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Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
example.com is good to use because it is the "official" example website -- the name is reserved just to be used for examples in documentation etc. It's like putting 555 on a phone number.
Jun
18
comment Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?
@JohnM.Landsberg I don't particularly disagree. My only "rebuttal" would be to say that there are times when you simply want to say that there was a pause. You may be able to think of some action to fill the moment, or some prosaic description of why everyone was silent or waiting, but there are times when that could sound overdone and contrived. Sometimes simplicity is better. Certainly not always, but sometimes.
Jun
6
comment Ebook publishing
How does it not work that way? And this is a forum for writers, what better place to discuss it? You have an upfront cost which you may or may not recoup by sales. Each sale gives some unit profit. The only extra complexity I see is the question of whether a sale in a certain channel would not have been made if the book was not available, or if the customer would have sought out another channel where it was available.
Jun
5
answered how to use `and so on` or `blabla` in the middle of a sentence?
Jun
5
answered Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?
Jun
5
comment Ebook publishing
@ShantnuTiwari Huh, I thought they had said that that was now free. Whatever. Still, at $25, if you make $5 per copy, you just need to sell six books through those channels to make it pay. Even if you're only making $1 per copy, you'd have to sell 26. Unless you know that the only market for your book is the members of your club or your own family or whatever, I'd think that is a pretty good gamble.
Jun
4
comment Ebook publishing
I think CreateSpace no longer charges for distribution. I believe that was the meaning of an email I got from them a while back. In any case, even when they charged the $40 or so, I think it was well worth it. Lulu used to charge $100, I don't know what their current price is. I don't sell a lot of books, but if you have it priced to make, say, $5 a copy, then if you sell 9 through other outlets via CreateSpace or 21 via Lulu, you're ahead. I've sold a fair number that went through Barnes & Noble web site, maybe others.
Jun
4
answered How to indicate that it is a single short story
Jun
4
comment Dream analysis research
@celtschk Yeah, that possibility occurred to me. I think if I was writing the script and that was the point I would have put a 555 in it just to be cute. Or have a website for the movie or TV show and give your own IP.
Jun
3
answered Dream analysis research
May
31
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
I take it that when you say that maps weren't invented until the 14th century, you are referring to some level of accuracy in maps. The ancient Babylonians had maps by at least 2000 BC. atamanhotel.com/catalhoyuk/oldest-map.html
May
31
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Not clear to me why someone who held to a geocentric universe would be more likely to use seasons to measure time than someone with a heliocentric universe. Either way, seasons are pretty important to farmers, and until fairly recent times, 90+% of people were farmers.
May
31
answered Time measures in fantasy worlds
May
30
comment How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
I don't see a problem with "like" here. He wants to make clear that this is not the only possible solution, but simply a pattern or general idea for a solution. In such a case to say "the solution is ..." would be inaccurate.
May
30
answered How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
May
29
comment Do empty pages need a number?
@NeilFein No, but it's a data point. I didn't say that one example was definitive proof, just an example.
May
29
answered Do empty pages need a number?
May
29
answered think, I think, I don't think
May
28
answered Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
May
28
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
@DaleEmery It's not a cop-out to say "it depends" if you, (a) say what it depends on, and (b) give some idea of the range of possibilities. Not to criticize Lexi's answer, it's a fair answer, just following this tangent. I hate it when I ask something like, "How much will this cost?" and the other person says, "Oh, that depends. You'll pay more for higher quality and better service," etc, and never gives me a range or ballpark. If you tell me, "Well, typical prices are about $100 to $500. Less than $100 and it probably will break in a week. If you want ..." etc, that's a fair answer.