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by casnow
January 28th, 2010, 3:49 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The iPad
Replies: 32
Views: 10138

Re: The iPad

I think what the iPad will do is force companies to make CHEAP eReaders. The problem with eReaders now is that they are $200+ and all they let you do is download and read books. So, the only convenience you get from an eReader is that it allows you to save space (you can fit 500 books into one). It ...
by casnow
January 27th, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11799

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

A lot of people are saying, "I'm going to self e-pub my novel" as their contingency plan. On another thread I made a similar comment, which I'm going to make here. if you plan on continuing writing, don't do it! Why not? First you might put out a book that is premature, and your name will be attache...
by casnow
January 27th, 2010, 9:51 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Kindle's 70% royalties for authors; what will it affect?
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: Kindle's 70% royalties for authors; what will it affect?

For authors that have had their writes revert back to them, this is a great opportunity to generate additional revenue from eBooks. it will also put pressure on other e-tailers to do the same. However, for people that are self-pubbing I still think, that if you plan to write until you are traditiona...
by casnow
January 24th, 2010, 4:11 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: A new revenue model for E-books?
Replies: 4
Views: 1823

A new revenue model for E-books?

So, the NY Times reported a couple of very interesting things this weekend: That Kindle is opening up to apps and that the apple tablet is going to be revealed soon... and knowing apple this will also be something you write apps for. How do websites make money? Either you pay for content (like WS Jo...
by casnow
January 24th, 2010, 3:56 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11799

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

One contingency plan of mine, which is if I exhaust my attempts at traditional publishing I will self-publish it electronically to Kindle, Sony E-store, B&N Online, smashwords, etc., and put it out there for free... and it will be free so I can see if I can draw enough people to it to have it grab s...
by casnow
January 24th, 2010, 3:42 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Books and Movies Based on Them
Replies: 16
Views: 4388

Re: Books and Movies Based on Them

I've not seen THE ROAD (I heard they were making it a movie, but I didn't know it was out yet). I think it will be interesting to see if it looks like how I pictured the book. One of the earlier posts mentions the show "Dexter", which is one of my favorites. The first book and the first season were ...
by casnow
January 24th, 2010, 3:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Switching POVs = manuscript death?
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Re: Switching POVs = manuscript death?

A little background on this novel. I wrote it, sent out some queries, got requests for partials and got a lot of "just not rights", but nothing really critical on why it wasn't right. Then I printed it out and read it hardcopy for the first time, and aside from a few typos here and there, I realized...
by casnow
January 24th, 2010, 11:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Switching POVs = manuscript death?
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Switching POVs = manuscript death?

So, in a novel that I've finished (I'm going to do a major rewrite to up the stakes of it), I currently switch back and forth between 1st person POV for the main character and 3rd person limited POV for ancillary characters (50% of the book is the first person protagonist, 45% is 3rd person for othe...
by casnow
January 22nd, 2010, 2:35 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Blog Traffic...Creating a Traffic Jam
Replies: 17
Views: 3510

Re: Blog Traffic...Creating a Traffic Jam

Be careful what you wish for if you blog under your own name. I used to and it nearly cost me my job b/c I have a different and harsher sense of humor than some can stomach... and then magically, one day your boss stumbles on it by dumb (bad) luck, and reads a post that they find "inappropriate", yo...
by casnow
January 22nd, 2010, 2:20 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11799

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

I think it depends... I look at my second novel attempt, which has now been through two rounds of modest editing, and I know it is missing something. Fortunately, I've now realized what it is missing: Tension! The stakes in it aren't just high enough. The book was about two youngish (late 20's) guys...
by casnow
January 21st, 2010, 7:36 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8801

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Actually, I think Dankrubis presented a more likely scenario (albeit one I don't find very likely either), which would be that an agent who doesn't write sees and idea in a query, loves it, requests a partial, and then realizes that the execution sucks. Then, a year or two later they are brainstormi...
by casnow
January 19th, 2010, 11:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Moving characters around
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Moving characters around

How do you move your characters from scene to scene - I've noticed that I have the bad habit of doing step by step. My character wakes up, showers, talks on the phone, bikes to work, DOES SOMETHING IMPORTANT, comes home, has Revelation about what he did... then he wants to fix it, so he makes calls,...
by casnow
January 19th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How Do You Revise
Replies: 9
Views: 1601

Re: How Do You Revise

One thing I've "discovered" is that you should do grammar edits first and last... this is especially relevant if you are sending it out for critiquing. If you have a weak plot or characters, you will likely swamp your reviewers with typos, extra words, etc. if you don't do a grammar edit. At this st...
by casnow
January 19th, 2010, 10:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Copywritten or not??
Replies: 12
Views: 2210

Re: Copywritten or not??

I think using brand names is perfectly acceptable, as long as you use them for description... if he's driving his Ferrari, and then you go onto describe how it is a terrible ride, breaks down every other month, and how it shifts poorly than you might better be off using the generic "Italian sports c...
by casnow
January 17th, 2010, 10:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: the drawer novel
Replies: 16
Views: 2811

Re: the drawer novel

I don't think it has to be a dead novel, but I know that I can personally see my stories/plot/character development improving with each attempt. However, when I look at attempt #1, I feel like it's a good story, just not written in a strong voice. So, I'm tempted to go through it after I finish my c...