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Feb
5
answered Picking a place to start (In media res)
Oct
21
answered How do greetings vary with time of day?
Sep
8
comment How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?
What I specifically want to do in Scrivener is to have the "characters" resource(s) shared between multiple projects. What I used to do really has no bearing on what I want to do going forward (on the basis that shoe-horning one process into another seldom ends well).
Aug
5
asked How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?
Aug
5
comment I am an unestablished author with a decent book. Should I publish online, or try to find a 'real' publisher?
@horsehair Chalk it down as "trade practice". It doesn't have to be published to be a net good, as long as you learned something from writing it. I have at least one novel that I've given as ebooks to a couple of people, who have said they liked it; I am somewhere between "hesitant" and "determined not to" hand it to a publisher as a manuscript and self-publishing without at least a couple of assisted editing passes would definitely be "less than it could be". I don't consider the time and effort spent as wasted, or thrown away. I learned lots, which is now helpful.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
30
answered Do published authors have rights to use their own book cover images?
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
28
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
@Derfder While not an exhaustive list, there may be some information to be gleaned from sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/vanity
Sep
10
answered How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Feb
3
comment LaTex vs. Word vs. etc
It is definitely possible to convert LaTeX to an assortment of other formats.
Jan
20
comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
Charles Stross has written two novels using second-person perspective ('Halting State' and 'Rule 34') and (at least IMHO) managed to make it work.
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Oct
14
comment Less universe-specific synonyms for “squib”?
I could've sworn that in special effects, a squib is a small bag of fake blood, with a small charge underneath, set off by a supervisor during the filming, usually used to mimic gunshot hits. Looking at Wikipedia, it does indeed seem to be an actual, exploding, small charge.
Oct
6
answered Is there any good time-line software out there?
Oct
6
answered Author's notes: yay or nay?
Aug
22
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
@Jürgen A. Erhard - I can't speak for German, but the Swedish word "förlag" (cognate to "Verlag") does indeed have a connotation of advancing money (or, rather, pay for the initial publishing run).
Jul
28
comment Best e-book formatting process?
I use LaTeX for (almost) all of my writing. Since I am a fan of using \include statements to structure my longer works (essentially one file per chapter), I ended up rolling some code to emit 9among other formats) EPUB files.
Jul
28
answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?