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bio website WilliamACooper.com
location Myrtle Beach, SC
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seen Jan 9 '12 at 0:55

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


Aug
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
1
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
3
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
1
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
1
comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
This doesn't answer the question at all.
Jun
30
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.
Jun
22
comment Is it wise to publish a novel as an e-book, and how would I do it?
Why do people assume publishing an ebook is any different than publishing a print book? Ebooks are not the same as self-publishing.
Jun
22
comment Is it wise to publish a novel as an e-book, and how would I do it?
Publishers will consider books that were published by other publishers, but if it was self-published first, then you'll have to really impress them and show high sales for them to accept it. Self-publishing a book first shows as amateurish and publishers will laugh at you if you call it a publishing credit.
Jun
15
comment How can I make a story bigger?
Conversely to @PortableWorld's advice for a reader to suggest things that are boring to be cut, have a reader read it to see where they'd like it to be longer or to add more information. Comments like "Oh, I wish you had gone into more detail about Jake's mother's arrest" could give you the extra length you need.
Jun
9
comment Help me to improve grammar of this question
Vote to close for not follow the guidelines established for critiques on Meta: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/166/… and meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/181/…
Jun
8
comment How can I improve the grammar of this paragraph about the role of internet?
Vote to close for not following the guidelines establish for critiques on Meta: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/166/…
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
Vote to close as a duplicate of writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2771/…
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
possible duplicate of Is Postscript still useful in the age of email?
Jun
5
comment How to close read and do an oral presentation on it in 12 minutes orl less?
Vote to close as off-topic. I don't see how this relates to writing.
Jun
4
comment It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?
Italics is the common way of stressing things in Fiction writing instead of Caps. Readers tend to think that caps look amateurish and equate caps with shouting. Italics is a subtler way of adding emphasis.