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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books haven't you written?
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:29:42 PM »
I have ideas for at least eight or nine additional series (at the moment). And that's not counting the series that I closed due to low sales, which I still have ideas for.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:34:58 PM »
I am NOT stating anything is equivalent. I am countering the misandry dispalyed in the statement I responded to.

Yes, there are many more male rapes, but the poster did NOT give any credence to the males who do not commit them. The way she phrased it openly invites the accusation that "rape is a male thing only." That's misandry, and that's not only misandry, it's sexism. And as I understand it, sexism isn't tolerated on this site. Even if that's not the way she intended it to sound, it sounds that way. And unintentional sexism is sexism all the same.

Read that particular part of her post and tell me I'm wrong. Go ahead, I'll wait.

While we wait, let's get back on track. Sorry for the derail.

I did read it. I didn't find it the least bit sexist. Nor did I read it as Shelley saying that there has never been a female rapist or that all men are awful. So yes, you're wrong.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:51:15 PM »
I get it. Some subjects are upsetting to people because of their experiences. I'm sure you wouldn't say that just because you have a negative reaction to suicide in films, that films should be discouraged from including suicide as a theme.

If it were used as ubiquitously or treated as ham-fistedly as sexual violence is, you're damn right I would discourage it.

Correction: Who's doing the raping we hear about? Men.

Female rapists exist. They are largely unreported. I find the idea that rape is only a male thing highly sexist.

Now can we get back on track?

Yes, female rapists exist. But the overwhelming number of perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual assault are men. That's just a fact. Even the most generous predictions regarding the number of unreported female rapists don't even come close to the number of male rapists. Stop the false equivalency.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:35:23 PM »
I take issue of course with the term "people like yourself" because that's inferring that when women watch a film they look at the women characters and think they're like them because they're women. That's a really shallow way of seeing things. Like I'm supposed to see a man in a film and think - that's me?? Um, that's nuts. I'd say the amount of characters in films or books that are "like yourself" would be extremely minimal. For example, I identified quite strongly with Leonardo Dicaprio in This Boy's Life as I shared similar experiences growing up. But I don't put on random movie with man and think that's my portrayal. Really just ... uh, yeah.

You identified with DiCaprio in This Boy's Life because of your similar experiences. When I was nineteen, one of my best friends committed suicide and I couldn't stomach watching a movie where a character killed themselves after that.

Well, one in four women experience sexual assault in their lifetime. One in four. So this is a threat they live with every single day. Women don't watch a movie and think they're like the characters on screen just because they're both women. They see themselves in a sexual assault scenario because it's a reality they have to live with.

And yes, sexual violence is a crucial topic society must engage with.

Edited. PM me any questions. Evenstar, Moderator

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:38:01 PM »
I think it's more fatigue with so many books, movies and TV shows using rape or the threat of sexual violence as a plot point because it's easy. It really does get tiring. Sometimes it's actually necessary to tell a certain story. I don't think anybody would argue against that. Sometimes it doesn't seem necessary, but whoa, there it is again anyway. If all the books, movies and TV shows that contain women being raped instead had scenes of men being raped or threatened with rape, either graphically portrayed or referenced, we'd all get weary of that too, especially men, and feel relieved when the fantasy novel we're reading doesn't contain it. Especially if one in five men actually faced it in the real world.

I don't think most people who write or portray it do it to enjoy abusing women, and most who watch it don't enjoy it for that reason. For most it's an easy dramatic development and a shorthand to make their point, and often the lazy way out.  The fact that it's often a default is the problem, more than the scenes themselves.

To add to this perfect answer, it's also often used in a way that's exploitative or the writer just trying to be shocking. It gets really old, really fast. As a longtime comic reader, the "female heroine finds her inner strength after a history of sexual abuse" trope is so incredibly overused that I roll my eyes every single time I see it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:51:51 PM »
Thor: Ragnarok had Hera. More of that, maybe?

Hela. Hera is from Greek mythology, wife of Zeus and goddess of marriage and birth. Hel/Hela is from Norse mythology and is the goddess of death and queen of Hel. Also the daughter of Loki in mythology (and in the comics, too).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Brass Ring: John W. Campbell Award
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:50:08 PM »
No, you said "The requirement is that their first SFF novel to have made $3,000 has to have done so in the first two years, correct?"

I clarified that it doesn't have to be their first novel, that it has to be in one year not two, and that it has to be net income.

For anyone who thinks they'd be eligible, reach out to the contact for the award and ask. Here's the eligibility page:

You're forgetting the "to have made" part, as in "the first SFF novel that made $3,000." But yes, I was wrong about the first two years.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Brass Ring: John W. Campbell Award
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:24:22 AM »
I think it's for the first book you write that meets the criteria, not your first SFF novel. (And as Annie pointed out, the first time you meet the eligibility criteria which happens for a lot of folks with their first pro short story sale.) And it's net income in one year of $3,000 for self-published novels now.

