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Sep
23
answered Overusing “the” and “I”
Sep
23
comment Overusing “the” and “I”
While we don't say "I went to the Russia" but simply "I went to Russia", we do refer to tsars as "The Tsar of all the Russias." I have no idea why, perhaps it has to do with how these phrases are translated from the original.
Sep
23
answered Is extraneous language appropriate in academic writing?
Sep
23
answered Choosing a word according to its length
Sep
16
answered How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
Sep
16
comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
I read once -- sorry, can't give a citation on this -- that there are several hundred people in the United States who make their living as full-time writers. Compare that to the number of titles published every year, which is something like 200,000. I don't know how many books the average writer publishes in his lifetime, but the percentage of people who publish one or more books who earn enough to make a living from it is probably well under 1%. Now add in those who write but never get published.
Sep
11
answered Is it okay to create a remote bibliography or works cited page?
Sep
11
answered Blog Contributions Copyright
Sep
9
answered Changing the way one addresses a character in a dialogue to create variation
Sep
9
answered Should this introductory quotation be translated, untranslated, or dropped?
Sep
9
answered Ways to refers to two people who were about to marry or just married
Sep
9
answered Punctuating Thoughts
Sep
5
comment Should I use the words “My grandma” repetitively to start sentences in an essay?
Yes. As long as it is clear who "she" is referring to. That is, if you mention some other female, then you need to be careful that it's clear whether "she" in a particular sentence means your grandmother or this other person. And I'd say "my grandmother" or whatever every few paragraphs just to keep it clear and varied. But there's no problem with using a pronoun in paragraph 2 to refer to a person identified in paragraph 1, etc.
Sep
4
answered What is a “light novel” and how does it differ from a novella?
Sep
4
answered Should I use the words “My grandma” repetitively to start sentences in an essay?
Sep
4
comment Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?
Could you be more specific about what you're unhappy about? I have a book published by CreateSpace with a cream paper. That's an option if it's just that you don't like the stark white. I have a hardcover from Lulu with white paper and a paperback with cream paper. All three -- CS cream, Lulu white, Lulu cream -- look fine to me. I thought glossy covers looked "more professional" than flat covers, I don't know what alternatives are there. My only quality complaint about CS or Lulu is that CS's paperback covers can peel if abused enough.
Sep
3
comment Is it possible to establish a relation between word count and page count?
If by "it's not possible" you mean that it's not possible to get an exact number, sure. But regardless of the style of a book -- how paragraphs are formatted, whether there's a lot of dialog, etc -- you could get an average over any suitably large number of pages.
Aug
28
answered how many books by new authors get published every year?
Aug
28
comment how many books by new authors get published every year?
I'm sure the number of people who at one time or another have said, "I'd like to write a book" is much larger than the number who actually put one sentence on paper, and that is much larger than the number who complete it. Just like the number of people who say "I'd like to learn to play the piano" or even "I'd like to lose weight" is much larger than the number who actually follow through. Etc.
Aug
26
comment Stupid Villain rather than Dark Lord
Or "Ensign Flandry", a SF novel in which the villain is a well-meaning anti-war politician whose actions nearly lead to the destruction of an innocent people.