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  1. #111
    - Agents who make specific suggestions and invite a resubmit; upon the resubmit, they reply with a form letter: "Sorry, not right for us."

    - Agents who push their own book on "how to write" and then reject you anyway.

    - "Free" book marketing sites that pressure you to buy premium services, especially those that charge a fee to let you give your book away.

    And much more than a pet peeve: agents and small press publishers who charge an upfront fee for considering your work. Never, ever, let it happen to you.
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  2. #112
    While we are (or were) on the topic of dialogue, I'd like to get something off my chest:

    I detest reading a southern -- deep southern -- accent written phonetically. Or a cockney one, for that matter. It's just so annoying to clumsily stumble through what I think sounds like an incredibly unsophisticated dialect when I'm trying to read a piece of literature. Consistently unpleasant throughout.
    Last edited by Dictarium; August 3rd, 2013 at 03:49 AM.

  3. #113
    Y'all shore are makin' a fo-sho good point there!
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  4. #114
    Info dumps.

    I've been considering this question for days and finally arrived on an answer. Pages upon pages of exposition where the writer is telling me all about how Jack over there grew up in a single-parent home, got addicted to meth in his late teens, served some time in prison, found God but lost Him again when he got out, yadda yadda yadda. It's like the story-within-the-story that doesn't need to be in the story.

    I'm inclined to say that you see it more often in newer writers who aren't yet confident in their ability to bring their characters to life without unnecessary backstory, but I've seen it in published authors as well. It usually makes me put the book down.
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  5. #115
    The amount of Pennsylvania going on right now is staggering. Hang on while I go eat some Hershey's-covered Utz in my horse and buggy while we're "living here in Allentown".

  6. #116
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiamat View Post
    Info dumps.

    I've been considering this question for days and finally arrived on an answer. Pages upon pages of exposition where the writer is telling me all about how Jack over there grew up in a single-parent home, got addicted to meth in his late teens, served some time in prison, found God but lost Him again when he got out, yadda yadda yadda. It's like the story-within-the-story that doesn't need to be in the story.

    I'm inclined to say that you see it more often in newer writers who aren't yet confident in their ability to bring their characters to life without unnecessary backstory, but I've seen it in published authors as well. It usually makes me put the book down.
    This reminds me of Lost. Most of the beginning episodes are backstory or have a lot of for every single character. Its very annoying hence why I skipped watch a good majority of them.

  7. #117
    Quote Originally Posted by Dictarium View Post
    The amount of Pennsylvania going on right now is staggering. Hang on while I go eat some Hershey's-covered Utz in my horse and buggy while we're "living here in Allentown".
    Pennsylvania, sir? I don't think so. It's pee-ay, thank you very much!
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    Wanna know what my current pet peeve is? People who speak - or or write, or even think - in absolutes. Number one peeve, writing or just life in general. "Different strokes for different folks."
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  9. #119
    I need to find a way of making the planning process enjoyable.
    Maybe just avoid it. I don't plan at all before I write the first draft.

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  10. #120
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiamat View Post
    Info dumps.
    Definitely agree there. I about gag when I see it on television programs where three or four characters are standing around, all knowing the answer, but have to share it with us: "Well, Jerry, as you know, the gahizzamafritz that's attached to the whatizzit usually implies that the thingamabob is probably a result of compressed turnpike time travel." "Absolutely, Ann, and if your gahizzamafritz is deflected by solar radiation, then it's nearly time for five minutes of boring commercials."
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