WTF????

Oct. 16th, 2007 12:15 pm
jayene: (Goofiness)
Some one created a Novel writing software. http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html
A quick google reveals that it's not the only one out there. This particular one boasts "Organise your novel using a 'project'. Re-order scenes within chapters. Move scenes from one chapter to another" Besides the lack of a spell check, there is a word for software like this... it's called word processing. He's giving this away for free but places like http://www.ravensheadservices.com/ aren't.
A word of advice.... all you need is a word processor. I love MS Word but if I need to focus on writing I use word pad so I can't spell check or word count or do any of the other features that can distract me from the story. Even in note pad I can move my words around, it's called copy and paste. Save your money on things like writers conferences, buying books in the genre you are looking to publish, etc. There isn't a formula to a good book and software that promises you that is laughing all the way to the bank. Writers have a lot of scams out there preying on the ignorant, remember the mantra, Money flows from the publisher to the author. In the words of the immortal Miss Snark, may her stilettos rest in gin, write well.
jayene: (Goofiness)
Scammers are well and good. See this? http://www.iilaa.com/ This used to be the International Independent Literary Agency. I am sure at somepoint it will be again. It's funny how these agents seem to match up with Writer Beware's 20 Worst agents ( http://www.sfwa.org/beware/twentyworst.html ). But honestly it's been said much better then I ever could.
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/
http://misssnark.blogspot.com/2006/10/international-independent-literary.html
http://misssnark.blogspot.com/2006/10/why-should-you-careyoure-not-idiot_27.html
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2006/10/scammers-that-scam-together.html

Repeat after me... Money flows from the publisher to the writer! A reputable agent does not charge you up front. Why? Because they make their money SELLING books. A scammer makes their money charging fees. Reputable agents are usually members of http://www.aar-online.org/mc/page.do if they aren't they should abide by their code of ethics http://www.aar-online.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=10337

A reputable agent should be able to tell you (and should be actively promoting) books that they have sold. The sales should be to paying publishers (IUniverse or Publish America jump to mind). They should not recomend associated editors. Most agents won't recomend a editor, if your writing is not up to par they will reject it. Find a critique group or query wider. But please don't fall prey to scams like these. They won't get you published... all these scams do is throw away your money. Writing isn't easy, and just finishing a novel doesn't mean you are any good. 90% is dross (I include myself in the dross)... the best secret of publishing is persistance, a good critique group, and the ability to learn from your mistakes. In the imortal words of Heather Brewer Butt + chair... it worked for her. http://www.heatherbrewer.com/

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