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Quite boring, really. Have faffed about with computers since the mid-80s, have worked as a network engineer, unix sysadmin and (occasionally) developer.

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
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.
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.
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
14
comment How do I better handle my nameless main character when trying to retain mystery?
One way to (possibly) inject a sense of mystery and an air of "I am private in nature" in a first-person POV would be for each person to refer to the character by a different name.
Apr
11
comment What's a clear way to simulate web text in a story?
It depends on what effect you're going for, it'd certainly be a stylistic clue to "short communication, without due care and attention".
Jan
20
comment Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
I'd probably say "original" instead of "real", but, yeah.
Dec
19
comment Can I self-publish, and how much would it cost?
@QuickerSnarkerBacker From what I understand, "not much". Their primary selling-market is the authors who they vanity-publish, to whom they will sell copies they can then give or sell on. There may be books printed and ware-housed, but in general vanity publishing is more full of "don't go there" than not.
Nov
25
comment How to figure out if an agent is “on the straight” or “shady”?
@neilfein Good idea, done.
Nov
25
comment How to figure out if an agent is “on the straight” or “shady”?
I wasn't entirely sure before posting the question, but I suspect there's enough differences in "signals shady" that I thought it better to post this question as well (I am aware of the other question, being the one who posted it).
Nov
23
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
TeX is not that nice, as a raw format, but for LaTeX, I'd say that most of my "source" is body text, rather than commands. I don't actually have a breakdown, but can certainly try to get something, if people are interested.
Nov
22
comment Warning signs that a publisher may be shady?
Both of these were good answers, but on the balance, I had to accept the more complete. I was thinking of "Writer Beware" when I asked the question (my example in the question is far-too-frequently mentioned there), but thought it to be a good question to have in the open.
Nov
22
comment Is there a rule of thumb about the number of pages a work of fiction should have?
As stated below, written works are more commonly measured in "words" than "pages".
Nov
19
comment How do I find an agent?
If they're accepting new clients and have guidelines for a query, follow those guidelines instead of treating all agents the same. Some may just want a query letter for the initial query, some may want sample chapters and some may well want a completed first work.