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by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 10:35 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Double agents?
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

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: 1431

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: 1431

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: 2482

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: 411

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: 1733

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: 974

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: 1585

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: 2654

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: 2554

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: 1585

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: 2554

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....
by J. T. SHEA
April 18th, 2011, 1:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What to do with parents?
Replies: 16
Views: 2654

Re: What to do with parents?

The absentee YA and MG parent archetype could be as much an opportunity as a problem. Long before I ever heard of it I used it in my YA Steampunk Trilogy as a plot device. Jimmy, my teenage protagonist, strives to join a great sea-borne expedition in search of a lost city. He eventually gets on boar...
by J. T. SHEA
April 18th, 2011, 11:58 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: A Publisher dealing with American Indians
Replies: 11
Views: 1520

Re: A Publisher dealing with American Indians

Just use Irish characters instead. I hereby grant you all full permission to use elements of our culture, religion and heritage (which we no longer guard with high explosives, so don't worry) and the names of our deceased persons (but do print a warning at the beginning of the book about my grandunc...
by J. T. SHEA
April 16th, 2011, 3:24 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: YA Fantasy "Hidden in Plain Sight" First Two Pages
Replies: 5
Views: 1555

Re: YA Fantasy "Hidden in Plain Sight" First Two Pages

Good stuff, Wordranger! Your opening pages are both matter-of-fact and portentuous in the best sense of the word. Childhood vs adulthood. Peripheral vs central. Freedom vs authoritarianism. Plenty of dualities established early. You start with a bored kid and end (this section) with the King of the ...