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And I stupidly clicked the link that confirmed it, not that I could find a place to reset to my old preference.

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comrade_cat
Jan. 13th, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
It is to some extent customizable. I just got rid of those annoying widgets on the righthand column. (Move the cursor over the one you dislike most and click the 'close window' X that appears.) If you click the little gear wheel icon by the top of the lefthand column you can mess with various settings that way as well (to get out, click save or cancel).

I don't know what this does, but if you go to the Journal Style page (under the My Journal menu in the header on your friends page) and scroll down the page to the very bottom of the lefthand column menu, there is a box that says Developer with an option for Switch To Old Style System. This sounds a bit dramatic, so I haven't tried it, but it's possible it's a miracle that you're looking for.

I wanted to say I read some of the sample chapters for The Way Into Magic yesterday and I think it's awesome and I bought the kindle version because I didn't want to wait for it to come in the mail (and because it's cheaper and I'm kind of broke). Er, and I hesitate to mention it, but as constructive criticism I find that title incredibly bland. It probably doesn't help I sell The Way of Kings and dozens of books with 'magic' in the title all day long, but then again those are the books most likely to be compared with yours. The only reason I stopped reading the text was to go to work though, and I love the cover.
burger_eater
Jan. 13th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
I discovered that the layout I preferred was on /friends and the new thing was /feed, so I switched back no problem.

Thanks for the kind words. I hear you about the title. Titles are the cheapest and best advertising a book can get, but they're really hard. I think The Way Into Chaos is pretty good, and I'm expecting that to be people's entry point into the series. Still, I spent a long time coming up with that less-than-optimal title.
comrade_cat
Jan. 14th, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Argh. I meant The Way Into Chaos, sorry. In my head I was thinking it about the whole title set, and apparently I mixed the titles up. I'm sorry. I know you worked hard on the series, because it's good. And I don't want to make you feel bad, because I like you for writing books that I are about. I wanted it to be constructive criticism, so I debated a lot about saying anything. In the end I figured it's a marketing decision, and my main talent is with style and I'm employed selling books, so I ought to say something, for the next trilogy.

(I also kind of hate saying it's a marketing decision, because when people say that about texts I want to throw things at them. The title, as opposed to the text, is also an artistic decision - but if part of the intention is to sell as many copies as possible, the decision is also a marketing decision.)

I don't have a title skill either, so it's kind of criticizing without offering a solution, so I tried to think up title techniques. This is the best I came up with: I don't think there's any cut and paste equations, there's too much art and cultural context involved, but what about a consulting poet? You probably know some, or you can always write your favourite authors over the internet. They're supposed to cram interest and art and fascinating style into small batches of words every day, so if a writer lists elements they want in the title, or at least a number of possible titles, and gets comments from 3+ poets, that ought to generate some useful thoughts.

I don't like getting criticism myself, and I'm also not sure I know how to give it without being harsh. So feel free to constructive criticize me back if you want.
burger_eater
Jan. 14th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
No worries. I have a friend who often says that every creative decision is a business decision, too, but then he's in theater.

Frankly, I've always been weird about titles. The original title for this book was A Blessing of Monsters, and Circle of Enemies was Man Bites World and obviously there's Everyone Loves Blue Dog.

Sometimes I think the oddness of the titles help them to stand out. At least, when I can get them on the cover. That's why I'm loathe to consult with anyone. If I'm going to make mistakes, I'd rather they were mine.
ltwelve2
Jan. 13th, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know the feeling. I have a hell of a time navigating this thing. I turned all my menus and shit into French awhile back, no idea how, and I can't figure out how to turn them back!

I s'pose it's good practice for my French. :)
burger_eater
Jan. 13th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
Eventually, I realized that the format I liked was on /friends, while the format I hated was /feed. So I'm back to where I want to be.
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