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(Some Guy)   Buy the new Fantasy Novel by Farker Ronin.   (shop.barnesandnoble.com) divider line 26
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Mac
2001-09-10 11:34:38 AM
iuniverse...Ronin, be careful. I know of a few writers who have been royally screwed by iuniverse. But, maybe ...who knows maybe they've cleaned up their act. Otherwise, I hope all goes well for you...
 
2001-09-10 01:13:39 PM
I was all set to, but $17 for a paperback???? Am I reading that right? I think I paid $20 for the paperback LoTR trilogy edition, but that's over 1000 pages. If I weren't a poor college student, I'd definitely be all over it, but $17 :(... *sigh* I'll probably end up buying it anyway, but it'll have to wait til i get paid in mid-october. (stupid monthly paychecks.)
 
2001-09-10 01:21:16 PM
Caustic: I agree, now if it was a paperback of Fark boobies, I might reconsider.
 
2001-09-10 01:28:32 PM
Mac- yeah, I have been warned repeatedly and am unhappy with quite a few things that have been done. Like the cover art, difficulties with shipping directly from iUniverse and such. But an author has to start somewhere. Never again though.

Caustic and Skater - I also agree with you, $17.00 is alot, but it is trade paperback sized. I had no say in the process and was actually kind of surprised by it. I looked around though and the prices are sort of comparable to other 6x9 sized books.
 
2001-09-10 01:37:29 PM
What authors mostly influenced your writing, Ronin?
 
2001-09-10 01:40:21 PM
Well, since no one else is saying it... Congratulations! Not saying I'll be buying it, just grats on getting a book published!
 
2001-09-10 01:51:27 PM
Yes, definately congratulations! I've contemplated writing books for years now, and have started on a few, but most of the time I either give up or put them off thinking that I'd hate to put so much work into something only to not be able to find a publisher. So I can definately admire someone who's done all of it.
 
Mac
2001-09-10 03:41:24 PM
yup...I'm sorry for not saying it before...congrats!

bad writer, no biscuit.

maybe you should contact the writer's guild when you're done with your next project and get yourself an agent...you have some good reviews from what I see.

Deboard: If you have something finished, go find an agent through the writer's guild, I'm in the midst of composing my query letter for my first book because it's hard for anyone to get a manuscript into publisher's hands without an agent these days. And do not give up. I've got one book completed, I took it to a convention and an editor told me to divide it into two books (too many plots)...which is what I am doing now.

Best of luck to all those writers...hmmm maybe we should start some sort of Farker writers group..heheheeh
 
2001-09-10 03:47:04 PM
Thanks for the advice, does the writer's guild have a website?
 
2001-09-10 03:55:26 PM
Yeah, I wanted to check the writers guild out. I got all the forms and such from the National Writers Union Local for my area, but I wanted to check out all my options before going with anyone for definate. I have several smaller pieces done, and have already begun work on a new big project.
 
2001-09-10 04:03:42 PM
Ronin Oh... it's 6x9. That changes things :) I thought it was 4x6.5 or whatever regular paperbacks are. Hell, then i'm definitely buying it when the money comes in.

Oh, the things i'm going to do with that money.
 
2001-09-10 04:05:53 PM
ugh no more plugs.. bring fark back to what it was and not as a promotional instrument
 
Mac
2001-09-10 04:10:55 PM
Geez Strider,

if you don't want to read plugs, don't press the link for it...

I for one, like to see what other farkers are doing. Mac goes to dig up her webstie for writer's guild.

http://www.wgae.org/cgi-bin/agencies.cgi

this is for the writer's guild east. Most of the west branch are for screenwriters. Hope that helps ya'll out.

Mac -- otherwise known as Heather
 
2001-09-10 04:13:37 PM
I like supporting our own.. Congrats on finishing the book, that's not easy. And it sounds like you wrote a nice one. Can't wait to read it!
 
2001-09-10 04:24:55 PM
Try www.burryman.com It's a british website for writers I found a while back. I write commercials TV and radio for a living. I always wanted to be a professional writer, now I am one...sort of.
 
2001-09-10 04:30:20 PM
The "plug" tag has started to become an abused thing, please Drew, limit it to one plug a week or something, keep only the worthy ones, (this one here I would consider worthy, however) but some guy in Maryland's garage band (ficticious example) is not Fark-worthy
 
2001-09-10 05:47:13 PM
First, grats Ronin! (I seem to remember a chat on the 3k's changelings line where a guy named Ronin was talking about writing. Same guy? Or, am I just confused again?) It looks like a good book, I'll have to grab it once my check gets deposited (stupid payroll, this is the 4th farked check in 3 months)

RE plug: I kinda agree with NightVis. Stuff like this, and sgamers's 21st, and NexR's SS deal (ok, not really a plug, but a farker story nonetheless), are cool to hear about. But the farking band thing was getting silly.
 
2001-09-10 06:15:22 PM
One plug a week? Oh my. One plug a day, maybe. I agree with Mac; plugs are easy enough to avoid if that kind of thing doesn't float your boat. But I must admit, the gobs of band plugs the past few days seemed excessive. Variety and all... :)
 
Mac
2001-09-10 07:26:27 PM
Yeah Voder,

you're right...why not limit band plugs to one a day...surely *every* farker isn't in a band...I know I'm not

and then other plugs, like people getting published, having kids, having birthdays, etc, as needed
 
2001-09-10 08:01:52 PM
SoylentGreen - I would have to say as far as influencing my work, King, George R. R. Martin, RA Salvatore, and Tolkien. At least as far as the genre of that book. Most of my short stories are much less fantasy type.
Mac - Thanks for the link :)
GaidinBDJ(WoT?)- I don't remember this 3k's changeling thread, but its possible it was me.
And on the subject of plugs, I think that its nice to be able to post a link to something you're proud of in a place where people will actually see it, and where people have similar tastes to your own. I have been reading Fark everyday for months now, and though I almost never post even so much as a response, I like the fact that there is always new stuff to keep me busy. I would probably be an absolute bear at work if I didn't have Fark to cheer me up. Sometimes I find the plugs a little on the lame side, but that doesn't mean that someone else won't.
Thanks to everyone for the congrats and such
 
2001-09-10 08:35:54 PM
That's really cool, Ronin. Have you been writing for a living, or was this your longtime side project finally made good?
 
2001-09-10 08:54:09 PM
Macfrugal - While I have made a little money here and there writing, I haven't been able to isolate it as my primary means of income as of yet. I have been writing steadily since I was maybe twelve or so, (the whole time telling myself that just a little farther will do it) and I think all that effort is reflected on the steady climb in quality of my work. I always promised myself that I would make it to the bestsellers list by 25, but seeing as how I am 23 now, I don't see that happening. But the sooner I can stop database programming, and start writing full time will be the greatest day in my life. But no, my primary income comes from software developement for now.
 
Mac
2001-09-10 09:01:07 PM
impressive that you managed to get a book out and work full time. It took me a year and a half with work to write my first book. I'm nearly done subdividing mine (6 mo.) without a full-time job. Chapter 31 (650 pages in publisher format and counting).

I'm curious...what's the new project?
 
2001-09-10 09:07:42 PM
If you don't like plugs, don't read them!

Is Drew standing their with a gun telling you to click on every link?!? Do you have no farking self control and click on every link on a page?

Grow up and take some responsibility for your mouse button.
 
2001-09-10 09:42:33 PM
Actually, I'm kind of working on two. I just finished up two short stories and a screenplay for a short film that I want to make, but the big projects that I am doing are novels. One (working title is Sheol: Behind the Veil of the World) is written in the format of journal entries and it details the contemorary fantasy adventures of four high school boys in the early 90's who find themselves outcast from the lives that they once found boring, and forced to a nomadic existance while being pursued by shadowy men, and the police for a crime they didn't commit. Thats actually for the most part a pet project of mine that is constantly coming out of and going onto the back burner. I want it to be something that the reader would almost read as a real life journey into a bizarre world hidden behind our own.
The other project is a bigger one. Basically Lands Forsaken is a Hobbit to this one. Lands Forsaken function as its own story, with a beggining, middle and end. But the world and characters that I developed writing it have become so real to me that I can't really imagine letting them be laid to rest. I have a much grander story that was meant to the main part of Lands Forsaken, but I felt that if I had included it I would have been letting the story get away from me, and it would have been too varying a story for one volume. This story is much more world-encompassing and grand. I also have been writing short story's for a series that I call "the Hue and Cry of Sparky, St. Paul and the Willow Gull" which in the end may be long enough for a novel in itself. Those stories are a little on the abstract side though and theological of sorts. I don't know how well the two main characters, (Sparky, the emotion-driven Demon and St.Paul, the crass and cynical Angel) would be recieved by any sort of general audience.
Man, I didn't mean to go on like that. Apologies.
 
Mac
2001-09-10 09:59:48 PM
No apologies needed, Ronin.

They both sound interesting and regardless, you have a reason within for writing both. Or at least that was what my mom said when I told her I wrote about good-guy vampires.
 
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