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Aug 07 2014

Japan!

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

I’m going to be out of the country. If you’re waiting on a review or have a question, I’ll probably need to hold off until I get back. Japan pictures here.

 

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Jun 27 2013

Donations Appreciated

If you can spare a few dollars/pounds/euros, I would really appreciate it.

 

 

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Jun 01 2013

Dagger Drop’s Review Forum

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May 02 2013

Elec’s Review Forum

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Apr 14 2013

Jay’s Review Forum

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Apr 05 2013

WinslowMudD’s Review Forum

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Apr 05 2013

Blackscar’s Review Forum

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Apr 02 2013

Kirby’s Review Forum

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Mar 22 2013

Proxie#0’s Review Forum

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Who am I?

Hello, I am Proxie, and I am a… ahem, a Marine in southern California. I try to defy the laws of physics and avoid the use of as much language as possible.

What am I writing?

I have two “great works” in the, well, in the works. The first is actually under another screen name I had on here for a while, WinsloWMudd, but you can look there for THAT synopsis. This other thing I’, working on is sort of a Supernatural Mystery with elements of horror added in…not arbitrarily i might add.

[Series?] Synopsis:

This is a story of one woman who tries to return home to her family after having estranged herself for years, but must first save it from the people she believes will endanger it. The only thing is, her family may be just as involved in the web of lies as the enemy themselves.

Who is my target audience?

My target audience is going to be fairly flexible, I think. I know that I grew up on mysteries, even though every character was almost ten times my age. But if I had to but an age or a group to it, I would say it would be late high-school or older

I am going to begin posting different character summaries and plots/subplots soon. I can be really busy sometimes, but I will try to post at least one thing a day…

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Jan 13 2013

Silverfish’s Review Forum

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Silverfish: “I’m writing a novel about facing your fears and learning from your past mistakes. The story is told from the perspective of a superhuman with incredible power, but a flawed personality and with much to learn. He is chased by the demons from his past: not only the hauntings from his past mistakes, but also the superhuman cult he has recently betrayed. At least at the start, a lot of the updates on this forum will be character and setting development.”

 

“My target audience: 16-20 year olds that enjoy action with moments of emotional turmoil. This will probably be targeted more towards a more stereotypical male audience, as I do not intend on including a romance throughout the novel, and the violence might be quite graphic.”

 

“Author experience: I have no professional experience in writing, though I definitely need to improve my writing skills as they are, put mildly, bad. Therefore, I would ask that you please be polite, but do criticise my work when needed.”

 

Please see the comments below to learn more.

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Jan 05 2013

Some Brief Observations on Writing From a Marketer

  • If you’ve ever wondered why so many stores use bizarre prices rather than whole numbers (e.g. $9.99 rather than $10), check out my article on pricing psychology. (Short answer: the prices look cheaper, so customers are more likely to buy).
  • Ads with the word “you” or “your” are generally more likely to persuade readers to make a purchase. Personally, my ads with “you”/”your” are about 11% more persuasive. I’m not sure that people consciously notice these little personal touches, but they definitely have an effect. 
  • Some people read an ad and are wavering so close to making a purchase that even a little burst of enthusiasm might seal the deal. My ads with a single exclamation point are 6% more persuasive. Fortunately, nobody likes multiple exclamation points. I’d go crazy if I had to write like this!!!
  • I mainly write 2-line online ads for Google, so my perspective here may be biased. In my limited experience, customers are more receptive to an unsubstantiated claim (like “Great [products]”) than any sort of evidence to substantiate the claim.
  • The average customer actually does care about proofreading. My strongest recommendation for young writers would be to pay attention as closely as possible to spelling/punctuation/grammar in schoolespecially if you are thinking about possibly pursuing a full-time writing job.

 

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Jan 03 2013

Deep’s Review Forum

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Jan 01 2013

2013 Resolutions and 2012 Summary

My 2012 resolutions were:

  • Increase SN site traffic from 600 hits per day to 900 (50% growth). We averaged 960 (60% growth). Thanks for your help! We had 350,000 hits this year.
  • Get in the top 2 results on Google searches for list of superpowers and superpower listThis is hard to measure, because Google personalizes search results, but on this computer I haven’t previously used for SN, SN ranks #3 on list of superpowers and #4 on superpower list. I was previously #6 and #7.
  • Get publishedLearning to Write Superhero Stories is out! It sold enough copies to clear its advance in its first month, which was definitely a pleasant surprise.

 

My 2013 resolutions:

  • Increase site traffic from 350,000 hits to 500,000 (47% growth). If you happen to know any writers or frequent any other writing websites, please feel free to recommend SN articles whenever helpful. SN fans on National Novel Writing Month forums and TV Tropes were our MVPs this year. Thanks, guys!
  • Generate $2500 in royalties on my first book this year.  That’d be about 850 sales.
  • Generate $5 $15 million in total sales with writing. Typical book sale: $5-10. Most recent nuclear reactor sale: north of $1 million. Clearly, I went into the wrong hobby. 😉
  • Get 25 Amazon ratings for my book this year. If you’ve read my book, I’d really appreciate if you would take 3-5 minutes to rate it on Amazon. Ratings and reviews play a huge role in Amazon sales.
  • Publish another book (of Pixar movie reviews) in 2013. I’ll probably self-publish this time.  In addition, I’m preparing for a superhero writing guidebook (rather than movie reviews) in 2014.
  • Get a dog! The first name that came to mind was “Chompy,” so I might need some help there.
  • Pray Aaron Rodgers gives up those Wisconsin hippies for Chicago. Or AT LEAST BEAT THE VIKINGS SO WE MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. I’m not looking forward to recapping this point next year.

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Dec 20 2012

Nayan’s Review Forum

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Nayan is working on a comic book miniseries. Please see the comments below.

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Oct 29 2012

“Learning to Write Superhero Stories” Is Available On Amazon and Hyperink

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If you’re interested in my writing advice and/or reviews of superhero movies, I would appreciate if you would buy a copy on Amazon or Hyperink and leave an Amazon review. If you write either the most helpful review on Amazon or the review I find the most hilarious, you will win a lifetime pass to a free copy of every other book I ever write.

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Oct 17 2012

YellowJuju’s Review Forum

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Oct 10 2012

Nayan’s Review Forum

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Nayan is looking for advice on the prologue to his novel.

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Aug 06 2012

I Got Published

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I’m working with Hyperink on an ebook of superhero movie reviews aimed at prospective writers and movie-makers. I’ll let you know more details as they become available. Thanks for your help, everybody!

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Aug 01 2012

Scarecrow’s Review Forum

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Scarecrow is working on a book titled Harvest.

 

Plot Summary: During the height of human civilisation, a secret society, dedicated to the decoding of an ancient book, finally make a break through, and learn abilities that can only be described as magical. However, their virtually unlimited powers eventually corrupt them as they gain a lust for power and wealth, which turns them against one another. The inevitable magical war destroys human society, leaving a shattered world in its wake, governments broken, entire nations wiped off the face of the earth in the mages quest for power against each other, leading to the war being regarded by what remains of humanity as an apocalypse. A few million people are left scattered across the world, gathering together in order to survive in the ruins of the apocalyptic world. Many are normal human beings, but others have been affected by the magical fallout, gaining abilities that are superhuman, though not nearly as powerful as the mages who broke the world and led to their creation. In the midst of this post-apocalyptic world, Arc, a young man with the ability to generate and control electricity, struggles to survive….

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Jul 24 2012

Stephan’s Review Forum

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Jul 24 2012

Iron Man Virus Hits Iran?

Hackers with a Stark-like appreciation for AC/DC have apparently let Iran know about their musical tastes. “[Iranian nuclear facilities] have been hit again by a bizarre attack forcing nuclear plant workstations to pump the song Thunderstruck by heavy metal band AC/DC through the speakers at full volume.”  Among other things, this would suggest that the scene in Avengers where Tony Stark hijacks the PA system on a helicopter (to blare AC/DC) is plausible.

