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by casnow
February 19th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Thoughts on "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher"
Replies: 1
Views: 617

Re: Thoughts on "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher"

I read that one last summer when I was on vacation, and I have to say that it was very well done. The author really made the story come alive in a way that had me wondering at times if I was reading fact or fiction. The details were remarkably well done, and the follow up she gave of the characters ...
by casnow
February 19th, 2010, 9:42 am
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 24888

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

As a guy, I'm not the target audience for this book, which probably shows, b/c I tried to read the first one and I didn't even make it all the way through I disliked it so much. But, it is easy to see why it was successful - it came out at a time when Vampire novels were re-emerging, it was innocent...
by casnow
February 17th, 2010, 11:36 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: A new revenue model for E-books?
Replies: 4
Views: 1785

Re: A new revenue model for E-books?

Simpatico - you are probably right that people would gloss over it (or block it) unless it was an actual static part of the file that couldn't be effectively blocked like internet ads. However, you do raise another good point, which is a subscription model. I remember that Yahoo had a music service ...
by casnow
February 17th, 2010, 11:44 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: A new revenue model for E-books?
Replies: 4
Views: 1785

Re: A new revenue model for E-books?

rose wrote:I represent the Tragedy of the Commons answer. I would like the free with ads ebook, please. And then I would also like the work-around hack that suppresses the ads, like the Firefox Adblock add-on does.

rose
You are evil! :)
by casnow
February 10th, 2010, 11:00 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: POV question
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: POV question

as I recently learned, "head hopping" is just a POV violation. I.e., you are writing a chapter from Bob's POV, but you put in something that Fred knows - something that Fred would had to have told Bob.
by casnow
February 10th, 2010, 6:41 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188542

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, I've got an idea for a project that is 1/2 fiction and 1/2 non-fiction, about the energy crisis and peak oil (i.e., one chapter non-fiction, one non-fiction, alternating). Would it be better to pitch this as fiction or non-fiction (I know there are substantial query differences). Thanks! Th...
by casnow
February 7th, 2010, 2:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can you read while you write?
Replies: 23
Views: 3989

Re: Can you read while you write?

Right now all of my works in progress are very different from what I normally read, so I feel pretty safe. However, I can tell you that if I ever try to write a comedy I'm definitely going to stay away from reading any Christopher Moore, and if I try to right a vampire novel I'm going to stay away f...
by casnow
February 7th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188542

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan,

I've got an idea for a project that is 1/2 fiction and 1/2 non-fiction, about the energy crisis and peak oil (i.e., one chapter non-fiction, one non-fiction, alternating).
Would it be better to pitch this as fiction or non-fiction (I know there are substantial query differences).

Thanks!
by casnow
February 7th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Unreasonable Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

Unreasonable Expectations

I'm an impatient guy... I expect things to get done hasta pronto, and I'm always looking to start the next project (very good with respect to my deadline driven job) - unfortunately, I've been projecting that on my writing as well. Which is making me crazy! At the moment I'm working on two novels, a...
by casnow
February 6th, 2010, 4:54 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Literary Bad Guys
Replies: 6
Views: 1414

Re: Literary Bad Guys

I think the Judge is Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is a good one
by casnow
February 6th, 2010, 4:44 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Amazon buys touch screen company
Replies: 5
Views: 1167

Re: Amazon buys touch screen company

One thing is for sure, which is that they are going to make a lot more money on eBooks now that they are taking a 30% of fixed sale price on most eBooks instead of trying to sell it for $9.99 and taking a loss... However, I still believe that eBook readers will diverge - you'll have very top end one...
by casnow
January 31st, 2010, 12:07 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Looking for a little help on getting started
Replies: 11
Views: 1768

Re: Looking for a little help on getting started

I would just start reading through agent blogs... look at the links on those blogs to other agents and chose the 1/2 dozen you like the most, then DON'T query them. Why? Your first round query should be like a test - see if there is any interest at all. Then after you get 20-30 rejections racked up,...
by casnow
January 30th, 2010, 3:13 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: McMillan pulled from Amazon
Replies: 2
Views: 711

McMillan pulled from Amazon

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/technology/30amazon.html?ref=bookse A recent article on NY times said that Amazon had pulled all books from McMillan, except that those offered from 3rd party vendors. This is apparently in response to a debate over eBook prices. I don't know how this will affect A...
by casnow
January 30th, 2010, 3:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Attachment to your first draft?
Replies: 11
Views: 1910

Re: Attachment to your first draft?

I have that problem as well... you blaze through a draft, and then you go through and read it, you fix all the typos, change he awkward wording, etc., and you have a perfectly grammatically correct manuscript - however, you're missing something to make it pop and you have scenes that don't really co...
by casnow
January 29th, 2010, 6:20 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Good article on how print will not die
Replies: 7
Views: 2615

Re: Good article on how print will not die

I don't think anyone will (reasonably and honestly) argue that print books are going to disappear - I think what people will argue though is the percentage of books bought in print vs. digital, and who's going to get the money from that.