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Aug
13
comment Does this writing create emotion in the reader?
Not sure about "The bed was wet ..."! :) My memories of waking up in a sweaty bed have always been that the sheets were cold and clinging to me, and it seems that that's the kind of phraseology that would bring the experience better into the mind of the reader.
Aug
12
comment I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?
@KateS. Yes indeed -- a publisher of my acquaintance used to refer some unsuccessful manuscript submitters to third-party services where it looked like they would benefit from the sort of in-depth proofing-and-editing work that was beyond the scope of what they were prepared to do. Then they got accused (on internet forums of course, so nice and public) of being a shill for the service. So now rejected manuscripts all get the same polite rejection letter with no other feedback at all.
Aug
12
comment I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?
Good thoughts on cover design, although instead of "The cover is what sells, not the content" I might say "The cover gets it off the shelf, the first part of the content makes the sale".
Aug
12
comment I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?
"Self-published success is rare". So is success through normal publishing channels, especially when you consider the rejection rate on manuscripts.
Aug
12
comment I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?
But consider also how much it costs to have all of those professionals running around arranging cover designs, working up marketing campaigns, paying sales agent commissions, adding overheads etc.. That is why on every sales of a $7.99 paperback your royalty payment will be around 30c
Feb
23
comment Experience Dealing with Chinese book printers?
What's your planned print run?
Feb
13
comment costs of self-publishing photo book, coffeetable
I think that the OP is asking for the resource described in point 1.
Jan
6
comment How do I write a letter to a publisher?
Looks better! You'd definitely want to be putting your work in the context of their existing authors and publications.
Jan
5
comment How do I write a letter to a publisher?
Certainly do not say "your house" or "your publishing program". I would hope to see evidence of decent research into the publisher you're hoping to entice. It irritates me when people write to me without having even looked at my current catalogue. <my colleague grabbed the laptop and wrote that>
Dec
4
comment How do I create a book cover for my self-published book for under $500?
Here's an interesting dissection of the process behind a particular cover design, with a total materials budget (stock images) of around $100: davidbarnett.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/…
Nov
11
comment Using quotes for sarcastic text
Can I use quotes to emphasize sarcasm? "Yes"
Oct
10
comment For Sci-Fi books, what is the purchasing split between regular and ebooks?
What was your source for the all-books data?
Oct
1
comment PDF e-book page size and fonts
+1: PDF's lead to reader disappointment and frustration, as they do not scale or flow with different page sizes. I'd stay clear of it completely.
Sep
19
comment Software for developing and organizing characters
Wow, just looked at Character Writer -- is that sort of software widely used? Would that explain the two-dimensional stereotypical characters in so many books? Still, imagine how much better Dickens could have been with such a tool at his disposal.
Jul
25
comment Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next?
"They are more prone to invest on a famous person then to bet in a new writer" ... and more prone to invest in a young writer than an old one. They want to reap the benefits of a long future writing career.
Jun
16
comment What republication rights do I have?
That is one horrible and dysfunctional website. Choosing a book from the carousel is like playing a video game.
Jun
13
comment Where do I fit in the future of publishing?
I've got some ideas ... @Jeremy email through the address on my contact page if you like
May
24
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
As an Englishman who lived in the US for 10+ years, I've heard this "knock up" thing quite a few times from Americans. I have never heard the phrase from a Britain, and I think they'd associate it with sex. So, I assume it's just something from a 1940's British film that has been passed around the US consciousness.
May
20
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
Not all publishing is fiction, of course. If you were publishing a book on art, biography, or history then there's much less controversy about whether the "translation" damages the book's text.
May
4
comment Tips For A Good Medieval Fantasy Novel
Are you writing for your own pleasure, or for the purpose of getting the work published?