I know, that's what I said.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Brass Ring: John W. Campbell Award
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:49:38 PM »
The trick though is that you are only eligible the first year you quality and the year after. Beyond that, you aren't anymore. So if your first eligible work was 3 years ago, you are SOL. If it was last year, your clock is up after this year.

I know, but my point is there are a bunch of SFF authors who would qualify in a given year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Brass Ring: John W. Campbell Award
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:58:12 PM »
I think there are far more eligible indies than you might think, they just haven't been listed. Probably because they or their readers weren't aware of this process or just didn't care enough to send out an email. The requirement is that their first SFF novel to have made $3,000 has to have done so in the first two years, correct? That's not actually that hard to do. Devil's Due has been out for less than a year and has made a lot more than $3,000 (that's not counting the advance I've gotten for the audiobook). And in the SFF/urban fantasy pool? I'm definitely not one of the bigger fish.

Writers' Cafe / Re: "NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award"--Legitimate?
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:14:11 AM »
I've noticed many of these dubious services have a tendency to play victim and lay down guilt trips when they're caught red-handed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: "NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award"--Legitimate?
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:56:14 PM »
If NY Literary Magazine is still reading this thread, I'd like to respond to their email about how they're destroyed because of people calling foul on these kinds of tactics:


Maybe you're completely innocent. Maybe it really was all down to this Asian marketing service. But if you're outsourcing the writing of your emails (and compiling of your email lists) to a third-party, then here's the thing: they're writing under YOUR name. If you're giving them access to your email accounts, that's a tacit endorsement of their tactics. I would never allow a third-party to send an email to my list that I haven't read and approved. That's just common sense.

And playing the victim and getting defensive against authors is just going to give you a bad name. What did you expect would happen after you sent out that email and posted that message on KBoards attacking authors? Did you think they would all shrug and enroll en masse in your contest?


Take responsibility for your actions. It's your business, your name, the buck stops with you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: "NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award"--a Scam?
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:53:58 PM »
Why are you using deliberately misleading quotes on your website, some of which are 25 years old and were made by authors in reference to completely different competitions?

Why as someone already pointed out, has the payment method been blocked by Amex?

Why is it the quote used from John Macrae was made in 1982 in reference to an entirely different award?

Why is it that the quote you have attributed to agent Juliet Pickering and her agency (both of which are misspelled on the site) was taken from an old blog post about how awards help publishers take on short story collections.

Why is it if you browse the "author success" page, none of those authors seem to ever have won this particular award but their quotes are about entirely different awards?

Honestly there are so many warning signs (before we even get to the ONLY 200 monthly nominees in our numerous categories!!!) if you fall for this, I have a nice tall metal structure in Paris you might be interested in purchasing...

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

All this.

Furthermore, it's not unrealistic for writers to assume scam when some mystery site emails us and says "your story has been nominated for an award," then won't say which story and asks for us to submit the story that's apparently already been nominated. Many such scams operate on this kind of "you've already won!" type of messaging.

Quotation has been edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

It also presupposes that the ISP contract is in your name (mine isn't, I don't have my name on anything, not even utilities). This could potentially get amusing and might be a valuable lesson for my neighbours about password protecting their wifi...

That's true as well. And also presupposes people aren't browsing with a VPN.

With cause.  I don't think "hurt feelings" is going to unlock any privacy records, but crazier things have happened, I guess.

Oh yeah, absolutely with cause. I was just making a general statement about how an IP can be used to obtain an identity.

Neither a name nor an IP address is proof of identity, though.  Unless's parents really put that on the birth certificate.  I wouldn't judge... it's charming.

The IP address can be traced to the ISP and then the ISP can be subpoenaed for an identity.

Some top notch lawyering there.

Whoever wrote this document also doesn't seem to understand the standard that must be met for a statement to be deemed defamatory. As far as my statements go, all of them fall under the category of opinion. And the notion that I'm not allowed to donate to a fellow author's legal fund is ridiculous, as is the notion that my meager contributions of around $100 in total are some sort of massive investment.

I'm doing a closer reading and realizing some of the facts in this about me for example aren't even correct. I am not a resident of NY.

And I'm not a resident of California, I'm a resident of Japan.

Writers' Cafe / Re: And! Amazon rank-stripped me
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:45:25 PM »
Why are you making this about you? 

If you want to have a wide vs. KU debate why not start another thread?  It's a topic we're almost all interested in and will probably continue to be interested in.

This thread is specifically about Patty having a BB deal de-ranked by Amazon.  Yes, there are some not-positive feelings towards Amazon in this thread. 

