This is why I think Kevin's input is so often more confrontational and unhelpful than constructive:
I think it was Ron who pointed out to you that just because an opinion is not the same as yours, that it is neither confrontational nor non-constructive. The many links to advice we find for you proves the latter. In another thread I gave you a link to do with Marketing, because you have no idea what it is, you dismissed it out of hand, even though it did answer what you asked. But I cannot be bothered repeating what you accused Lulu and Amazon of.
Just Kevin said:
swmirsky seems to be underestimating the intelligence of even the average reader, and of professional specialist Editors. I wonder who edited the 80,000 philosophical books to be found on Amazon? He procrastinates so much I have to wonder if he is worried about allowing a professional editor of philosophical works see his words?
Bravo, Skoob! You summed up the whole thing brilliantly!
A freelance editor works for himself and is hired by a writer to ready his manuscript for publication.
Copy editor—A freelance copy editor may deal primarily with spelling, grammar, punctuation, fact checking, and word choice (in the sense that he makes sure the words mean what the author thinks they mean).
Developmental editor—As detailed above, the developmental editor helps the writer from the idea stage through the final draft. He may suggest topics, help with research, verify facts, and plan the structure of the manuscript. He works through successive drafts with the writer. He’s as concerned with the structure of a manuscript as much as he is the words and meaning.
Substantive editor—Helps a writer improve his fiction manuscript by focusing on story elements, plot, characterization, dialogue, order of scenes, point of view, voice, setting, word choice, sentence construction and syntax, and pace—anything that could improve the strength of the manuscript.
Helps a writer with a non-fiction manuscript by ensuring that sections lead logically from one to another, that there is consistency and flow, and that the right amount of information is presented. Will make sure that conclusions are sound and come from what has been presented.
Substantive editors do not usually work with a writer from the beginning stages, but instead will come to a manuscript after the writer has completed several drafts. Points out weaknesses and suggests options to strengthen those areas. Examines both the big picture and the fine details of a manuscript (including grammar, spelling, and punctuation).
Ghost writer—Shares the writing of a manuscript with an author or writes the entire manuscript based on the author’s suggestions, leading, and research.
Do you actually read what you reply to Kevin?
Do you actually read what you type?
" I was approached by someone else who had come through the Holocaust and she asked me to write her story. After hearing hers I thought there was an opportunity to do with it what I hadn't been allowed to do with the first. Since the second survivor didn't have a manuscript at all, she agreed to let me write it as I wanted to.I took that as an opportunity to do what I hadn't been able to do with the earlier book. I met with this lady multiple times over a six month period, listened to her many stories, asked questions designed to elicit more details, researched the area and era of her story, created a timeline of events into which I fitted her many disparate anecdotes and then sat down to write her story (which is the one we used Lulu for here in America)."
Copyrights can be renewed by 'Estates,' etc. I am not sure what his will said about his daughter now selling TV rights to his books left right and centre though.
Who knows about it being pointless 70 years hence. His first novel was published in 1976 and still sells.