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Everything posted by robg213

  1. Johne, This will be my last post.
  2. Well, the poster had collected them over a period of years. My sense was that this was a form of ongoing education.
  3. The vetting process does not work that way. Professionals look over the manuscript first, then a decision to publish or not publish is made. If the publishing company does not produce enough money-making books, it goes out of business.
  4. That's good. So do I. My point is that anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort can learn this.
  5. Too bad that wasn't written in English. I would never use such words when talking to a beginning writer or an experienced one. Creating words hinders communications. But some people, for whatever reason, do so. And to the detriment of those reading. Do I have to learn those words? No.
  6. Try it. Have you tried it? Honestly. A lot of times writers talk about this inferiority complex or feeling unappreciated or "what if my book is not good?" kind of thing. Artists also face the same struggles.
  7. We don't hire artists out of a desire to give them money. We hire them because they are good artists.
  8. All pros started as amateurs. Again, all pros started as amateurs.
  9. Everyone can draw a straight line. That's not the hard part. Where most beginning artists get into trouble is drawing something that looks three dimensional on a piece of paper, followed by placing shadows correctly. All you need is practice and good instruction.
  10. I work with highly creative people but it all happened one step at a time. I learned a lot by watching and doing. It just takes time and a real desire to do it. As I wrote elsewhere, I follow an artist who works for Hollywood on youtube. He tells beginning artists the same things I tell beginning writers. Start simple, draw/write a lot, get better and then tackle slightly more complex things. You can't draw the Incredible Hulk on day one. You have to learn anatomy/story structure first.
  11. Graphic design takes a while to learn but can be self-taught. Genre-specific research can also be done so that an author trying say, murder mystery, will understand the basics. I've found that the desire to write, or draw, is usually inspired by something you saw or read. That desire may start to appear at ages 5-9 and develop further. For some, there are no basic principles to writing. They can write something, post it somewhere and they're done. For others, it means finding teachers/courses and/or good books and actually applying what they tell you. It requires self-discipline and a strong work ethic. The answers are available to anyone who looks around online. I recommend good books. As far as hiring anyone, any amount above say, $20 is a lot of money. I understand that. But at least find out what a book cover designer charges, and find more than one. The same with editors. Writing is the road less traveled compared to an average job, but if you stick to it, you can be rewarded.
  12. That's what good editors do. It is a kind of on the job training regarding something you made. And creativity is usually messy. You are painting a picture with words. Sometimes, the best words are not used, or things are out of sequence or a different approach will help make the story "flow" better. My primary job is editor but I am also asked to write. Now most beginning writers make the same mistakes and I see the same mistakes over and over in the manuscripts I've read over the years. So I can see both sides and what we each go through to get better as editors and writers. Sometimes, several small corrections add a lot to the story in terms of readability, other times certain parts need to be heavily rewritten. It's like writing a TV show or movie. As you write more and learn how to fix more and more problem areas that are particular to the way you write before handing in the final draft, you will gain confidence and greater skill.
  13. It was common in the Catholic neighborhood I grew up in.
  14. Based on experience, world-building requires reading. Each author should have some knowledge of what went before. And each author learns as he reads. I think taking a "What if I was there" approach helps. Aside from that, regardless of if you choose fantasy or science-fiction, see if you can dream up some new mythical ideas and characters, and in SF, some new technology based on still speculative actual science concepts. Dark matter and dark energy come to mind. Like developing a muscle, every time you exercise your imagination, the results accumulate. But it does take time and effort. Finally, have fun with it.
  15. If you say so but the Writer's Digest article I posted a link to was meant to help.
  16. Yes, self-publishing is in trouble. A good book consists of three parts: 1) A good overall cover, with a good title and good art. If you don't have the skill to put together a cover, you'll have to hire someone who does. 2) The story inside. And there's a little to say about choices of typeface and layout. 3) They won't buy it if they don't know it's out there. So, a list of places to promote the book. Avoiding using skilled editors hurts on a practical level. I suspect some people can't afford them or feel they need some kind of 'creative freedom.' In any case, if it's poorly written it won't sell. And Literary Agents do require a certain number of pages of the manuscript. Again, too many people accessing different ebook, POD and other ways to get published are crowding out everyone. People just don't have the time to read that much material. On a side note, look at TV. Over 200 channels and how much is really worth watching? Throw in streaming and according to a person in the business: "People got too much to watch." Not true, by the way. People will pick and choose among the various choices. So a shake-up will happen with streaming.
  17. One poster here has over 70. The reason? He (or she) picks up bits and pieces of useful advice from each.
  18. I don't understand the following. What kind of 'platform' are you referring to? "Traditional publishing has been saying for ten years writers need a platform, and need to help promote their novels. It's time we listened and added that to skill sets."
  19. I can post things I know to be true, tips and pointers but there is a limit. I will not name the companies who are doing something far more in-depth than you think. Back to Disney, they are getting real, real-time information and regularly scheduled data packages about what people think about them. That matters a great deal to any larger than average business. It's similar with the Coca-Cola Company and involves market analysis, which I won't go into here. It's not directly about product placement.
  20. The sites that host ebooks may have to step in. Keeping poor sellers online costs them. Retailers have no experience to judge whether a book is well-written or not. It may be that self-published authors will have to offer their books on sites they run. I've seen it. More choices and access are good only to a point. As I wrote earlier, even if all of the books were great, I and everyone else, have not been given more than 24 hours in a day. Once the market is flooded, people will have to find a way to stand out. Amazon has no philosophy beyond making more money.
  21. They wanted money? Of course they wanted money. Just because something is free on the internet does not mean they won't ask for money. This is a good example of people doing a comic for fun as opposed to for money. Too many people want to do what you do and monetize it.
  22. I would have done the same thing. I really like doing creative things. Good luck and God bless.
  23. That's interesting. But how many books can any publishing company put out in one year? The company I work for can only produce so many books in one year. In bookstores, both chains and independents, there is only so much shelf space. Some would say the internet has solved that problem, but I do not have more time to read today than I had before the internet. So a ton more gets published today. Let's say a good portion is stellar. When could I read them? There are still 24 hours in a day. Let's say they are all stellar. Same problem. The person who runs our company decided long ago to keep it a certain size. Adding more managers and increasing the size of the company beyond a certain point were also factors. Anyway, there is also the income that can be gained by licensing Intellectual Properties, but that's a different discussion/topic.
  24. That's true. I'll take that a little further and state that there are self-published authors out there who think they are pros after one self-published book. Just because their first book, an ebook, is on amazon must mean they are pros, even though their book did not go through the usual editorial process. So they pat themselves on the back. Until that ebook gets reviewed, can they honestly say they've learned the craft? And what will they do if they get bad reviews? Who will guide them further? Sure, they can try to fix the problems some reviewers have pointed out, but do they have the skill to do so? Hopefully, they get positive reviews. Everyone wants their book to succeed. About 3 years back, I was reading a book trade article that stated about 49% of ebook authors make $500 or less a year from their ebook. I came across one forum where ebook authors were comparing sales numbers. The numbers were low, generally. On one print on demand book site, you are allowed to read a small part of a new book. I picked a fantasy novel and saw all of the usual mistakes made by a beginning writer. There was also a forum. The author posted: "Why isn't my book selling?" And that POD site offered books for sale. But I found little to interest me so I rarely go there.
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