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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS ads are now showing up on Goodreads
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 20, 2023, 06:03:22 PM »
I don't see the point.

I once tried a $50 Goodreads ad, and 3 months later, it hadn't yet used half of that $50.

All putting AMS on Goodreads will do is completely bugger up the ROI calculations.
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Bot Discussion Public / Re: SFWAs Comments
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 20, 2023, 06:01:27 PM »
But the most important difference here is that using AI won't kill you.

YET.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: The Abyss in theaters
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 20, 2023, 05:59:40 PM »
Got the extended edition DVD, but it's in my 'waiting for 4K' section.

Last time I checked, it wasn't available to buy anymore, which for that time, is quite common now.
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Converting serious lit into big business
« Last post by Luke Everhart on November 20, 2023, 03:44:05 PM »

And, statistically, homeschooled kids tend to outperform kids educated in public schools and even sometimes private schools.  So, homeschooling parents must be doing something right.

They're apparently doing a lot right. Hiatt's point about parsing data has some validity and the base selection bias of home schoolers being generally more invested in the value of education is noteworthy; nonetheless, the performance disparities (on average) between public and home schooled are impressive and persist (in a a number of analyses) when demographic and socioeconomic disparities are considered. (I was not home schooled btw.)
Average SAT scores for the home schooled has consistently been nearly 100 pts higher than public schooled going back to at least 1999 per a Dept of Education study, and the gap has been gradually increasing (84pt diff in initial report).
They also outscore on the ACT test.
According to Scripps, home schooled are overrepresented by roughly 5x among spelling bee finalists, a disparity that's persisted since at least 2001.
An analysis pub'd in the Journal of College Admission concluded homeschoolers earn higher first-year and fourth-year GPAs in college even when controlling for demographics and other factors.
Home schooled college graduation rates are nearly 10% higher than public schooled (66.7% vs 57.5% for 2022 roughly reflecting the norm for the last couple decades)

A great deal of the performance difference is probably due to home schooling being more focused on actual education (rather than subverting with ideology) than public schools. And, of course, not having to cater to the lowest common denominator in the curricula.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / The Abyss in theaters
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on November 20, 2023, 03:31:01 PM »
The James Cameron classic The Abyss is coming to theaters soon.   :cool:

https://www.ign.com/articles/james-camerons-the-abyss-4k-will-return-to-theaters-for-just-one-day

It's a one-day event: December 6th.

I saw the movie in the theater back during its original run in 1989.  I was just a teenage kid at the time, but the movie stuck with me.  I particularly remember the CPR scene and the rat-in-the-fluid scene.  And, of course, we were all wowed by the CGI water column, a groundbreaking technical achievement at the time.

If you haven't seen the movie before, I recommend it, and here's your chance to see it in style.
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Paperback Sizes
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on November 20, 2023, 10:46:59 AM »
Why are you looking into mass market size books? Typically I've just done 5 by 8, 5.5 by 8.5 and 6 by 9. I haven't heard of many Indies who do mass market size.

This was for a separate project.


Why are you looking into mass market size books? Typically I've just done 5 by 8, 5.5 by 8.5 and 6 by 9. I haven't heard of many Indies who do mass market size.

The mass market size is the best imo, but no-one offers it in PoD. So 5 x 8 is the closest.

:thumb18:

I have been using 5.06" x 7.81" because that's the closest Amazon had to a mass market paperback size.

For me, the mass market paperback size is the size I've always associated with a paperback book.  The larger sizes, especially 6x9 because that seemed to be the most common, always screamed "self-published" to me because largely the only paperback books I'd seen in that size were self-published books.

Plus, a book that is 4-1/8" to 4-1/4" wide by 6-3/8" to 6-7/8" tall is just a more convenient size.  Fits in various sizes of pockets.  Doesn't take much room in a bag.  More portable.  Etc.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on November 20, 2023, 10:44:37 AM »
Both of you are off my Christmas list.

 :hehe

 :ices_angel_g:
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Anarchist on November 20, 2023, 10:14:12 AM »
Both of you are off my Christmas list.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on November 20, 2023, 10:07:44 AM »
I thought The Expanse was very good. It's on Amazon.

I tried several times to get into this and just couldn't. I've heard from quite a few folks that it's very good. Perhaps it's just me.  :shrug


It's not just you.  I watched the first season, and it was certainly cool in the early going, but for whatever reason my interested simply dwindled as it went on, and I just wasn't interested in continuing on.   :confused:
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by PJ Post on November 20, 2023, 07:02:45 AM »
I thought The Expanse was very good. It's on Amazon.

I tried several times to get into this and just couldn't. I've heard from quite a few folks that it's very good. Perhaps it's just me.  :shrug
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