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Accord64

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  1. First, welcome to CW! I'm independently published, so I can't offer direct experience in the traditional publishing route. However, from what I understand from my fellow traditionally published authors, you typically send your book (or "query") to agents. Most publishers want to deal with agents, and not directly with authors. So the order is to find an agent first, then they will find a publisher. But these days there are exceptions. Many small (or micro) publishers have popped up who are willing to deal directly with authors. Then there's the independent route (self-published), which many have turned to. So you have options.
  2. Yikes! 😨 I saw the topic title and immediately thought you were leaving the forum, Glad it's just a trip. Hope it's a fun and relaxing time.
  3. I think Disney perfected it, but the whole evil-has-to-be-ugly-and-cruel stereotype started somewhere. Probably early Hollywood. It would be interesting to study that phenomenon. Think about Adolf Hilter. Since WWII he's been a personification of evil, and made the ultimate scary villain in many movies and cartoons. But what if you grew up in Germany during the 1930's? Chances are you'd see him in a very different light. He had qualities that drew millions to him. Most certainly not the stereotype villain. In fact, savior was probably the term many used at the time.
  4. Yep! I call that the Disneyfication of villains:
  5. **Sigh** Stupid angles of light! I thought I was off the hook after 8 months, and this would remained buried forever. Proof that nothing goes away on the internet.
  6. Maybe I'm misunderstanding something, but I take "you want to destroy your work" or "you must trash everything" to mean actually hitting the delete button and starting over (or abandoning the scene). Seems to fit the radical tone of the article.
  7. Is there such a thing as "a writer secure in their talent?" I've never been a fan of writing style absolutes (other than mechanics - spelling, grammar, etc.). I think too often these writing experts lose sight of the fact that reading is a subjective experience. What's a gem-quality story to one reader can be dreck to another. And sometimes that less than gem-quality story can be greatly improved with a few tweaks, so I'd never advise a writer to simply trash a story and start over until all editing options are exhausted.
  8. Great ones, Alley! I have a police theme today (for no particular reason... honest!):
  9. So there's this hilarious Youtube series called "Pitch Meeting," where a screenplay writer pitches the idea of a well-known movie to a studio exec (played by the same person). This one is for "Home Alone," and strays into lot of writing issues (like the suspension of disbelief, character continuity, etc.) in a very funny way:
  10. There shouldn't be any issue using names of real towns & cities in fiction, so long as you don't get carried away with extreme situations that damage the reputation of that place (which is hard to do, anyway). It's using the names of people and businesses that you need to be very careful about. I wrote a post-apocalyptic novel, some of which takes place in Boston. Some not so good things happen there (and in several other real locations), but what occurs is within the context of an obviously fictional backdrop. In fact, I actually met Marty Walsh (Mayor of Boston) at local book-market, and if it wasn't for an overly talkative author next to me (who took up all of his time ), I would've given him a copy of my book.
  11. 1. I would caution you on using this to judge the value of your work. Most agents/publishers won't reply to queries (as a form of rejection), or won't give you any useful feedback if they do formally reject. The real reasons could be anything, and mostly nothing to do with your manuscript being "good enough." You could have a great manuscript, and yet easily come to an opposite conclusion based on rejections from the traditional publishing world. I'd seek input from an editor and a team of beta-readers. 2. The key word is sometimes. Actually, if you can manage to land a traditional publishing deal, your book might never (or briefly) see the inside of a bookstore. Shelf space competition is even more intense than landing a traditional publishing deal, unless your book does well out of the gate. Remember, there are new worlds of distribution (like eBooks & online print book sales - think Amazon) that have been putting brick-and-mortar stores out of business.
  12. My temptation is comic sans, but only because as an indie I like to annoy agents.
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