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by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 6:38 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2656

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

But, as I and others have pointed out elsewhere in these Forums and on Nathan's blog, the best-selling e-books are as much or more expensive than mass market or even trade paperbacks. It seems readers value such e-books more than some writers do!
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 6:12 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: DIY Pub
Replies: 13
Views: 1880

Re: DIY Pub

Heyjude, don't call yourself pathetic and cynical. That's our job. Gotham writing courses? Now THERE'S an idea! Forget the Smart Car. It's so small it may not even hurt the people you run over, much less kill them. Steal the Batmobile! Anyone who survives getting knocked down will be incinerated by ...
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 2:15 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: The European E-book Market

Good story, David! Your friend honestly admits only inconvenience stops him from stealing. So he probably would steal a car if the law was enforced more laxly. And I don't think cutting the price of all new cars to $500 would help the very large problem of car theft. Thanks for the invitation to fur...
by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 10:35 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Double agents?
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Double agents?

Double agents? Blofeld? That's it! I'm hiring James Bond. I want my readers shaken, not stirred, and 007 can liquidate the opposition. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it doesn't stand a chance against the Walter PPK. Moneypenny can handle my paperwork. And Q can make me a Kindle disguise...
by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 6:19 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: The European E-book Market

Thanks David for all your replies. You won't be surprised to hear I disagree with your first three points. I agree with point 4. I also agree with points 5 and 6, but only within their limits, meaning I agree some people will do such things but do not consider their piracy justified. I mostly disagr...
by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 5:24 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: The European E-book Market

I read your 1,500 words with great interest, David, and commented on them, possibly twice, once in the wrong post. Apologies if so. Or maybe Wordpress swallowed my comments. So, I'll reiterate my thoughts here:- I take it French law prevents discounting BY more than 5% of list price rather than BELO...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 10:51 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2656

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

Interesting, but 'somewhere authoritative' does not sound very authoritative to me. And hardly any of my thousand or more books has ever been read by anyone other than me. And some of them not even by me yet. Or maybe ever.
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 10:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Story Beyond the Story - An Inspirational Blog Post
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Re: The Story Beyond the Story - An Inspirational Blog Post

Surprise! Surprise! There's a DRAGON on the cover! Who'd have expected that? A GREEN dragon, as distinct from a blue, red or brown dragon!

But seriously, this is an inspiring tale. BTW, I began writing at fifteen too, but it's taking me just a LITTLE longer to complete my trilogy...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 3:30 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: DIY Pub
Replies: 13
Views: 1880

Re: DIY Pub

So you steal a Smart Car and use it to run over all your friends, and all 80 agents. No more laughing or sniggering after that! Then you steal a Kindle and download your own e-book from a pirate site.
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 2:56 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Comparing e-books and the music industry
Replies: 7
Views: 1072

Re: Comparing e-books and the music industry

Good points, Sommer. And, as I've said before, music has no equivalent to a paper book, no way of enjoying music without a machine. It's also interesting that, despite much talk about the 99 cent e-books, the best-selling e-books are much more expensive, often more than a trade paperback, not to min...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 2:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dream sequences -- too cliched?
Replies: 14
Views: 1856

Re: Dream sequences -- too cliched?

Good points, Margo. There is indeed much misplaced bitterness and hatred on the part of writers for agents and editors and readers. There's no accounting for taste and people can disagree without being disagreeable. I would pay great attention to what an agent, editor or reader said about my writing...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 2:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What to do with parents?
Replies: 16
Views: 3019

Re: What to do with parents?

Immediately after my teenage protagonist is finally separated from his parents, the ocean liner he is traveling on is attacked by saboteurs, an entire fleet of Fascist fishing boats and whalers, and dozens of 500 foot long sea snakes. His parents still being there probably would not have made much d...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 1:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Using 'this' in past tense
Replies: 15
Views: 2777

Re: Using 'this' in past tense

I like your description of the first person as a guided meditation, Margo. Indeed it is. Interesting that guided meditations are usually written in the second person. And the old multiple choice CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURES beloved of Nathan and others were second person too. And you can hardly get mo...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 1:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dream sequences -- too cliched?
Replies: 14
Views: 1856

Re: Dream sequences -- too cliched?

I read with the author has written. I don't mind what he/she calls it. Prologues, flashbacks, epilogues, acts, chapters, they're all just part of the story to me. Dreams likewise. All of every novel is a dream sequence really, even if based on fact. I don't mind novels starting with dreams, or the w...
by J. T. SHEA
April 19th, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Using 'this' in past tense
Replies: 15
Views: 2777

Re: Using 'this' in past tense

Interesting that you find the second person pronoun distracting and distancing in first person stories, Margo. I find it quite the opposite. I use it at the start of my trilogy in a manner something like Nigel's. Mind you, my narrator is a cub reporter addressing the readers of a populist newspaper....