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by polymath
August 9th, 2015, 6:36 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Small Published Author, ebook Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1262

Re: Small Published Author, ebook Question

Contacting the publisher is a best advised course. Publishing contracts anymore include definition of rights assignment. If the publisher bought the electronic rights, then an independent publication could be an infringement of those rights. However, if the publisher bought those rights and has not ...
by polymath
July 2nd, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Optioning our novels
Replies: 1
Views: 8693

Re: Optioning our novels

A gmail e-mail account is problematic, says the firm is an amateur operation. Consider a professional domain, like options <at> indiebookblast <dot> com. The text of the website home page leaves me less than enthused, reads like a television commercial for a used car dealership or a "must-have" kitc...
by polymath
June 30th, 2015, 12:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Fiction Writer
Replies: 4
Views: 21903

Re: 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Fiction Writer

The ironic if sarcastic or satirical point of these types of composition exercises is reverse psychology. Conquer your writing vices through giving them a full run of imagination. This is a kind of free-association, stream-of-consciousness activity. Let temptation flow wild and unfettered, so to spe...
by polymath
May 6th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing from the POV of a god (concealing godliness)
Replies: 1
Views: 8635

Re: Writing from the POV of a god (concealing godliness)

One of the more certain "laws" of writing is thou shalt not withhold information known to characters from readers. A reasonably firm guidance compared to many so-labeled writing "rules," do not withhold" is open to interpretation, at least for strategies' sakes. Or not, depending on if withheld info...
by polymath
April 17th, 2015, 3:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Word Frequency Count Software
Replies: 3
Views: 2131

Re: Word Frequency Count Software

Wordprocessor apps label the process different names though is a feature of Word, WordPerfect, and similar publishing programs. Wordlist, list, index, conformance, are some of the names. They are usually adjacent to table of contents, reference, and similar tools apps. They can be set to list every ...
by polymath
April 2nd, 2015, 2:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Funding My Book Through KickStarter; Any Tips?
Replies: 2
Views: 10362

Re: Funding My Book Through KickStarter; Any Tips?

My stock answer: Marketing's four corners are, packaging, advertising, promotion, and publicity. Kickstarter and any cloud funding service manages the latter three and are usually or exclusively the primary emphasis for marketing campaigns, institutional and self-publication. Packaging usually only ...
by polymath
March 29th, 2015, 12:27 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: CF campaigns by unknown, foreign names?
Replies: 0
Views: 981

Re: CF campaigns by unknown, foreign names?

Regardless of language, readers approve of and are attracted to inevitable surprises, features that are inevitable and surprising. Successful debut writers and narratives from abroad, again, regardless of native country, appeal to native and foreigner alike through those inevitable surprises. The In...
by polymath
March 28th, 2015, 3:14 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Where do You Hear about New e-Books?
Replies: 1
Views: 1228

Re: Where do You Hear about New e-Books?

A random, non-scientific survey with statistical anomalies deserves a healthy dose of skepticism. A survey that precludes results and begs the question -- uses the circular logic of a precluded claim assertion and presupposes its conclusions, which this one does -- is as useful as an off-the-cuff op...
by polymath
March 7th, 2015, 12:15 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Publishing Without Amazon
Replies: 5
Views: 2145

Re: Publishing Without Amazon

A word to the wise: a publisher who publishes the publisher's own works, publishes family's works, and/or publishes personal acquaintances' works lacks professional objectivity, though not proscribed by law, is a conflict of interest, and is a vanity press.
by polymath
March 6th, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Publishing Without Amazon
Replies: 5
Views: 2145

Re: Publishing Without Amazon

I explored the websites. What is unique about the services offered? Is literature culture advanced by these services' offerings? I see services that are mechanistic and oriented, like so much of publication culture anymore, on toxic caretaker exploitation of self-gratification's vanities. The offeri...
by polymath
March 2nd, 2015, 7:29 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon
Replies: 2
Views: 2106

Re: The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon

Ingram is a print distribution company, the U.S. print distribution industry leader, as a matter of fact. Ingram deals in volume sales to brick-and-mortar bookstore middleman distributors, to library markets, and institutional outlets, like university bookstores. However, brick-and-mortar bookstore ...
by polymath
March 1st, 2015, 4:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Transitional Words and Phrases
Replies: 5
Views: 11184

Re: Transitional Words and Phrases

But, how on earth do you continually do that for 100,000 words and more? Rhetoric. Figures of speech number thousands of trope and scheme possibilities. More than only the comparatively easy metaphor and allegory, and easiest simile: metalepsis, synchrisis, triciolon, synecdoche, metonymy, syndeton...
by polymath
February 27th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Transitional Words and Phrases
Replies: 5
Views: 11184

Re: Transitional Words and Phrases

Transitional terms are a composition method used for formal writing to connect phrases, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs, etc., -- ideas -- together. They persuade readers to continue reading and tie related or contrasted ideas together through a smooth flow. Their use may not be a best practice f...
by polymath
February 17th, 2015, 4:28 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: seeking advice
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

Re: seeking advice

Lulu offers distribution packages similar to CreateSpace's options, as does Xlibris: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Nook, regional, national, and international, and Ingrams, and Lulu's own distribution channel, which is only available through Lulu. Several Lulu features recommend their services o...
by polymath
February 17th, 2015, 12:41 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: What're the challenges facing in the Self-Publisher's world?
Replies: 5
Views: 3308

Re: What're the challenges facing in the Self-Publisher's world?

Unnecessary, unprofessional, and fair-weather profiteers' goods and services scavenging off gullible self-publishing consumers' vanity An ever exponentially expanding plague of narcissistic daydream writing that is static -- the white-noise hiss of a corrupted transmission signal Lack of blunt and ...