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answered Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?
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comment Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?
Well, a character could be "better" than the reader in every imaginable way: smarter, stronger, kinder, better-looking, etc etc. But yes, I see your point. Lots of stories have a hero who is very smart, but socially awkward, etc, there are all sorts of variations.
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answered How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?
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comment How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?
@StuW Yes, bit of a non sequitur there. "I ... corrected many of the errors. For instance I removed gerunds." A gerund is not an error; it's a perfectly valid part of the language. I'm not sure if the OP is confused about what a gerund is or if he means that he fixed places where he was using gerunds incorrectly or what.
Apr
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comment What is a productive response to a negative review?
Interesting idea. Only drawback I see: Lots more people read reviews of my books on Amazon than visit my website. Still, it would make a pseudo-rebuttal available on line, and it would add material to my web site, which frankly right now is pretty sparse, basically just a page for each of my three published books with a back-cover-style description and ordering information.
Apr
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Apr
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
... If a company stocks books that sell well, but in order to give their customers a bigger selection they also list books that they don't stock and for these that just essentially forward the order to Amazon, there's nothing inherently dishonest about that. Etc. I judge any vendor by the net quality of the product or service I end up getting compared to the price they charge. How they get there may be amusing but is ultimately irrelevant.
Apr
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
Yes. I have no evidence that any of these pass-through sellers are actively dishonest, but I'm not sure what added value most of them provide. If someone creates a book-selling website that provides information about books not available elsewhere, like reviews and criticism, methods of finding books you may like, etc, that could be a service that has value and for which they deserve to be compensated, even if they don't really process orders. ...
Apr
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
Key point: Most of these on-line sellers don't stock any books. They find a book is available, they list it, if someone buys it, they get a copy and ship it. I've seen my books turn up available as "used" within days of being published. Either someone ordered a copy, read it the day it arrived in the mail and promptly put it up for sale as used, or they're just listing used copies because they think people will assume that's a bargain.
Apr
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answered How does one go about self-publishing their first book?
Apr
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answered Borrowing or stealing phrases
Apr
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comment How to copyright ideas?
Funny reason to close. Copyright is a pretty integral part of writing. The "help center" page referenced in the close message says that "publishing" is on topic, which I'd think is in the same category as copyright.
Apr
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comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
@LaurenIpsum I wondered why it was difficult to defeat the orcs when they had that whole army of rangers.
Apr
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answered Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
Apr
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comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
Certainly true that a character can have multiple names, but I'd be careful about this unless there is a specific reason for doing it. I'm reminded of a book I read not long ago that called a character "Robert" for most of the story, then all of a sudden referred to him as "the red-head". I didn't recall any previous mention of the color of his hair, and I had to re-read the paragraph a couple of times to figure out who the writer was referring to. Even switching between "Sally" and "Miss Miller" or the like can be confusing.
Apr
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answered Making a big deal out of revealing a character's name
Apr
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comment Is there a standart way of describe a process
I think you need to clarify what you're asking. Are you asking if these sentences are grammatically correct? Clearly written? Or are you looking for some model of how to describe a process? In what sense?
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answered Can trademarked or copyrighted characters be referenced to in an app description on one of the app stores?
Apr
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answered Notes first or just start writing?
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comment Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?
I think you mean, "He did some other things and then yelled some words. The person ..."