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by ClaudeNougat
July 2nd, 2011, 8:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5162

Re: Reading as writers

Great topic! And yes, all writers should read and should have read the classics...and reread them! Very important, because it's the only way to hone your craft. But reading can be disruptive for writers: a good book can take you away from your own work and you lose sight (and the pace) of what you w...
by ClaudeNougat
June 5th, 2011, 11:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Positive exposure or professional suicide?
Replies: 18
Views: 4961

Re: Positive exposure or professional suicide?

Positive exposure as long as the stuff posted out there is good...if not, professional suicide!
by ClaudeNougat
June 5th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite Summertime Recipes
Replies: 25
Views: 7013

Re: Favorite Summertime Recipes

Yes, NO cooking involved! Here's a great variation on the CAPRESE, that old favorite mozzarella and tomato salad: instead of slicing them, CUBE them, and swirl around good virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and of course basilico... The cubed salad is easier to serve, faster to prepare and tastes just a...
by ClaudeNougat
May 23rd, 2011, 9:44 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA Books: Do they Exist as a Genre?
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

YA Books: Do they Exist as a Genre?

The publishing industry has always relied on "genre" as a marketing tool to push its wares, and among them, the most bizarre is YA. How to reach out to Young Adults is of course a legitimate concern but with Rowlands' winning Harry Potter series, everybody from literary agents to editors to publishe...
by ClaudeNougat
May 3rd, 2011, 11:35 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Cover Design
Replies: 23
Views: 7328

Re: Cover Design

This is a great topic but I think you need to distinguish between a GREAT cover design for PRINTED books and one for E-BOOKS. The visual requirements are NOT the same: for stuff on paper, the sky's the limit. You can let your imagination go in terms of colors (flying, of course), subject (cropped bo...
by ClaudeNougat
April 21st, 2011, 5:35 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2690

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

True, some people are very possessive about their books and even afraid of lending them out to friends (you see them type in their name and address in block letters on the first page!), but from a technical point of view, what Passive Guy says remains true: the striking difference between the two di...
by ClaudeNougat
April 21st, 2011, 5:19 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do 99-Cent E-books attract the wrong kind of reader?
Replies: 18
Views: 2585

Re: Do 99-Cent E-books attract the wrong kind of reader?

I think the Harry Potter series shows something along this line. When they first came out, I read of a whole lot of "experts" who said it was horrible, badly written and would never go anywhere. But, they took off and - most important of all - it got a lot of kids to turn off the television and REA...
by ClaudeNougat
April 21st, 2011, 5:08 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 282833

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: FORGET THE PAST Genre: Historical/paranormal YA fantasy, book 1 of Trilogy entitled FEAR OF THE PAST OPENING PAGE: Ideas planted in us when we are children are the hardest to get rid of. They grow inside, as natural as trees, their foliage hiding the world around you. For me, it was the idea ...
by ClaudeNougat
April 20th, 2011, 2:55 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 191845

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi, Craig! Good idea! And hi to everybody else here too! I'm a writer, a painter, a blogger and a Tweeter, plus I love to cook (wish I could eat more but I have to watch the damn figure!) What else? I live in Italy - great place! I've published books here in Italian (serious stuff about development ...