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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


Nov
24
comment How important is a BISAC Category?
When I submit my ebooks retailers and distribution channels, some of them (I forget which) ask for BISAC categories. Those become a navigation hierarchy on the retailer's web site. As a reader I hardly ever use those category hierarchies (BISAC or otherwise), but now and then I want to look at e.g. bestselling political thrillers.
Nov
2
comment What stylometric pecularities are considered to be typical for stephen kings writing?
Hmmm. *wonders whether Stephen King posts on writers.stackexchange under a clever alias*
Oct
3
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
Having taken nearly all of Dean's online workshops, I can say that he strongly recommends that even new writers "write into the dark." His theory is everybody's subconscious "creative voice" knows how to tell a story, and if you can shut off the critical voice, your creative voice will tell a good story. Much of his advice is about how to shut off critical voice and get into creative voice. He does acknowledge (often) that no two writers are the same, and every writer has to find their own way. He even offers a variety of approaches to outlining. But mostly he advises writing into the dark.
Sep
26
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
First, I'm trying to build my publishing brand. That means I want my imprint on my books. Second, book stores sometimes hesitate to stock books whose imprint marks them as obviously self-published or POD. So I want my books to appear to come from a real publisher, which they do (albeit a publisher with a very limited stable of authors).
Sep
26
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
Thanks for adding this. I considered writing about some of those pre-CreateSpace costs, but my answer was already longer than some of my books :)
Sep
25
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Dave: Using the free CreateSpace ISBN does not in any way limit what you can do with other editions of the book. The one disadvantage is that CreateSpace will be listed as a publisher. If that matters to you (and it matters a great deal to me), use one of the other options.
Sep
22
comment Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Paul, I added the link. I omitted it earlier out of sheer laziness. Writing Excuses has won at least one Hugo Award, so I think they're legit ;-)
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
I believe I can give a helpful answer to the question as it is worded. (Though it may take a few days for me to get to it.)
Aug
28
comment Simple rules for separating paragraphs in books?
A strong caution: Any guidelines for academic writing are likely to be deadly for fiction.
Aug
26
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.