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Re: Annoying things done to books by other people And most importantly - not giving it back to me!  ;D
July 15, 2015, 08:02:33 AM
Re: Tolkien's inspiration? Oh, yeah, I'm not saying it's a bad thing. It's perfectly normal, especially in the situation that he was in - one of the first men to write these types of books. It's cool and interesting, that's all. :)
August 01, 2015, 10:03:44 AM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them? I don't read much self-published books, but then again my reading speed isn't that great, so I'm not one of those "5 books per week" type of readers, that run through amazon, B&N and others, check everything out, etc, etc. So I rarely stumble upon self-publishers. When I do however, I always check them out, especially if I see them in a crowdfunding site like kickstarter, indiegogo, etc, since those places offer quite a bit of info, a video presentation, etc. (I found Becky Chambers this way, "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" was so great! It also got picked up by a publisher lately)

It's also worth pointing out that I've read several (10-15) ex-indies that were picked up by traditional publishers after that's happened. So while I've read them published, they started as self-publishers.

As for a difference in quality - no. There are great traditionally published authors, great self-published ones, crappy traditionally published authors, and crappy self-published ones. The difference is in the quantity, not the quality - a bigger % of the indies are crap. As a reader, that doesn't make much of a difference however, because all you have to do is research the book a bit (blurb, reviews, outside info, etc) and if it looks crap - don't read it. As a matter of fact, because I'm very picky about what I'm going to read, I have read only 1-2 bad indies (it was when I was asked for a review too, so they didn't already have reviews), while I've read dozens upon dozens of crap traditionally published books (over-hyped, over-marketed, "best-sellers").

In terms of pricing - yes, I would, if the indie looks good. I mean, if anything, the indie author's invested much more effort, sweat and tears into the publishing of his book than the traditionally published one, so if the book looks good, I'll gladly pay a good price for it.

Now, all this being said, I myself am both a published and a self-publishing author (the first in my native language, the second in English), so I know first hand the author's point of view about the effort that goes into self-publishing and the effort that goes into traditional publishing. So, as a consequence, as a reader I'm completely open to indies as long as they look good.

August 07, 2015, 10:36:58 AM
Re: On the Naming of Worlds
Technically English doesn't have a separate word for our planet either - the word 'earth' also means 'soil'.

Ha, true, yes. Excuse me. :) That's further to the point however - "names" are unrealistic, unless they are part of a religion/mythology.

August 08, 2015, 12:50:59 PM
I want hammers Well, that's a bit uncomfortable. But I've been around for long enough so I can start spilling my dirty little secrets to you guys. I'm looking for novels with main characters wielding ... warhammers.

I mean Robert Baratheon and Perrin Aybara as protagonists instead of side/supporting characters. I mean ... well, you get what I mean. My girlfriend jokes that I have a "hammer fetish" but I swear I just ... just like them.

So ... yeah. I'm looking for fantasy novels with hammer-wielding protagonists. Big, almost unwieldy, close to impractical warhammers. I don't care about the sub-genre, I read all kinds of fantasy. I'd prefer if said protagonist is a human tho. A side reason I'm looking for such novels is because of an idea I have for a future book so I have to start educating myself on the subject of ... hammers.

August 08, 2015, 02:58:01 PM
Re: I want hammers Yes, I'm doomed to remain misunderstood. A man and his love for warhammers, shunned from society... A tragedy...
August 08, 2015, 06:33:48 PM
Re: I want hammers
Your Hero will, of course, be named Maxwell.

Not exactly what I had in mind, but I can make it work. Maybe as a nickname? Gorgon "Maxwell" Du'umsong, The Headcrusher? Yeah, that has a nice ring to it. ;D

August 09, 2015, 01:18:26 PM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them?
I think I'm going to add something:

I will be willing to read self-pub if I know the writers, and have seen examples of their writing skills :D

Well, that's a bit circular. ;D

August 09, 2015, 03:47:25 PM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them?
I would only buy/read them if there had 500+ posts on F-F  ;)

500? *Gulp!* Ok, it's spam time!  ::)

August 09, 2015, 04:08:48 PM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them?
I've never understood the people who do a drive-by post in Small Press and Self-Published. Do they really expect us to read their books when they've contributed nothing to the community? In my experience, those writers who are actively involved in communities like this are better writers to begin with. I haven't read anything in the Writing Group that I'd say is bad.

But, really, how hard is it to actually contribute something to the community before expecting something in return?

While I agree completely, there's also the other side of things - it's hard to be active in more then 2-3 communities. I'm active in several gaming forums, several fantasy lit forums in my native Bulgarian, and since recently - in several English fantasy forums. As a result, I had to become inactive in some of the Bulgarian ones.

But when it comes to publishing your book, it's stupid not to post about it everywhere. Sure, there's 99.9% certainty that nothing will come out of the communities you weren't active in, but there's 100% if you don't post it. And even if you want to be active there, you simply can't be active everywhere.

Earlier this summer (spring actually) when I first posted in FF about my crowdfunding campaign, it was also my first posting here as a whole. I apologize for that, but it would've been a missed opportunity for me not to promote my campaign wherever I could. And a couple of folks joined it, even tho they had never heard about me. It was after that that I started checking the forum from time to time and grow to like it. Same with Best fantasy books and with SFFWorld. I liked them more then the Bulgarian forums so substituted the ones with the others.

It's just hard, that's all. There are an awful lot of places where you can be active. :) But yeah, as a reader I too ignore almost all promotion, unless they're from someone familiar, so I agree with you.

August 09, 2015, 07:43:06 PM