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My name is Ralph Gallagher. I'm an editor with Charles River Press, and Captiva Press. I also work as a line editor for MLR press and it's imprints Passion in Print and Featherweight Publishing.

Under my pen name, William Cooper, I have published four books.
With Dreamspinner Press:
Broken Bones, Mended Hearts
Fireworks
I'll Be Home

With Silver Publishing:
Texan Summer


Dec
18
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
No, it's still true that if you post a significant portion of your writing online, it is considered published and you've used up your first publication rights. This doesn't mean you can't post an excerpt of it, though. Some publishing houses are a bit more lax as long as you take the piece down, but not all are.
Dec
17
comment Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
@Claudiu Yeah, I don't recommend going overboard with description on fast paced scenes. But on scenes you want to slow down, being more descriptive can help set the pace.
Dec
17
comment Is it so bad to end up with a “done before” plot?
@justkt But certain parts of the Bible come from the story of Gilgamash wish predates the Bible and all modern religions.
Dec
17
answered Is it so bad to end up with a “done before” plot?
Dec
16
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
"Most publishing houses these days refuse to look at unsolicited manuscripts sent by the author." This is incorrect. Only the Big 5 NY houses have this requirement. Smaller houses do not have this rule. Even a few of the Big 5 houses allow unagented submissions. Agents can be helpful in the submission process, but they're not required.
Dec
16
awarded  Student
Dec
16
awarded  Editor
Dec
16
revised What should I do to promote my books?
added 924 characters in body
Dec
15
comment What should I do to promote my books?
My books are primarily gay romances. I was trying to leave the question a bit general so that it can apply to anyone's books.
Dec
15
comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
"Chances are, you'll make the same for selling 1 copy as for 1 million copies. Romance novels are almost all commissioned. The company sends you the exact outline, and you write it to their spec, for a flat fee. You probably don't get to put your name on it, but why would you want to?" This is untrue. Romance authors are authors like everyone else. I, personally, write romance and we get paid advances and royalties the same as a mystery or crime fiction author. We're not told how to write our books, nor are we paid a flat fee. (Unless it an anthology you have a short story in.)
Dec
15
asked What should I do to promote my books?
Dec
15
comment Publishing for Kindle
I definitely agree that if you know what you're doing, self-publish may be the way to go. But beware, it's not a get rich quick scheme. There is still a lot of work that goes into making your book publishable that you're now responsible for, stuff that a traditional (be it a Big 5 publisher or a smaller publisher) normally does for you. You're going to have to spring for a professional editor, a cover artist, an ISBN, as well as be responsible for 100% of the marketing. You'll also have to make sure your print book is in physical stores (BAM, B&N, Borders, and smaller shops too.)
Dec
15
answered Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
Dec
15
awarded  Supporter
Dec
15
answered How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
Dec
15
answered Can I self-publish, and how much would it cost?
Dec
15
awarded  Teacher
Dec
15
answered How do you convince your publisher that your story is good?
Dec
15
answered Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
Dec
15
answered How much leeway can be expected from an editor regarding my preference for nonstandard punctuation?