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Crazy Job Postings Part II

ravi_iitian
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Ravindra B Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Job: Re-write some old romance novels - approximately 8000 - 9000 words long. ALL words in the story to be rewritten, so that no sentence is the same (changing only one or two words not good enough). 

 

Budget: $20

"Certa bonum certamen"
renata101
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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Ravindra B wrote:

Job: Re-write some old romance novels - approximately 8000 - 9000 words long. ALL words in the story to be rewritten, so that no sentence is the same (changing only one or two words not good enough). 

 

Budget: $20


Uh, rewrite all words in the story? Does it say what the difference is between that and writing a new one?  

I wonder if these guys from MIT might be able to develop the romance novel version of the SciGen Automatic Paper Generator. Apparently, they got some of the papers they generated with this published. I think the same principal would probably work for romance novels. 
https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/archive/scigen/

renata101
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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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Has anyone ever heard of the "Christian and Amish romance genre"? I didn't realize this was a niche in niche publishing.

pandoraharper
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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
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@Renata S wrote:

Has anyone ever heard of the "Christian and Amish romance genre"? I didn't realize this was a niche in niche publishing.


 You are joking, right? Please say your joking!

 

(I bet she isn't. Romance genres have changed (and gone in some crazy directions) in recent years).

 

Note: I do not read this genre, but I do pay attention to the Fiction industry in general.

renata101
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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Pandora H wrote:

@Renata S wrote:

Has anyone ever heard of the "Christian and Amish romance genre"? I didn't realize this was a niche in niche publishing.


 You are joking, right? Please say your joking!

 

(I bet she isn't. Romance genres have changed (and gone in some crazy directions) in recent years).

 

Note: I do not read this genre, but I do pay attention to the Fiction industry in general.


I'm pretty sure this is what I saw, although I was slugging down copious amounts of espresso this morning. 

Do you think I could make something like this up? 

Actually, I can understand the need for alternatives to bestseller offerings like "50 Shades" in certain spiritual/religious communities. I think it might be that the e-book niches are getting much more refined, although I haven't yet seen a posting for Amish werewolf or vampire fiction. 


 

pandoraharper
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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
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@Renata S wrote:

@Pandora H wrote:

@Renata S wrote:

Has anyone ever heard of the "Christian and Amish romance genre"? I didn't realize this was a niche in niche publishing.


 You are joking, right? Please say your joking!

 

(I bet she isn't. Romance genres have changed (and gone in some crazy directions) in recent years).

 

Note: I do not read this genre, but I do pay attention to the Fiction industry in general.


I'm pretty sure this is what I saw, although I was slugging down copious amounts of espresso this morning. 

Do you think I could make something like this up? 

Actually, I can understand the need for alternatives to bestseller offerings like "50 Shades" in certain spiritual/religious communities. I think it might be that the e-book niches are getting much more refined, although I haven't yet seen a posting for Amish werewolf or vampire fiction. 


 No, I did not think you made this up. I was just like wow, seriously? Not to mention, Amish culture is very anti-anything that does not fall into their own little religious corner. Which is incredibly conservative, when compared to mainstream American culture.

 

So, needless to say, Amish people are not going to even read this sort of material. For that matter, I doubt Christans would either, for similiar reasons. So who in the heck is the target audience for this sort of niche, I wonder.

renata101
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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Pandora H wrote:

 


 No, I did not think you made this up. I was just like wow, seriously? Not to mention, Amish culture is very anti-anything that does not fall into their own little religious corner. Which is incredibly conservative, when compared to mainstream American culture.

 

So, needless to say, Amish people are not going to even read this sort of material. For that matter, I doubt Christans would either, for similiar reasons. So who in the heck is the target audience for this sort of niche, I wonder.


 I'm not sure who the target audience for Amish romance would be other than Amish people, but it's possible that it might have broader appeal than anyone would assume. It might have some sort of cross-over appeal for groups that have similar values about marriage. Maybe if you have an Amish author, then this might appeal to Amish readers (although I really wonder if sitting around reading romance novels is something that's particularly encouraged by this community). Or it might even appeal to non-Amish readers who are looking for something a little different, like an exploration of a different culture. It's hard to know. Maybe it's just in an early experimental stage. It just caught my eye because I never would have imagined a niche like that existing.

 

jmlaidlaw
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Janean L Member Since: Apr 6, 2016
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One of my best friends is ex-Amish. (She is featured on the PBS series about leaving the Amish.) In addition, I was raised in an area where there are many Amish and Mennonite families. I happen to be fairly familiar with the culture -- about as familiar as a non-Amish can be, without being married to an ex-Amish or being a scholar.

 

The Amish are discouraged from reading fiction of any sort. Romance books would be considerd to be a waste of time.

 

Amish romance novels are definitely a "thing," however. The target audience is an older group of females who are looking for "Little House on the Prairie"-style books with a dash more adult content, but definitely rated no more than PG. The typical request is for "sweet Amish romance writing."

mthornton-cpc
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Melissa T Member Since: Dec 5, 2014
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OK, this is my new favorite thread today. 

 

1) Janean, that show was amazing. I have a bit of an interest in folks who leave exclusive relgious communities (I'm from PA so I get the whole Amish and Mennonite thing, and I live in Brooklyn and have friends who are ex-Hasidic), so I watched it entirely rapt. 

 

2) Renata, now I'm really hoping that the Talent Specialists are Cylons. 

renata101
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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Melissa T wrote:

OK, this is my new favorite thread today. 

 

1) Janean, that show was amazing. I have a bit of an interest in folks who leave exclusive relgious communities (I'm from PA so I get the whole Amish and Mennonite thing, and I live in Brooklyn and have friends who are ex-Hasidic), so I watched it entirely rapt. 

 

2) Renata, now I'm really hoping that the Talent Specialists are Cylons. 


1) I'm intrigued by it too, since seeing the series. I'm in Montreal and there's a Hasidic community here that lives in an area of town that's now gone trendoid. So a bit of a weird cultural collision is happening there. Although I have met a Hasic grandmother who's an absolute hoot, I don't know that much about the community. When you encounter anyone from that community, they don't really interact. I once rescued some little kid's ball when it rolled into the middle of the street because I had a feeling he'd run after it. He was about 3, maybe. and I just told him to stay where he was while I ran to get it in the middle of the street. His mom, who saw the whole thing, didn't say one word to me. 

 

2) Melissa, I can't tell you how I know that, but when I started to think about how random the stuff I'm getting is, the hybrid unintelligence theory completely took hold of my brain. Those referrals are way too insane to be the result of any sort of normal unassisted human unintelligence. 

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