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Ten Publishers and Editors Answer Questions!
The members of The Writer's Meow here on DA compiled a list of questions they would ask a publisher or editor.  SpunkOnAStick was able to entice ten such professionals to contribute!  We posted their replies in a two-part segment in our journal, but would like to offer the complete session here.  We thank the ten individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to answer questions!
1- Would you say that's it's safe for a writer to trust someone over the internet who says they'll publish what you write?
   Yes, just as soon as the check clears.
   Let me try to say this in a way that cannot possibly be misunderstood: Publishers pay authors. Authors do not pay publishers. Authors do not pay agents, either. If any part of the transaction involves you pulling out your checkbook or providing a credit card number, stop. And do not sign any document that says you'll pull out your checkbook or credit card at a later date, e
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Harper Collins + Internet = Writers Win
Today marks the public opening of an online talent seeking / gathering site by HarperCollins, a publishing house with dozens of imprints whose credits include work by Neal Stephenson, Michael Crichton, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Paulo Coelho, Lemony Snicket, Clive Barker, Michael Chabon, Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, and heaps more.
It seems the colossal publisher is embracing the trend of technology and decentralized popularity in art. Their site authonomy, fresh out of private beta, uses a peer review and recommendation system to find the cream of the internet-lit crop, which they hope is tasty enough to publish, like, for realz.
From the site:
If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your work on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy community.
And if you’
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How To Write
Abstract: an analytical approach to plotting and writing fiction upwards of 1,000 words
Acknowledgements: the potentially amazing Rachel (IfrozenspiritI) served as guinea pig to this; go and tell her to finish the product of that experiment, because you'll love it. Chris Widdison (tearstone) approached me indecently with the idea of writing a longer essay (which will still happen, and be a lot more purdy than this here thing), which would incorporate this essay in another form, amongst others. He doesn't need to read any of this, because he already knows it all.
Target audience: young, inexperienced writers, especially those that find themselves pulling off vignettes and other super-short forms with an ease, while chronically unable to produce anything with more than a handful of scenes and more than 1,000 words.
Part 1: The Premise takes a look at the basic idea behind a piece
Part 2: The Story fills in some of those blanks and gives u
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Showing, Part One
If you've ever taken a class in creative writing, you've no doubt heard the teacher repeat the phrase, "Show, don't tell" over and over again.  While there are few hardest rules in creative writing, this persistent little mantra might be the ultimate.  Teachers and writers who write about writing spout it out all the time, but what does it mean anyway?  After, isn't all writing really "telling" on some level?
It's best to view "showing" not as a single technique, but a summation of the most effective writing techniques.  If we know anything about poetry, it's that the best poetry usually conjures specific and concrete images.  Beyond language itself, images are the meat and bones of poetry.  So goes most of prose as well.  The prose writer has the added duty of creating situations and characters that seem real and believable.
Showing invites the reader into the world of out poem and story.  If the reader can see, smell, taste, and feel the world through our writing, the reader is more
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The Best Writing Resources In Print
In the Information Age, with articles flying around cyberspace faster than you can bat your eyelashes, it can be easy to get lost in the sheer abundance of resources made available by virtually anyone.
If you're like me and are sincerely trying to improve your craft as a writer, you'll want to learn from the most credible and accurate sources, the classic, the tried-and-true.  The best place to find such things?  Nowhere beyond your local library.  Still, section 808 can be a daunting place on your first visit.  I've been there, come away with arm loads of books, and gone nuts trying to get anything out of them at home.  After several years of reading and study, however, I've discovered a few gems that shine above all the rest.  I'd like to share these with you in this article.  Here are 10 of my favorite resource books, complete with descriptions and links.  Hope you find them helpful!
Available at your lo
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Write Better: Read More
We didn't believe it, either, but you really can learn a lot from reading a book!  If you've ever wanted some worthwhile advice from someone other than your high school English teacher, this is the place to look.  The authors below are experts in their fields, well-respected and admired by accomplished writers from all over the world, and we're bringing you a list of their most prized and collectively-effective books.  (Tried-and-tested by our worthy administrators, no less!)
So what're you waiting for?  Learn how to make every word count!
Reading Resource List for the Aspiring Writer
General Prose:
Writing Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques  (Jim Burke)
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer  (Roy Peter Clark)
Writing without Teachers  (Peter Elbow)
Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process  (Peter Elbow)
On Writing
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Futurey, Sci-Fi Tech is Fun

Journal Entry: Sun May 27, 2012, 12:37 PM

I get excited whenever I see new "the future is now" tech coming down the pipes.  For example, electronic paper is being developed by several companies which would let the video newspapers from Harry Potter become a reality.  Speaking of Harry Potter, invisibility cloaks are also a hot topic right now in research fields.  Need a replicator ala Star Trek?  They're commercially available in the form of 3D printers.  And, finally, the reason for the journal, how many have been aching for gesture based computer controls ever since Minority Report came out?  

Well, they're making that too.  It's called Leap Motion and if it's half as good as the tech demo video on their site makes it look, it's going to be AWESOME.  Plus, at $70 and what sounds like a really simple set up, there seems to be very little reason not to get one.  Unless you're just not into LIVING IN THE FUTURE.

Still no flying cars though.  GET BACK TO WORK, SCIENCE.


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It's March 25th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Happy [early] birthday!
May the best of your wishes be the least of what you get!
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