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by Doug Pardee
August 14th, 2012, 11:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Help with using the word "the"
Replies: 9
Views: 1785

Re: Help with using the word "the"

The case of the vessel is easy. It's "the Nevermore ", with the ship's name in italics. Ship names are always italicized and capitalized ( Chicago Manual of Style 16e, section 8.115), and almost never contain the word "the" as part of the name proper. If it did contain the word "the", then "the" wil...
by Doug Pardee
August 13th, 2012, 6:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get permission for using lyrics in a novel?
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: How do you get permission for using lyrics in a novel?

Also bear in mind that putting other people's work in "your" novel is lazy writing. A reference to a short "hook" or title is usually okay, but anything that runs a line or more is probably best replaced by something original. (Yes, there are always exceptions to everything.)
by Doug Pardee
August 9th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Where to Start with Sci-fi
Replies: 16
Views: 3932

Re: Where to Start with Sci-fi

Where would a fantasy geek like me start into the sci-fi genre? Sci-fi is, arguably, not a genre. Most of what passes for sci-fi today is fantasy. There has been much argument over the years about what science fiction is and isn't, to the extent that I'm of the mind that what science fiction isn't ...
by Doug Pardee
July 27th, 2012, 1:34 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Please flag posts with suspicious signatures
Replies: 13
Views: 5944

Re: Please flag posts with suspicious signatures

I don't know how well it'll work with phpBB, but with Drupal I've had great success with: Posting restricted to logged-in members, Member sign-up requires e-mail verification step, and StopForumSpam to prevent sign-up of known spammers, based on e-mail address and IP address. Approximately 3/4 of th...
by Doug Pardee
July 20th, 2012, 3:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Tips
Replies: 10
Views: 4502

Re: Writing Tips

At the Publishers Weekly "Tip Sheet," "5 Writing Tips from Tana French".
by Doug Pardee
July 19th, 2012, 12:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Pearson buys vanity press Author Solutions
Replies: 1
Views: 861

Pearson buys vanity press Author Solutions

Publishers Weekly is reporting that Pearson, the largest book publisher in the world and the corporate owner of Penguin, has bought vanity publisher Author Solutions for $116 million (US). Author Solutions has acquired a rather negative reputation in a number of quarters, and I'm curious to see if ...
by Doug Pardee
July 18th, 2012, 6:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My thorny plot mess .....HELP!
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: My thorny plot mess .....HELP!

Preacher wrote:Their conversation is going to be cut short when guys with guns show up
Raymond Chandler would approve. 8-)
by Doug Pardee
June 20th, 2012, 11:53 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When can you tell the gender of a writer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3390

Re: When can you tell the gender of a writer?

I dunno... for those types of characters — tough women — it's difficult to put a feminine edge on them. I'm not sure it's necessary. From a commercial standpoint, it appears that this isn't a big concern. In Carl Sagan's movie Contact , Ellie could just as easily have been a man with almost no chang...
by Doug Pardee
June 6th, 2012, 3:36 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: LinkedIn passwords stolen
Replies: 4
Views: 3206

LinkedIn passwords stolen

If you have a LinkedIn account, you should seriously consider changing the password immediately. Millions of LinkedIn passwords, perhaps all of them, have been stolen. News story: http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/06/8-million-leaked-passwords-connected-to-linkedin/ LinkedIn's Twitter feed: https...
by Doug Pardee
May 14th, 2012, 7:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy
Replies: 34
Views: 11974

Re: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy

I think the publisher is trying to reduce e-book spending by pricing it as high as the hardcover. The publisher is simply trying to make as much money as possible. A lot of people are going to buy the e-book at $20. Some will buy the hardcover instead. No real difference to the publisher; they make...
by Doug Pardee
May 14th, 2012, 12:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Manuscript Font
Replies: 7
Views: 2146

Re: Manuscript Font

The almost universal rule is 12-point, double-spaced. Note that MS Word's idea of "double-spaced" is a bit different from more classic definitions of the term. However, Word is so widely used that it's probably best to just use its idea of double-spacing if you're using Word. Courier fonts are prett...
by Doug Pardee
April 11th, 2012, 5:55 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Justice Dept Lawsuit Moving Forward
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

Re: Justice Dept Lawsuit Moving Forward

The investigation and lawsuit isn't about the contracts themselves. The investigation and lawsuit is about how those contracts came about. Specifically, the DoJ is charging that Apple and the five publishers all got together and decided, "Okay, here's what we're gonna do..." which is collusion. You'...
by Doug Pardee
April 11th, 2012, 2:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Justice Dept Lawsuit Moving Forward
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

Three publishing houses settle

As expected, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon&Schuster have reached a settlement with the Department of Justice. The proposed settlement (to be approved by the court) calls for a 2-year moratorium on retail-price controls, cancellation of Most Favored Nation clauses in e-bookstore contracts, and a...
by Doug Pardee
April 1st, 2012, 1:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ending your novel on a sad note
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Re: Ending your novel on a sad note

Two of the comments you'd gotten suggested that the ending was unclear. That's a different matter. I think that, by and large, short stories are given some latitude to finish ambiguously, but novels aren't. "I read 350 pages and I still don't find out what happened?" But you're the author, and it's ...