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post #141 of 244
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How do they send royalties, quarterly, or more frequently? Yeah, I only found the name in connection to your poetry book.
Yes and that's where I mention them online. They don't have an online presence.
post #142 of 244
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Here is something for the Canadians. I have nothing to submit but if I did I`d certainly give it a try!

SIMON FRASER COMPETITION

Let me know if you enter!
post #143 of 244
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No agents. Ever. Direct submission to the publisher.

googling my heart out..can't find a thing either...odd..I have it bookmarked on my computer...but it's disconnected and I"m on hubby's...if the royalties stop coming I'll worry
One main thing is to never pay a publisher to publish you. As long as you are not paying them, and they pay you; or even if they don't pay you, but you don't pay either, it is all good.

There are some presses who market themselves as a cooperative, and this also means they want the author to contribute to their own publication, either in part or in full. This is basically a vanity press with a shiny new face lifft.
post #144 of 244
Thanks for the novel link, Carolyn! I went to school there. Can I finish by May 31st? No idea, but I'll try.
post #145 of 244
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Yes, agreed. They pay me. It's great

There is a place for those companies. I know a fellow who wrote his memoirs and he's paying to publish it to give a copy to each member of his family...he's got terminal cancer.


I hope you get it done in time Widemouthfrog!
post #146 of 244
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Anybody doing scriptfrenzy? I've got the opportunity to write a screen play next year and I thought I would practice it this year..it's not something I've done before...
post #147 of 244
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Yes, agreed. They pay me. It's great

There is a place for those companies. I know a fellow who wrote his memoirs and he's paying to publish it to give a copy to each member of his family...he's got terminal cancer.


I hope you get it done in time Widemouthfrog!
I agree that there's a place for the POD services. It only becomes a problem when a press has misleading advertising and makes writers believe that the publisher is not a vanity press, while in fact they are. They hope that new hopeful writers won't know the difference. It is easy to deceive a new writer and tell them that nowadays everyone has to pay at least something etc, and then they promise distribution, while book stores won't even consider stocking your book if it is pubbed by a vanity press.

Amazon now offers a POD service, CreateSpace, where you don't pay upfront. Lulu is another place, but Amazon seems to be a much better choice right now.

It seems that you have a great press that works hard for you, but it is worth repeating that one has to be very careful before signing anything, if there's no information on the press found on-line, when it is impossible to check what other authors were pubbed by them, when your work is solicited and so on.

Your situation is not typical at all, and most situation that seem like yours would, sadly, be a scam...
post #148 of 244
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Anybody doing scriptfrenzy? I've got the opportunity to write a screen play next year and I thought I would practice it this year..it's not something I've done before...
I'm in...although I don't see anywhere stating that you 'have' to donate the $. Are you? I'm sure I would not be able to raise it by April (side note: I'm not good with reading OR following directions. I know this a shortcoming, has been all my life, and I'm not sure I can fix it...)
post #149 of 244
I have been MIA for a month now...had tons of paperwork and doctor stuff to do...now feeling the need to write coming back . Hope it gets so out of control again that I can't go a day without writing! LOVE that feeling...

welcome to all new fellow writers

I read and posted my critique for Miss Snark's First Victim and dare I say, it was way more fun than going to my actual critique group! I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to go to the group. I just feel like I'm being held back, kwim? I'd rather write and take a few courses here and there that fit my own needs, instead of waiting to hear whether or not the people in my group liked what I wrote (none of them read anything in the genre I write in). But then again, I don't want to join a group just to quit...

Allgirls: I think I'm going to take your advice. Finish the final edits THEN write the query letter. I've got one in the works (note: NOT the one on my blog...that was totally horrible and totally for laughs ). But I'm still not sure about my ending. I love my Epilogue, but the actual last chapter of the book...not so sure yet...but since I'm only on chapter 4 in my final edits and the book is 25 chapters, I've got a while before I have to figure it out...not sure if that's a good or bad thing
post #150 of 244
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I read and posted my critique for Miss Snark's First Victim and dare I say, it was way more fun than going to my actual critique group! I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to go to the group. I just feel like I'm being held back, kwim? I'd rather write and take a few courses here and there that fit my own needs, instead of waiting to hear whether or not the people in my group liked what I wrote (none of them read anything in the genre I write in). But then again, I don't want to join a group just to quit...
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I so agree that taking courses and writing is the best at a certain point. I was a part of a writing group, and it was great, because it was very small and I just loved hanging out with those people, but its purpose for me was mostly inspirational. I felt so energized after the meetings, just because of spending time with them. But then we moved, and I can't imagine going to another group--my needs have changed. Though I'm looking forward to wanting to be part of a group again...

I've been away from here too, and am sort of trying to jump in now!
post #151 of 244
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I have been MIA for a month now...had tons of paperwork and doctor stuff to do...now feeling the need to write coming back . Hope it gets so out of control again that I can't go a day without writing! LOVE that feeling...

welcome to all new fellow writers

I read and posted my critique for Miss Snark's First Victim and dare I say, it was way more fun than going to my actual critique group! I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to go to the group. I just feel like I'm being held back, kwim? I'd rather write and take a few courses here and there that fit my own needs, instead of waiting to hear whether or not the people in my group liked what I wrote (none of them read anything in the genre I write in). But then again, I don't want to join a group just to quit...

Allgirls: I think I'm going to take your advice. Finish the final edits THEN write the query letter. I've got one in the works (note: NOT the one on my blog...that was totally horrible and totally for laughs ). But I'm still not sure about my ending. I love my Epilogue, but the actual last chapter of the book...not so sure yet...but since I'm only on chapter 4 in my final edits and the book is 25 chapters, I've got a while before I have to figure it out...not sure if that's a good or bad thing
I couldn't write a query letter until the final edits anyway...I changed things at the very end



My novel is completely finished

Editor has it...

