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  1. #161
    Quote Originally Posted by empresstheresa View Post

    Any emotional depth in The Andromeda Strain? It was a big hit.

    How about 2001: A Space Odyssey?
    We are not talking about those stories. Stay on topic.

  2. #162
    Don't forget copyright laws, Cadence. I've left a paper trail all over the internet going back years, and I told some people elements of the story when you were in diapers.
    So, you plan to get this published, have critics gawp at how deep the meanings of it are and become famous for it, etc.

    When you send your query letter to an agent, they'll probably google your novel and this thread will come up. And then they'll ignore your query.

    Why? Anyone who can't take simple, friendly advice from a fellow writer will never take it from an editor or publishing house. You've proven that you're impossible to work with, ET. I wish you luck for success in the future, but now that this conversation is on the internet, you are really going to need it if you want to get a publisher.

    Thank you for the idea of a girl with infinite power, though. I hope I'll get it published one day.

    And I never wore diapers. I'm British.
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    When you send your query letter to an agent, they'll probably google your novel and this thread will come up. And then they'll ignore your query.


    I have another thread on another forum that's years old. Nobody over there trashes my story. They're not jealous writers.

    Thank you for the idea of a girl with infinite power, though. I hope I'll get it published one day.
    Thanks for admitting it's my idea.

    I'll see you in court.

    And I never wore diapers. I'm British.


    This is obviously bait to get me banned. I see it all the time.
    Last edited by empresstheresa; December 17th, 2012 at 10:39 PM.

  4. #164
    I don't think anyone here is jealous ET






  5. #165
    The fact is, no one here has seen enough of Empress Theresa in its current form to be able to state whether it is publishable, or not. Forum members are free to critique, at will, those parts which have been excerpted here (as long as they do so with the same respect demanded for all writers here at WF). I've seen nothing here which indicates that anyone is jealous of this book; critical, yes, but not jealous.

    The easiest way to put this discussion to rest would be to get the book published--if it is indeed ready to publish. Agents and publishers will make their decisions based on the merits of the book, not on discussions, or excerpts on writer's websites.

    By the way, the 'idea' of a book can not be copyrighted, only the actual book itself. Everyone who has ever heard of Empress Theresa could write a book about a young girl with unlimited power and they would be safe from copyright issues as long as they told their own story about the girl.
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    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
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    the fact is, no one here has seen enough of empress theresa in its current form to be able to state whether it is publishable, or not.


    THANK YOU, TERRY !!


    I've said the same thing myself a couple of times, but I'm ignored.

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    With respect to copyright protection of a story====

    When Fail Safe came out, somebody else sued the two co-authors for stealing a similar story the plaintive wrote or proposed a few years earlier. In the earlier story, Atlantic City was bombed to satisfy the Russians. In Fail Safe it was New York City.
    It's all a matter of how similar two stories are. This is a grey issue which can't be nailed down in writing. It's a matter of interpretation, like pornography: "I know it when I see it."
    Last edited by empresstheresa; December 17th, 2012 at 11:49 PM.

  7. #167
    Copyright law is pretty straight forward. Someone would have to copy more than 10% of the actual text in a verbatim or recognisable manner before you could sue for copyright violation, at least in Australia.

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    Copyright law is pretty straight forward. Someone would have to copy more than 10% of the actual text in a verbatim or recognisable manner before you could sue for copyright violation, at least in Australia.


    That's very interesting. Especially the phrase "recognisable manner".

    Empress Theresa has many scenes and situations. [
    none of them "predictable". See below. ] ( Also, many human elements thrown in, but never mind. ) This gives me confidence that I can defend it. Somebody couldn't steal more than three or four scenes and situations and then it will be obvious to a judge and jury what's going on.

    In the Fail Safe situation, the concept of accidental nuclear war and appeasement of the aggrieved party was an old one. This complicated the case. Furthermore, the resolution of the problem was predictable, that is, what was done in both stories. So what is the judge to think?

  9. #169
    I have to agree with a lot of the others: she sounds pretty stuck up AND above age ten. I think it's cool that she likes to do good for the world instead of using her power for her own gain, but even when she asks(or more demands) to simply be left alone, well, it sounds snobbish instead of humble. However, I don't know if you've ever watched the British TV show Doctor Who, but the main character(not the recent Doctor; the Tenth is the one I am referring to although he DOES have flaws) has maybe not unlimited but pretty darn close to unlimited power, and he uses it for good, AND he doesn't like getting attention. However, he doesn't act like everyone is hounding him; he simply and humbly doesn't take all the credit and when able to passes it onto someone else...
    "I won't answer your reporters's questions. Nobody elected you. I'll talk to elected heads of state when necessary for the public good.
    "I saved your lives. All I want in return is the right to walk the streets without being hounded by curiosity seekers and the paparazzi. You owe me that much."

    That definitely sounds stuck up and rude, sorry. If she's a hero doing things for the people's good, then I don't think she should sound like it's just a duty she HAS to do and like just leave me alone about it! If she doesn't want attention, that's fine, but especially for being just a ten year old, and with as much power as she has, she doesn't have to demand privacy; she can simply ask for it cause as you said everyone is pretty much lost without her.
    Oh and you said, "Theresa is a good girl. She doesn't do anything bad to anybody. She doesn't tell anybody what to do."
    ...Yet she demands that they give her privacy.
    Sorry, I have not had a book published professionally, yet, but just because someone's not a "published" author doesn't mean they can't have good opinions, perhaps even better than some "published writer"...
    The story was quite confusing to me too...I didn't get the thing with the fox and the white ball and why the firemen were there...but maybe it's just because I haven't seen the rest
    Those are my thoughts. I'm not trying to be offensive; if I sound that way, I'm sorry. I am just a normal girl with dreams of publishing like so many others But when you're asking for an opinion on a writing forum, there will be critiques. The point of them is not just to bash your writing, but to help you improve. But it's your choice whether you want to take these suggestions to better your book, or if you want to disregard any constructive criticism anyone else gives.
    Hope I didn't offend you and I wish you luck in your writing journey!
    -Jaren

  10. #170
    "Recognisable manner" refers to text that's not copied verbatim, but is easily recognisable as having come from the original source (i.e. it's not enough to change a few words). To get Cadence on copyright infringement you'd have to prove that he had 'reasonable' access to the parts of the work that were plagiarised. Since we only have a few excerpts on here to go by, there is no reasonable access to the majority of what you've written. Even if you had posted the full text somewhere else online it would be up to you to prove that Cadence accessed it.

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