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by Doug Pardee
March 8th, 2012, 6:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Participle Phrases and Dangling Modifiers
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: Participle Phrases and Dangling Modifiers

From a big title by a Big Name author: Night had fully fallen, and in the bushes she could hear the croaking of frogs. Aaargh! She wasn't in the bushes. The frogs were in the bushes. Let's fix that: ... and she could hear the croaking of frogs in the bushes. Aargh again. She not only could hear the ...
by Doug Pardee
March 8th, 2012, 6:24 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Dorchester Publishing is gone
Replies: 1
Views: 761

Dorchester Publishing is gone

The doors are closed at Dorchester, and all real, personal, and intellectual property are in foreclosure.

In a sneaky legal move, the owner of Dorchester foreclosed on his own company. By doing that, he put himself ahead of most other creditors in the priority list for who gets paid.
by Doug Pardee
March 8th, 2012, 5:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scene
Replies: 13
Views: 1978

Re: Scene

You can't win. Aunt Martha has no imagination and demands that you supply every tiny detail, while your friend Bobby objects that you're overloading him with tons of pointless description that just slows your story down. In the end, it's your manuscript, and you have to make the choices. If the crit...
by Doug Pardee
February 3rd, 2012, 2:24 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Dorchester going under
Replies: 2
Views: 1458

Dorchester going under

It looks like Dorchester Publishing is down for the count . As of Tuesday they don't have any editors left , and from the sounds of it, they don't have any funds left. For a couple of years, authors have been complaining that Dorchester hasn't been paying them their royalties, hasn't reverted rights...
by Doug Pardee
January 25th, 2012, 6:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

Re: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal

I'm certainly not an expert, but to me, "paranormal" means ghosts and ESP, while "urban fantasy" means fairies and magic in a contemporary setting. Paranormal also tends to be lighter, while urban fantasy tends to be darker.
by Doug Pardee
January 17th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Google Blogger considered spam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2425

Blogging - plus and minus

Sommer Leigh pretty much covered it. Especially this part: "Don’t blog if that’s not something that will make you happy even if no one ever shows up to read you." To which I'll add: blog if you have something to say. Don't blog if all you're doing is just trying to promote something, because nobody ...
by Doug Pardee
January 13th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: A self-pub advantage: financial agility
Replies: 1
Views: 832

A self-pub advantage: financial agility

Self-published author Diane Duane (fantasy and YA fantasy) has encountered an unexpected short-term financial problem: someone apparently skimmed her credit card and has emptied her bank account . In order to get some working cash until the bank's fraud department has completed its investigation, sh...
by Doug Pardee
January 12th, 2012, 6:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Copyright Issue
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Copyright Issue

You don't say where you live, which matters quite a bit. Laws vary from place to place. What I'd do, where I live (California), is to ignore the lawyer's letter. He's not threatening anything, and from what you've said, he can't threaten anything. He's just asking, and is using his letterhead as a w...
by Doug Pardee
December 27th, 2011, 1:02 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: E-book sales growth slowing
Replies: 5
Views: 2961

E-book sales growth slowing

The last few monthly reports from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) have shown that the stunning rate of growth of e-book sales has been heading toward "not quit so stunning" territory. For October, AAP reports that e-book sales (US, wholesale dollars) were up only 81% compared with the p...
by Doug Pardee
December 21st, 2011, 4:43 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Is a prolouge too long?
Replies: 5
Views: 1704

Re: Is a prolouge too long?

I'm generally with Matt. Whenever I see a prologue in genre fiction, my immediate reaction is "oh dear." It's usually a sign that the author hasn't put the effort into figuring out how to structure the writing, and has decided instead to just give us an infodump up front, or decided that chapter 1 w...
by Doug Pardee
December 19th, 2011, 4:42 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Do you read indie/self-pubbed books?
Replies: 11
Views: 2602

Re: Do you read indie/self-pubbed books?

you can download a free sample. Invest a few minutes to see if the writer grabs you This. For fiction, I read only e-books. I do a lot of screening based on genre, cover (sorry, folks, but I do consider a poor cover a disqualification because it indicates a lazy writer), "back cover" blurb, reader ...
by Doug Pardee
December 12th, 2011, 11:53 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Bilbary - united e-book store for big publishers?
Replies: 5
Views: 1920

Re: Bilbary - united e-book store for big publishers?

Thanks for the update. I've edited my original posting to reflect this new information.
by Doug Pardee
December 12th, 2011, 11:44 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: E-book ISBNs: BISG releases crazy recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: E-book ISBNs: BISG releases crazy recommendations

One thing my e-book designer told me is that having different ISBNs will protect you from Amazon's auto-pricing horrors. If you have a different ISBN on an E-Pub that you want to price lower than the MOBI (Kindle) then they can't lower the price on you. I don't know this for a fact, but I think tha...
by Doug Pardee
December 9th, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: E-book ISBNs: BISG releases crazy recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

E-book ISBNs: BISG releases crazy recommendations

The Book Industry Study Group has just released recommendations for ISBN assignment to e-books (PDF) . And I have to wonder how much eggnog they drank while coming up with these. According to BISG: If you release your e-book in both Amazon and EPUB formats, you need two separate ISBNs. If your EPUB ...
by Doug Pardee
December 5th, 2011, 5:17 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Bilbary - united e-book store for big publishers?
Replies: 5
Views: 1920

Bilbary - united e-book store for big publishers?

Over at Publishers Weekly there's an article about former Waterstone's boss Tim Coates's new venture: an e-book store called Bilbary (http://bilbary.com/). Reading between the lines, this sounds like an Orbitz for the big publishers. Bilbary gives them a common sales point that is extremely big-publ...