Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quick Poll!

Hi, everyone! We've had a newcomer ask about editing and it seems there may be some interest in a dedicated Author Chat Day where we could talk about writing, hopefully without the interruption of our pesky characters.

Let me know in the comments if you think this would be a good idea, and if so, how often? Once a week? Every two weeks? Let me know!


Christine H said...

There are a lot of author chat sites, and it's kind of nice to have a place where we just get to play in character.

But, we're starting to get to know one another, so it might be nice to chat amongst ourselves once in a while, too.

I am going to remain neutral. I could go either way.

Andre Vienne said...

I could do either, really. If it is done, I'd prefer for it to be done sparingly, though.

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I like the character bit more. But I'm generally willing to talk writing.

Anonymous said...

I like it when characters and authors interact.

There's no other place where that happens.

Candy said...

My author likes this site because it is just us characters. There are other sites for authors to talk shop. Leave CIC to us. I will not let her participate.

PixxSI said...

Personally I prefer the characters interacting with each other. Tips and discussions on writing are scattered all over the internet, but I've never seen anything (outside of RPG forums, but they have a plot your expected to create/follow) where you get to watch your characters interact and grow. I mean I've barely been here a week and it's really helped Mitsu grow out of the stereotype he started as. So I'm not really opposed to it, I just would rather not doing it too often.

(Sorry if I seem rather random, I'm in the middle of a sugar high, and have just hit the point of the evening where I lock away my keyboard because I stop making any sense.)

bunnygirl said...

It sounds like everyone's in agreement that we should stay character-focused. That's fine with me. I just wanted to make sure we weren't overlooking a need.

Kalila said...

You can't keep me away from here, anyway, Author. Nice try, though.

Mira said...

Thanks Ann, I'm glad you checked with folks.

I think we can still have writing discussions, in fact I, for one, really like that idea. What's fun is when we have those discussions and both authors and characters interact together. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching characters and authors argue. It's pretty fun.

It's fun to write, too. :-)

Mira said...

Oh, also, just so you guys know, Ann and I finally drafted a set of guidelines. We're going to post it on Sunday, so that you can give your thoughts.

Personally, I think we did a good job. Ann and I are shaping up to be a great team. I feel very lucky.

For example, it was all her idea to add the part about donation per post. Here was the conversation:

I said: Ann, I love how the site is going. There's a real community building. Don't you think we should exploit that and find a way to make money off of it?

And Ann said: Um...

And I said: I couldn't agree more! Let's do it.

See? All her idea. So, I'm going to be contacting everyone. Don't worry. We won't share any personal information with anyone except your social security number, address, phone number, age, birthday, height and weight. Otherwise, it's all private.

DESTINY said...

I'm not telling anyone my weight. None of your business.

Christine H said...

Destiny, I think I know your weight.

I think I know who you really are. You shouldn't have done that milk commercial.

DESTINY said...

Christine, I knew that darn milk commercial would come back to haunt me.

Curses! Curses on that darn mild commercial!

Christine H said...

Ah, so you admit it!!! Don't worry, I'll keep your secret.

For a price.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm the Anon who asked the questions yesterday.

Thanks all of you!!! Really was great!

Well, the reason I asked was because of the camaraderie here.(It feels like friends here more than a lot of other places.)

I would love to see an author/character chat now and then, maybe once in a while,

but if the rules say "not" I will abide.

Thanks again for all your help.


Christine H said...

I liked the author/character chat this week about changing our plots. That was fun! I'd like to see more topics like that.

And, Anon, it does say on the home page that you can post as yourself, and your question did have to do with the topic so I don't think you were out of line.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

What they said!

CIC - with author break-throughs when necessary.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll tell you. AFTER listening to you all on my topic of independent editors...

I did some more research and I also compared the IE at Fogging the Quill to the one in question. Ray, at FTQ, at least seems to heartfelt want to give his ALL to his clients -and readers. Impressive.He wants them to grow as writers on the way and mentors them.

The Rock Star editor wanted little to no contact - everything electronically all at once and leave him alone. Even to the point of rude –i.e. ask questions later, or upfront at $200. an hour.

(My questions about overview or inquiring about options on ways of working BEFORE I SPENT $5,000. seemed to annoy him.And his examples of working -buddy buddy with famous people on his website- were NOT the way he works with unknowns).

I also couldn't find a single author on the internet that had actually worked with him or that had hired him independently - only the famous ones (from when he worked inhouse for publishers). Like me, however, other writers were struck by his credentials with the famous ones.He obviously has professional experience.

But your conversation and advice to me here, yesterday,probably saved me a lot of heartache and money too.(I was considering going in debt, working another job for a year ahead to hire him, etc.)

My novel still needs editing, but perhaps there is a kinder and more affordable (more polite??) route, eh?

Again, my heartfelt thanks.

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Most editors are in the neighborhood of a couple of bucks per page or 40 per hour. He's outrageously expensive and probably a scam artist. There are many in publishing. Beware.

David Jace said...

My vote: I like the idea of some author-focused chats, but I agree that author stuff is everywhere, and the characters is what makes this space unique. I think, if you do the author stuff, make it not very often and do a double post that day, one for author-focus, and one for character-focus.

Anon: yes, do beware of scammers. Check WriterBeware ( ) and Preditors & Editors ( ) before sinking money into something.

Christine H said...

I'm glad we were able to help!

It would be great if you could create an identity for yourself, though. It's hard to distinguish between the various anonymouses. Or is that "anonymi?"

If you click the "name/url" option just above the "anonymous" option, you can type in any name you want to use without creating a Google account.