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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.
Aug
26
answered Stupid Villain rather than Dark Lord
Aug
23
comment Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
I don't know much about psychology, but it doesn't seem impossible. And even if it is impossible, most readers would not know that. I think you'd get away with it easily.
Aug
23
answered Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
Aug
23
comment Characters with non-standard names
Those don't seem all that similar to me, but in any case, just because they are "real names" doesn't mean they're both good to use. If I was writing a story set in the US, I don't think I'd have two characters named Sally and Sully, e.g.
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
plugged gas line. Have you tried replace the fuel filter?" or something of that sort. If he said, "Yeah, those Chevies sure are tricky", I'd walk away disappointed that he wasn't able to help. But apparently when a woman tells a friend about a problem, what she most wants is for the other woman to say, "Yes, that sure is a big problem alright. You must be really unhappy about this." Etc. :-)
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Yes, this is a classic. I recall when I was in marriage counseling my wife once complained that "He always minimizes my problems." When I asked what she meant she said that any time she told me about a problem, I always gave suggestions on how to solve it. I replied, well, yeah, why are you telling me about a problem unless you want me to help you solve it? But it developed that what she wanted was for me to sympathize with her about how serious the problem was. If I told a buddy about a problem I have with my car I'd hope he'd say something like, "That sounds like it might be a ...
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
bookblog.net/gender/genie.php Just for fun I ran it on the posts on this question. It thinks I am male, which is correct; that Anna is female, which from the name I'm guessing is correct; and that Kit is female but the score on that one is close.
Aug
20
comment ISBN codes for privately sold books?
No, that's just for the ISBN. $125 to "register" your book and get a catalog number. I absolutely agree that's outrageous. $250 for 10 seems high but not ridiculous to me: that's $25 each. The big boys who publish thousands of books a year are paying $1 each. BTW, $125 doesn't even include a computer graphic of the image to put on your book cover. That'll cost you another $20 from Bowkers, though there are plenty of places to get them for free.
Aug
20
answered Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine