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Initial post: May 18, 2014 7:39:13 PM PDT
tz says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 7:44:18 PM PDT
Artist says:
Who do you think you're reaching by posting that on this forum? We're not authors, we're other readers. Contact publishers, authors, or even post on the Meet Our Authors Forum (if you're brave enough), because anything else is a waste of everyone's time.

Posted on May 18, 2014 7:48:51 PM PDT
Loz says:
"Third, don't preach or teach, at least not in the form of a lecture. "

Ahh the irony.

Posted on May 18, 2014 7:49:05 PM PDT
TZ, just to make a point, your message includes a typo (...going into fantasy [or] sci-fi--which you write in two different forms). The difference in today's market is that a self-publisher, unlike more formal publishers (traditional), is not going to pay multiple levels of proof-readers. And as you no doubt are aware, it is too easy to miss some of your own mistakes. Given the reduced cost of self-publishing, some level of tolerance is expected. I am constantly finding new errors and typos in my own work, and hope they are tolerated in terms of trade-off.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 7:51:40 PM PDT
Dittie says:
There is no hyphen in "proofreaders."

Posted on May 18, 2014 8:24:08 PM PDT
Or you might try the fiction forum, or the fantasy forum.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 8:29:55 PM PDT
Erich says:
Cool story bro! Tell it again!

Or better yet, don't.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 9:10:41 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
So, your point is that authors should respect their readers, but only in the ways you personally find enjoyment? What about all the readers out there that like teaching? That prefer non-fantasy or sci-fi that isn't anything like the real world?
I can't actually imagine anyone liking to read things full of typos and mistakes, but I guess that's possible too. There are many readers who like things you apparently don't, perhaps some of the authors you've been reading have been trying to respect them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 9:17:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2014 9:19:10 PM PDT
You don't love to read. I love to read. Were there nothing else to read but cereal boxes, I would read them.

Give me a book with errors and my brain will sort it out so as not to even interrupt my reading.

The difference between the two of us is that I do not profess to love reading. I truly love to read.

If you do not enjoy what you are reading, simply delete it and move on to a different book. Life is too short to read something you are not happy with.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 10:01:36 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"... the natural laws of this universe, both moral and physical."

Everything you need to know about this guy, right here.

Posted on May 18, 2014 10:08:53 PM PDT
CatChat says:
Meet the dictator for the land of "constant reader"!!!

for those who may not know, "constant reader" is how Stephen King refers to his fans and anyone who enjoys reading his books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 11:11:09 PM PDT
Ryan's already pointed out a typo you made twice, but in my opinion that's the least of your errors.

1) "as I, like most, are naturally curious". Incorrect conjugation of the verb "to be".
2) "Contradictions, or deus ex machina is not merely unwelcome". Incorrect use of commas, incorrect conjugation of "to be".
3) "need to properly make it fit". Split infinitive.
4) "I want to have the characters go through the plot. Not sit for a lecture on some technical point". Incorrect use of fullstop.

That isn't all, by any means, but those are the worst ones.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 11:12:34 PM PDT
MOA forum?

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 11:14:26 PM PDT
In #2, shouldn't the OP's 'is' be 'are,' do you think?

Posted on May 18, 2014 11:48:41 PM PDT
Artist says:
I think the OP just dropped his dissertation on us and left, since he's not tracking the discussion. He seems like the type that just wants to say what he thinks (because it is, of course, correct) and move on.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 2:25:52 AM PDT
Yes, that's the incorrect conjugation I identified. It should read something like "Contradictions, or deus ex machina, are not merely unwelcome..." (or dei ex machina if using the plural form of that too).

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 5:44:05 AM PDT
Well, The Artist had already mentioned that one, but yes that's the most appropriate place. (Not that any of them would listen)

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 6:20:31 AM PDT
Maybe you should just write your own books, and read those to yourself.
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