• Is Science Fiction For Loosers?

    22 answers · 21 hours ago
  • What do you do if you suspect that some of your stories are being rejected purely for political reasons?

    I’ve had the baffling experience of some of my stories getting turned down despite everyone I show them to saying they loved them and even some editors saying they enjoyed them but are still “passing” on them. Even some editors of some major magazines who have communicated with me personally have said they enjoyed... show more
    I’ve had the baffling experience of some of my stories getting turned down despite everyone I show them to saying they loved them and even some editors saying they enjoyed them but are still “passing” on them. Even some editors of some major magazines who have communicated with me personally have said they enjoyed the story but then they go on to give dubious and phony reasons as to why they are nevertheless “passing” on it. Of course, I have my suspicions as to why this is. I am almost certain that it is due to the political elements and motifs of the stories which the liberal elite snowflakes who dominate the publishing industry find threatening. That is why they give these phony “passing” pretexts even after complimenting the works. These people seem to have no shame in stifling the aspirations of brilliant young writers like myself. What can I do about this?
    27 answers · 2 days ago
  • How is my writing?

    Best answer: It's got quite a few issues and flaws, but I don't do line by line critique here unless I have a specific request for that and the poster's promise to behave like a reasonable person when they see exactly what's wrong with their writing. Too often I've taken a half hour to help an aspiring... show more
    Best answer: It's got quite a few issues and flaws, but I don't do line by line critique here unless I have a specific request for that and the poster's promise to behave like a reasonable person when they see exactly what's wrong with their writing. Too often I've taken a half hour to help an aspiring writer only to have them be embarrassed and delete the question, or to get all hostile and defensive, stalking me here and thumbs-downing or reporting every reply I make.

    The issues I see are with wordiness, chronology, and dialogue attribute goofs. All teachable elements, for the record.

    Edit: Here you go. Remember, it's just on person's opinion.

    All it took for Adam to visibly jump was the first BANG! [This is a goof in chronology. You tell the reader he jumps before you tell us there's a sound that caused it. There's a point of view issue as well. If Adam "visibly jump(s)" then whose point of view are we in that they observe the jump? I'd have assumed Adam is alone and we're meant to be inside his head as he experiences what happens.][In fact, a lot of what isn't working in this is a failure to be inside Adam's head as he experiences it. The reader needs to know not what he sees, hears, and says but what he thinks and feels.] “What the hell?” He said [You nearly lost me right here. Knowing when (and why) to capitalize dialogue tags (the "he said" parts) is basic and this mistake shows you haven't mastered it.] to himself [Do we need "to himself" if we know he's alone in the room?] as he rose to his feet [To one's feet is the only way to rise, so saying that is redundant.] from the chair he had been falling asleep on. [<--Again, chronology slip-ups. The order of events you present to the reader is very nearly backward. In literal order, he was falling asleep, there was a sound, he jumped, he rose from the chair.] When the noise didn’t come to an end [<--Wordy. How about a simple "didn't end" or "continued"?], he fought through his slightly shaky yet rapid breathing [<--I literally don't get how a person would have to fight through their breathing, even if it's shaky and fast.] and inched closer towards his door to lock it [Here's a great spot where the reader deserves to be inside Adam's head. Why does a noise make him scared rather than curious? I bet you know, but the reader doesn't.], but that’s when he heard [This is classic filtering, telling us which sense the character used to gain input. Create a sound and let your reader assume he heard it.] movement coming from the other side of it. He slowly opened the door [just] wide enough [just--moved to a better spot] to peek through the crack, [Not a big deal, but I'd break for a new sentence here, since there's no compelling reason to join the clauses.] and once he saw that it was just a group of people [Too vague. Does he know them? Don't withhold information from the reader.] , he heavily sighed and then [Use and or then, never both.] folded his arms across his frail chest.

