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Dec
22
comment Is it good to publish a novel online for free?
@Jules: The list is in no particular order. You could argue though that people getting the A-grade marketing treatment from a traditional publisher is also the "exception rather than the general rule", so for the majority of authors getting eyeballs/fanbase for their work as a whole is just as big a problem as using/losing first print rights for a single work.
Jan
21
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
I've always found The Phrontistery to be fun: phrontistery.info
Jan
2
comment Is it a bad idea to vary the voice of the narrator in third person (limited omniscient)?
I don't know why, but I've always disliked the term "limited omniscient". I think "3rd person limited" and "omniscient" as separate things is better. (Not criticising Nate, it's a widely used term these days.)
Dec
17
comment copy right issue with using exact Text from a text book
Related question: math.stackexchange.com/questions/6914/…
Mar
24
comment Submitting a novel for publication: do editors still expect Courier font?
Yep, once you get used to seeing manuscripts in courier, they just look...right.
Jan
21
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
@Final: I never said a waiver was "signing away your copyright" - don't put words in my...keyboard. If you can't enforce your copyright (with a particular publisher because you "signed" a waiver simply by submitting to them), and they use your work anyway, what meaning does copyright have? Tor's guidelines are consistent with pretty much every short fiction market I've seen.
Jan
20
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
@Ben: Can't see any mention of a waiver at the moment: tor.com/blogs/2010/05/…
Jan
20
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
@Final: While a copyright waiver might make sense when you're writing for an existing copyrighted setting (TV show or franchise like Star Wars), surely you wouldn't want to do this for your own creations? It would mean, effectively, that an author's copyright is meaningless. While some publishers may require it, I'm not convinced it's the norm, and it's definitely not "Any publisher".
Jan
19
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
A waiver to sue over copyright infringement...really? I've submitted to a lot of places, and I don't recall ever seeing that.
Dec
7
comment What should be in a cover letter for short story submission to a magazine?
Note that some markets (particularly short fiction) explicitly request in their submission guidelines that you not describe the story.
Dec
2
comment When editing for a person, how much can be changed?
@thursdaysgeek: Sorry, I think I misread that point in your question. As far as the editors vs reviewer thing goes, if I'm asked to "review" something, in my experience I'm generally expected to be editing the document for its accuracy, appropriateness and potentially its structure, in addition to typos/grammar.
Nov
25
comment How do you track submissions to publishers/markets?
I had no idea Duotrope had a tracker. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
Nov
23
comment How do you track submissions to publishers/markets?
@neilfein: Yeah, I was thinking that when I asked it, but there are so many other questions like this already on Writers.SE that aren't CW...
Nov
23
comment How do you track submissions to publishers/markets?
I don't see why not, though I was thinking more along the lines of short stories/articles, which are less likely to be agented and you'd probably have many more of them than book-length works.
Nov
23
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
@Marcel: Thanks for the summary. It doesn't sound too bad when put like that.
Nov
22
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
does the Vim add-on take away some of the pain of entering the markup tags themselves? I looked at some TeX/LaTeX markup and it looked worse than XML, wrt having to type it all in
Nov
22
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
+1 for version control. I see this as one of the biggest advantages of markup-style formats
Nov
22
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
I looked at the markup required for TeX, and shuddered.
Nov
21
comment Avoiding Deus Ex Machina resolutions?
See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekhov%27s_gun
Nov
21
comment What techniques do you use to invent snappy turns of phrase?
+1 nice tip (would give an extra vote for "an example involving necromancy" if I could ;)