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by Hillsy
October 24th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many Characters do you have?
Replies: 34
Views: 12056

Re: How many Characters do you have?

<<<<*I'll go with me first trunk novel cos that's the largest and the one I probably know best*>>>> OK - well I guess this constitues "epic" as it's 195K at last revision. 2 POV characters (Yep, that's all. I've yet to top 4 in any novel, and I don't write small) Now I'd constitute a major character...
by Hillsy
October 10th, 2012, 6:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The art of the one sentence synopsis
Replies: 20
Views: 3635

Re: The art of the one sentence synopsis

It's like magic. Only wizards have this skill. It kind of is - Stephen King called it telepathy, but magic is just as close. You're basically designing a vast tree-shaped (dendriformic?) structure, but you're only drawing the very tips of the leaves and a tiny part of the trunk. THEN you've got to ...
by Hillsy
October 8th, 2012, 10:04 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Where have all the Review Bloggers gone?
Replies: 8
Views: 5281

Re: Where have all the Review Bloggers gone?

With thousands of new authors hoping against hope to make it to the top, will we all need to find other avenues to reach a potential audience? Short answer: Kind of Long answer: Not all authors will need to change tactics. Problem is the ratio of success to failure will drop as more people enter th...
by Hillsy
October 8th, 2012, 6:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm
Replies: 9
Views: 2090

Re: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm

Tips n tricks, tips n tricks, tips n tricks....hmmmm Ok well I've kinda had to do something like this before - One of my novels has a chapter in a dimension where scale is removed. So drawing on that. What did I do.....lemme think.... 1) What is it? Sounds obvious but its actually pretty important. ...
by Hillsy
October 4th, 2012, 6:40 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4623

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

There may yet be a reason to make this a serial, but why can't a reader just do that on their own? For the same reason TV series don't just realease an 18 hour TV program and ask viewers to just pause it whenever they want, rather than breaking it into 24 x 45 min episodes. Why? it's nothing to do ...
by Hillsy
October 1st, 2012, 10:04 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Open Doors @ Harper Collins Voyager
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Re: Open Doors @ Harper Collins Voyager

Only fair, I guess, that I help out the Bransforumers.... The submission portal is now open: http://harpervoyagerbooks.com/2012/10/01/the-submission-portal-is-now-open/ Make sure you read the FAQs.....Though there does seen to be some issue on the length of the synopsis and what that means, so might...
by Hillsy
September 27th, 2012, 8:38 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4623

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

The fact the wordcount moves into 7 figures isn't really an issue. There's plenty of completed series that top that figure, some many times over (I've just started re-reading the Wheel of Time in preparation for the final book in January). My issue would be: an a novel of that size that isn't split ...
by Hillsy
September 24th, 2012, 7:01 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

On Amazon, for example, you can only choose two categories. Common strategy on this is to choose two fairly narrow categories, in the hopes of rising to the top. Choosing a category that doesn't actually apply to you book is counterproductive, because you're giving up one that does. The majority of...
by Hillsy
September 20th, 2012, 11:25 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

******Warning - this post contains a rant. This is largely an outpouring of annoyed, frustrated thoughts and is not designed to be a fully coherent, well constructed argument. If you wish to take up any of these points please remember that the opinions within are put down in the full knowledge they...
by Hillsy
September 20th, 2012, 9:59 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

There's 2 points at work here and I think you're not considering both of them: 1) Reader searches 2) Self-Pub writers wanting a way to signify that they are professionals Point 1) is what you're talking about (I'll come to it later). However, Point 2 is the interesting thing because judging by many ...
by Hillsy
September 17th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

My impression is that Americans (and maybe others) generally are either ignorant or apathetic about writing quality, at least in genre fiction. They read to be entertained. They'll even deal with a poorly-constructed story is fine as long as it's entertaining. My personal guess is that maybe 10-15%...
by Hillsy
September 17th, 2012, 6:59 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Re: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

Because of the mass volume, I don't think there's any one system that will ever keep up with it, though I think at some point in the future we are going to see a site or a series of sites dedicated to various genres that will become the next gen gatekeepers, except these will be made up of readers,...
by Hillsy
September 17th, 2012, 8:20 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Think Tank: Fashioning an "approved" stamp

A name popped up on a blog I follow, M.R.Mathias, and I recalled the Mathias Meltdown I'd read about before. If you don't know the controversy - plug in either "mathais meltdown" or "the man who thought he was king" into google and have a read...don't worry, I'll wait. Anyway, I analysed my opinion,...
by Hillsy
September 14th, 2012, 7:26 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Open Doors @ Harper Collins Voyager
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Open Doors @ Harper Collins Voyager

Hi Guys Just in case this hasn't appeared on your radar - Harper Voyager are taking unagented Manuscripts for a 2 week period in October (1st to 14th)..... I know alerting you all has diminished my own chances somewhat - but we keep getting told this isn't a competition, right? PS: their submissions...
by Hillsy
September 13th, 2012, 10:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Language Spectrum
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: Language Spectrum

Context: He's showing disappointment while in conversation while walking in a cave..... Interesting that you all put (in this instance) the job of understanding in the reader's lap - (albeit after the writer has constructed something that can be understood). You're right that in context I don't thin...