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Writers' Corner / Re: How does the writer impact the story?
« on: April 24, 2016, 05:36:55 PM »
Well, that too. It's actually both. Just as the author does not have full control of what he puts into the story, the reader does not have full control over how he fills in the blanks. And in any kind of narrative there is much more blanks than there is solid facts. Things get even more interesting when you consider that neither the mind of the author or the reader exists in a vacuum but are greatly shaped by the social environment. The culture in which the work is produced is also producing the work.

Agree. But, I can't assign bias or motive to the author when I'm the one filling in the blanks.

Yes, you are correct. Reading something into a work does not tell you something about the writer by itself. You need to examine and reexamine the text with a group; the more diverse the better.

All this accomplishes is misinterpreting the author's work by more people... the more diverse the worse the interpretation.

Writers' Corner / Re: How does the writer impact the story?
« on: April 24, 2016, 05:03:17 PM »
I feel that it's as much the author's duty not to publicly assign some hidden meaning to their work as to not outright dismiss whatever meaning readers might surmise. If what is surmised is so abhorrent to the author that they feel moved to refute it, perhaps it's more aptly a failure on their part, rather than the readers'. Furthermore, an artist may very well not fully grasp every dimension of their own work and should be either open to discourse on the matter or otherwise simply set the work free.

Translation: My interpretation is the correct one, therefore, the author should submit to my will and apologize or keep their mouth shut so I can push my message by bashing their book.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best Author Ever?
« on: April 23, 2016, 04:13:09 PM »
Different authors for different reasons.

George R. R. Martin - the master of conflict
Brandon Sanderson - world building and magic systems
Robin Hobb - character voice
Orson Scott Card - philosophy (in the Ender books)

I'll be glad to do a review for you. But be warned, it will have to be fantastic to get five stars... so feel free to ignore the offer.

Writers' Corner / Re: How does the writer impact the story?
« on: April 22, 2016, 06:35:25 PM »
On the one hand, I like stories where the author has something to say.

On the other, I don't like being preached at.

Agree. I don't mind a message (and love philosophy) if it directly relates to the plot. But, I don't want the author telling me how I should think. Instead, write the conflict and let me decide who's right or wrong. Give me enough room in the story to think about various ideas and how they apply to the world today (or the past/future). If an author simply preaches a message or has a character that is preaching I'll most likely put the book down.

The Elevator Pitch is the real torture though. Finding a way to state what everything is about while keeping it so short?

Don't try to state "what everything is about". A blurb or elevator pitch should be a hook that entices the reader to want to read your book.

It should answer the question, "Why should I read your book instead of the best authors in the genre?" So when you write it try to convey the most compelling thing about your plot and character(s).

One example I saw recently for a thriller started with, "Would you kill your wife to save your daughter?"

For an urban fantasy example I saw something that started like, "Catherine was six the first time she saw a soul sucker."

Each example uses a different style, but conveys something intriguing and different about your book that entices the reader.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Using social media
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:06:53 PM »
In addition to social media there are a lot of book promotion sites that you can use to jump start some sales. BookBub is the most famous (and expensive), but there are free book promotion sites that will highlight your book if it is free or 99 cents.

A lot of authors do a kindle count down deal or set the book free if it is wide, then run promotions at the same time. This gives a boost in the amazon rankings which gives your book more visibility.

Bad guys keep attacking the protagonist to the point that he decides he better figure out why and then go on the offensive.

Writers' Corner / Re: Map making/World Building??
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:40:08 PM »
This site looks like it has a cool map builder. I haven't tried it, but know others who have and said it only took about 15 minutes to create a map. http://inkarnate.com/

Writers' Corner / Re: Designing Book Cover??
« on: February 13, 2016, 06:42:58 PM »
Another site is: http://www.selfpubbookcovers.com

Search google for "premade book covers" and you'll find a bunch of sites that sell covers at reasonable prices. One thing to remember is that your cover is one of the most important things in marketing your book. It should stand out in a thumbnail (size used in the Amazon lists). It should clearly portray the genre of your book (urban fantasy, epic fantasy, etc.) so the reader will be swayed to click the link and read your blurb.

Writers' Corner / Re: Prequel?
« on: February 13, 2016, 06:35:50 PM »
If the prequel slows down the delivery of books in the series, your readers might not be happy with it. I'd make sure the historical events (and characters) you plan to write about are important enough to your readers that they make up for the delay in the next book in the series.

New Spring by Robert Jordan is an example that worked because the story of Lan and Moiraine meeting was interesting to the Wheel of Time readers.

Female readers want  the same as male ones - great story, great characters.

Exactly. And for me, a bit of philosophy that directly relates to the protagonist's plight. I don't care if the character is male or female. I just want them to be interesting as a person (internal conflict, unique personality, etc.) and do interesting things (cool work/hobbies/interests/skills and external conflict).

My advice is, write the character that is needed for the story... no more, no less.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: December 27, 2015, 07:05:53 PM »
I intentionally go looking for a completed series before I'll start a new one. I like to get the entire story in one pass if possible. I make exceptions for authors who have several books in the series complete. For example, I read about seven of the Malazan books before the rest were complete. Then I waited until ten books were out before picking it up again. I haven't started Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight series yet. Maybe when he's got four or five of them done I'll start that one.

I guess I just like the continuity and complete immersion into one world for several months.

@m3mnoch, classic! I was going to say that Avatar was just a remake of Ferngully.

The magical inhabitants of a rain-forest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

Writers' Corner / Re: I'm Looking for an Editor
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:06:41 PM »
Thanks for the help and advice.

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