    “Hey, geniuses,” Adam said loud enough from behind the now wider doorway. [<--As dialogue attibutes go, this is awkward and contains an error in fact. (The doorway isn't wider; the door is open wider. Not the same thing.) Loud enough for what or who? Does the reader need to be reminded the door is opened wider when it was the last thing he did? Keep an eye out for repetition. You've used "loud enough" very soon after "wide enough."] “Way to bring those things over here.” [Congratulations for being one of the few people who knows you need a comma after "hey." The dialogue spoken sounds natural and real. I'm hoping your next sentence would tell the reader what "those things" are.]

    [Like any critique, all you have to do is be open to it. Use what you like, ignore the rest. Happy writing!]
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • Does a book author need an editor?

    15 answers · 23 hours ago
  • Help with a character I m writing with mental illness please?

    Best answer: Give all your characters realistic personalities that your readers might meet in their life or write from your own experience with people. The story often isn't relatable but the characters are.
    Best answer: Give all your characters realistic personalities that your readers might meet in their life or write from your own experience with people. The story often isn't relatable but the characters are.
    11 answers · 6 hours ago
  • I am writing a book. What is good name to give a kid that gets detention all the time.?

    I thought of Detention kid
    I thought of Detention kid
    15 answers · 1 day ago
  • In love with Shakespeare?

    Of the following lines from some of Shakespeare's plays, which is your favorite and why ? 1. There is something rotten in the state of Denmark - Hamlet 2. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind - Midsummer Night's Dream 3. I like not fair terms and a villain's mind - Merchant of Venice. 4. Et... show more
    Of the following lines from some of Shakespeare's plays, which is your favorite and why ? 1. There is something rotten in the state of Denmark - Hamlet 2. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind - Midsummer Night's Dream 3. I like not fair terms and a villain's mind - Merchant of Venice. 4. Et tu Brute - Julius Caesar 5. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo - Romeo and Juliet 1 ,2 ,3 ,4 or 5 ?
    8 answers · 9 hours ago
  • Whats the best FREE software for writing a book?

    Best answer: Any program that can save files in .doc format (Microsoft Word) will work. .doc is the de facto standard for writing long documents. If you want to publish your book or share it with anyone, they'll almost certainly expect that format. Before I started coding my own HTML (long story), I used LibreOffice, which... show more
    Best answer: Any program that can save files in .doc format (Microsoft Word) will work. .doc is the de facto standard for writing long documents. If you want to publish your book or share it with anyone, they'll almost certainly expect that format. Before I started coding my own HTML (long story), I used LibreOffice, which is a free download from www.libreoffice.org.
    8 answers · 13 hours ago
  • Authors, how is this piece of writing?

    Best answer: I haven't laughed like that in ages!
    Best answer: I haven't laughed like that in ages!
    10 answers · 1 day ago
  • I need a name for a crappy high school in my book. Something that sounds... I don't know, local?

    Best answer: [Name of town] High School. Northtown High. ** DeGrassi High of the T.V. series was filmed partly at a school near, not on, DeGrassi Street in Toronto and was not called by that name. . Some think it a cool name, but it is really ordinary. Most schools are named after the town or part of a town or a notable... show more
    Best answer: [Name of town] High School.

    Northtown High.

    ** DeGrassi High of the T.V. series was filmed partly at a school near, not on, DeGrassi Street in Toronto and was not called by that name. . Some think it a cool name, but it is really ordinary. Most schools are named after the town or part of a town or a notable person. The name does not denote the school's reputation. DeGrassi Street is a typical east Toronto residential street built in the 1920s to 1940s from the look of the houses. Not a slum but not stylish. The real school did well locally in sports and academics in the 1980s
    23 answers · 4 days ago
  • My department has a theme of Superheroes for World Book Day. Who can I go as?

    I want to avoid Lycra and would prefer to go as someone unusual/out side the box. Any ideas welcome!!
    I want to avoid Lycra and would prefer to go as someone unusual/out side the box. Any ideas welcome!!
    11 answers · 2 days ago
  • Are Biographies Reliable?

