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by Rachel Ventura
March 17th, 2012, 9:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Developmental editors - how to cover the cost?
Replies: 6
Views: 1773

Developmental editors - how to cover the cost?

I have done some research into developmental editors (different from the in-house editors at pub co's -- these folks help you to get a WIP "whipped" into shape before sending it out to an agent). And I am a fan of editor Alan Rinzler's blog, The Book Deal , which is also linked to on Nathan's blogro...
by Rachel Ventura
February 29th, 2012, 2:35 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Best social-networking to enlist a collaborator?
Replies: 2
Views: 1742

Best social-networking to enlist a collaborator?

The post title didn't allow me to elaborate in full. There's a sub-board on here for critique partners , but that isn't exactly the same as a collaborator , i.e. someone who'd be creating the work alongside you. Like John Durvin here, I'm thinking of turning one (maybe more) of my ideas into a graph...
by Rachel Ventura
February 29th, 2012, 1:58 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What pays your rent?
Replies: 39
Views: 9689

Re: What pays your rent?

The 'rents :P Well, 'rent :( as it's just my mother and me. I don't even have brothers or sisters, and my mom doesn't work because she's got a lot of medical problems. At least she doesn't have to worry about or bother with college payments; I'm not interested in going anyway, and there's no way I c...
by Rachel Ventura
February 29th, 2012, 1:21 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: [OT] One giant leap for a Happy Birthday :D
Replies: 1
Views: 1061

[OT] One giant leap for a Happy Birthday :D

Shameless plug ;) I notice I'm listed as being 20 years old. Which is "technically" true, I guess, although I prefer to consider myself 5 :P and I would like to see some updates to whatever date function thinks I'm older than I "really" am... ;-) I notice also there is another member of the boards, ...
by Rachel Ventura
January 20th, 2012, 3:54 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Google Blogger considered spam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2298

Re: Is Google Blogger considered spam?

Thanks for the (wow) tons of information. I may have to go old-school and print all that out to digest it better. ;) @Trixie and @Margo: I didn't mean all self-pubbers were unpolished. I meant that from what I see (and this could be my own Luddish opinion too) that "unpolished" is in comparison with...
by Rachel Ventura
January 20th, 2012, 2:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: My WIP is now a webcomic: Commedia 2X00
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: My WIP is now a webcomic: Commedia 2X00

Thanks, John, for the art advice. :D When I was a kid I used to do tracing paper a lot. I had all these picture books of the big-outlined Charlie Brown comics, and I even had the full-volume set of the Charlie Brown dictionary. I used to trace the outlines of all the Peanuts characters and then take...
by Rachel Ventura
January 20th, 2012, 2:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Discouraged
Replies: 9
Views: 1539

Re: Discouraged

Brenda Ueland's book is time-honored sound advice. It was published in the 1930s or something, decades before e-books or audiobooks or all these fancy whatchamacallits came about. Also have a look at Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott; Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg, The War of Art by Steven Pr...
by Rachel Ventura
January 20th, 2012, 2:20 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Enlisting the services of an editor
Replies: 10
Views: 4194

Re: Enlisting the services of an editor

A nickel a word doesn't sound like much in print, but when you do the math, an average 75K word ms works out to $3,750. :shock: This is something I'd love to look into, but four grand is waaaaay out of my ballpark. Which sucks big time , because any non-zero integer is above that line too. :| Many ...
by Rachel Ventura
January 20th, 2012, 1:55 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The end of the "celebrity author"?
Replies: 25
Views: 6671

Re: The end of the "celebrity author"?

Hi guys... Sorry for the long rant above or if anything seemed overly hostile or critical. Margo, thanks for your (incredible) patience and insight. I was just thinking about this the other night, about how even big-time actors/actresses and musicians often love their craft and get lost in it but ar...
by Rachel Ventura
January 16th, 2012, 9:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers with bad eyesight
Replies: 7
Views: 3647

Re: Writers with bad eyesight

mark54g wrote:I am a fast typist, and I can see much better now :)
Good for you. :) Johnny Nash feels the same way. 8-)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwJ-g0iJ6w
by Rachel Ventura
January 16th, 2012, 8:58 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Re: All time Favorite movies
Replies: 22
Views: 10467

Re: All time Favorite movies

All-time favorites in general, or all-time favorites adapted from books, or all-time favorite type of movies...? I'll go with the second category for now. Or rather, let an expert handle it. :) [John Cusack's voice] "Top Five Movies Adapted from Books. Individual titles, rather than series... and in...
by Rachel Ventura
January 16th, 2012, 6:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers with bad eyesight
Replies: 7
Views: 3647

Re: Writers with bad eyesight

Thanks for all the research, Mark. I don't use Groupon because I tend to shy away from social network sites in general. Money being involved, or consumer purchases, amps up my paranoia a lot more. (All eyes on me, in more ways than one.) 8-) I hope you'll try out the Dragon program, at least for the...
by Rachel Ventura
January 16th, 2012, 6:37 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Google Blogger considered spam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2298

Is Google Blogger considered spam?

I'm starting to break down about this whole social media thing (a lot of folks here know how much of an introverted Luddite I am by now). Despite the fact that I haven't written much of anything "creative" since high school, I'm starting to reluctantly admit that some social media presence is better...
by Rachel Ventura
January 13th, 2012, 10:54 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Feedback wanted on my new blog, Passive Income Author
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: Feedback wanted on my new blog, Passive Income Author

Skellie, do you think the articles on your site would apply to traditional publishing too?