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Programmer by day, writer by night.

Java web developer with experience in Spring, JSP, DHTML, Javascript, yatta yatta yatta.

I love Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and all the less easily classified forms of speculative fiction. While my writing is typically within these genres, I will read almost anything, fiction or non-fiction.


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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
The one potential downside I could see with trying to get some sales through self-publishing is that if the book sells poorly, it may make publishers more hesitant to take it on than they otherwise would be.
Dec
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
After thinking a bit, I guess there are a couple fiction authors with "platform" of a sort. Cory Doctrow has no doubt sold plenty of books to readers of BoingBoing, for example.
Dec
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
I think this route, while still quite challenging, is much more viable for non-fiction authors. Seth is successful because he lives, breathes, and eats Marketing. He has a huge platform to sell his future books from because he is known for this - through his web presence, through his numerous previous books (published traditionally) and through his many seminars, workshops and talks. I'm not even sure how one would go about building up a platform like that as a fiction author.
Dec
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answered How can you submit your writings internationally?
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awarded  Commentator
Dec
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comment What are good reads about writing?
+1 for Characters and Viewpoint by OSC. Mandatory reading.
Dec
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comment What are good reads about writing?
+1 for Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. It's informative, fun, and sadly not well known.
Dec
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comment What is a normal length for a chapter?
+1 - This sort of analysis is much more useful than looking at average chapter sizes in contemporary books. There are "beats" between sentences, between paragraphs, and between chapters or sections. The length of each of these pieces of the story can drive the pacing.
Dec
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comment Lists of Suggested Magazines to Submit To
+1 for Duotrope. It's such a useful site, and amazingly still free to use.
Dec
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comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
I don't agree with the blanket statement that first person is always harder, although this seems to be tossed around frequently on writing forums and the like. Third person can even have similar limitations. Many modern novels use a restricted third-person perspective, where the story isn't directly narrated by a character, but still limits itself to a particular character's perspective.
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awarded  Critic
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answered What are some online guides for starting writers?
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@MGOwen - Dean explicitly and repeatedly says "YOU NEED AN AGENT" (emphasis his). You may sell a book without one, but they really can be helpful. There are a number of methods for weeding out bad agents, such as Preditors and Editors and the Association of Author Representatives (AAR). It is definitely important to do your research, but there are many helpful, hard-working agents out there who can make a first-time author's life much easier. Plus, many houses simply won't look at unagented submissions - it gives them another insulating layer against the slush pile.
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awarded  Editor
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revised I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
added a bit about bad agents, P&E, and AAR
Dec
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@Strix - Thanks! I'm always glad to point someone to a helpful resource.
Dec
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
As much as we all know editing is important, I think that's probably a subject for another question.
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awarded  Teacher
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@Jeff - I am going to use this phrase at the next available opportunity.
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answered I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?