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by steve
February 23rd, 2011, 10:32 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Bad book review leads to criminal trial
Replies: 2
Views: 889

Bad book review leads to criminal trial

Love this story. In a little more than a week, a court in Paris will decide whether a law professor in New York committed criminal libel by publishing a book review. The writer who sued the reviewer has her book on Amazon. The geniuses who post Amazon reader reviews are having some fun with her boo...
by steve
February 16th, 2011, 11:42 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Borders is bankrupt
Replies: 25
Views: 3683

Borders is bankrupt

Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday and said it will close about 30% of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks.
Good riddance.
by steve
February 12th, 2011, 1:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Habit: skipping parts or passages in a novel
Replies: 53
Views: 11594

Habit: skipping parts or passages in a novel

I see a lot of comments on this forum and other blogs of readers who say they skip parts or passages when reading a novel. Usually the skipped parts are described as "long" or "boring" or having "too much information" or "not enough dialogue." I don't understand this habit of skipping, unless you're...
by steve
February 10th, 2011, 12:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Hiring a Freelance Editor vs. Going to a Conference
Replies: 22
Views: 6085

Re: Hiring a Freelance Editor vs. Going to a Conference

bcomet wrote:a writing coach
Please tell me you made this up, and this is not a real profession.

If it is a real profession, I'm going to become one right now.
by steve
February 10th, 2011, 12:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: THE GREAT GATSBY
Replies: 5
Views: 1182

Re: THE GREAT GATSBY

I read it every spring. It really is the best American novel. TENDER IS THE NIGHT is great too, and entirely different, both in structure and language. It's a difficult book that requires attentive reading. A real heartbreaker. The rest of Fitzgerald is average/bad. Lots of stilted prose that passed...
by steve
February 5th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Example of how subjective reading is...
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Re: Example of how subjective reading is...

I'm just surprised by the range of scores/content of comment/tact. I'm guessing this was a contest that required money to enter. I'm also guessing that results were determined beforehand. It sounds like stock replies/edits from a handful of the 7 dwarfs; Doc, Grumpy, Happy, maybe even Sleepy and Do...
by steve
February 4th, 2011, 5:55 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: advice?
Replies: 3
Views: 1182

Re: advice?

Hey kid,

I'm not Nathan, but I just want to say good luck to you.

I tried writing a book at your age and got as far as three pages. It was a bad Sherlock Holmes ripoff.

I'm sure your book will be much better.
by steve
February 3rd, 2011, 11:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Should Writers Avoid Being Reviewers?
Replies: 22
Views: 6319

Re: Should Writers Avoid Being Reviewers?

I'm dumbfounded. Most every book review in the NY Times Sunday edition, the NY Review of Books, the Boston Review, and countless other newspapers, journals, and magazines is written by writers. If that blogger hasn't noticed, straight reviewers are a dying breed. And publications have always, always...
by steve
February 2nd, 2011, 3:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A painful but necessary book on writing
Replies: 20
Views: 3059

Re: A painful but necessary book on writing

There's no such thing as a necessary book on writing.
It's like the anti-friend.
I'm the anti-friend; and I'm free.
by steve
February 2nd, 2011, 12:22 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Super Bowl XLV
Replies: 6
Views: 8863

Re: Super Bowl XLV

Hear that? It's the sound of the Steelers losing.

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by steve
January 26th, 2011, 9:02 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: JA Konrath
Replies: 32
Views: 5977

Re: JA Konrath

Joe has made $42,000 for himself so far in January.

Selling ebooks.

These numbers he puts up are crazy.
by steve
January 26th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Super Bowl XLV
Replies: 6
Views: 8863

Super Bowl XLV

Packers v. Steelers

Packers all the way.

If you don't have a god you worship, may I suggest:

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by steve
January 25th, 2011, 7:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing
Replies: 35
Views: 4550

Re: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing

Am I right in feeling like I got ripped off? Ripped-off, hoodwinked, bamboozled, swindled, taken, duped, cheated and robbed. I'm attending just one of the three days of this conference next week. I hope the conference itself is better than this critique. Try to get your money back. Spend it on some...
by steve
January 21st, 2011, 2:57 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: George R. R. Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 3393

George R. R. Martin

I'm reading A GAME OF THRONES and liking it way more than I thought I would. The structure is annoying at first but starts to make sense all of a sudden. I like him much better than the Tolkien I remember reading long ago. Are the other books in the series good? What about his non-series books? Tell...