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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-03 23:37:41


I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
How should they go about getting their book distributed?
If they are readying the book for print by their self, what applications are recommended?

If you guessed that the "someone" was me, you guessed right. I was thinking about using MS Office Publisher, but I do not own it, and Word can't figure out "Oh, he wants to fold the page in half, so I should put page one here, page two on this other sheet...." Of course, if I simply let someone else (i.e. a publisher) do final designs for me, I'd not have to worry about it, but I do not want to do that. I was thinking about distributing it myself, mostly online on places like Amazon and physically to people I know, but I don't know how to copyright protect my work.
Thanks!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 03:14:12


At 1 day ago, pvt-blasto wrote:
my comic:
http://www.daveswurld.com/

Out of curiosity, Who made that website?

At 3 hours ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?

Perhaps a whole book is jumping the gun a little. Have you written any short stories? These are a good place to start.

If you want to try for a book straight up, I guess the first thing you should do is think of a fucking awesome idea.

Self Publishing is probably the easier way to go. you can write whatever you want that way.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 18:23:06


At 3 hours ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
Perhaps a whole book is jumping the gun a little. Have you written any short stories? These are a good place to start.

If you want to try for a book straight up, I guess the first thing you should do is think of a fucking awesome idea.

Self Publishing is probably the easier way to go. you can write whatever you want that way.

Come to think about it, a collection of short stories published as a book would be perfect. Thanks for the tips. Do you know where I could go to get advice for self publishing?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 18:25:17


At 18 hours ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
How should they go about getting their book distributed?
If they are readying the book for print by their self, what applications are recommended?

I'd stick away from applications, myself and I'd have a look at lulu, which is an online publishing resource. Rather than print the manuscript yourself and try to distribute, which could give the book a decidedly amateurish look to it all, you could quite get it ready for publication, advertise it and having set your own price, you get profits, when people buy books.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 22:21:47


Hello! I'm Kit Harrison, and I guess this is the best place to introduce myself. I'm a British writer and gamer, and I try to do my part to cater to both interests, not least through contributing to forums and generally larking about on the internet.

My claim to writing fame, I suppose, is MoaBG (pronounced "mow-ah-bee-gee", and standing for "Musings of a British Gamer") which is my personal blog/site that plays host to all manner of content I've produced, be it written, spoken, drawn or created and uploaded to YouTube and (maybe one day, if I get a dab hand at Flash in on my little act) Newgrounds.

Here's the clincher: MoaBG will be updated every single day, regardless of what's happened, how busy I am or what little I have to talk about. There are bound to be a few days where I can't think of anything to say, but I've kept my once-a-day promise going since May 23rd 2011, and I'm not going to let up now!

I also run a weekly, if somewhat unviewed, YouTube series called The Pixel Show, which takes a brief unscripted look at three gaming issues a week. Its theme music is by Lil Deuce Deuce, who did the music for asdfmovie4, so that's something to write home about, I guess!

I've also tried my hand at screenwriting, and a concept for a sci-fi comedy is currently on its way to the BBC for consideration. I hope I can make an impact here on the BBS, and I greet you all with a hearty hello!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 22:27:07


A hearty hello indeed, Kit. You will always (probably) be welcome here. Just leave your blog to your sig as much as you can, and we'll all get along fine. I am tempted to look up that link, by the way.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 22:29:18


At 39 seconds ago, Anabioo wrote: A hearty hello indeed, Kit. You will always (probably) be welcome here. Just leave your blog to your sig as much as you can, and we'll all get along fine. I am tempted to look up that link, by the way.

Oh, of course. I wasn't explicitly trying to plug it, but there wasn't much of a better way to introduce myself to the Writing section of the forum without giving it at least a passing mention - it's pretty much the nexus of me on the Internet, and so if you wanted to see a bit of my writing you're best headed there. Thank you for the kind welcome, and I hope indeed we all get along!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 22:35:42


At 3 minutes ago, KitFez wrote: Oh, of course. I wasn't explicitly trying to plug it, but there wasn't much of a better way to introduce myself to the Writing section of the forum without giving it at least a passing mention - it's pretty much the nexus of me on the Internet, and so if you wanted to see a bit of my writing you're best headed there. Thank you for the kind welcome, and I hope indeed we all get along!

Well, I did not mean you did anything wrong introducing yourself with it. (I am pretty sure that's how my intro went, but who's going to look that up? Not me.) I did look up your blog. An appealing one it is. But could you tell me how it is powered by blogger and not "moabg.blogspot.com" but "moabg.com"? (I think it'd be cool to get my own domain for my blogger blog.)


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-04 22:43:31


At 3 minutes ago, Anabioo wrote: Well, I did not mean you did anything wrong introducing yourself with it. (I am pretty sure that's how my intro went, but who's going to look that up? Not me.) I did look up your blog. An appealing one it is. But could you tell me how it is powered by blogger and not "moabg.blogspot.com" but "moabg.com"? (I think it'd be cool to get my own domain for my blogger blog.)

If you head into your blog's settings, and go to Settings > Basic, there's a section called "Blog Address" that will then allow you to purchase a URL for your blog. In the case of my blog, it's around £10 a year. Your existing blog address (www.BLOGNAME.blogspot.com) will automatically redirect to the new URL, so you don't have to worry about notifying your readers too much of the big move.

Thank you for saying it is good! You have no idea how much it means to me when people say my content is worth viewing!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 04:42:51


I'm not exactly new to NG, but I've been gone for about a year, and I rarely scour the BBS. I'm John, normally go by "John_234." I admin on a zombie survival site, do some work on DeviantArt and FF.net. Not a spectacularly good writer, but I'm always looking to improve. Nice to see an active writer's community.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 12:38:06


At 2 days ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
How should they go about getting their book distributed?
If they are readying the book for print by their self, what applications are recommended?

If you guessed that the "someone" was me, you guessed right. I was thinking about using MS Office Publisher, but I do not own it, and Word can't figure out "Oh, he wants to fold the page in half, so I should put page one here, page two on this other sheet...." Of course, if I simply let someone else (i.e. a publisher) do final designs for me, I'd not have to worry about it, but I do not want to do that. I was thinking about distributing it myself, mostly online on places like Amazon and physically to people I know, but I don't know how to copyright protect my work.
Thanks!

I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this, based on my experience with publishing The Newgrounds Writing Anthology. And Word can actually do it for you, but you need to know some subtle trickery to pull it off. When I find the time, I'll be sure to post in this forum.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-06 17:46:16


At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...

I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-07 19:36:54


At 1 day ago, Anabioo wrote:
At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...
I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.

I think a tutorial on how to make a good looking book would be in order. Such as not using their cover designer for text or formatting your text without having to pay for Lulu's professional help. It requires a bit more work than Lulu is prepared to give. Also, they would probably prefer people pay them to do the job than show them how to do it themselves. More arenas for business.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 00:02:38


At 4 days ago, EKublai wrote:
At 1 day ago, Anabioo wrote:
At 5 hours ago, EKublai wrote: I'm planning on writing a sort of tutorial for this...
I found Coop's link to lulu very helpful, they walk you through the process quite well.
I think a tutorial on how to make a good looking book would be in order. Such as not using their cover designer for text or formatting your text without having to pay for Lulu's professional help. It requires a bit more work than Lulu is prepared to give. Also, they would probably prefer people pay them to do the job than show them how to do it themselves. More arenas for business.

Look what I found! Amazon has a program for help in self-publishing, here.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 00:13:03


At 9 minutes ago, Anabioo wrote: Look what I found! Amazon has a program for help in self-publishing, here.

Actually, I would rather not use Amazon's Create Space; I do not like the terms of the "member agreement."


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 11:40:38


At 8 days ago, MattyT wrote:
At 1 day ago, pvt-blasto wrote:
my comic:
http://www.daveswurld.com/
Out of curiosity, Who made that website?

At 3 hours ago, Anabioo wrote: I want to ask a few questions:
If someone is thinking about writing a book, what is the first thing they should do?
Perhaps a whole book is jumping the gun a little. Have you written any short stories? These are a good place to start.

