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Apr
4
comment Are there agents or representatives who only specialize in book promotion and not distribution?
deanwesleysmith.com/?p=12014
Apr
1
comment Introducing a concept to twist on it - problem
If you want to show a change (what most good stories do), then you need a before/after comparison. From what you have told us, it does not sound like a good idea, to cut the Dad-scene. Cut something else, make the scene shorter, whatever. But if you need it to make the point of the story, then it is essential. You cannot cut essential scenes. Only if you make up a new story.
Mar
25
comment Name of writing style or structure of novel that is in non-chronological order
+1 for a word combination I cannot even pronounce :)
Mar
18
comment How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?
Preparation. Or you mean Meta-Writing, but that's more about writing itself and not about the plot.
Mar
10
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Sillier than Nazis on the dark side of the moon? I think, you do not know much about conspiracy theories ;)
Mar
8
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
More trouble than is needed? Wait? What? Do you really ask for less conflict? In a fiction story? You are doing it wrong. I mean it. No, it is no good idea to use less conflict. Especially not if it is handed on a silver platter.
Mar
5
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Merge? I have no idea. I've never tried to merge Word files automatically. Just the idea makes me shiver ;) Honestly, I try to avoid Word docs.
Mar
5
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Let me add one more time: You can disable white space changes (at least in the diff tools I know). And it can be a binary format if you have a comparison tool for that. If you use Tortoise for Subversion, then Tortoise can show the differences of Word documents (using the inbuilt mechanisms of MS Word).
Mar
4
comment What is the purpose of version control?
I want to add that some of the benefits (like merging) are based on the possibility to show the differences between versions. So you have to use a file format where that is possible. I.e. either no binary formats or only binary formats you have a comparison tool for.
Feb
28
comment Do novels that are set in not-so-famous countries sell less?
You know that many people do not know where famous places are, even though they made vacation there? Now I have to mention that your question is very vague (and opinion-based). Sell less than what? Fantasy novels where the world is completely made up? Crime stories playing in Venice compared to horror in Timbuktu? I promise you if Stephen King chooses Santiago de Chile as location for a book, it will sell, no matter if any of the readers know where Santiago is.
Feb
24
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
@NeilFein, if you ask me if I would transfer my comment to a meaningful answer, then that answer is: yes.
Feb
24
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
The only way to make the reader understand this symbol is by introducing it during the story. It doesn't matter what it is, but it must have meaning to the protagonists, then the readers will get it. It can even be a rusty nail. If Ashley stepped into it and Anna removed it and attended him, that could be a symbol of their friendship.
Feb
24
comment Experience Dealing with Chinese book printers?
Have you considered CreateSpace? I've read that Lightning Source is not recommended for newbies, because of a lot of hidden costs along the way. Dean Wesley Smith made a few posts about that (but they could be outdated in the meantime).
Feb
22
comment Good screenwriting-specific collaboration software
Did you have a look at join.me? chipstreet.com/2012/02/08/…
Feb
20
comment Thesis writing: how to address “self”
"The data proved", "The evaluation confirmed", "The analysis revealed", ... Don't be redundant ;)
Feb
20
comment Attributing Quote to Fictional Characters (Who are based on real people)
Tell me if I get this wrong, but you are not really attributing to a person here. You are citing a source. Your source then have to care about the correct attribution. I'm aware that a book source does not look as cool on a poster than a person's name, but well, it would be the correct way imho.
Feb
20
comment Do publishers use LaTeX to produce books for the blind?
From the software side a spot is a spot. And if I get Braille correctly, then there is only one depth for a spot (not several embossing depths which carry different meaning). So Latex and the Braille package don't care at all. It only matters if you send the output to a printer or a embossing machine. But I have no idea how a embossing machine looks like or works. Google?
Feb
20
comment Do publishers use LaTeX to produce books for the blind?
I would have assumed, that difference between printing and embossing is made by the hardware you use for the job. If the dot of the Braille syntax is reproduced as a toner/ink spot or an embossed point depends on the machine/printer. Or I get this question wrong.
Feb
18
comment Outlining Structures for Romance Novels
You should turn it into a comment ;)
Feb
14
comment Alternative to mindmap software
As if there were writing tasks where you do not love Scrivener ;)