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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Make Your Fellow Board Members Smile Thread
« Last post by Maggie Ann on February 14, 2019, 03:36:32 AM »
The publisher rejected my autobiography. That's the story of my life.

 :icon_rofl:
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: My Title is Taken
« Last post by DrewMcGunn on February 14, 2019, 03:19:41 AM »
My title was taken by some zombie apocalypse book when I released my first-in-series.

Now, when someone searches for the title, that book is 2/3 of the way down the page. My books vanquished the zombie apocalypse.  :hehe

Because my book is part of a series, and I was careful with the series name, I don't worry much about the individual titles matching another book's title. After all, the series title follows the book's title on the Zon, so confusion shouldn't be an issue.

But there's a good argument to be made that a common name as a title would benefit from a subtitle or as part of a more distinct series name.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Make Your Fellow Board Members Smile Thread
« Last post by Solitary Dan on February 14, 2019, 03:13:25 AM »
The publisher rejected my autobiography.

Same here.  I self-publish.  :icon_think:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Recommendations for a keyboard
« Last post by dgcasey on February 14, 2019, 02:55:52 AM »
You can find mechanical keyboards without the lighting. Mine looks rather...mechanical. lol

You can also turn the lighting off on these keyboards. I have a mechanical with blue switches and it had all those ridiculous lighting effects. I just turned them off. Love the keyboard.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: The Importance of Fact Checking
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 14, 2019, 02:15:05 AM »
I agree. Personally I worry about legal issues involved.
It always pays to be cautious, but this is an issue that has been much discussed, and, as far as I can tell, the same conclusion is always reached: It's OK to use trademarked names in fiction as long as you follow certain simple guidelines. A quick Google search produces a lot of hits. Here is an example: http://www.rightsofwriters.com/2010/12/can-i-mention-brand-name-products-in-my.html

The four basic principles involved are fairly easy to remember, particularly the most important one--if you need to speak disparagingly of a brand for plot purposes, create a fictional one. Do not use a real one. (Strangely enough, people are seldom sued for saying good things about a company or product.)
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I enjoy just visiting DeviantArt because there are some fabulous images there. But insofar as HIRING anyone there? I've been burned too many times to do it again.

That's why I don't hire anyone there, either. I look for an image that I think will make a great cover and then I write to the artist and ask them about it. Then, if they're amenable to the idea, I offer to buy it for one of my covers.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: My Title is Taken
« Last post by Ricky Roma on February 14, 2019, 01:33:40 AM »
This sort of thing happens a fair amount. Some writers actively try and use established titles to piggyback on the success of others. Not sure how successful it is, but my feeling is that you should try and make your title as unique and distinctive as possible.

The one example I recall, is (I believe) Girl On A Train by A.J. Waines was released a few years after Paula Hawkins' THE Girl On THE Train came out (my caps). But I'm a little vague on details, as I suspect many readers will likely be.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Recommendations for a keyboard
« Last post by VanessaC on February 14, 2019, 01:26:52 AM »
Thanks for the update - I was watching the thread, but my dream keyboard (which I haven't found yet) is a silent one, so I didn't have anything to add to your quest for a clicky keyboard.
Vanessa,
In your quest for the perfect non-clicky keyboard, take a look at the mechanical ones. The clicky ones use cherry blue (or equivalent) keys, but the cherry brown have the same key travel and tactile feedback, but no click. As an added benefit, since mechanical keyboards have the switching mechanism separate from the keycaps, you can do interesting things like get keycaps that are a different color for oft-used key combinations. (I do this for Photoshop.) Make sure that the keyboard you select has anti-ghosting. BTW, cherry black are linear with no tactile feedback.

Oh, thank you - I'm sure I've read about mechanical keyboards before, but got confused, so that's really useful.  Currently using a logitech wireless keyboard which is wearing out a bit - I can see an upgrade in my future.  Grin
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: The Any Words a Day Club
« Last post by VisitasKeat on February 14, 2019, 01:23:32 AM »
WEP SESSION SUMMARY:

DWC = 

0 + 72 minutes spot jogging around Rubik's Cube + 1018 = 1018

*****

WIPWC = 60,691

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EIP: 0.3.8.288

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TWC 2019 = 8362 Vs TWC 2018 = 166,329

*****

ADWC 2019 = 22.90 Vs ADWC 2018 = 455.69

*****

PWP 2019 = 0% Vs PWP 2018 = 72.37%

*****

TSP 2019 = 0 Vs TSP 2018 = 1 Novel + 0 Novellas + 3 Novelettes 

*****

TID 2019 = 28 Vs TID 2018 = 81

*****

PT 2019 = 0 Vs PT 2018 = 0.2548
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: B&N 1099 silliness
« Last post by ragdoll on February 14, 2019, 01:21:45 AM »
Has anyone received their paper 1099 from Nook yet?

Has anyone who toggled the electronic 1099 option, couldn't get the site to work, then toggled it back off, received their paper 1099 from Nook yet?
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