If you want to try for a book straight up, I guess the first thing you should do is think of a fucking awesome idea.

Self Publishing is probably the easier way to go. you can write whatever you want that way.

friend of mine started it, and I've personally been building it up and maintaining it since. I would say half of it is his and half of it is mine.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-12 22:55:22


At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 10:52:17


At 1 day ago, Gambit wrote: Soooooooooooooo, anyone agrees it's about time we get a new MWC? :)

If you';ve got ideas and feedback on what should be done, feel free to PM Deathcon7. He's pretty much in control of that at the moment, because my time is taken up with cricket for the foreseeable future.

At 11 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D

So, what genres or authors do you favour? Welcome to our world.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 16:47:00


At 7 days ago, John234pwns wrote: I'm John

Oh no! Another John! People will totally get us mixed up all the time and stuff. Whatever, it's like the most common first name in the world anyway, so it's hardly surprising that another one pops up.

Anywho, I'm actually out of the country right now, posting because of my hotel's generous unlimited free wifi. Since this type of vacation is usually when I come up with my greatest ideas (having absolutely nothing else to worry about probably helps), I've started working on laying the groundwork for another story. I'm planning on continuing my trend of writing a bit of a moral tale in a supernatural world. I think I'll go with a super hero this time. We'll see what I can come up with. Maybe I'll think of something that's a bit more interesting somewhere along the way.

I just kind of wanted to pop my head in and update. I'm trying to write more than I've done recently, and I think holding myself accountable through this forum is a pretty good way to go about doing it. Thanks!


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-13 18:43:27


At 11 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: At last made an account on Newgrounds and the first thing i come running to is the writting forum.
Hello, Everyone! I just like to read books and write from time to time, sooo... i hope we can get along :D
So, what genres or authors do you favour? Welcome to our world.

Thanks for the welcome!
And about genres and authors, i love horror (Lovecraft, King, etc...), sci-fi (Asimov, Herbert, Bradbury), Mistery, South-American classic authors aaaaand anything that has a good story and that leaves something in you when you finish.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-14 10:08:27


At 15 hours ago, StoningWorker wrote: Thanks for the welcome!

No problem.

And about genres and authors, i love horror (Lovecraft, King, etc...),

I've never been all that into my horro genres, but I do enjoy playing Werewolf and Vampire games from White Wolf. They bill them as horror, but I don't see it, personally. Maybe I've been desensitised.

sci-fi (Asimov, Herbert, Bradbury),

Have you ever read the Pegasus series by Anne McCaffrey, or Douglas Adams' work?

Mistery,

I'd heartily recommend Agatha Christie - both Poirot and Miss Marple are fantastic from the mystery genre. More modern stuff that first well is John Grisham.

South-American classic authors

I've not tried any myself. Possibly because they are foreign and therefore I'm incapable of reading them.

aaaaand anything that has a good story and that leaves something in you when you finish.

I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere :P

Mind you, I do enjoy a good Discworld novel, which leaves me thinking about what the characters will be doing after the book, as well as the historical novels, such as David Gemmell and Conn Iggulden.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-14 18:44:47


I've never been all that into my horro genres, but I do enjoy playing Werewolf and Vampire games from White Wolf. They bill them as horror, but I don't see it, personally. Maybe I've been desensitised.

I like Vampire games too, i love the way they show a much better image of a vampire than the one a lot of people has


Have you ever read the Pegasus series by Anne McCaffrey, or Douglas Adams' work?

i have been trying to find a book of Adams, but it's nearly impossible to find one, at least in my country. Oh, and never heard of the Pegasus series, what is it about?

I'd heartily recommend Agatha Christie - both Poirot and Miss Marple are fantastic from the mystery genre. More modern stuff that first well is John Grisham.

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writters, with Capote and Arthur Conan Doyle.

I've not tried any myself. Possibly because they are foreign and therefore I'm incapable of reading them.

I found an used english version of the complete works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez last year and the stories, characters and style of writting is amazing.


I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere :P

Noone knows :D

Mind you, I do enjoy a good Discworld novel, which leaves me thinking about what the characters will be doing after the book, as well as the historical novels, such as David Gemmell and Conn Iggulden.

Terry Pratcher and the Discworld books are really good too and it happens to me too, you end up really connected with the characters. And historical novels... i can't say i dislike them, but i haven't been able to read many books of that style in my life.

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 02:44:36


At 2 days ago, JohnEndel959 wrote:
Oh no! Another John! People will totally get us mixed up all the time and stuff. Whatever, it's like the most common first name in the world anyway, so it's hardly surprising that another one pops up.

Anywho, I'm actually out of the country right now, (Snip)

Inspiration is like that. Strikes at odd times. You should get as much stuff on paper as you can. And thanks for the welcome.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 08:48:36


At 1/26/10 04:31 PM, Gagsy wrote: Speaking of reasons for a Writing Forum Lounge, I don't see why this has to be limited to Writing. Seems like a good place to tell people who are intended in writing what good books you've been reading/have read and such. Doesn't have to be a place strict on just writing does it?

No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club? Thanks for the suggestion Gags, but this is a creative forum. I can't go and talk about Radiohead on the Audio forum, can I? They've got those kind of boards on 4chan ya know.

And yes I realise the irony in a heated response from someone who doesn't post here all that much, but dammit I lurk it nearly every day. I enjoy reading the decent stuff that comes through here. But I'm too put off by all the bad stuff that's badly formatted and lacking any real chance of being turned into something good to actually post advice to people. And isn't that what this board is really about? Being given a chance to improve and showcase our writing through communal evaluation.

So maybe its my fault that we don't get much new quality stuff through here! Maybe I should start a thread where I teach how to write a decent script. Maybe someone else could teach fiction writing or how to compile a novel or something... It's up to the big kids to pick up the little kids.

Ok... so I'll just do that then.

fuck book threads.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 08:53:10


At 1 minute ago, MattyT wrote: A tirade of misguided agression

Holy shit I though that post was from the current page not the fuckin' first one. Oh well. I'd like to think my points are still valid. And i'm still going to make that thread.

Writing for Flash class coming soon.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-16 14:42:25


At 5 hours ago, MattyT wrote: No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club?

Seems like a good idea to me, but there would probably already be a popular thread on the C&C forum if there was enough interest to keep it going.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-20 09:34:18


At 4 days ago, MattyT wrote:
At 1 minute ago, MattyT wrote: A tirade of misguided agression
Holy shit I though that post was from the current page not the fuckin' first one. Oh well. I'd like to think my points are still valid. And i'm still going to make that thread.

No, they aren't valid at all.

Writing for Flash class coming soon.

fuck book threads.

Look, you don't have to like book threads and I love your idea for the writing for flash class, but don't try ramming the idea of a book club is shit down everyone's throat. Just don't post there.

There's two ways to look at it:

1) The pre-existing Book Club in C&C is fine and dandy, where people suggest books to read and they discuss them with one another.

2) My book reviews thread is a tool for helping aspiring people who wish to work on journalistic skills, by encouraging people to put a subjective view on a title they have read.

At 3 days ago, RedCoin wrote:
At 5 hours ago, MattyT wrote: No fucking way. We get so little writing on the writing forum and you'd rather start a book club?
Seems like a good idea to me, but there would probably already be a popular thread on the C&C forum if there was enough interest to keep it going.

There is - we just need a little more oompf to keep it in the public eye. Mind you, these sort of threads never seem to get the lion's share of attention, unless you're reviewing something like Harry Potter *spits*


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-20 22:19:49


my pen name is tuni peace and I finished my first chapter of "Chaotic kitten". I like writing and a fan of heros not only x-men. Sometimes i'll even post serious poems but that might be rare. Hope you guys will check out my story.

I also draw but i do not have a scanner, so it willbe rare to see some illustrations but i'll try to get some up at kinkos or stamples or something.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-21 07:53:00


Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/

Anyways, whazzup people? :)

Response to Writing Forum Lounge 2012-03-21 14:40:20


At 6 hours ago, yuirick wrote: Ah, it's always saddening to see how little that happens on writing forums. :/

Anyways, whazzup people? :)

Whasa happening with you, eh?


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