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Jul
16
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
@DaleHartleyEmery Maybe some bookstores don't want to carry self-published books because they consider them of lower quality or uncertain quality. But another big reason is that the margin on self-published books is usually smaller, they usually cannot return unsold copies, and there is usually little marketing behind the book. All of these factors are the same regardless of the source of the ISBN. (That said, I've bought my own ISBNs too.)
Jul
15
answered Sequence of Events
Jul
15
answered Is it strange to describe the narrator's facial expressions in a first-person narrative?
Jul
15
comment How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
@BrunoLopes You certainly could. Would that help add flavor, or would it be distracting by calling attention to the fact that most of the text is not in the original language? I don't recall reading a book that did this -- other than well-recognized titles, like "monsieur" or "tsar", place names of course, and occasional greetings or exclamations.
Jul
14
answered How do you describe the sound of someone being dragged across the floor?
Jul
14
comment How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
@michaelb Yes. While there are many people in the world who speak more than one language, a bilingual book is only comprehensible to people who speak that specific pair of languages, which in many cases would narrow your potential readership considerably. Estonian and Tagalog? You may be down to dozens.
Jul
14
answered How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
Jul
14
answered When using freewriting, should I avoid correcting typos?
Jul
14
answered What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
Jul
14
comment What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
I think the copyrights on most books, and especially on fiction, are held by the author and not sold to any company. Pull a few novels off your book shelf or visit a bookstore. They almost always say, e.g. "Copyright William Goldman", not "Copyright Harcourt Inc". I've created a company to publish my books, but I keep the copyright in my own name.
Jul
9
answered How to decide whether a story is worth writing?
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Jun
29
answered technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction
Jun
29
comment technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction
Ditto. I had a textbook for a computer science class in college once that had a bunch of little "Sally gets her first job as a software developer" stories. They were mind-bogglingly stupid. Full of "Oh, Sally said, as a software developer I get to meet so many interesting people!" sort of lines. At the time I thought to myself, What, is the author of this textbook a frustrated novelist? Maybe there are textbook writers out there who do something like this well, and the stories really add to the book. But I don't recall seeing one.
Jun
29
comment How do you get paid for getting your book published?
As I understand it, usually a writer contacts a publisher with a proposal for a book, and if the publisher is interested they'll contact the writer to actually write the book. But I was once contacted by a publisher who asked if I would be interested in writing a book that they wanted written. I guess they thought I was competent to write it based on things I had written in the past. I presume that happens more often with people who are actually well-known authors.
Jun
29
comment How do you get paid for getting your book published?
It is rare for POD books to be sold in bookstores, but it happens. The writer gets a much smaller royalty because the middle-man has to get a cut, and POD books are usually non-returnable. One of my POD books sells a few copies per year in a bookstore.
Jun
25
answered How to suddenly introduce a scary character, but include description?
Jun
25
answered The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
Jun
25
comment Should I completely eliminate passive voice
Yes. Just because there are lots of times when X is bad, doesn't mean that it's ALWAYS bad. IN GENERAL you shouldn't poke someone in the eye. But my eye doctor pokes me in the eye with some fancy gadget every time I visit him as part of the examination for a medical condition I have. It is rarely wise to take "always" and "never" rules literally.
Jun
19
answered Published with no contract