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by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 1:13 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books
Replies: 14
Views: 4855

Re: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books

As someone who wants to see the publishing industry financially successful, and as someone who wants to sell lots of hardcovers some day, I think this move makes perfect sense. Here's something I'm not sure I understand, though. Let's say a hardcover retails for $30. How much does the publisher mak...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 12:28 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Monkeys vs. Bears
Replies: 63
Views: 25805

Re: Monkeys vs. Bears

Emily White wrote:Bears, of course! What can monkeys do? Throw poo??
Never underestimate the power of poo throwing.
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:55 am
Forum: Books
Topic: ebook news: wsj
Replies: 1
Views: 1053

Re: ebook news: wsj

Thanks for the link. Actually already started a discussion here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=59
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:39 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: To bury or to resurrect? That is the question.
Replies: 6
Views: 1862

Re: To bury or to resurrect? That is the question.

I think only you can answer whether to pull it out of the drawer, but I will say that any novel that has been in there for an extended length of time would at the very least need a big overhaul to bring it up to the present stylistically. Ultimately, 99% of the time a novel going to sell because of ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:36 am
Forum: Books
Topic: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW
Replies: 20
Views: 5195

Re: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW

"Well, when you break the universe..." Dude, this is potentially a great line for marketing! (Assuming it isn't already being used as such. And I don't necessarily mean paid for by your publisher...although, given the right publisher, who knows. I certainly wouldn't dismiss mentioning it to them ou...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write the same genre you read?
Replies: 46
Views: 14218

Re: Do you write the same genre you read?

Great question!

I actually don't read very much science fiction these days, and yet I wrote a science fiction novel. Go figure. I read it much more when I was younger though. Mostly I just like reading a little bit of every genre.
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Trouble defining genre
Replies: 11
Views: 3203

Re: Trouble defining genre

Yeah, as Scott and Mary say you have to narrow it down to one. Even if it's a book that's really science fiction but with fantasy elements or fantasy with science fiction elements, it needs to have a base.
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:27 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books
Replies: 14
Views: 4855

Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books

The right place for the e-book is after the hardcover but before the paperback," said Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS Corp. "We believe some people will be disappointed. But with new [electronic] readers coming and sales booming, we need to do this now, before the inst...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 3:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Trouble defining genre
Replies: 11
Views: 3203

Re: Trouble defining genre

When in doubt: go with whatever section in the bookstore you think it would be stocked under.
by Nathan Bransford
December 8th, 2009, 9:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 13804

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

I'm a definite outliner. I don't like the feeling of not knowing where things are going!
by Nathan Bransford
December 8th, 2009, 8:49 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW
Replies: 20
Views: 5195

Re: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW

Mary E. Ulrich wrote:Are you allowed to tell us what "the cosmic space kapow" is?

Is it the name of a planet?

Should we play 100 questions?
Well, when you break the universe....
by Nathan Bransford
December 8th, 2009, 7:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Peer Critique TW REVISED
Replies: 11
Views: 3422

Re: Query Peer Critique TW

I would love to get objective opinions on my query. I'm tough skinned, and interested to see how others feel about it. Thanks, in advance. TW Dear Awesome Agent: Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a few secrets of her own. When Wayne, a client’s abusive boyfriend, de...
by Nathan Bransford
December 8th, 2009, 7:42 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Good-Bye Man (round three coming up)
Replies: 31
Views: 7546

Re: My father had nothing to do with making that ship disappear.

My father had nothing to do with making that ship disappear. Probably. But when one’s own Dad is prominently mentioned in a book about a World War II Navy shipyard experiment gone awry, his name will forever after be associated with that rumored event. Thomas Townsend Brown was a gentle man and a d...