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General Discussion / Re: How do you go about looking for writers?
« on: June 20, 2019, 03:32:57 PM »
Best of luck. And don't forget, you always have us at MR to help you out.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: How do you go about looking for writers?
« on: June 20, 2019, 03:19:06 PM »
Just a word of caution when you do. Always ask for samples of their previous work and do some research on your end about the person you're working with. And always try to avoid paying anything upfront if you can until there is something concrete. The Art world is not a regular market with your usual supply-and-demand. People either like the work or they don't. It is a very niche community, and few ever are actually of acceptable, if not professional, quality. Beware of scammers and plagiarists.

General Discussion / Re: How do you go about looking for writers?
« on: June 20, 2019, 02:55:09 PM »
Personally, I'm not a fan of the cent-per-word type fees. Such things are more for smaller workers with word constraints such as newsletters, articles, etc. and not big stories, and that's simply because the need for "less-is-more" material requires much more skilled writers. Most freelance writers charge for flat or on a timely-basis for frequent work.


Because the work you are looking for involves a long term project with lots of writing, I would highly advise against any cent-per-word work anyone might be charging you as it is not appropriate for the type of work you are looking for. A fixed rate per project or hourly rate would be more reasonable, with the added benefit of not having to scrutinize the work for any filler writing that may cost you extra with the per-word service. And it does add up.

But again, I do have to stress priorities here. Are you pursuing this project as a career or to improve your skills? Hiring a professional writer (or ghostwriter) can cost quite a bit of money. Freelance writers on average earn almost $80,000 a year.  That's around $6,700 a month. You'd be supplementing part of, if not all, of that money to have a professionally-done written piece for you. And keep in mind that the story they've written is essentially only half of it. The other half is you providing the artwork. Even serious artists living off their own work will have trouble paying for someone else to write their own stories.

$100 is a lot. And personally I don't chuck that kind of money around unless I'm willing to commit more in the future. However if you believe getting a well-written story is worth it, then by all means go for it. I will suggest a cheaper alternative, and that is to get a rough draft of a story and have it peer reviewed instead. It is far cheaper to make your own and save money on edits than it is to sketch out a story from nothing.

General Discussion / Re: How do you go about looking for writers?
« on: June 20, 2019, 01:27:41 PM »
Depends on what you're looking for. If you have no coin to spare, then you make do with what you have. Just as writers have to pay for artwork to be done professionally, so too is the opposite.

My personal advice is that if you're truly serious with working on such project, especially in the long term, then it can be worth your while to come up with a budget and work your project accordingly with the right help and advice.

Otherwise, if it is a more casual, short term project, then you're better off grabbing whoever is willing to help for free, as at that point, you're seeking more to further your skills than you are trying to sustain a lifestyle. Two different things, I might add.

MR would be more fitting for the latter scenario. It's best to plot out a schedule if you're going for the free option as people tend to not stick around and ghost when they have no real obligation.

That being said, I am a writer myself, albeit in hobby only. If you need any help, I can always assist, and can direct you to other writers that might suit your preferences if you so choose.

break Room / Re: Anime community is acting weird on YouTube
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:22:27 PM »
Corporations decide what is in and what is not. Consumers are only taken into account when it impacts their bottom line. Thereby if the majority of people have an issue with content, then subsequently corporations will attempt to alleviate that concern UNLESS the content already makes more than enough to cover their bottom line. Conversely if the content isn't special enough, not enough people will buy into their content, so they have to resort to more extreme measures to get a reaction.

Running a business is like feeding a machine. It doesn't care what's in it as long as it keeps printing money.

General Discussion / Re: Secure connection for MR forum
« on: April 02, 2019, 09:31:41 PM »
Less to do with website design, more to do with the protocol used to transmit data from one node to another. Every bit of data comes in a packet. Basically how the https works is that it certifies that whoever sent you the information online is indeed the person that sent you the information. That certificate guarantees it wasn't sent by a man-in-the-middle who just forwarded you the data instead thanks to the power of technology. Of course it costs money to do so, routing the data through secured links instead of mindlessly finding whatever's there requires infrastructure. Internet Protocols haven't changed much since most everyone follows the predescribed standards, so yes it's possible. However it's up for debate whether it's worth paying hundreds of dollars for something that doesn't take care of itself.

Just to throw it out there: https://www.instantssl.com/compare-tsl-ssl-certificates

General Discussion / Re: Secure connection for MR forum
« on: April 01, 2019, 10:42:43 AM »
For what it's worth, there's not much reason to have https other than that extra security knowing your internet traffic isn't getting routed through some snooper looking at your data. Those types of connections are typically reserved for places that exchange highly sensitive information, like your banks or emails for example.

