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There's more to this story:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/books/dan-mallory-plagiarism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Apparently (I haven't read either one) Mallory/Finn's novel bears striking resemblances to Sarah A. Denzil's “Saving April” published in March 2016.

It's interesting that Mallory's book was bought and published by his own employer, Morrow. Denzil is a pen name of Sarah Dalton, and "Saving April" was published by Kindle Press. Is Denzil/Dalton a successful trad pubbed author who was trying to go hybrid? Did Mallory think no one in trad pub would notice a (semi)self-pubbed ebook?

I'm trying to think of what other person in the news has recently claimed bipolar disorder as a "reason" for bad behavior.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Cathleen on February 15, 2019, 05:57:28 AM »
64 words that I wrote today:

Nobody sends cards to a dragon,
It's just an unfortunate fact.
Do they think that we'll burn them to ashes or what?
I would never commit such an act.

If people sent cards to us dragons,
Valentines with good wishes galore,
Then I'd break out my chocolates and pass them around,
And we'd waltz on a golden dance floor.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

ETA: It occurred to me that this would be better with the picture. :)


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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: The Importance of Fact Checking
« Last post by Crystal on February 15, 2019, 04:01:26 AM »
The brand decision is about character and POV more than it's about specificity or accuracy. Someone who happily dresses in Old Navy jeans and t-shirts for utility wouldn't recognize the designer of a wedding dress. It says a lot about someone that they care about the specific designer or the make of a car or a brand of liquor.

A person who notices a sedan has a different opinion of cars that a person who notices a 2005 Camry.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: The Importance of Fact Checking
« Last post by Scrapper78 on February 15, 2019, 02:04:46 AM »
Now I'm getting nervous. In my WIP I have someone being shot with a Derringer pistol. I know the years they were manufactured match my book's time frame and that they only held one shot (unless you had the double barrelled type) and that the range was poker-table length. I've seen photos so I can describe it (or them, as they were usually sold in pairs). Anything else?

Biggest thing with derringers is that the round carried very little energy and was tiny. Nobody should be slumping over dead from a derringer shot. If you got a major blood vessel, you could get your guy to bleed out in several minutes. Eye socket and throat are probably quick stops, but anything else usually means the victim is going to die of infection three days later. A thick wad of paper or too many layers of clothing can and will stop the old ones. They were a weapon of last resort.

Thank you for that. I was going to have the victim shot in the chest, but maybe the shooter should aim somewhere where he'd be sure to hit a major blood vessel. He was using the Derringer mostly because it was easy to conceal until he got close to his victim.

Go with throat. Great gasping gory death scene as guy chokes to death on his own blood. Always a good time to write those...
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Noise canceling headphones recommendations
« Last post by AmHere on February 15, 2019, 02:01:50 AM »
Thank you for all the suggestions.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: The Importance of Fact Checking
« Last post by Joseph Malik on February 15, 2019, 01:43:55 AM »
maybe the shooter should aim somewhere where he'd be sure to hit a major blood vessel. He was using the Derringer mostly because it was easy to conceal until he got close to his victim.

In The New Magic, a character dies from an arrow through the shoulder. I've had enough casualty care training to know that the old "just winged him" trope is idiotic. Getting shot in the shoulder is like getting shot in the knee--it's an insanely complex joint--and if you hit the axillary artery, it's like a thumb over a garden hose. They collapse from hemorrhagic shock and they'll be dead in minutes. An attempt to repair a nicked artery in a joint that complicated under austere conditions turns into the Jamie Smith surgery scene from Black Hawk Down.

To the larger point of this thread, it's not a matter of writing what you know as much as knowing what you write. Readers will believe in flying horses if the saddles make sense.

You can also take suspension of disbelief too far; those of you familiar with my ride-or-die fans know where I'm going with this. There are readers out there who will believe damned near anything if you get the details right enough. Use your power wisely.

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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Can't access Nook Press from the UK
« Last post by Mysterywriter on February 14, 2019, 11:22:27 PM »
Hmm... thanks everyone. I've tried everything!

Very odd, I'll try again later.
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Can't access Nook Press from the UK
« Last post by Tafkal on February 14, 2019, 11:09:44 PM »
It's working for me.
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Can't access Nook Press from the UK
« Last post by The Doctor on February 14, 2019, 10:51:48 PM »
Hi,

I'm in the UK. I typed "Nook Press" in Google and was taken to https://press.barnesandnoble.com/
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