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Mar
7
comment Should DOIs ever be preferred to ISBNs?
RE duplicate ISBNs: An ISBN is supposed to uniquely identify an edition of a book. If a registrar or publisher gave the same ISBN to two different books, that's either a serious mistake or a deliberate breaking of the system. I'm sure it happens, but it's extremely rare. Unless someone can show that an alternative system is better at preventing mistakes, I think the fact that a tiny number of mistakes exist is largely irrelevant. (I don't have any idea what the relevant rules are on duplicate DOIs. I never heard of DOIs before reading this question.)
Mar
5
answered Writing a book on web design, what elements should I remove to avoid copyright issues
Feb
29
answered What makes a plot twist believable/unbelievable?
Feb
29
answered Where are the six honest serving men?
Feb
29
answered Minimal requirements for a portable computer for writing only?
Feb
29
comment Minimal requirements for a portable computer for writing only?
@mwo Hmm, the question should be closed because it would take a lot of research to answer? I don't see how that's a valid criterion. What, we only accept easy questions? If you're not prepared to do the research to answer the question, then don't answer. Don't close the question.
Feb
28
comment Is it common to create a registered company when you self-publish?
Putting the copyright in the name of the company rather than a pseudonym makes it a "work done for hire" rather than a "pseudonymous work". At that point the company owns the copyright rather than you personally. This changes the length of time that the copyright is good for from life of author plus 70 years to, I think it's a flat 90 years, I'd have to check. It would mean that if you want your heirs to own the copyright, they'd have to inherit the company. There may be other technical legal implications. It's different, but I don't know if it's better or worse.
Feb
28
comment Is it common to create a registered company when you self-publish?
Just put "by Mila Haven" on the cover and "(C) 2016 by Mila Haven" on the copyright page. Nothing in the book has to say it's a pseudonym. I don't recall ever seeing any identification that an author's name is a pseudonym in a book.
Feb
28
comment Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?
Yes, B&N has their "Nook" reader. I have never tried to publish in this format, so I can't say much about it. Years ago I read some statistics on sales of Kindle books versus Nook books, and the Kindle market was way bigger. Of course if fewer books are published in Nook format, then maybe it's a good area for a beginning author: less competition. Anybody out there have experience with this?
Feb
28
comment Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?
I make more money from the print versions of my books than the Kindles, because (a) I sell more print copies, and (b) I make more per copy. People expect to pay more for a printed book than a Kindle, so even though the author gets a higher percentage on the Kindle, the final total is likely less than you get per copy on print. That of course depends on exactly how much you charge for each.
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
Perhaps if you gave an example of what you mean by language that is not correct, but that is efficient, the discussion would be more clear.
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
... is not whether efficiency is more or less important than correctness, but what set of rules to define correctness most enhance efficiency. Shift from language to another subject. Suppose I said, "Which is more imporant: That your car engine is working correctly, or that the car gets you where you want to go efficiently?" It's a nonsensical question because it's a false dichotomy.
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
@mbakeranalecta But now you're talking in tautologies. Sure, language that does not convey meaning efficiently is flawed. But language that is not correct conveys no meaning or impaired meaning, by definition. If you define "correctness" as "following a bunch of arbitrary rules that somebody made up for no apparent reason", then yes, correctness is a pointless exercise. But I could give an equally silly definition of "efficiency". If you define efficiency as something like "conveying information clearly with the least effort at unambiguous expression or comprehension", then the question ...
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
... You might say, "Of course when I say that correctness isn't important, I don't mean to carry that to a ridiculous extreme." But likewise if someone says correctness is important, presumably he doesn't not mean to carry it to a ridiculous extreme.
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
Can you give some specific examples? Sure, if someone said, "I don't care if my language is efficient, as long as it is correct", they are likely to produce language that is technically correct but hard to understand because it is obscure. But equally, if someone said, "I don't care if my language is correct, as long as it is efficient", they would be likely to produce language that is concise and pointed but impossible to understand because it doesn't follow conventions, so there's no way to make sense of it without reading the author's mind. ...
Feb
25
comment Efficiency or correctness in communication?
@mbakeranalecta Perhaps we need to first define "correctness". Yes, I've seen a lot of nonsense rules about what makes "professional" writing. Like, I recall once a document I wrote was sent off to the corporate editor, and among their valuable edits was changing every place I said "use" to "utilize". What sort of mindset leads someone to say, "Hmm, this person used a short, simple word that is easy to understand. I need to fix that." But rules like proper verb tenses, spelling, subject/verb agreement, punctuation, etc, should enhance efficiency and not subtract from it.
Feb
25
answered Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?
Feb
25
comment Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?
Well, I guess "is it best to ..." makes the question opinion based, in a sense. But any good answer should say, not just "yes" or "no", but "here are some pros and cons". At which point we're dealing with facts.
Feb
25
answered Efficiency or correctness in communication?
Feb
25
answered How many meaningful names can I put in my story?