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by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 6:38 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Curtis Brown Australia, or US?
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Curtis Brown Australia, or US?

Dear Nathan, If an Australian author submits to Curtis Brown Australia, is it synonomous with submitting to same company in US, or does it assume Aust. exposure only? Are overseas authors 'too hard' for US agents to deal with? (I'm not talking personality, but international 'red tape'.) We have onl...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 6:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

Shite, bloody, etc. and other Britannic swears don't really get used excepts by weirdos like myself and immigrants, so really most people probably won't even blink an eye at those. Actually most people won't really react to anything. In my experience we Americans tend to be game on violence and swe...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 6:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

Well by Boudicca's buttocks, such a topic to tackle so early in the day! I don't know where you are getting your information, eringayles, but really, most Americans aren't too prudish when it comes to the printed word. I wouldn't worry too much about it, and if there IS something terribly offensive...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 5:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

i'm not a person who curses in everyday life (only when i'm very angry or in a lot of pain.) but i can't think of any words that would turn mainstream america against your novel. but you do need to watch out. profanity is like salt. it spices up the language, gives it more appeal. but too much and....
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 5:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

What does "roots" mean? I hope I don't DAMN you to HELL by telling you, Taylor, but it means (whisper) 'having inter. . .' you know what. Ditto the previous poster. Most Americans--at least the ones I know--don't balk at foul language in books as long as it's consistent with the character. As for r...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 11:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41268

Re: Share your opening sentence!

GeeGee55 wrote:Hillsy and Shandy Shin you've got something special. Here's mine and I don't really like it myself:

The Kelman baby died early in the strange, hot spring of 1938.
You SHOULD like it. It's got that 'something' that sends spiders down your spine.
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41268

Re: Share your opening sentence!

thecolour wrote:Yea! First post. Anyway, I'm kind of hating it right now, but here it is.

"At the end of a very short lane sits a very large house with far too many windows and hardly any doors. "
I like it. It's quirky.
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 10:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

taylormillgirl wrote:What does "roots" mean?
I hope I don't DAMN you to HELL by telling you, Taylor, but it means (whisper) 'having inter. . .' you know what.
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 10:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Recommendations - Books on Grammar
Replies: 9
Views: 1442

Re: Recommendations - Books on Grammar

kristi wrote:I second the Strunk and White Elements of Style.
Me too - and it's Steven King's favourite. King's 'On Writing' is worth a look, too, although the last half is autobiography. Very interesting, though.
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 10:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Swearwords. US vs. the rest

I'm Australian. Let's say I use swearwords in a story. I know that the 'big guns' (the four-letter horribles) are used internationally, but it seems anomalous that swearwords that even posh ladies (like me) use, are considered nasty in America. Even when I'm praying, I use: 'bloody', 'shite', 'damn'...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 9:42 am
Forum: Books
Topic: chapter quotes
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: chapter quotes

Note: Erin was right about the songs. That does require legal permission. And often money. Ick. Poetry is much friendlier. :) Ink and Holly, Thanks again, you two. I owe you a beer!! Regards, Eringayles. Now, just a hypothetical to keep your grey cells active: I know an author who is using an entir...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 9:26 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Curtis Brown Australia, or US?
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Curtis Brown Australia, or US?

Americans will take you on (assuming you have what they want). I don't think they're too worried about red tape. I'm a Canuck myself, land of icy exotica. And donuts. I don't think agents mind. Particularly if I send them some of the donuts. I think I'm in love - not because you said I should submi...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 9:08 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Curtis Brown Australia, or US?
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Curtis Brown Australia, or US?

Dear Nathan, If an Australian author submits to Curtis Brown Australia, is it synonomous with submitting to same company in US, or does it assume Aust. exposure only? Are overseas authors 'too hard' for US agents to deal with? (I'm not talking personality, but international 'red tape'.) We have only...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: Books
Topic: chapter quotes
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: chapter quotes

Thanks Ink and Holly. BUT no matter who included Poe's work in a book of poetry, would I still have to cite that editor? It would be an editor, because Edgar Allan Poe, the author, died in (I think ) around 1876. This makes me assume that I'd be free to use without citation or permission, and may ev...
by eringayles
March 5th, 2010, 7:10 am
Forum: Books
Topic: chapter quotes
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

chapter quotes

WHEN USING CHAPTER QUOTES (eg. from poetry) Is it permissible to split lines? Line 1 - Soon again I heard a tapping.... Line 2 (from a different verse) - And the raven never flitting still is sitting, still is sitting. Another question - The above punctuation is as written in my copy of The Raven. I...