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Aug
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comment How much agent contact should I expect?
It's also going to depend on if the agent has anything to report back. They're most likely not going to send you an email after every rejection, or to tell you editors are still reviewing your piece.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to figure out the ROI of an MFA?
I think part of most MFA programs is internships. I'm planning on trying for an internship at one of the Big 6 houses during my MFA program.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to figure out the ROI of an MFA?
I think the MFA gives you more than just the information you learn in the classes. It shows employers (in this case, usually publishing houses) that you're dedicated enough to pursue an MFA and spend an extra 2-3 years in school. It shows them you're willing to put in the effort to make yourself a better candidate.
Aug
22
revised What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
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Aug
20
comment How much influence do authors have on the titles of their books?
It's definitely a balance. The publisher has the option to say "Change it or we don't publish it" but the author also has the option to say "Leave it alone or I walk."
Aug
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answered What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
Aug
17
comment How to create space
Please don't use all the information. If you do, you're going to overwhelm your reader with information that's not relevant to the piece. Pick and chose information that will A) give you reader a sense of the scene and B) portray something about your characters. If the kitchen smells like bleach and there are housekeeping magazines on the counter, we're given a tidbit about your character's personality.
Aug
16
comment Is it plausible to get a contract with an US/UK publisher as a foreigner?
Publishers aren't going to pay for a book tour unless you're a NYT Best Seller. It's simply not smart financially for them. They'll probably encourage you to do local book signings if you're in the US but they're not springing for cross-country tours.
Aug
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comment Is it plausible to get a contract with an US/UK publisher as a foreigner?
As someone who works for multiple publishers, I agree with Craig's answer. As long as your book is good, your location is the least of their concerns.
Aug
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Aug
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comment Sending a children's book manuscript to an agent or publisher with illustrations
@John Smithers Agents employ slush readers that go through all submissions and weed out the trash and the ones that don't fit with that agent's area. Most agents are too busy to speak with every curious author on the phone. Email gives them a chance to reply when they have a chance, not when they're in the middle of working with someone who's paying them to work for them. I have not seen a since US agent that encouraged calling.
Jul
13
comment Why do ebooks often mimic the layout of the printed page?
What type of books are you referring to? Technical/nonfiction or fiction books?
Jul
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comment Use of past vs. present tense in works of fiction
I really wanna try and write a story in future-tense and see what happens. I think it'd be a fun experiment. =P
Jul
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comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
The question was asking is anyone has experience writing on the iPad and whether or not it's a good tool to use. It doesn't ask anything about what a good keyboard for the iPad is.
Jul
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comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
This doesn't answer the question at all.
Jun
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comment How does the 10,000 hour rule apply to writing?
Practicing reading to master writing is like practicing sprints to master tennis. It helps, but it's not the only thing you need to practice.
Jun
28
comment Publishing Fantasy versus Realistic Fiction (multiple questions)
I agree. And it'd be a way for us to have more questions on the site. =P
Jun
27
comment Where can I publicize a website I have developed for writers?
If you have a website for writers, why don't you have it listed on your profile on this site, which is for writers?
Jun
22
comment Is it wise to publish a novel as an e-book, and how would I do it?
Epublishing is the same as print publishing. Write a book. Edit it. Shop it around to publishers. Sign a contract.