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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 48
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 10 at 19:44

Just some guy having too many accounts on too many sites (and most of those I can't even remember ;-)


Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
There seem to be quite a lot of players who enjoyed playing the various open-ended Star Wars games (most notably Knight of the Old Republic 1 and 2) on the dark side, as dark as they can be.
Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
I liked "Despicable Me" because the "hero" didn't get redeemed in the end: Gru was every bit the evil mastermind that he started as.
Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
Whenever you think "this has not been done", think again. Chances are it has been done before. Yes, I think I'm on the record for thinking that an original plot is possible. But I'm also realistic enough to know that it's hard.
Feb
12
comment What is the most cost effective way for me to get my book printed?
yes, it has to do with the contract you sign. "first publication rights" are customary, but not law (of course, correct me if I'm wrong).
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
"less agitated" mayhap, but, from the first page alone, not much less vitriolic. I love it! :D (Big fan of Lewis Black's "Back in Black" on the Daily Show, for example)
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
I'm actually tempted to add that link as a comment to every answer below. ;-)
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
@BruceAlderman: you know where Brandon lives? Granted, with a name (assuming it's his real name) of "Brandon" it's likely that he's in some English-speaking country. But there are Brandons even here in Germany, and I doubt small-town libraries here have it.
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
@RegDwight: thank you so very much for that link. It's a very interesting and amusing read. And it may save me the money I'd eventually have spent on Strunk&White ;-)
Feb
8
comment Where can I find sales numbers for books?
In case your wondering: yes, I'm pretty much a cynic when it comes to business.
Feb
8
comment Where can I find sales numbers for books?
Another factor is: if authors did know actual real figures, they may be in a better bargaining position. Keeping them (that is, us) in the dark is "good for business". Oh, and it's also a good thing (for them) to keep the numbers (the actual numbers) from the better-selling authors. It's surprizing (if you believe in honesty) how many well-known authors had to sue and/or do an audit on the sales to get at the real figures (accompanied by sometimes hefty "late" royalty payments)
Feb
8
comment Where can I find sales numbers for books?
Reason? Simple: greed. Okay, "wanting money". Of course, there are costs involved in compiling a report (or Nielsen's figures) But how high are those costs? We don't know, and they're not telling.
Feb
7
comment Is where I live going to have a positive/negative effect on getting a novel published?
Improving your writing only increases your chances for getting published, of course, it's not a guarantee.
Feb
5
comment Dashes vs. Commas vs. parentheses?
@RobertCartaino: isn't it a style question, and thus on-topic? Really not sure it's off-topic.
Feb
5
comment How does one go about publishing erotica, and how far is too far?
You don't tell us where you want to publish it. That is, where in the physical world do you live? (No, we don't need a street address, a country or state would suffice.)
Jan
29
comment As a non-native English speaker, Is it better to get translated or get copyedited for long texts?
And then read the result, checking if it does say what you wanted to say. As you said, translations are often done quite poorly (translators are paid pretty badly), so it's good to check. Which may mean having to put appropriate stipulations into the (eventual) contract with a publisher.
Jan
29
comment A Polish manual of style.
@QuickerSnarkerBacker: I like Tadeusz's question, because it's a nice test (if you will) for writers.SE being non-English-only (or is it? Thought it wasn't (supposed to be))
Jan
29
comment A Polish manual of style.
@Ralph Grammar certainly does change. Somewhat glacially, mayhap, but it can and does. Just had to be said.
Jan
29
comment Getting Inside Someone Else's Head
That's (if you can do it) good advice. Look at the biography of successful writers, and you'll often find they worked any number of odd (sometimes really odd) jobs. While they waiting for their big break, that is.
Jan
24
comment What is the proper way to write time in a manuscript?
"whatever flows naturally" for that character, of course. But I guess that was implied ;-) And my clock on the Windows desktop reads "17:07" right now (yup, not the land of AM/PM; This! Is! Germany! ;-))
Jan
24
comment How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
@JohnSmithers uhm, I think you mean "advice" ;-)