    Best answer: It varies by who did the writing. Celebrity biographies are highly unreliable, as they're usually written in a short amount of time by people who rely on press releases. They're written by professional writers who have no academic credentials, but are merely looking for a quick payday out of simpering... show more
    Best answer: It varies by who did the writing.

    Celebrity biographies are highly unreliable, as they're usually written in a short amount of time by people who rely on press releases. They're written by professional writers who have no academic credentials, but are merely looking for a quick payday out of simpering fans. They rarely cite sources.

    In contrast, the biographies of historical figures generally face some rather fierce peer review from other people who are knowledgeable about the same subject. They're filled with citations and references to back up claims.
    8 answers · 2 days ago
  • How much does a book editor charge?

    Best answer: It's not clear what services you want. Are they translating, or editing in two languages, and if it's edits, what level of edits? Content, language and grammar, or proofreading? http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php lists these "Common Rates for Editorial Services." Common rates reported to us by... show more
    Best answer: It's not clear what services you want. Are they translating, or editing in two languages, and if it's edits, what level of edits? Content, language and grammar, or proofreading?

    http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php lists these "Common Rates for Editorial Services."

    Common rates reported to us by our members fall within the ranges indicated below. They should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a page is 250 words. A 'word' isn't a literal word but any six characters, including blank spaces--more like the words used to measure typing speed.

    Type of Work ................Estimated Pace.......... Range of Fees
    Copyediting, basic ........5-10 ms pages/hour.. $20-35/hour
    Copyediting, heavy .......2-5 ms pages/hour.... $25-50/hour
    Developmental editing...1-5 pages/hour.......... $32-60/hour
    Proofreading .................3-10 ms pages/hour.. $20-35/hour
    Writing ..........................1-3 ms pages/hour .....$40-125/hour, $50-110/book page

    Let's say your manuscript is pretty clean and needs only basic copyediting or proofreading, and let's say your editor is fast and cheap (s/he does 10 pages an hour at the lowest price, $20 an hour). A 75,000-word manuscript (typical length for a first novel in many genres) is going to be 300 pages in submission format, which averages 250 words per page. That's 30 hours at $20 each, for $600.

    However, that's rarely the way it plays out. More commonly, writers who feel the need for an editor have somewhat poorer skills at basic writing mechanics, require more revision, and the editor must work much more slowly because there's so much more that requires his/her attention. Fees totaling $1500 - $2000 are perfectly reasonable for such a manuscript. For a manuscript in two languages, you can expect to pay twice that--and it's highly unlikely you'll find a single editor proficient in both languages.
    6 answers · 23 hours ago
  • Websites to post short stories?

    I write short stories, and I want people to read them...I don't want to put them on twitter because people who like short stories aren't on twitter. Any ideas?
    I write short stories, and I want people to read them...I don't want to put them on twitter because people who like short stories aren't on twitter. Any ideas?
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • Is Reading A Book A Good Idea?

    Best answer: Good question. I don't think there is a simple one-size-fits-all answer. Almost always the book is better. and almost always the movie takes less time. I also think that in many cases the book is not as enjoyable if you have already seen the tv or movie. While sometimes you can enjoy the tv show or movie... show more
    Best answer: Good question. I don't think there is a simple one-size-fits-all answer.
    Almost always the book is better.
    and almost always the movie takes less time.

    I also think that in many cases the book is not as enjoyable if you have already seen the tv or movie. While sometimes you can enjoy the tv show or movie even more after you read the book.

    so maybe... in most cases it's safer to read the book first.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • Are there organizations or businesses that will purchase a collection of hundreds of books?

    My husband are clearing out the home of a relative who passed away. He had a collection of hundreds of books, both fiction and nonfiction. We don't want to throw the books away; some of them could be valuable. We also don't want to sell the books one at a time; we just don't have the time to do so.
    My husband are clearing out the home of a relative who passed away. He had a collection of hundreds of books, both fiction and nonfiction. We don't want to throw the books away; some of them could be valuable. We also don't want to sell the books one at a time; we just don't have the time to do so.
    11 answers · 3 days ago