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by J. T. SHEA
April 16th, 2017, 1:44 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Soccer!
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Soccer!

Nearly everyone I know follows soccer or Gaelic Football, an Irish game similar to soccer. I don't. I do like motor racing and yacht racing, which are also popular in Ireland, luckily. My brother supports Chelsea with near-religious fervor. Seeing his passion and that of other fans I'm not surprised...
by J. T. SHEA
April 12th, 2017, 12:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself out of a writing rut?
Replies: 2
Views: 6997

Re: How do you get yourself out of a writing rut?

Cursor staring no. Exercise yes. Long walks where I brainstorm possible set pieces etc. I always have plenty of ideas but can angst about choosing the 'right' one.
by J. T. SHEA
October 19th, 2016, 10:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMEIR:ABSOLUTION query
Replies: 1
Views: 2998

Re: AMEIR:ABSOLUTION query

Hello Vernalire. I must admit I'm a bit confused by your query. I know you cannot answer all questions in a query, but I do wonder why it might fall to Ameir to save billions of people. Why is he so significant? I've slightly edited your query below. Ignore if you do not find it helpful. Is it bad t...
by J. T. SHEA
April 1st, 2014, 1:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: UK Kitchens Sales
Replies: 0
Views: 1537

Re: UK Kitchens Sales

This query clearly needs rhetorical questions, detailed descriptions of the weather, and a passive voice. And why am I suddenly hungry for tinned meat?

JTS
by J. T. SHEA
September 6th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Blog Comment Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: Blog Comment Problems

A comment I made an hour ago using my Blogger ID (John T. Shea) re Nathan's moving to NYC has yet to show up.
by J. T. SHEA
June 13th, 2011, 6:10 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Putting together a marketing plan? Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1642

Re: Putting together a marketing plan? Help!

You've provoked an interesting discussion, Taylormillgirl. I partly agree with all posters and commend their helpful advice. Your agent seems to mean direct author-to-reader marketing, as distinct from marketing to publishers, which is definitely your agent's job, and marketing to bookstores, which ...
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Conferences and Conventions
Replies: 20
Views: 3828

Re: Conferences and Conventions

65 Impala convertible vs truck? Good question, Watcher. What about cutting the roof off an El Camino? Oh wait...you're asking about writers' conferences. I dunno. I've never been to one. Yet.
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Blogger Broken?
Replies: 34
Views: 2890

Re: Is Blogger Broken?

Sommer, send boils and locusts and smite Blogger's first born sons as soon as possible! I bet they'll notice THAT in their feed! And then part the Mississippi. And remember Mel Brooks. FIFTEEN commandments on THREE tablets, not just ten on two. BTW, am I alone in finding Nathan's blog incredibly slo...
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2011, 6:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pretty good is not gonna cut it
Replies: 22
Views: 1706

Re: Pretty good is not gonna cut it

Oh goody! A pity party and we're all invited. Just change the '90s music to '70s and you're me, Danielle. Well, you'd also need a small operation...and you'd have to bump off your husband and son... My situation is closer to Dios4vida's, yet I write even slower than her. And I do wish Neil Gaiman's ...
by J. T. SHEA
May 30th, 2011, 4:57 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Blogger Broken?
Replies: 34
Views: 2890

Re: Is Blogger Broken?

Bloggers of the world, ignite! But, if you were really clever, you wouldn't have a blog at all. Instead, you'd write nearly a thousand comments and posts on SOMEONE ELSE'S blog and Forums! So I'm okay until Nathan suddenly decides to pack in all this social networking malarkey and take up golf inste...
by J. T. SHEA
May 16th, 2011, 5:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chances are, you won't get rich.
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Chances are, you won't get rich.

'We all dream of this kind of a boon.' Do we? Chances are you won't get rich in any endeavor. But people do. If quiet, literary, pretty customary and run of the mill is what you aspire to, you may get it, but are unlikely to get more. I strive to avoid either reading or writing quiet, literary, pret...
by J. T. SHEA
May 13th, 2011, 6:39 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Forum Launch Party for Jacob Wonderbar!
Replies: 42
Views: 5568

Re: Forum Launch Party for Jacob Wonderbar!

It's obvious, Sommer. Jacob repels water! But Nathan, don't fire any more rockets at Omaha, Nebraska. The USAF might misunderstand and fire back!

Great shot of your son, Robin! Great pics, everybody! Books and cake and cats, what's not to love?
by J. T. SHEA
April 30th, 2011, 10:47 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Zombie-Proof House!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1867

Re: Zombie-Proof House!!!

Brilliant! And also proof against bill-collectors, religious converters, ex-wives, and boring friends! My house could do with a makeover. All I need is a thousand tons of concrete and some shuttering...
by J. T. SHEA
April 26th, 2011, 3:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Retroactive Idea Thievery
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Retroactive Idea Thievery

Steal Banks' time machine, go back in time to the seventies and bump him off. Then write another novel about a writer who steals another writer's time machine, goes back in time, bumps him off and writes another novel about a writer who steals...

BTW, a Flavorzoid sounds like an edible robot.
by J. T. SHEA
April 24th, 2011, 2:39 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Is Hardback Windowing Costing Too Many Paperback Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Is Hardback Windowing Costing Too Many Paperback Sales?

Very few buyers out there for $25 hardcovers, Nathan? Nobody buys hardcovers anymore, David? Depends on the hardback, I suppose. And the discounts, which are a paradoxical aspect of windowing. Windowing vs introductory offers is a classic reversible situation, with no single correct answer. I buy lo...