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by A.M.Kuska
April 11th, 2010, 2:05 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How many years until 50% e-book sales?
Replies: 13
Views: 5129

Re: How many years until 50% e-book sales?

If I had a kindle when I was in college, I might have a criminal justice degree right now. I quit, as a straight A student, because I could not lug the books around. 3 back to back classes, all requiring a textbook the size of a Gutenberg Bible. Each class was in some obscure portion of the campus t...
by A.M.Kuska
April 11th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just got a new puppy...
Replies: 36
Views: 8930

Re: Just got a new puppy...

Aspiring...I work as a dog groomer. Every day of my life people are shoving their small dogs teeth first in my face, saying at the same time, "He bites. You'll need a muzzle." Rocco does not bite. He doesn't bite even if you stick your finger in his mouth. He does not bark. He does not scratch. He d...
by A.M.Kuska
April 11th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Question about manuscript readers
Replies: 17
Views: 2811

Re: Question about manuscript readers

I usually don't get past the first three chapters because by the end of the third chapter I'm just repeating the same thing over, and over, and over again. I used to edit novels all the time for my friends, but after someone sent me a 200,000 word novel with incorrect dialogue tags, and asked me to ...
by A.M.Kuska
April 8th, 2010, 10:08 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

Ooooh, I'm definitely going to use this for my current and future projects. Thanks so much for sharing!
by A.M.Kuska
April 6th, 2010, 10:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite drink while writing (or procrastinating)?
Replies: 22
Views: 5629

Re: Favorite drink while writing (or procrastinating)?

I go to starbucks when I need to focus, and anymore, to get away from puppy. I order a "surprise" which is whatever the lady feels like making me. No black coffee. No tea. ^^
by A.M.Kuska
April 6th, 2010, 10:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

What an intriguing idea! Would you mind sharing how you divided it up?
by A.M.Kuska
April 6th, 2010, 10:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11974

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

I was told to look at them as the piece of accent jewelry you put on with your favorite outfit. A bracelet here, necklace there is beautiful and adds to your work. 50 necklaces makes it look like don't know how to dress.
by A.M.Kuska
April 5th, 2010, 10:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

I'm surprised to hear you say this, because "Writing the Breakout Novel" seemed to me appropriate reading at the ground level of writing (both in experience and on a particular project) or anywhere during writing or revision, for strengthening the work. It is highly inspirational as well as nutty-b...
by A.M.Kuska
April 5th, 2010, 3:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

I like it best out of all of his books, but I don't recommend starting with it until you have a complete novel as polished as you can make it. The handbook assumes you are already a decent writer who wants to take the next step. It skips over the basic mistakes that every new writer makes, and goes ...
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 10:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Will my MC's name kill my chances?
Replies: 24
Views: 7174

Re: Will my MC's name kill my chances?

When I saw difficult names as kid, it wasn't necessarily a turn off for me. Granted all reading stopped, I stared at the name, and went over it 3 or 4 times trying to figure out how the author wanted it pronounced. If I did not want to handicap myself by trying to read it, I assigned the person my o...
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 9:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

Another place you might want to check is www.critiquecircle.com It's fantastic if you don't mind putting out as much as you get.
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 8:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

Holly Lisle is an aquaintence of mine. ^^ I doubt she remembers me, but she helped me get started in writing, and I have absolute confidence any workshop or book of hers is worth the money. I own four of her books, and want a fifth one, Sympathy for the Devil . You can read it online for free if you...
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 6:38 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?
Replies: 33
Views: 10977

Re: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?

I'm so sick of seeing all those stupid YA covers so common you can't tell one from the other. The pink cover with the blue jeans on it. The yellow one with the scarf. The photo of some persons eyes/mouth/fooot. >.< I don't even pick those up.
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 6:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13985

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

While The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was probably the most important book in my life, I don't think I've read it as often as the Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I can't get enough of studying those three books, how they're put together, the great lines, the smooth flow. I've read them so many ti...
by A.M.Kuska
April 4th, 2010, 6:26 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Sorry, I'd be writing but I bought an iPad...
Replies: 7
Views: 1699

Re: Sorry, I'd be writing but I bought an iPad...

Is iPad cheaper than the kindle? My issue is price, though I can definitely see the convenience. All the books I want and no one to gripe about shelf space...imagine <3