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by Ishta
August 9th, 2011, 2:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scene length and pacing
Replies: 12
Views: 7989

Re: Scene length and pacing

I think bcomet hit on it with the statement that a scene should simply be told well, with as many or as few words as necessary. Interestingly, I've read that it's a good idea to vary scene length, because too much consistency in that sense can lead to monotony. I've noticed this when I read, too - t...
by Ishta
August 9th, 2011, 2:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Decisions, Decisions
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Decisions, Decisions

I think Watcher makes a good point. I think questions of whether the class is a good one and whether you will get what you need out of it are good questions to ask, but as far as whether you should take a class or not for fear of interrupting your work on your WiP, why do they have to be mutually ex...
by Ishta
August 9th, 2011, 2:08 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Running and Writing
Replies: 13
Views: 2849

Re: Running and Writing

I think for a committed distance runner, "pale and tiny and bookish/scholastic looking" might be a competitive advantage; most of the best distance runners I knew back in my younger days tended to be on the small side, and very, very lean, I used to run every day, and I know from experience that th...
by Ishta
August 9th, 2011, 1:57 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Here we go again--planners plus pantsers=?
Replies: 56
Views: 6756

Re: Here we go again--planners plus pantsers=?

polymath wrote:
Ishta wrote:I think we need to coin a new term: "Plantser."
Good term plantser. Gave me a new term to contemplate for my own benefit that melds planner and plantser: Sower, as ye sow, so shall ye reap.
I like that chain of thought, Polymath! May we ALL reap what we sow here in the Bransforums!
by Ishta
August 9th, 2011, 1:46 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Purchasing your own domain name?
Replies: 18
Views: 4948

Re: Purchasing your own domain name?

Thanks, guys!
by Ishta
August 8th, 2011, 6:05 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA vs. Adult
Replies: 8
Views: 2542

Re: YA vs. Adult

Nathan Bransford wrote:Here's my take: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2007/02 ... ke-ya.html
YES! When I talked about YA being more "plot-oriented" this is what I meant, but Nathan said it much, much better.
by Ishta
August 8th, 2011, 5:58 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Purchasing your own domain name?
Replies: 18
Views: 4948

Re: Purchasing your own domain name?

Thanks, Collectonian! Okay, so one last question: does it matter who I register the domain name with? In other words, if I register with GoDaddy, for example, do I have to use them to host my website? I guess that means I do... Which means I need to decide what I want out of a website now and pick m...
by Ishta
August 8th, 2011, 5:53 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339341

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I've got a couple of contest and giveaway announcements this morning. Link in my signature, as usual.

Happy Monday!
by Ishta
August 7th, 2011, 2:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Running and Writing
Replies: 13
Views: 2849

Re: Running and Writing

This is fascinating! I wonder if there is something about showering that does the same thing - it's mindless, so your mind is free to wander through the problems you've been struggling with. Terri Farley does excellent workshops on Right-brain/Left-brain writing techniques. I had the privilege of at...
by Ishta
August 7th, 2011, 2:00 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agents and advances
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Re: Agents and advances

It seems like you're asking more than one question here. On the subject of how much an agent can influence the size of the advance, I think the answer depends on the agent, but from what I've heard, it's a lot. I know an author who was prepared to accept the first offer from the publisher, until his...
by Ishta
August 7th, 2011, 1:27 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Two Publishers
Replies: 1
Views: 561

Re: Two Publishers

Does your contract with XOXO Publishing have anything in it that obliges you to offer them first-look at your subsequent books? If so, you should be careful, as you could be in breach of contract by offering them to a different publisher.

Look at your contract very carefully.
by Ishta
August 7th, 2011, 1:22 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Children of all Ages
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Children of all Ages

Groundwood is a Canadian publisher that publishes a selection of very good picture books, as well as literary MG and YA. Some of their books are: I KNOW HERE, by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James, about a girl who faces her uncertainties about moving to a big city; The STELLA books, and oth...
by Ishta
August 6th, 2011, 8:45 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Purchasing your own domain name?
Replies: 18
Views: 4948

Re: Purchasing your own domain name?

To rent a domain name (you never really "own" them), you need a registrar. GoDaddy is popular, as is Register.com. I use GKG.net. Generally for regular domain, such as a .com or .net, you can expect to pay around $10-15 a year, with discounts for paying for multiple years in advance. Whichever one ...
by Ishta
August 6th, 2011, 3:17 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA
Replies: 26
Views: 9019

Re: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA

Yes, I agree that teens are generally morbid and interested in morbid topics. I also remember (and still have samples of) my writing from my teenaged (13-18) years, and I remember thinking that the darker it was, the deeper it plumbed into the tortured soul of the average American teenager, the bett...
by Ishta
August 6th, 2011, 2:10 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA vs. Adult
Replies: 8
Views: 2542

Re: YA vs. Adult

Great point about "Firsts," Sommer. I think another important thing to think about is plot. YA books tend much more towards the plot-oriented, and much less toward the more wandering stuff that can get by in the adult market. A lot of crossover books are also very plot-oriented, and very plot-focuse...