only one aspect of genre. Another is the cover. Another is the tone of the back cover blurb. You generally get only one cover and one blurb. So should he feature the horror element, or the crime element? The goal is to attract readers who will like the story. So I like to ask an additional question when pondering genre: Which genre's readers are more likely to enjoy this book?
Oct
16
comment How can I prevent, or work around, unfortunate hyphenation in critical words?
Are you able to use CSS to style those elements? I have not tried this, but it seems as if hyphens:manual or hyphens:none would do thee trick. l.dhemery.com/1apHFhT
Oct
11
comment Rhythm in a list
I meant the last item in the list. I'm puzzled about the second sentence. It seems like it might be a continuation of the list, but it also seems separate because it's a new sentence. I don't have advice for that, but it's somewhat awkward.
Oct
7
comment Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
It helps if the stories in the collection are selected so that a reader who enjoys one has a good chance of enjoying the others. It's probably better if they are all in the same genre. Bundling mystery, fantasy, erotica, and YA in the same collection would probably not work out.
Oct
7
comment Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
Maybe a single post, explaining how to buy either the individual stories or the collection. Also, I suspect that you don't have enough stories to overwhelm anybody (yet ;-).