Yeah, he's given some really questionable advice on Twitter. Especially regarding authors bringing a platform for the publisher to use.
He has done this with last night's #askagent, reposting the question and then his answer on #askeditor. I don't follow him, I only know because he reposted my tweets.I've had Mr. Rozansky follow me, then unfollow me, then follow me, then unfollow me ad nauseam on Twitter. I presume he's looking for some sort of follow back.
He also apparently likes to take #askagent tweets and "retweet" them for #askpub.
Uh, no, if I was looking for #askpub I'd use that tag....
The guy just seems skeevy
Yes, he just retweeted my #askagent question directed at a specific agent who'd said he'd be on the hashtag. David changed the hashtag to #askeditor and rephrased my question as though I asked him, then answered my questions. While I appreciate his answers, I got confused as to why he'd changed the hashtag. After reading this thread, I'm certain it was for his own promotion. Now, I wonder how accurate his answers were:-(
Anyone who wants to see the change for themselves can view it here--> https://twitter.com/pdpabst/status/604455532309512192
The editor still gives out spectacularly bad advice on Twitter on a regular basis. Frequently hijacking questions with the #AskAgent #AskPublisher hashtags. He also solicits submissions via Twitter.
Basically my question was how to count page numbers when agents/publishers ask for it to be in the body of the email (no attachments, which makes complete sense to me). He talked about typewriter settings, margins, etc (none of which matter in an EMAIL), but then goes on to say this:
"As a publisher, I’m real leery of working with anyone who doesn’t know that an
Yes. Rozansky still does weekend #askeditor/#askpublisher/#askagent sessions on a nearly weekly basis. Plus the weekly #scifichat. His advice in the former ranges from really mundane to actively harmful. And almost all of it boils down to shilling for new submissions. None of it ever makes me think he is a professional who really understands the industry at any level and he's pretty quick to suggest that agents and trade publishers are out of touch and interested only in preserving the status quo and authors should look for out of the box thinkers (like himself) if they expect to succeed in the "new marketplace".
Mr. Rozansky is flat out wrong.
Malware can and does reside in plain .txt files, including .rtf files and this has been known for more than twenty years.
.txt can contain malicious code. Easily. So can .rtf (which basically .txt with markup tags, much like .html).
Moreover, there are potentially other kinds of malware besides MS Macros in MS word files. Lots and lots of them.
Finally, particularly with email attachments, you can name the file anything you want; so an executable file (.exe or .app, for instance) can be named anything, including .rtf or .text.
It's pretty far down in the index, post 7. No biggie. I knew as soon as you described the hashtag situation that we definitely had a thread on it here. XDOk. So I might be blind, but at least I'm not imagining things. (Well, outside of the book-writing, that is.)
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