Comments for The Passive Voice A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Pub and Traditional Publishing Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:10:01 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on 9 Most Frequent Mistakes in Author Press Releases by Jamie Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:10:01 +0000 Number 7 reads true. When someone was running for office or putting on some kind of event, if they didn’t make available a high-res image in their press kit, that was a clue it was amateur hour.

Always look at your materials from every angle you can: on your phone, on your tablet, on your desktop. For images it’s easy to go from big to small, but it’s hideous in the reverse direction. If you test it for yourself, you’ll notice “artifacts” when going from small to big. You don’t want those.

Even if you’re like me and you avoid being photographed, don’t shortchange your book. If a photo of yourself is necessary, then at least have press-ready photos on hand.

Comment on The 30 Scariest Author Website Mistakes And How To Fix Them by Writing Observer Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:09:29 +0000 Well, just having started to read the full article – there are actually 31 scary mistakes. The last one must be for Halloween night – scrolling garbage on the sidebar!

I’ll grab the OP into something else to eliminate the distraction from what she is actually trying to say.

Comment on ‘Fuzzy-Profound’ Words Cause Mental Rot by Mike Hall Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:25:59 +0000 I’ve read a few good stories that assume a multiverse – or at least a number of parallel universes – so as you say they are good for something, even if it is only SF writers plots. However, I think these theories, which have lately been justified as “post empirical” science, definitely fall into the region of the metaphysical with their claim to be part of science mostly based on wishful thinking or special pleading.

Of course, there is also “Many Worlds” which used to just be one of the many competing explanations of quantum mechanics – none of which actually alter the theory’s equations or the predictions so choosing between them is basically a matter of aesthetics – but there is now a push to view the infinitely increasing new worlds as “real”, whatever that may mean.

You may have gathered that I am a skeptic about non empirical science and not a fan of modal reality.

Comment on The greatest enemy of knowledge by TXRed Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:25:03 +0000 It ain’t what you know, it’s what you know that ain’t so. (“Well, everyone knows that…” is probably a close second.)

Comment on Nothing stinks by Felix J.Torres Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:00:59 +0000 …except a novel cranked out by a hot celebrity.
(Need we name names?)

Careful not to drown tbe next time it rains.

Comment on The Little-Known ‘Slow Fire’ That’s Destroying All Our Books by Felix J.Torres Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:55:37 +0000 If I had to output a document for the ages I’d use a high impact dot-matrix printer (they still make those), viscous ink ribbon, and a roll of gold foil. And then bathe the ribbon in a plastic preservative.

Store the roll in a stainless steel vacuum sealed tube and the thing will be readable well after the species is gone.

Paper of all kinds is transitory; metal is the way to go. 😀

Comment on Kickstarter Calls Itself Progressive. But About That Union. by Felix J.Torres Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:23:47 +0000 One problem the unions face is that over the years they’ve been too successful in raising the floor of business behavior. There’s less bad players and the “bad” ones are nowhere near as bad as the historical villains. (It’s been a while since the days of massacres, armed strikebreakers, and slave-grade company towns.)

So less people feel the to unionize and like any entrenched bureaucracy the union honchos feel a need to justify their existence by raising the bar of what “bad” is.

And then, like too many in politics, they’ve become sound bite absolutists and lost a lot of nuance. They seem to have forgotten that a place like Ritz-Carlton can pay $15 an hour and raise prices to compensate but Jack’s Bistro can’t. Or that what is a fair wage in Nashville is way inadequare in SanFran so they measure everything by the same procustean yardstick. That does not earn tbem much sympathy.

The mean well and can do good in some situations but they’ve been in bed with politicians so long they can no longer tell the difference between what is good for politicians and what is good for employees. There’s a difference and it’s getting bigger everyday.

Too often they engage in activism for activism’s sake.

Comment on The Little-Known ‘Slow Fire’ That’s Destroying All Our Books by Harald Johnson Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:46:57 +0000 This is why alkaline (acid- and lignin-free) paper exists. It’s still wood-pulp based, but, hey, 500-1,000 years of life ain’t bad. And my next story is pushing that to 30,000 years.

Comment on The greatest enemy of knowledge by Hunting Guy Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:44:20 +0000 People who think they know everything are really irritating to those of us that do.

Comment on Kickstarter Calls Itself Progressive. But About That Union. by G.B. Miller Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:55:42 +0000 IMPO, unions, both private and public, have horrendously affected lives/businesses. Once a necessary evil, now they continuously suck the life out of everything they touch (public with bloated budgets, unfunded pensions and a toady Democratic party at their beck and call; private with their push for $15 minimum wage which results in closed businesses, cut hours and automation).

And before you call me an anti-union troglodyte, I am a proud recipient of Janus v AFSCME and have been a disgusting non-member of my public sector union since 2011.