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comment Taxonomy of understanding: term
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not appear to be about writing. It might fit better in Academia or some other Stack Exchange site.
Sep
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comment Taxonomy of understanding: term
I don't think this is a writing question, so I'm voting to close. But my guess is that you are talking about Bloom's Taxonomy. There's a terrific book by Anderson and Krathwohl that refines the model.
Aug
26
comment Use of copyright across nations
In many countries, you are not required to register the copyright. You own the copyright as soon as you write the text. Registering may help in a lawsuit.
Aug
24
comment How to turn an unknown detail in the story into a mystery instead of a lacking detail?
The Writing Excuses folks use the phrase "hang a lantern on it."
Aug
16
comment How do I create a book on iBookstore without having a Mac?
Please improve your answer by explaining in what ways is Draft2Digital is better than Smashwords. (And in what ways D2D falls short of Smashwords.)
Aug
14
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
I added a bit of detail about how much each retailer gets for books printed through CreateSpace. Let me know if that clarifies. I once got a proof with cover that appeared to me to be trimmed wrong. About 1/8" too short and 1/8" too wide. But only once. I suspect it was some kind of process error, and that buyers got the right size. Cover colors are interesting. Computer monitors distort colors. Translating from RGB (if you work in RGB) to CMYK (for printing) distorts colors. You can calibrate your monitor, and work in CMYK, but I haven't yet felt the need to go to all that trouble.
Aug
14
comment Is it legal to self-publish books independently (in any form) with no LTD, L.L.C., D.B.A., etc.?
I think it's a 1099-MISC (but I'm away from my office right now and can't check mine).
Aug
8
comment How to make distinguishing characters who have almost the exact same traits?
Watch the movie Sliding Doors for many examples of how to distinguish characters physically. In that movie, the filmmakers had distinguish characters in one timeline from the same characters in an alternate timeline.
Aug
7
comment How to Choose What is Included in Table of Contents for ePub Book
For a while I used Jutoh. I found its usability awkward, but it gives lots of control. Now I use a homegrown thing, built on Pandoc (to convert Scrivener's RTF files to markdown), Jekyll (to convert markdown to HTML), and Ruby (to compile epubs from HTML files). If you're interested it's on GitHub ( github.com/dhemery/jpub ), but be aware that the git repo is a little out of date, and I offer ABSOLUTELY ZERO support. Lots of folks use Calibre or Sigil. I avoided Sigil because it looked as if its developers were abandoning it. But now I think new developers have taken up the reins.
Aug
5
comment I am looking to self publish a book but I don't need everything the sites offer
The puzzle, I think, i hows to get the book into the distribution channels. In the US, I think buying an ISBN from Bowker gets you into the important listings. Retailers can order the book from the publisher, but is that what they normally do? Or do they prefer to order through distributors?
Jul
26
comment Avoid repeating specific words with no synonyms
13 Norwegians and 6 Norways seems reasonable to me in an essay about your experience learning the language. What makes you think it's too many? Too many for what?
Jul
24
comment Legal or copyright problems using Google drive or other cloud storage for story notes?
You would need a lawyer to determine that for certain. People often get up in arms about some online service or other requesting the right to copy users' stuff, but usually it's expressly to give the service permission to do what the user is using the service for. A cloud storage service, for example, needs your permission to store your stuff, and to present it back to you. Other kinds of online services--such as social media sites--are a whole nuther kettle of bees. If you're concerned, consult a lawyer. In any event, read the agreement you're agreeing to.
Jul
24
comment Has leading changed over the last 15 years?
Interesting question. Too bad there's no typography section on StackExchange.
Jul
21
comment Market for novellas and/or novelettes
Why on earth was this voted down? It appears to be the first one that gives a direct answer.
Jul
16
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Right. The issue for me is not the source of the ISBN, but the imprint associated with the ISBN in the distributors' listings. I am an honest-to-goodness publisher, and want to appear so. Using a free or inexpensive CreateSpace ISBN raises a flag for booksellers. My ISBNs are associated with my publishing company. The only thing to distinguish my books from anyone else's is the quality of the stories, covers, descriptions, and interior formatting. I don't want to give booksellers a reason to reject my books before they even get a look at them.
Jul
16
comment What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
Given the comments on the original question, I get the impression that CC doesn't fit the OP's needs. I may be wrong. And I don't use CC or similar licenses for my fiction, so I don't have advice about that. It's an interesting option to consider, so I hope you add an answer.
Jul
15
comment Sequence of Events
Multiple first person POV has been done. It is very difficult. You have to be very, very good with character voice.
Jul
14
comment What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
Jay, that's my sense of it, too. Every now and then an author will set up a company. John Grisham uses Belfry Holdings, Inc. But usually the author holds the copyright personally.
Jul
13
comment What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
A business name with a presence on the web can make a book somewhat more attractive to book stores. A "Doing Business As" (DBA) company is fairly inexpensive to set up. Mine cost about $150 to establish, including fees to Sacramento and California. And $30 per year in business taxes. (DBA income is just personal income). I claim copyright to the text in my own name, and other rights (cover design, interior design) under my business name.
Jul
12
comment Main character trouble
Yes, that's a great idea. It doesn't have to be a scene that will end up in the book. Just a scene, or even a short story, that gets the character interacting with some setting and some characters, dealing with some conflict or other problem.