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Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Jim's 2013 Schedule
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:42:27 PM »
Nothing in the vicinity of Seattle, WA or Vancouver, Canada? :(

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Jim's 2014 Schedule
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:22:11 PM »
I know that it's totally not in Jim's hands, but I wish he'd come to Vancouver, Canada! :)

Site Suggestions & Support / Re: having to relog in every 2 seconds
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:11:24 PM »
Iago's automated the troubleshooting system on the site. You post a complaint, it fixes itself.


(Joking, but you never know with Iago!)

Cinder Spires Books / Re: ???????
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:59:32 PM »
Thanks, Whingnut and Oz! :) I"ll give it a try.

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: What we know
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:59:01 PM »
1) A young woman who constantly bables about nothing.
2) A young woman who has had too many bean burritos.
I'll accept the first one. The second one is a gassylass. /threadjacking

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: What we know
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:55:30 PM »
Pft. I already know what a windlass is: A girl who has an airship. Obviously.
No, that'd be a windylass.

Cinder Spires Books / Re: ???????
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:38:15 PM »
by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris: Phoenix rising (The first book in the Ministry of peculiar occurences series)
Ulfgeir - about this book, one of the reviewers on Amazon mentions something awful.
(click to show/hide)
Is that really true or is it one of those "I'll make up stuff so people won't buy this book" things? I can handle anything, but that is one concept I can't handle.  :(

Author Craft / Re: Beta Reader Services
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:54:23 AM »
In an ideal world, the best possible option is to find a writer who is enough better than you to be able to show you how to usefully improve, but not so very much better than you that you can't make head or tail of their insights because you're not that good yet, who is willing to look at your stuff and give feedback. 

If you're fortunate enough to find one of those, marry them.
Done. (No, seriously.)

You have my sympathies on this Spot.  Dealing with a family member is always tricky.
Frankly I'd hand it back to him or her and say - if you won't listen to my criticisms then go find
yourself a good paid for beta.  (The more brutally honest the better.)
Odds are though that this person WILL NOT listen to criticism from anyone - family member or professional.  I've met that type.
Plead being too busy with work and give it back to them.  You DO NOT need the heartache.
A family member will expect you to LOVE their work and to make it all neat and pretty for them
without paying you, and taking up your valuable free time, and blame you when their crap doesn't
sell or gets shredded by some reader.

I've got an idea - tell them about self-publishing - and still use the work defense to get out of doing
anything with the manuscript.
(Maybe you could accidentally, on purpose, let it fall into Mocha's litter box?) ::) ::)
I've considered having the manuscript fall into her litter box. However, she's a discerning kitty and may not use the litter box after that. ;) I'm already claiming the "busy at work" defense. We'll see how long I can keep it up. Eventually though, I'm going to have to fob them off on a paid editor.

Edit to fix a boo-boo.

Author Craft / Re: Beta Reader Services
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:00:06 AM »
I am afraid other than saying "your friend is on the right path with asking for a critical look at his stuff before approaching agents/publishers" I have no other concrete leads.

(I'd also like to see what other forumites suggest here, because one of my family members wants to publish their book, but it is hard because:

  • the book is unedited, full of grammatical and other issues.
  • the "author"  does not take criticism well. Anything that I suggested was "it's just your view, what do you know?"
  • the subject matter and the treatment is cr@p. On my first read-through, I wanted to throw it out the window.
Maybe if I see some good suggestions I can show this thread to them and they can take the right decision, for once. :) )

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:17:15 AM »

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:02:27 AM »
Oh was that Brandon Sanderson at the end of the video asking a question? :)
No, someone asked which authors Jim can recommend to them. Brandon Sanderson was one of the straggler names. :)

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 29, 2012, 08:19:14 PM »
A lot of people turned out, it seems like it was a success!  I didn't notice anyone's name tag featuring their forum name, though I did see one girl who had, "An Authority Figure", written on it.  I hope everyone got their books signed!
Watch out for a PM from me coming your way. :)

Does anyone know if there's a video or transcript of the event anywhere?
Priscellie posted a link on her Twitter. Here it is:

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:07:05 AM »
Good for you, restless.spirit!

I don't think any betas are coming, but Jim is definitely coming :D Sorry couldn't resist!

Will be great to meet you guys. :)

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:06:12 PM »
It should take about an hour and a half, depending on traffic. A bit inconvenient, but doable. :) Fortunately, I don't have to do the driving; I've been introducing my mother to the Dresden Files, so I'm bringing her along and she's driving while I read to her on the way up. XD

Nice idea with the nametags, I'll see if I can remember to do that (though you're probably the only one who'd recognize my name, since I haven't posted anywhere but this topic yet, heh).
Lucky you. :) I get to drive myself and the husband (assuming he wants to come with me). As far as the nametag goes, I'll wear one with my forum name.

And you need to fix the "I haven't posted anywhere but this topic yet" problem...go stop by one of the threads in the Bar or in any of the other parts of the forum. I promise you that none of the other forumites bite. ;D

Calendar Event Discussion / Re: Signing in Seattle, WA on 11/27/12
« on: November 11, 2012, 08:32:29 PM »
I see Priscellie and Kagehiru got to it before I could! But yes, Brownpapertickets is the way to go. I emailed them to ask a question about the event and they responded immediately. Great service. :)

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