Nick Mamatas Term Paper

Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life4.06 · Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews

Starve Better makes no promises of making you a bestselling author. It won't feed aspiring writers' dreams of fame and fortune. This book is about survival: how to generate ideas when you needed them yesterday, dialogue and plot on the quick, and what your manuscript is up against in the slush piles of the world. For non-fiction writers, Starve Better offers writing techniStarve Better makes no promises of making you a bestselling author. It won't feed aspiring writers' dreams of fame and fortune. This book is about survival: how to generate ideas when you needed them yesterday, dialogue and plot on the quick, and what your manuscript is up against in the slush piles of the world. For non-fiction writers, Starve Better offers writing techniques such as how to get (relatively) high-paying assignments in second and third-tier magazines, how to react to your first commissioned assignment, and how to find gigs that pay NOW as the final notices pile up and the mice eat the last of the pasta in the cupboard. Humor, essays and some of the most widely read blog pieces from Nick Mamatas, author and editor of fiction that has caught the attention of speculative fiction's most prestigious awards, come together for the first time in a writers' guide that won't teach anyone how to get rich and famous... but will impart the most valuable skill in the business: how to starve better.

Blurb:
"Mamatas offers up a no-nonsense guide that should be required reading for all writers. Prepare to have some illusions shattered... because you need them shattered. A great resource from a guy with the experience to back up the advice."
-Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints and Madmen and Finch

About the Author:
Nick Mamatas is the author of three and a half novels, over seventy short stories, and hundreds of feature articles, and is also an editor and anthologist. His fiction has been nominated for the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards and translated into German, Italian, and Greek; his editorial work with Clarkesworld earned the magazine World Fantasy and Hugo award nominations. Nick's reportage, short stories, and essays have appeared in venues such as Razor, Asimov's Science Fiction, Silicon Alley Reporter, the Village Voice, The Smart Set, The Writer, Poets & Writers and anthologies including Supernatural Noir and Lovecraft Unbound. He teaches at Western Connecticut State University in the MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing, was a visiting writer at Lake Forest College and the University of California, Riverside's Palm Desert Campus, and runs writing classes in the San Francisco Bay Area....more

Paperback, 172 pages

Published May 10th 2011 by Apex Publications (first published April 24th 2011)

Having someone else write you college term paper is cheating. There is no ethical debate. If you use one of these services you are passing off another person’s work as your own.

Since I was in college and law school before the rise of the internet, these services were not easy to find during my school years. Occasionally you would find an 1-800 advertisement in the back of a magazine. Maybe you heard through the rumor mill that someone could help.

Now, it’s easy to find hundreds of services to help you with your paper. I’m sure they are tempting after blowing off a class all semester.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran an essay from one of the people working for a term paper mill. What caught my eye was not the topic of term paper mills, but the subject of the paper discussed in the story: business ethics.

The student used the term paper mill to help with the proposal for the paper, then came back for the seventy five page report, for a response and revision based on the professor’s criticisms, and finally used the ghost writer to produce the 160-page graduate thesis. All of it written by the term paper mill and none by the student.

Clearly, the business ethics professor did not get through to this student.

In an different story from another term paper writer, that writer when given an open topic assignment on ethics, would “write on the ethics of buying term papers, and even include the [term paper mill] broker’s Web site as a source.”

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