Stockholm Syndrome might be a strong terms, but so is the term that was popular for a long time: Amazon Derangement Syndrome.  ADS.  We're authors.  We like to use lots of descriptive words.   

Find another thread that's more pro-KU or stop looking for reasons to be offended.

Lord knows we're not all in lockstep here at KBoards and you'll find many people who agree with you. 

I don't see people "barking" at your tree specifically or trying to convert you!

Thanks for the reminder of why I don't come here as often as I used to.

Writers' Cafe / Re: And! Amazon rank-stripped me
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:28:45 PM »
Let's put aside I don't think anyone is denigrating anyone :)

That said, just on point of fact, the two camps are not equal in terms of industry impact. KU authors are commodifying (ie. driving down margins) for the industry as a whole. Wide authors are not (although I guess one could argue that the permafree authors are; but realistically they are only permafreeing one or two books max, so their impact is negligible).

I 100% agree that everyone should do what is best for them. But at the same time, if in doing so you (and others) are contributing to the erosion and instability of the industry, driving down pricing power for authors in the aggregate, empowering zon to become a monopolistic powerhouse, etc. -  you should at least understand those who have an issue with that (not with YOU, but with the general trend of kowtowing to zon)... even if, and though, they nonetheless respect your right to do whatever you feel like (and most probably understand why authors feel they have no choice but to play the game the way zon tells them to).

Then make noise to the other channels to provide more tools to improve discoverability. Make noise to them to drop the curated placements. When I can make more from KU in a month than I make on all other platforms combined due to lack of discoverability on those other platforms, then I have a financial decision to make. As much as I hate being exclusive to one channel and as much as I would love to go wide, I can't pay my bills with good intentions.

But if you think telling exclusive authors that they're contributing to the erosion of the industry and accusing them of having Stockholm Syndrome will win you any converts, you're barking up the wrong tree.

Writers' Cafe / Re: And! Amazon rank-stripped me
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:44:31 PM »
I'm no more special than anyone else.

But. I just want to say this, for those who still suffer from Amazon Stockholm Syndrome: Amazon operations are run by computers. There is no human checking any of this. They feel nothing about you, about me, or anyone else. Please bear that in mind next time you feel anything towards Amazon in terms of loyalty or gratitude. They will NOT return your adoration. They're a big frikken steamrolling company. Use them, but be on your guard.

I'm really sorry this happened to you, but can we please stop insulting those who make the choice to be in Select? I'm not in Select out of any sense of loyalty to Amazon nor am I in it because I'm suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. I was wide for four years. I'm in Select now because I make more money from KU in a month than I made in a year on all the other platforms combined. My decision is purely based on monetary reasons and the fact that the extra income is giving a big boost to my savings.

I don't denigrate you for being wide, you do you. Please show the same courtesy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all Superhero Writers (and fans)!
« on: November 20, 2017, 04:24:36 PM »
You should probably create a sign-up form through Google or something so I have something to send people to.

I need someone at Amazon to take about 45 seconds and code a redirect to my book page from the URL that PW has listed on the review. There is no way -- none -- that PW will fix the URL before Monday. The erroneous URL is an Amazon address, it should be a no-brainer. I could do it in two minutes.

No one at Amazon is going to create a custom redirect for you. As Wayne said, there's no benefit in it for them. In addition to that, the people you get in touch with when you contact Amazon support are not techies. They're customer support. They can request changes be made but for something like making a custom redirect URL? Not gonna happen. The only way you're going to get this fixed is by getting PW to change the link.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all Superhero Writers (and fans)!
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:21:14 PM »
I was thinking about running a promo Jan 1-15 for Sci Fi and Fantasy. It would be to give away complete stories or books (no incomplete stuff). People might be looking for freebies to put on their new ereaders, right? This would be open to all of Sci Fi but I'm floating the idea here first because I want to see if there's enough interest to have a solid superhero group represented.

Bookfunnel's not as big as Instafreebie on giveaways yet, but the delivery method is easy for readers and it's cheaper per month for me.

My biggest things are:

1. Would the rest of you be interested in joining in such a promo?

2. Is there a kind soul who could throw together a graphic for the header? I am hopeless at graphics. In exchange, I would be willing to give you a token so you could collect email addresses on Bookfunnel without paying for an account yourself (good for one month's use or 1000 addresses) or set your freebie at the top of the page. Otherwise, I'll have to hit fiverr or something.

I get two of the tokens every month so two people who don't have Bookfunnel could use the giveaway feature for the promo - one for the graphic artist if they want it, and the other to whoever asks first.

I'd be willing to participate and I could make the banner. Have you posted this in the Facebook group?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Trigger warnings in book descriptions
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:37:12 AM »
Don't really get all the hate towards trigger warnings. I don't use them myself, but I don't care if another author wants to use them and it certainly wouldn't stop me from reading a book.

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