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comment How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?
@StuW Yes, bit of a non sequitur there. "I ... corrected many of the errors. For instance I removed gerunds." A gerund is not an error; it's a perfectly valid part of the language. I'm not sure if the OP is confused about what a gerund is or if he means that he fixed places where he was using gerunds incorrectly or what.
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comment What is a productive response to a negative review?
Interesting idea. Only drawback I see: Lots more people read reviews of my books on Amazon than visit my website. Still, it would make a pseudo-rebuttal available on line, and it would add material to my web site, which frankly right now is pretty sparse, basically just a page for each of my three published books with a back-cover-style description and ordering information.
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
... If a company stocks books that sell well, but in order to give their customers a bigger selection they also list books that they don't stock and for these that just essentially forward the order to Amazon, there's nothing inherently dishonest about that. Etc. I judge any vendor by the net quality of the product or service I end up getting compared to the price they charge. How they get there may be amusing but is ultimately irrelevant.
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
Yes. I have no evidence that any of these pass-through sellers are actively dishonest, but I'm not sure what added value most of them provide. If someone creates a book-selling website that provides information about books not available elsewhere, like reviews and criticism, methods of finding books you may like, etc, that could be a service that has value and for which they deserve to be compensated, even if they don't really process orders. ...
Apr
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comment New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?
Key point: Most of these on-line sellers don't stock any books. They find a book is available, they list it, if someone buys it, they get a copy and ship it. I've seen my books turn up available as "used" within days of being published. Either someone ordered a copy, read it the day it arrived in the mail and promptly put it up for sale as used, or they're just listing used copies because they think people will assume that's a bargain.
Apr
27
comment How to copyright ideas?
Funny reason to close. Copyright is a pretty integral part of writing. The "help center" page referenced in the close message says that "publishing" is on topic, which I'd think is in the same category as copyright.
Apr
26
comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
@LaurenIpsum I wondered why it was difficult to defeat the orcs when they had that whole army of rangers.
Apr
25
comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
Certainly true that a character can have multiple names, but I'd be careful about this unless there is a specific reason for doing it. I'm reminded of a book I read not long ago that called a character "Robert" for most of the story, then all of a sudden referred to him as "the red-head". I didn't recall any previous mention of the color of his hair, and I had to re-read the paragraph a couple of times to figure out who the writer was referring to. Even switching between "Sally" and "Miss Miller" or the like can be confusing.
Apr
25
comment Is there a standart way of describe a process
I think you need to clarify what you're asking. Are you asking if these sentences are grammatically correct? Clearly written? Or are you looking for some model of how to describe a process? In what sense?
Apr
21
comment Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?
I think you mean, "He did some other things and then yelled some words. The person ..."
Mar
30
comment Is there a standardized size for Books?
I've published several books through print-on-demand publishers (Lulu and CreateSpace), and they've both told me that while they can print a book in any size (within a certain range, not 100 feet tall), most distributors will only accept a relatively short list of standard sizes, maybe 20 or so possible sizes.
Mar
30
comment Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
@Realdeo Do you have to write a novel so it can have a sequel? Of course not. Most novels don't have sequels. But you might want to consider whether you want to leave room open for a sequel.
Mar
30
comment Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
@LaurenIpsum This version -- gutenberg.org/files/10148/10148-h/10148-h.htm --, which I was under the impression is the "canonical version", but I don't claim to be an authority on the subject. Skip down to the epilogue. Technically he was killed by the Prioress of Kirklees. I have apparently mis-remembered the story after all these years. I was thinking she was acting at the direction of the Sheriff. Actually he was already dead. She acted on her own, but with intent to please Prince John.
Mar
30
comment Would a government care if my novel mentioned their controversial / questionable practices?
@reed Okay, let me clarify. In the U.S., freedom of speech means you have the right to criticize the government. It does not mean that you have the right to kill people or blow up buildings, or to threaten to do so, or to encourage others to do so. Freedom of speech in the U.S. certainly isn't perfect. If you want to protest cases where someone got in legal trouble for political speech, I might well agree with you and join the protest. But the FBI has been watching your friend ever since he threatened to kill the president and blow up buildings? Sorry, I'm not joining you on that one.
Mar
25
comment Is it possible to create an audio-book for very old text/book?
If by "summarized" you mean that you would include large amounts of the original text, but not all of it, like you're going to leave out half of the original text but keep half, then no, you can't do this without getting permission from the copyright owner. You'd still be copying large amounts of someone else's text. If you mean you're going to rewrite it in your own words, like "Hamlet begins with Hamlet meeting the ghost of his father ...", then as long as you don't use any but a few snippets of the original text, you're ok.
Mar
21
comment how do i copyright my book? please help thanks
Hmm, the referenced duplicate question specifically refers to an e-book, while this question just says a book in general. Saying that this is a duplicate embodies the assumption that the process is exactly the same. Which it is not. For starters, copyrighting a paper book requires mailing two physical copies to the copyright office, which at the least requires additional explanation for an e-book. And anyone asking presumably does not know how similar or different the procedures are. Etc.
Mar
16
comment Can technical writing suck less
.... saying, Oh, this is all so simple and obvious.
Mar
16
comment Can technical writing suck less
Yes. It seems to me that when people write a users guide or other technical material, they have one of two goals: 1. Impress the reader with how smart I must be to understand this really complicated subject. Or 2. Explain this complicated subject to the reader so he understands. People with goal #1 will use lots of big words, leap right into the most difficult material without building up to it, give examples that explain nothing, etc. If the reader leaves saying, Wow, this subject is really hard, they consider that success. I think the best technical books are those that leave the reader ...
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.)
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.