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This 'about me' will probably be updated when I have the time to edit every site-profile manually, and when I can be more active on the network.

Till then, this remains a placeholder account with all of my previous questions, comments, and whatever else is tied to my alias on SE.

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Jul
28
revised Should I be using commas to suggest/enforce cadence?
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Jul
28
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Jul
27
answered Should I be using commas to suggest/enforce cadence?
Jul
5
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
It's a sad truth. Shows like 'Glee' and 'The Vampire Diaries' get renewals on-demand while others like 'Fringe' sacrifice a limb for each new season. The general public (read: the current young/main demographic generation) hate endings, for everything. So a show about someone meeting someone then leaving, etc... every single episode gets 10 seasons (SmallVille/Gossip Girl) while others that need you to identify with a character's goal get 5 at best (Fringe/V).
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
OK, then you have a contradiction. Do you or don't you recommend per-chapter cliffhangers? -I do know how it works (on me as a reader) and I can remember several stories (books and films) that did it very well. So my question was "Is the edit incorrect to you?" because of the apparent contradiction.
Jul
4
comment How far into a speculative novel should one go before introducing the central conflict?
@HNL, Also note "How do you define (conflict)?". I'd recommend 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as a well done example of your situation (the notorious, unknown villain). Delete the scenes in the dark lord's POV and take out the psychic link between him and Harry. Then you have an effective, hidden villain that's still moving the plot and indeed causing more panic than if he were to be seen. Even from the view of non-main characters (like Neville), knowing that the villain exists and experiencing what's believed to be his actions is enough to drive the plot.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
Does the edit say anything incorrectly?
Jul
4
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Jul
3
comment Should my story's main obstacle be secret or common knowledge to the society?
@Standback, hey, that was my idea! How else could someone write a book about writing without doing any writing? Seriously though, by the rate you're going, I can safely say that you're well rigged for thought experiments even if no one sees your writing...
Jul
3
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
Alas; not international :/
Jul
2
revised Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
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Jul
2
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
@Standback, OK, guides for the general gist of all of this should be easily found on the internet. So, if you have to name 3-10 things that a young author should master from guides and published success stories before he/she approaches publishers, do so and I'll post an answer with the links I find that address them.
Jul
2
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
OK, I know this's getting boring but really, I'm asking for the simplest incarnation; something more robust than figment.com and less demanding than Scholastic. Also, @JohnS, I meant money in self publishing as I always thought it required. Because, seriously, unless the company is really big or reputable enough, my works won't stink if they hibernate a little although I will lose the young-author title that's driving the thing now.
Jul
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Jul
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comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
Can you recommend any more thorough guides? Particularly ones that focus a bit more on the terminology and common legal practices used in publishing with publishing companies?
Jul
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revised Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
Corrections.
Jul
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comment Should my story's main obstacle be secret or common knowledge to the society?
If you do keep it secret (from the characters and the reader), then you'll have a mystery-element card to play. So long as you do it right and keep the reader wondering what it is, then it's a good plot device. Beware, though, that the reader has to get hints about it if it's the central plot piece or else the story will be only about discovering the secret; not very interesting.
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
I'll stay away now in case someone does have a suggestion, otherwise, I'm done with contextual and personal references as I tried to make the question both concise and open.
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
@Standback, yeah, well, it was just an example and I can't say I liked it. But I can't compare it to my writings either because of natural bias to my works. The example still holds albeit without the 'hell-inside-out-promotion' because there's no way I'm doing this; first off, I can't financially, and second, I hate it when people do it with a mediocre work so I won't do it. If, at this early stage, I couldn't fit in in any way, then I'll just hibernate the works for a bit.
Jun
30
comment Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
@standback, Well, the material's not 'young' per-se but I know of some success stories (more or less) that were encouraged by the writers showing talent at a young age (a la Eragon) so it's more like one more line in the resume than anything else. The reader doesn't need to know about it unless the company is making competition (or something close) to specifically promote young authors; my question is vague on this because I don't mind either type.