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by Strycher
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Workshop

As for the first one, I like it, but I feel like it would balance better if both your name and the title were the same color. But that could just be my monochromatic tendencies coming out. I almost suggested the same thing, and if you could see my wardrobe (black, gray, blue, green for adventurous ...
by Strycher
Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Workshop

I just have time to upload two for feedback before I have to board my flight to San Diego. So you'll have all day to rip me up, and I won't be able to respond. http://softwarebasementtapes.com/oldtowntales/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Not-Another-Vacuum-Story_thumb.jpg This one is another tall tale o...
by Strycher
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 252545

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Scott, can you check your Amazon link? It's not working for me.


Data Point: Works for me.
by Strycher
Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Commissioning Cover Art?
Replies: 22
Views: 19925

Re: Commissioning Cover Art?

I would say commissioned art can be from $100 to $2000. And a few of the artists I contacted were not from Deviant Art. One did covers for Analog occasionally and he was asking about $1200, but I could understand given the level of his craft and didn't begrudge him for his price. Someday I would li...
by Strycher
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Commissioning Cover Art?
Replies: 22
Views: 19925

Re: Commissioning Cover Art?

Thanks everyone for your advice! So what we've established is: *Purchase rights for every use you want individually (and I assume specify usage time table). *Querying about existing art is less expensive. *Stock photos are cheapest. *Request to see a commissioned work at each stage for the design, b...
by Strycher
Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Commissioning Cover Art?
Replies: 22
Views: 19925

Commissioning Cover Art?

So, here's a nice broad question for you: Has anyone commissioned art work to be used as an eBook cover? I'm interested in the legislatures of this type of transaction. Is there a standard contract out there somewhere on the interweb that I can copy/paste? What kind of usage can I expect for commiss...
by Strycher
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 252545

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

izanobu wrote:unicorns


Was this the WotF entry you mentioned previously?
by Strycher
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Work Shop

Ack, sorry.

Anyway it looks great! I love that illustration and I really love the cover color palette. wotf007

I'll be interested to see if someone here bought the copy in question. That is rather exciting!
by Strycher
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Work Shop

Hmmm, well, I'm late to this party but: Soulmirror - I really like your revision! I'm quite taken with the portrait on the upper left side of the illustration. (Is she single? Scratch that, I'm pretty sure she's either dead or deadly.) Your water ripple over the moon is spot on perfect. wotf009 Mart...
by Strycher
Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 123984

Re: Analog Submissions

I almost have the feeling of quitting sending submissions to Analog. Only because their forum rejection letter is a bit...well, let's just say if you can't describe an error in 2-3 sentences, I don't think there is an error. If it's an inexperienced writer there could be a number of mistakes and it...
by Strycher
Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Kary James wrote: a dyslexic astrophysicist who programs missile telemetry. I know one of those...


That's not okay!
by Strycher
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

kyle wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:
Doesn't the paper get wet? wotf007

Nah, you've jut got to ignore the manufacturer's warnings about keeping electronics away from water... wotf001


Bwhahahahaha! wotf019 I can't get this kind of humor anywhere else. I'll let you decide if that's a good or bad thing.
by Strycher
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Kary James wrote:Me, I've been known to rehearse dialogue out loud. In the shower. wotf022


!!!!

Well, at least I'm not the only bonkers persons in the world.
by Strycher
Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 252545

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Today, I can tout my very first e-published short story! It's available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/112310 . I'm in the "pending review" state, so for the time being, Smashwords is the only place to find it. http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l594/lynliss0/MoonLanternCoverCo...
by Strycher
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Work Shop

Rebecca Birch wrote:The theory is that they also say Moon Lantern.

I put it into google translator and that's what it gave me. Given that I don't actually read/write/speak Chinese, I'm taking its word for it. Sort of hoping things can't go too far awry with only two words ...

wotf003


wotf019 Hopefully!
by Strycher
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Work Shop

Do the Asian characters say something specific?
by Strycher
Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132642

Re: Cover Work Shop

I think that the graphic you're using in the center with the Asian characters needs to be a higher resolution. Currently, it looks blurry and slightly pixelated. Also, the title and by line don't seem to really go hand in hand, I would see what it looks like using the same font for both, but keeping...
by Strycher
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Crit Swap
Replies: 1
Views: 1627

Re: Crit Swap

And by Duotrope, I meant Critters . . . Thanks for pointing that out s_c_baker!
by Strycher
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 123984

Re: Analog Submissions

Nick_T wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Thank you, Nick! After my long day of tedious work, you made my night!


I'm glad, though I wish my blurb carried as much weight as Jerry Pournelle's. You can slip my recommendation into random forum posts.


wotf019 Yes, this! Ha!
by Strycher
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 123984

Re: Analog Submissions

klaatu wrote: "Sorry, we cannot use this at the moment. Torgersen has the next 10 issues booked out.....)


wotf019 Bwhahahaha!

. . .

I don't have anything useful to add to this conversation. My science fiction is all soft and gooey.
by Strycher
Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Crit Swap
Replies: 1
Views: 1627

Crit Swap

It's 27 days until the quarter deadline, and so naturally instead of finishing my Q1 submission, I have written a bit of flash. I really don't want to wait the 3 weeks it would take to send 983 words through Duotrope before I send it out to markets. I will happily exchange critiques of a work (lengt...
by Strycher
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Posting 450s from winning / semi-Fi / published stories?
Replies: 17
Views: 6076

Re: Posting 450s from winning / semi-Fi / published stories?

4) My intent here is not to garner compliments, nor to solicit critique, but hopefully to help myself and others learn through exposure to diverse examples. For instance, from what I can tell, this story is utterly inappropriate for the contest. Might be helpful if you include if this story is a re...
by Strycher
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Kary James wrote:
Strycher wrote:
gower21 wrote:That's funny Strycher-- my husband and I have the same joke. I was just about to type it when I saw you posted it first.


Some truths are self-evident.
And those are the kind of truths you hold, right? :D


wotf019 Bwhahahahaha! Fair play to you.
by Strycher
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

gower21 wrote:That's funny Strycher-- my husband and I have the same joke. I was just about to type it when I saw you posted it first.


Some truths are self-evident.
by Strycher
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I think this is *the* most supportive forum I've ever joined. We're the jock straps of the writing world. Lol! Not the underwire bra of the writing world? We're also the bad-joke capitol of the internet. There's a joke between me and my spouse that the best support for breasts is a pair of hands.
by Strycher
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

... But now I'm going to have to think about it more. Because Kyle does have a point, and because thinking about how to make it work will distract me from waiting on Q4. wotf008 Yes! Work it! Work it and get feedback! wotf007 Submitting something you're pretty sure will lose is better than not subm...
by Strycher
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Submitting something you're pretty sure will lose is better than not submitting, because the long-shot at least has a shot. You know you do that thing to me, right? That thing where I type out a paragraph to make a point that you make in a sentence? I'm just going to start running behind you saying...
by Strycher
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

s_c_baker wrote:I have plenty of time to pretend I have plenty of time to fix it. wotf012


Bwhahahahahha! You just described me this quarter. wotf019
by Strycher
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

izanobu wrote:I don't think KJA had 750 before his first sale... did he?


No, that's my bad. He's collected 750 to date. I can't seem to find how many he had before publication, or for that matter, who holds the record. =/
by Strycher
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1071193

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Pretell, what is the world record for rejections before publication? KJA had 750 rejection slips. Not sure that he's the record (Guinness doesn't seem to have a category for it . . . At least it doesn't show up after a search on their website.) I thought this was interesting: I would go to sleep at...

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