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by siebendach
March 29th, 2011, 10:04 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How NOT to respond to reviews.
Replies: 43
Views: 10778

Re: How NOT to respond to reviews.

I know she was self-published from the post, but I wonder if one big thing self-publishing lacks is the support system an author gets with an agent and editors and networking access to other authors publishing with their same company or at the same time. I wonder if this author doesn't have that ki...
by siebendach
March 27th, 2011, 9:06 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have an author page on Facebook?
Replies: 14
Views: 4954

Re: Do you have an author page on Facebook?

Goodness, no . . . I'm still trying to navigate my way through Facebook's instructions linked on Polenth's earlier post --- which you'll notice is almost twenty days old! How sad is that!
by siebendach
March 27th, 2011, 11:41 am
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3365

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Thanks for responding. I'm so interested in hearing different people's perspectives on these things. I can see that . . . again, I'm saying all this in the context of how great that series really is. It's a great fantasy series, with some expert worldbuilding that goes down smooth, despite its comp...
by siebendach
March 26th, 2011, 8:33 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3365

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Would you mind sharing how you would have presented such a character? Gee, that's a tough question. Not an easy one for me to answer, and still be fair to J.K. Rowling. After all, she had to effectively answer the questions of how she was going to handle everything, while undertaking the effort of ...
by siebendach
March 25th, 2011, 8:50 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: services provided by publishing houses?
Replies: 18
Views: 8678

Re: services provided by publishing houses?

I guess I never believed traditional authors received much in the way of editing, art, or sales services from their publishing houses either. Can anyone tell me any fiction book (new author, old author, anyone) that's being advertised by a traditional publisher --- anywhere? As far as I can see, al...
by siebendach
March 25th, 2011, 8:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can my story goal change mid story
Replies: 5
Views: 2418

Re: Can my story goal change mid story

It sounds like you're good to go. You had me when you said the protag got the rug pulled out from under him. I'd be disappointed if the protag just got bored, said "what the hell" and decided to stop chasing a serial killer to go surfing in Bali. But if he finds that the guy he's been chasing for tw...
by siebendach
March 25th, 2011, 8:32 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3365

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Draco Malfoy's just too over the top . . . might as well name the guy Cockroach McEvil. It's just hitting the reader over the head with a sign that says: "You're not allowed to like this person!" It's already bit overbearing to have that character --- an obvious rival to the hero --- constantly unde...
by siebendach
March 25th, 2011, 10:27 am
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3365

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

That would be Draco Malfoy.
by siebendach
March 21st, 2011, 11:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When is fiction YA?
Replies: 15
Views: 2327

Re: When is fiction YA?

I don't write YA, but someone recently gave me a qualification regarding the category that I don't think has been mentioned yet. Yes, the protag has to be of the appropriate age. My friend (who read a lot of YA, and whose children read it now) also adds that it's important to have a lack of helpful ...
by siebendach
March 17th, 2011, 10:44 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have an author page on Facebook?
Replies: 14
Views: 4954

Re: Do you have an author page on Facebook?

pensees wrote:Come on over and "like" me!
Done! It's the least I can do for your kind reminder that I should get around to asking someone how to do this.

And anyone who chooses a memorial to "the Macraes who served in World War II" to be in the limited space for photos at the top of the page can't be all bad!
by siebendach
March 17th, 2011, 10:40 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have an author page on Facebook?
Replies: 14
Views: 4954

Re: Do you have an author page on Facebook?

I'm embarrassed to say this, but . . . I don't have any idea how to make an author page. Can anyone provide a link to an explanation? Sorry to be so dense
by siebendach
March 17th, 2011, 10:38 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Reader Poll: Sex in Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 7717

Re: Reader Poll: Sex in Fiction

All of my personal experience is that it's the male readers who don't like explicit sex. I've passed my work around a lot of betas, in different critique groups. My WiPs are what appear, on the surface, to be "male friendly": a male protag who engages in gory violence, and has casual sex with many w...
by siebendach
March 17th, 2011, 10:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your first Pargraph!
Replies: 80
Views: 25714

Re: Your first Pargraph!

Love the change sierra. In fact, I'd take it a step further: replace "because I was given" with the single word, "with". IMO, the first sentence is a little early to explain the nuances of how the protag got the power --- and, unless the protag is a VERY unusual lifeform, most people will assume tha...
by siebendach
January 13th, 2011, 7:42 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: JA Konrath
Replies: 32
Views: 5814

Re: JA Konrath

Wait a minute . . . how are any of these sales numbers verified? I don't doubt the gist of what Konrath is saying. But how do so many authors know their own books' sales figures? I figured that was nigh impossible before BookScan. Does that mean BookScan's available to the public somewhere? I rememb...
by siebendach
January 3rd, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: The L word
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: The L word

There was a time when a lot of Americans had a lawyer they called "their lawyer" --- a generalist who handled all the ordinary stuff that comes up in an ordinary person's life: looked over their business contracts, did their wills, handled all their real estate purchases, registered their company na...