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Forum: Writers' Cafe 07-07-2012, 03:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 907
Posted By Another Editor
The pros and cons that I mentioned in my OP...

The pros and cons that I mentioned in my OP represent my opinion. For me, the issue is too multifaceted to have a 100% "for" or "against" position on the subject.

Consumer surveillance on the...
Forum: Tips & Advice 07-07-2012, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,407
Posted By Another Editor
Everyone should proofread their own work. It...

Everyone should proofread their own work. It would be bad if you were the only person to proofread your own work, however. Everyone needs their work to be, at one point or another, proofread by...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 07-05-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 907
Posted By Another Editor
From the WSJ: Your E-Book is Reading YOU!

I can't imagine that nobody saw this coming...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304870304577490950051438304.html

In-a-nutshell version: because e-books are consumed digitally, they...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-28-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,407
Posted By Another Editor
#BadWritingTips on Twitter

When the #BadWritingTips (https://twitter.com/#%21/search/%23BadWritingTips) hash tag was going on Twitter, there was a new post about once every 10 seconds. It was interesting reading.

My...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-20-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By Another Editor
When my mom sold her house 17 years ago, 80% of...

When my mom sold her house 17 years ago, 80% of her book collection went to a used book store, or (tragically) to the recycling. Much of it had been water-damaged in a flood 8 years before that, so...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-20-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,886
Posted By Another Editor
Let me get this straight. You jumped into this...

Let me get this straight. You jumped into this thread, touting a series of articles that you wrote, in which you decry the so-called "passive voice witch hunt"; and go on to say that "rules" in...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-20-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By Another Editor
I am currently moving to a new apartment and I...

I am currently moving to a new apartment and I packed all of my books into boxes. Right now, I can tell you that the day that paper books become obsolete can't come a minute too soon for me. :D...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-20-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
Posted By Another Editor
Invented words

Have you ever invented a word while writing something, because no other word seemed appropriate at the time? What was it and what did it mean?

My own invention is "oafus," a portmanteau of "oaf"...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-14-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,050
Posted By Another Editor
Nothing in what I have written in this whole...

Nothing in what I have written in this whole thread says that agents and publishers are in the business of rejecting everything that is submitted to them. I am saying they reject what they know, in...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-14-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,886
Posted By Another Editor
One would presume that a writer or an editor...

One would presume that a writer or an editor would know which writing rules have this effect, under which circumstances, and how to use them. "Rules" (which should be called "guidelines") are...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-13-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,050
Posted By Another Editor
Lin, I hate to take it down to this level, but I...

Lin, I hate to take it down to this level, but I need not prove anything to you. These are the facts of the publishing business. You might not like them and you are allowed to have any opinion you...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-13-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,886
Posted By Another Editor
Doubt it all you want. :) I do this, a lot. So do...

Doubt it all you want. :) I do this, a lot. So do the people I work with. Here's why:



So-called "most people" do not have jobs that depend on being able to notice that sort of thing as if it...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-12-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 417
Posted By Another Editor
Neil Gaiman on the 4 kinds of freelancers

This came on a friend's Facebook Wall. I think it speaks for itself.

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Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-12-2012, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 948
Posted By Another Editor
There are only three reasons I can think of to...

There are only three reasons I can think of to justify self-publishing.


Your work is so obscure and it appeals to such a narrow group that no publisher would want to take it; it's not that the...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-12-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,050
Posted By Another Editor
It takes more than a "second" do do any of those...

It takes more than a "second" do do any of those things; all the more so if you have several "the reason I rejected your manuscript" form letters to choose from. The only way to automate this process...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-12-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By Another Editor
In this case, it is a noun that implies something...

In this case, it is a noun that implies something bad. (Perhaps "noun with negative connotation" would have been a better way to have put it.) For instance:

What to fill in the blank with?


...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-12-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,886
Posted By Another Editor
I agree with you for the most part but I will add...

I agree with you for the most part but I will add that if I see a manuscript that has every single sentence in the active voice, then I will think that the writer is overcompensating. It's the mark...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-12-2012, 02:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By Another Editor
I agree with the second part. The sad fact is, a...

I agree with the second part. The sad fact is, a vanishingly small number of writers make enough money off of writing alone; and even if you made an advance off of a novel (quite rare these days, and...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-07-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 948
Posted By Another Editor
Some interesting stats about self-publishing

The Taleist made a survey (http://taleist.com/) of self-published authors. With over 1,000 respondents, it's statistically reliable. If you want to read the whole thing, you have to buy it from...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-27-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,677
Posted By Another Editor
Strunk & White: The movie poster

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Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-24-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By Another Editor
Writing and hard times

This article...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-17-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By Another Editor
New media or not, people still want books

The emphasis on new media might lead one to believe that the very act of reading has changed in recent years. One would presume that writing would follow suit in turn. However, look at the context...
Forum: Tips & Advice 05-16-2012, 06:20 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,050
Posted By Another Editor
You don't have to read all of them, at least not...

You don't have to read all of them, at least not in their entirety. Just a couple of pages can tell you whether or not the writer actually knows grammar, spelling, and punctuation at a basic grade...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-11-2012, 03:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,079
Posted By Another Editor
I think that since nobody lives in a vacuum and...

I think that since nobody lives in a vacuum and because every writer is also a regular reader as well, that most writers implicitly know who their audience is and what they like. They are part of the...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-10-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,079
Posted By Another Editor
"Writing for audience" v. "Writing from the heart"

Scene at writing workshop:

Member: Reads his or her work for review by peers.

Other Member: "Okay, first of all. Who is your audience? Who are you writing for?"

Exacerbated discussion ensues...
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