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by craig
April 7th, 2012, 7:26 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Dos and don'ts for writer websites...?
Replies: 11
Views: 4024

Re: Dos and don'ts for writer websites...?

Thanks everybody -- this is super helpful! I'm gonna mull this over and then come back and read it all again and mull it over some more (and visit everyone's websites and the websites of authors I read and then think about it some more)... I had a barebones website put together, but I don't think it...
by craig
April 1st, 2012, 2:20 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Dos and don'ts for writer websites...?
Replies: 11
Views: 4024

Dos and don'ts for writer websites...?

I'm in the early stages of creating a website. I chose to go with a website versus a blog because I don't want to be constrained to the time requirements that regular blog posting demands -- and I think I want something a bit more static than dynamic. I'm also going to a few writers conferences this...
by craig
September 16th, 2011, 4:46 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Soft Sci-Fi Agents
Replies: 1
Views: 1144

Soft Sci-Fi Agents

I'm in the querying stage with my novel and I'm getting rejection after rejection. It occurred to me a while back that my novel would fall under the category of soft sci-fi, whereas the agents I've been querying tend to deal in hard sci-fi. I've tried searching for soft sci-fi agents, but seem to ha...
by craig
May 26th, 2011, 10:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When is squick too squicky?
Replies: 19
Views: 2814

Re: When is squick too squicky?

What is the intended audience age range of your book? But as far as that sort of squick goes -- the sci-fi novels "Warchild" and "Cagebird" (particularly "Cagebird") by Karin Lowachee have those sorts of things going on from time to time. "Cagebird," if I recall correctly, features a young boy being...
by craig
May 25th, 2011, 5:25 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Re: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?

I don't use eReaders -- but eBooks through Kobo (Chapters/Indigo) or Kindle (Amazon) are on their associated websites, right? So am I looking in the right place? Is this a Canadian publisher? Generally speaking, American and Canadian publishing and distribution rights are separately negotiated. Als...
by craig
May 25th, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Re: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?

I would be skeptical of a house that took five years to publish two books and contained such a dearth of submissions that they could ask for an entire manuscript. I think I may have been slightly unclear -- they have dozens of publications on their website -- but only two are listed on Amazon and C...
by craig
May 25th, 2011, 3:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Looking for a resource
Replies: 12
Views: 1891

Re: Looking for a resource

which reminds me, I lost (sniff) my LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK (I think that's the title) my History Prof required us to use. I had to use that in one of my first year university courses -- it was the most useful book I've ever had on writing (at least for essays when it comes to the various referencing...
by craig
May 25th, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Re: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?

Was the conference (or whatever) a reputable event? Did they have pitch sessions? Usually conferences do some amount of vetting of the representatives they have on hand. USUALLY. This small company could legitimately just be getting started. It may succeed, it may not. It's possible it's a scam, bu...
by craig
May 24th, 2011, 9:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Viewpoint Character Dies
Replies: 43
Views: 8686

Re: Viewpoint Character Dies

Sorry for disappearing for so long! I made a writer friend at the pitch session and we've become fast friends and are currently reading each others work and providing edits to each other. I've never had a writer friend like that -- we talked about punctuation for an hour and never got bored... Anywa...
by craig
May 24th, 2011, 9:37 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Tiny publishing houses -- yay or nay?

As I mentioned in another thread in "All Things Finding an Agent," I was at an editor pitch session this past weekend. There were three editors there, two of which buy short fiction and were thus were not interested in my novel. (Though one of them did go through my synopsis line by line and give me...
by craig
May 23rd, 2011, 4:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Viewpoint Character Dies
Replies: 43
Views: 8686

Re: Viewpoint Character Dies

Thanks all! So the general consensus here seems to be that it's entirely dependent on the way the story is told (with a few restrictions, such as it shouldn't be your main character/narrator). I play fast and loose with a few other conventions, which have been discussed on this board before with the...
by craig
May 23rd, 2011, 2:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Viewpoint Character Dies
Replies: 43
Views: 8686

Re: Viewpoint Character Dies

I asked another editor if this was a problem. She said that the viewpoint character should not die -- but if he must, then leave it as is.
by craig
May 23rd, 2011, 2:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Viewpoint Character Dies
Replies: 43
Views: 8686

Viewpoint Character Dies

I ran my novel synopsis past some editors at a pitch session at a sci fi convention this past weekend. Overall it went very good, but I was told I had an issue that needed to be resolved... I have multiple viewpoint characters told in third person. One of the secondary characters (Trent), who is a v...
by craig
May 9th, 2011, 10:51 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Pitch Session
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

Re: Pitch Session

If this were Facebook, I'd click "Like" -- thanks Nathan! I got an email from the organiser of this event with the following directions... ----- As our schedule only allows for 15 minute meetings the editors have asked that you hand in your manuscripts prior to the sit down meeting so they have the ...
by craig
May 8th, 2011, 11:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Pitch Session
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

Pitch Session

I got wind of the news that there's an editor pitch session at the local upcoming SFF convention... so I registered for the convention (and thus achieved a new level of nerdiness) and applied for a spot in the pitch session... I know pitch sessions have come up from time to time on Bransford's blog,...