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by Holly
July 6th, 2011, 3:08 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: New York Observer dumps on readings
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: New York Observer dumps on readings

That's a shame. Readings by who about what? Are the books dull? Authors dumpy and unable to articulate? I just went to a reading by a friend at the local college and people bought her book.

Edited to add my second thought. Or is this a sign of our TV culture?
by Holly
July 4th, 2011, 8:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Slipping into your story during revisions
Replies: 24
Views: 6168

Re: Slipping into your story during revisions

Wow, Holly - that's gotta be tedious and time-consuming, but I can totally see how that would work! Even for a fast typer. How many times do you retype the whole thing? Just once, I hope! Maybe I could try that for a single chapter and see whether I'm finding it effective or if I'm pulling my hair ...
by Holly
July 4th, 2011, 6:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Slipping into your story during revisions
Replies: 24
Views: 6168

Re: Slipping into your story during revisions

... I find my revisions start out well, and then after a little while I suddenly realize I haven't made a single mark on the paper for three or four pages. I got sucked into the story and forgot what I was supposed to be doing ... What tricks do you use to keep yourself from slipping into your stor...
by Holly
June 28th, 2011, 7:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Our Friend the Ellipsis
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Our Friend the Ellipsis

Hi, michellelevy. I used to work for a newspaper, so I love stuff like this. Here are excerpts from a discussion on Grammar Girl (and I inserted some ellipses for the parts I omitted): Most style guides call for a space between the dots. Typesetters and page designers use something called a thin spa...
by Holly
June 28th, 2011, 7:29 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Burning Agent Contract Question
Replies: 1
Views: 3470

Re: Burning Agent Contract Question

Donna, you should probably repost this in the Ask Nathan section of the forums so he will be sure to see it. Good luck.
by Holly
June 27th, 2011, 7:39 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Need a few good suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1119

Re: Need a few good suggestions

Beethovenfan, are you telling the story in third person? In whose POV? I immediately thought about my youthful experience when I traveled to Cairo without knowing any Arabic. I got into real trouble. Most of the cab drivers knew English, but they tried to cheat me out of my money, so I bought a bike...
by Holly
June 26th, 2011, 9:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5179

Re: Reading as writers

Rebecca, you asked, "Do you read as a writer? Or for pleasure?" That's an interesting question. I just donated seven boxes of paperback books to the library. They were stacked up two and three deep on my bookshelves. I figured I was supporting generations of dust mites, so they had to go ("Mommy, wh...
by Holly
June 26th, 2011, 4:33 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures
Replies: 19
Views: 14401

Re: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures

These links are great - thanks everyone! Just for clarification - are freely usable images different from Creative Commons ones (where the latter would need an attribution)? For example, pictures taken from Wikipedia Commons won't need an attribution, while pictures from Flickr Creative Commons req...
by Holly
June 26th, 2011, 10:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 8734

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

Good comments by polymath and GKJeyasingham. There's the "she said desperately" and then there's the current fashion to blast all LY adverbs. I throw in a few LY adverbs on purpose. I don't want to sterilize my writing. I want my writing to sound like a living, breathing, coffee-drinking human being...
by Holly
June 26th, 2011, 10:32 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures
Replies: 19
Views: 14401

Re: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures

bcomet, great post. The Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html has free images, including maps and photos. NASA http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/index.html has beautiful free space images. NASA says you don't have to request permission to use their photos, which are all in the public domain...
by Holly
June 26th, 2011, 10:07 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures
Replies: 19
Views: 14401

Re: Where Do You Get Legally Usable Blog Pictures

hektorkarl wrote:Here's a pretty big database of free pictures.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
hektorkarl, thanks for posting this -- what a great resource.
by Holly
June 24th, 2011, 10:44 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Seattle indie bookstore snubs Amazon-published author
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: Seattle indie bookstore snubs Amazon-published author

I have a writer friend who feels like this bookstore does... but it's just plain goofy.

Sorry, little bookstore, but I'll bet Amazon carries every single book on your shelves. It's too late. Society has morphed out of your control.

I bought a Kindle today so I can proofread my ebook (evil laugh).
by Holly
June 21st, 2011, 10:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Borders operating losses increase
Replies: 26
Views: 7478

Re: Borders intends to sell company

Borders said Friday that they expect to sell the company, to a buyer who will continue to operate it, in July. The schedule outlined for the bankruptcy court is: July 1 - "stalking horse" bid announced July 19 - company auctioned off by court July 22 - sale hearing in court July 29 - sale closed Bo...
by Holly
June 21st, 2011, 6:04 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Cover Copyright Question
Replies: 4
Views: 799

Re: Cover Copyright Question

You can contact the U.S. Copyright Office and ask them. See the website for the live links. http://www.copyright.gov/help/ General Questions If you have any question that relates to copyright or registration. FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions Email: Ask a Copyright Question Phone: (202) 707-5959 or 1...
by Holly
June 21st, 2011, 4:22 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14568

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

Claudie wrote:Holly, those are two really pretty covers. I love them! Best of luck with the self-publish plunge, and do keep us updated. :)
Thanks, Claudie. I'm kind of doing this for fun. Best of luck to you, too!