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#1 Andrew Nelson

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:39 PM

The other day in chat this came up and I thought that I would follow-up with a posting here and offer my services. Hopefully others in the same boat as me will be kind enough to do the same thing. I figure if I can help add credibility to another author's work it's the least I can do.

 

One of the things that has always bugged me is when I am watching a movie / tv show about NYPD and everything from the dialogue to the uniforms are wrong. I figure if you are going to invest the time, energy and money you need to share the wealth and get a good technical consultant. But what about books?

 

How does a housewife in Nebraska who is writing a thriller set in NYC know what the cops do there? The difference between a good book and a great book often comes from the little bits of minutia that make the difference in detail. 

 

So here is my offer, if anyone needs information or a critique that involves the NYPD or location advice for NYC in general, please feel free to contact me. 

 

I hope that others who might be in other professions, i.e. military, firefighters, legal, medical, will all offer a bit of time to help each other out.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:51 PM

That is an excellent idea. Another forum I used to frequent had a board like that. People would post a thread about what their expertise was and were open to questions. 


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:01 PM

I agree Darke, for me the little extra bit of realism can make the difference between a believable story and one you toss on the table and say "you lost me....."

 

Sadly, I have had that happen in both print and film media. I guess I am just a stickler.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:11 PM

LOL. Ask me about the depiction of libraries and librarians in the media. So wrong, in so many ways.

 

Thanks for the offer, Andrew. I agree -- knowing the real facts about a profession, area, etc. can be very important.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

Andrew, please consider cross posting this in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense group where all the thugs, cops, private dicks, and would be cops and robbers writers live.  (Or maybe an Admin will?)



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

I'm wondering if we shouldn't have an 'Ask the Professional' board.That way all threads of this nature could be together.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:33 PM

Andrew, I think it's a wonderful idea!  

 

Darke, I think your idea of having an Ask A Professional forum is a terrific idea.  We would need a place to find the appropriate person to ask.  A separate forum would be ideal!

 

Crew? What say you?



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:01 PM

I agree, I just didn't know where to post this. Would be nice to have a dedicated place for it. If we had a seperate forum we could just do individual threads by profession.

 

Lucid, you mean all the images I have about librarians is wrong................ :wub:


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:14 PM

I could help out on the EMS side of it. I've been a Paramedic for 17 years. Nothing drives me crazier than watching movies about Paramedics and all of the things they do is WRONG. I swear if I see one more movie showing a Paramedic shocking a flat line rhythm I'm going to puke !!!


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:00 AM

Ask a Professional:  Make it So!



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:02 AM

Heck I even know what my own personal expertise is.  I worked for the Veterans Administrtion for 30 years. I rose high enough in middle management to understand the overall structure.  I worked in IT so I know what they know and could reasonably know and like Andrew I hate every misrepresentation.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:19 AM

Sounds like we have a good foundation to make this work. Hopefully an admin will chime in on the idea.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:41 PM

Has anyone put a bug in the Admin's ear?  :cool:


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:13 AM

A new thread was opened about the idea on the site navigation forum: http://agentquerycon...on/#entry189888

 

Just thought I would update. Admin thinks it is a great idea, they are going to work on it.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:33 AM

Wow, go away for a few days and come back and my baby is alive and kicking, how cool is that. Thanks Crew !!


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