Unless you're actively exchanging highly sensitive information on MR, there shouldn't be much to worry about. Still, it's always good to know that little green lock is around. Saves you the trouble of blissfully clicking that virus link.  ;)

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: February 23, 2019, 02:55:31 PM »
Instead of using literal "blood," go for something figurative. Colors like Scarlet, Crimson, Sanguine, or Vermilion can go in place of Blood for instance.

Manga Writer workshop / Re: MR PROJECT 3: Prelude Stories & Sign Up Info
« on: January 19, 2019, 06:28:56 AM »
I've been waiting for two long years!

Ah yes, this is what our years taking Literature classes have amounted to  :D This reminds me of the great Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and in particular when I was forced to read a rather dry Hound of the Baskervilles as part of that class.

Yes, Sherlock Holmes is revered to be an S-Class detective by the way in which he conducts his investigative business and seemingly knows everything just by a glance, but in reality he appears that way because he knows what he's doing. There's a difference between knowing what one is doing and just doing something. Smart characters appear smart because they have a clear and concise methodology in which they work. Why do they suspect this person? Because of such and such. What was the decisive evidence? This and that.

It's really not about trying to impress people with near-supernatural talent such as photographic memory or encyclopedic omniscience when it comes to smart people, but rather piecing together the steps, the puzzle, in how they arrived to their conclusion. In some ways, it's much like writing the story itself, only you're writing about a character's thought process and not the plot.

This, my point comes full circle. If you have a good idea how to write plot and how you can piece good high points and low points within a story, you can write a smart character as well. It's the same idea, but in different context.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Copyrighting and stealing ideas
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:33:15 PM »
Simple rule of copyright: if you made it first, you own it.

You don't need any fancy paperwork or certificate to prove you own the copyright. So long as your work is in some tangible form like a forum post or piece of paper it's yours.

That said, there's a big difference between posting actual work and just putting out ideas. Just putting out an idea about so-and-so is not considered enough to be copyright-able compared to a fully-fleshed out story written down to the word about that same idea. Remember, it has to be tangible, not "in your head." In such cases, it is much better to post your actual work-in-progress rather than vaguely describe it to people (some people figuratively "shot themselves in the foot" because of this). It makes it much harder to prove it's yours in court if you've never actually posted the story.

Glad to see another good soul saving another  ;) You two will be best of buds for the coming years.

Congrats Bobby  :clapping:

A run-off from the previous Three Realms Project, Three Souls focuses more on sole character development in a shared world. Conflicts arise, and old threats emerge. Who will stand among the others as the true Chosen One?

Three Souls Synopsis

Long ago, an ancient hero known only as the Chosen One vanquished a great evil from the land that threatened to tear the world asunder and it shaped it into its own image. With the Trinity Stone, he sealed the evil into the void from whence it came, and peace was restored. Since then however, the stone that stood guard at the Black Gate had mysteriously vanished, and the chains that have sealed the gateway for so long have begun to unravel. It soon came to light that the stone had not simply disappeared: it was destroyed! With the stone no longer here to stop the Black Gate's unraveling, it only seemed certain that the great evil would return once more. However hope was not all lost. The great sages of the land convened, and through their foresight, discovered three souls that bore the essence of the Trinity Stone, the power that could seal the Gate and protect this world for good. What three souls, they do not know. The only catch was that their power must be reunited to fully seal the gateway. Only one was not enough...

We have exactly one position open for this spot, so whoever can stay active every weekend to work on this project (And then some), sign up today!  ;)

Develop Your Story / Re: Chelderan Chronicles: Worldbuilding
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:23:04 PM »
Hadian Union(United Republic of Hadia)

A federal republic formed by the World Union Party from the breakaway regions of eastern Hadia at the onset of the Hadian Civil War, it held a brief existence from 1903 to its downfall in 1910. Efforts to revive the fallen state were lackluster following the 1917 Unionist resurgence, opting for total military control over civil administration to govern its territories. After Hadia’s annexation into the World Union, vestiges of the Hadian Union were incorporated into the new State of Hadia but the Hadian Union itself never fully reformed.

Develop Your Story / Re: Death By Ex-Girlfriend (COMPLETED)
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:56:02 AM »
Congrats on your new success OGHM! You've come a long way since you first threw this out here  :thumbsup:

As a side note, I'm rather curious you decided to publish this out-or-order  :hmm:

Best of luck to you old friend  8)

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