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scientist/engineer (condensed matter physics, photonics, biology)

not professional programmer, but experienced in Fortran, Matlab, VisualBasic

science fiction author


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comment References or tips for book editing (self-published books)
I'm guessing I don't get the bounty now. ;-)
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comment References or tips for book editing (self-published books)
I added that last line because 1) this site discourages people from just posting collections of links obtained from search engines, 2) it's not clear what your question is asking for, and 3) you could probably search better on your own. In summary, the comment was meant to be self-deprecating and to spur you to more clarity and self-actualization.
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answered References or tips for book editing (self-published books)
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comment Children's Dialogue
1) It sounds like the OP's novel is set in the past, so he will have to modify modern children's behavior. But you've hit on many universals. 2) Another universal about children's conversation that I notice is how quickly they change topics, to the point of non-sequiturs.
Jan
23
comment Distribution, a competition with myself
Also, there is the question of trust. People trust the websites of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. People are unlikely to trust small-time operations like your website. Thus they are less likely to buy from it.
Jan
23
comment Distribution, a competition with myself
How is this for optimism: If your book sells enough on Amazon (or some other distributor), it may start to generate more sales by virtue of being a top seller. That could snowball. Unless your web site has 50 million visitors, your chances of making decent money are better with distributors, simply because the pool of buyers is so much larger.
Jan
22
comment Overusing “the” and “I”
Your rule is helpful as a general guideline, but it's not hard-and-fast. For example, no native English speaker would say, "We're targeting this product to US domestic market."
Jan
22
revised Any way for revisions to show up in a different color from an older saved .fdr to a newer saved .fdr in version 7 of FinalDraft?
added software name to title
Jan
16
comment Do many people print e-books?
It would help if you would explain what you mean by "optimize...for printing," in the context of your nonfiction book. Is your book only text, or does it have a bunch of illustrations, charts, figures, etc.?
Jan
14
answered Is the following “shortening” allowed in fiction?
Jan
12
comment How to come up with a good title?
No matter how you come up with the title, there seems to be a fairly reliable "rule" that you should make it short, and use well-known words. I derived that "rule" from the 2013 and 2014 lists of best-selling fiction books, which almost all follow it. The title is NOT the place to display your advanced vocabulary. Also, if you have authored several related books, apparently you are a fool if you don't number them as part of a named series.
Jan
12
comment How to come up with a good title?
War and Peace ;-)
Jan
8
comment The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!
(I don't see how an old article about an upcoming event can possibly qualify as a "report" on an event that had not occurred yet. Changing the tenses won't fix that.)
Jan
8
answered The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!
Jan
7
comment Is there a database of plots that have not been “processed”/used yet?
@peci1: How about a service that helps rescue stories/novels where authors have written themselves into a corner? That should be popular! :-D
Dec
31
reviewed Leave Open Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
Dec
31
reviewed Reviewed “All of a sudden…” ?
Dec
31
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
Yeah, can you please elaborate on this answer? How does this get away from: "We were eating dinner, and laughing at Uncle Joe's goofy jokes. Suddenly, a shrieking, unnatural sound..." The problem is, how to get rid of the suddenly. Is it possible to suddenly change what is happening in a story, without actually saying "suddenly" or "all of a sudden"? Would you really write the following? I was walking my dog down the street. She was sniffing the flowers. Lightning struck her, and I was blown clear.
Dec
30
reviewed No Action Needed Potentially risky subject in my script
Dec
29
comment Potentially risky subject in my script
Read Oedipus Rex. It will give you ideas, and also prevent you from accidentally plagiarizing it, since it has influenced so much literature that you may have read.