I miss it

I don't know anything about donating $$$ in script frenzy but glad I'm not the only one in it!
post #152 of 244
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Who is on Author's Den?

I just joined...wondering if you all are on there...social media for writers! I can't believe I didn't join before
post #153 of 244
POD and small vanity presses for books that are just for family and friends to tell one's life story and not meant for the world or for $$ are great. ITA

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It only becomes a problem when a press has misleading advertising and makes writers believe that the publisher is not a vanity press, while in fact they are. They hope that new hopeful writers won't know the difference. It is easy to deceive a new writer and tell them that nowadays everyone has to pay at least something etc, and then they promise distribution, while book stores won't even consider stocking your book if it is pubbed by a vanity press.

Amazon now offers a POD service, CreateSpace, where you don't pay upfront. Lulu is another place, but Amazon seems to be a much better choice right now.

It seems that you have a great press that works hard for you, but it is worth repeating that one has to be very careful before signing anything, if there's no information on the press found on-line, when it is impossible to check what other authors were pubbed by them, when your work is solicited and so on.

Your situation is not typical at all, and most situation that seem like yours would, sadly, be a scam...
So I won't repeat what she said. There are some good watchdog sites and lists out there for authors. The best imo is -

Writer Beware
- Writer Beware is the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams. We also receive sponsorship from the Mystery Writers of America. Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.

--- Read ALL of their links. Really, really fascinating and helpful info that every new author should bookmark. They also have a list of publishing companies and agencies that are known to take advantage of new authors and the multiple biz names these same companies change to in order to do it again and again.

Oh yeah. Preditors & Editors is also good. They have some nice lists of "how to tell if..." As well as Absolute Write's category of Background Checks of Agents, Editors & Publishers.
post #154 of 244
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Who is on Author's Den?

I just joined...wondering if you all are on there...social media for writers! I can't believe I didn't join before
I'll have to go look. I do most of my social media interaction with agents and other authors on twitter, so another venue sounds good. Thank you!
post #155 of 244
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That is a great site!

I've quit writing.

Until April 1.

My book is done.

My new one is somewhat outlined.

I'm starting Script Frenzy April 1 and the Writer's Village class on the 7th.

I'm reading Under the Dome.

See you in two weeks

Seriously though...I'm taking a break..except for my blog. I need to grieve my book a little and paint my house.

I might pop in to say hi occasionally
post #156 of 244
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POD and small vanity presses for books that are just for family and friends to tell one's life story and not meant for the world or for $$ are great. ITA



So I won't repeat what she said. There are some good watchdog sites and lists out there for authors. The best imo is -

Writer Beware
- Writer Beware is the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams. We also receive sponsorship from the Mystery Writers of America. Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.

--- Read ALL of their links. Really, really fascinating and helpful info that every new author should bookmark. They also have a list of publishing companies and agencies that are known to take advantage of new authors and the multiple biz names these same companies change to in order to do it again and again.

Oh yeah. Preditors & Editors is also good. They have some nice lists of "how to tell if..." As well as Absolute Write's category of Background Checks of Agents, Editors & Publishers.
Totally! I was about to post the links. And for Canadians, there's information out there on Canadian agents and presses as well. With all the information available, I'm surprised how many writers STILL get deceived and scammed. I think we are particularly vulnerable. We so desperately want to believe our "babies" deserve that chance, that we become blind to everything else...
post #157 of 244
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I have a question. How much and what do you read? I love to read and I read at least an hour every day...

But I was talking to some writer friends and they said they don't have time to read. Really? Isn't that like a musician never listening to music? I can't imagine NOT reading.

So How much and what do you read?
post #158 of 244
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I'll go first...I have a book going in every room in the house..the bathroom has poetry books, there a magazines in my bedroom and several novels.

I just picked up Stephen King from the library and The Memoirs of Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

I read all sorts of books...just read The Host and I've read the Twilights and more recently I read a few books by Richard North Patterson that I really enjoyed. I love Jane Austen and read something by her at least every week. I'm a huge re-reader. I've read War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Frank McCourt was great (), so yeah..everything.

One thing..I've never been gung-ho on any particular genre or any particular writer.

Off to start Under the Dome!!!!
post #159 of 244
Ohhhh. I read most of every day now that I have my Kindle. Like you, I re-read several books.

I adore sci-fi/fantasy books. Anything paranormal be it Young Adult or Adult. Have since I was a kid. I also really enjoy a good mystery. Combine paranormal and mystery and I'm hooked. lol

As a die-hard geek, I'm also on textbook-style websites all the time and I love a good non-fiction book. I get sucked into a topic and then I will have to read and read about it until I burn out. Then I move on to a new topic. I actually picked up three non-fiction books (on writing) at the library today. To help me focus my daily writing a bit more (my ideas are everywhere atm - literally), I'm giving myself daily assignments. I needed some ideas.
post #160 of 244
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I have a question. How much and what do you read? I love to read and I read at least an hour every day...

But I was talking to some writer friends and they said they don't have time to read. Really? Isn't that like a musician never listening to music? I can't imagine NOT reading.

So How much and what do you read?
Lately I'm not able to read more than a few pages at a time, it is rather odd. I'm reading a book that i'm enjoying so much, and yet I keep putting it down. I'm not sure why this is the case. It feels like I need more time to think about it. Maybe it is the pace of the book. I also lately read books that require slow reading--these are my favorite types of books.

I go through stages. Some months I read a lot--well, at least an hour a day, which is a lot with 3 kids And I wish I had more time.

And then I can go through a month or two without reading anything new at all.

It is a cycle, and I'm sure it relates to the way I write, but I haven't thought about the exact relationship.
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