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Jul 23 2012

Sera’s Review Forum

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Jul 22 2012

Superhero Nation’s RSS Feed

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You can read and/or subscribe to Superhero Nation’s RSS feed at Feedburner. If any other services ask you for the feed URL, it’s available at http://www.superheronation.com/feed/ . Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Jul 01 2012

Ehrich’s Review Forum

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Ehrich is looking for advice on an interrogation scene. Please see the comments below.

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Jun 20 2012

Nagoya Is Awesome… Besides the Typhoons

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In other news, I’ll be in Japan for the next 10 days or so. My access to a computer is limited, so updates will be sparse.

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Jun 07 2012

Edgukator’s Review Forum

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Welcome to Majestic, California’s fastest growing Metropolis. Centrally planned and powered by some of the world’s most cutting edge Tech-Companies, Majestic is home to the Majestic Comet’s baseball team, America’s largest vertical garden and, until recently, no superheroes.

 

Enter Dante “the Juice” James, former bodyguard to the rich and famous, self-proclaimed fastest man in America and super-powered entrepreneur. He’s here to convince Majestic that the one thing every great city needs is a professionally paid superhero.

 

About the Author:

A superhero enthusiast from the age of five, Edgukator has been playing around with all things superhero, from comics to computer games to role playing games, for more than 3 decades. In his secret identity, he is a father of two and English teacher who has sidelined in such diverse enterprises as an academic editor, script writer for educational television and rock promotion.

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Jun 01 2012

Sermon Hermit’s Review Forum

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When Souls Scream for the Deaf Girl

Officer Kazumi is at the center of a revelation: the plague is coming. Town after town is engulfed by a rolling force never seen or heard. Populations have become enthralled puppets, and they seem to share one mind with one goal: shoot the messenger. Or cut her, or shatter her bones. She isn’t certain why, but Kazumi is sure it has something to do with her ability to restore humanity to these husks. And maybe somewhere in this mess is an answer to a question she’s pondered since childhood: why can she syphon the skills of others?

 

Kazumi quests to deliver news of this plague to the Shogun before it spreads to every inch of Japan’s colonies. Sixteen years of life raised by a professional deicide and extensive travel have prepared her well for this task. But she can’t do it alone. Joining her are the police captain’s mistrustful son, a previously detained assassin who wants her life, a vagabond old woman possibly suffering from dementia, an uptight priestess, and Kazumi’s faithful pet skunk.

 

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May 29 2012

Legolas Arrow’s Review Forum

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Legolas Arrow writes:

“It has happened before and it has happened again, when the worlds of the great gods and men collide. It happened first in Greece–the Greeks were the first men to inhabit the time zone in which gods and mortals were in a realm together. Eventually, they were separated.

 

Now, the connection has resurfaced again. The mortals were afraid to turn from their single god, but eventually accepted reality. But, with the gods came the monsters. Beasts from Tarturus rose once again, set loose by the gods of old, the Primordials and the Titans. The mortal men fight for thier lives using their new fancy technology and guns to slay these beasts in a never-ending war.

 

Of course, there are times as well when the gods come in closer contact with the mortal realm. There are times when a god may come, and have a child with a mortal. These Demi-Gods wielded aspects of godly power and mortal will. They are the ultimate anti-monster fighting force. The army realized this. At the age of eighteen, each year all those of age eighteen are drawn to their local military camps to serve for ten years against the monsters. After they went through the Demi-God trials to see if people were in fact of godly heritage.

 

These Demi-Gods are then sent to an advanced training camp. They are out-fitted with special issue armor crafted from god-metal, an alloy of incredible strength crafted by none other than Hephastus to be used by the Demi-Gods and to be especially effective in slaying monsters.

 

Target Audience: Preferably young adults. It may also appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson series.”

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May 26 2012

Carl Shinyama’s Review Forum

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May 24 2012

If You’re Interested in Superhero Writing Advice, Please Sign Up For My Email List

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I’m working on a proposal for a superhero writing guidebook, Don’t Forget the Death-Ray. If you might be interested in buying a copy when it comes out, please sign up for my email list here so that I can show publishers that there is demand.

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