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Writers' Cafe / Re: SF cover advice please
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:55:15 PM »
I tend to agree. The new ones look designed by a romance cover artist.

I've tried the look robot under human look, and it doesn't work.

Nor in anything space oriented is any sort of human on the cover. A good original ship though, works every time. (In spite of what people kept telling me)

The only thing really wrong with your original cover is it's too monochromatic. The ship should be at least 50% bigger, and the thrust should be a different colour from the sun.

Yes. Also, I think if the typography was more striking (or something). It seems a bit bland (to me) for science fiction.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SF cover advice please
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:23:28 PM »
I have some contrast issues so it's hard for me to read the title of the new covers. The 2nd D in androids and the RS in Mars (esp the S) need more contrast.

Overall, the last new one is easiest for me - both large and thumbnail.

That's very strange because I have done a few Amazon Giveaways myself, and even one where I gave away 10 ebooks in the same promo order (I keep to the rules :)), and I did not get a sales bump that I could tell, to reflect those 10 books.


Would you have seen a sales bump from 1 book? Because, according to several of the posts I've read, 1 giveaway (no matter how many books given in that giveaway) counts as 1 sale.

That's it!
The duration of copyright in these works is generally computed the same way as for works created on or after January 1, 1978: life plus 70 years or 95 or 120 years, depending on the nature of authorship. However, all works in this category are guaranteed at least 25 years of statutory protection.

So I have to formally copyright the books and will them to my daughters, so the copyright lasts for their life plus 70 years. I have fifty books. Oh goody. I better just will them to my girls and let them worry about the copyright. I wonder if I can pass ownership to my corporation? Back to Google search.

Copyright doesn't get extended to the life+ of who you transfer the copyright to. It's the life+ of the author. Because some authors happen to be corporations (who can "live" forever), they have a specific amount of years rather than life+.

Also, you don't have to formally copyright the books. They are under copyright the minute you write them.

I'm sure some one will come along with better details on copyrights, but you probably should talk to a professional estate lawyer and a professional intellectual property lawyer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I May Have Done Something Incredibly Stupid
« on: February 25, 2018, 09:40:12 PM »
Can you read that series out of order?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing Tuts or Services?
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:11:58 PM »
Patty Jansen has a good book on mailing lists - Mailing Lists Unboxed.

Has this disappeared from your book pages also?

(Note: This is not the same as the Best Sellers Rank listed at the bottom of Product Details. It used to be at the very bottom of the page when you scroll all the way down. It enabled us to see exactly how Amazon has our books indexed. Removing is makes us blind to what categories and keywords we're actually placed in.)

I just clicked on the last book in your signature, scrolled down and saw it for your book.

I actually knew about this before - because as a reader I found it quite useful.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this even worth it?
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:12:52 AM »
They look good. The one thing I noticed is that it looks like 2 of the books are a series - or at least there is an order to read (based on a customer comment). But I didn't see anything that told me the order or that they were a series. Maybe I missed it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Will this be interpreted as a political statement?
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:32:26 PM »
The way you describe in your summary, it just sounds like the backstory is a soap opera, with vampires. And soap operas tend to be pretty popular.

I think it's all in how you present it and write it.

And mostly, what Cora said.

I would suggest that you do some research into BDSM. From your descriptions in this thread, it doesn't sound like you understand what a "sub" is at all.

I use I'm a techie, but their interface is still pretty easy to navigate. Some of my other friends use hostgator and namecheap.

And yeah, this sort of thing has been happening for years.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailchimp switching all signup forms to single opt-in
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:18:20 PM »
I agree that captcha is a problem, especially on mobile.

But I guess I'm old or something. Because I like confirmation emails. It ensures that someone else didn't type in the email address (which I used to see happen a lot back in the good old days). But more importantly, it ensures that I typed my email address correctly. Which is sometimes difficult to do on mobile.

Pretty much every site I sign up to does the confirmation email. Not sure why it's an issue for mailing lists.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailchimp switching all signup forms to single opt-in
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:37:26 PM »
I'm not sure how the double opt-in is hard for mobile. I sign up for double opt-in on my cell phone without any issues. Are you saying that most people don't have email access on their mobile devices? (Even my non-techie friends can read their email on their phones.)

Which feed would Group posts go in? Are Groups considered Pages?

Personally, I just wish they'd let me put a priority number (or letter) on our friends, pages, and groups. That would tell them which things are most important to me. Rather than their attempt to figure me out by my "likes" - which are not consistent and actually not very indicative of my preferences or priorities.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Barbarian 10/23. MIA
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:26:42 PM »
I got my Book Barbarian email at 9:20 am (Pacific Time) today (Oct 23). Yes, it contains Beyond the Forest.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I like Google Docs. But...
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:02:43 AM »
It occurs that I didn't answer your question. I write on my desktop or laptop. My writing often sends me to prior chapters to change something based on where my pants have taken me. Often. I markup edit in the evening on my iPad, which means I need an epub file for iBooks. That's why I compile that often.

I'm curious as to why you don't use Google Docs (app) on your iPad? Is it something like putting it in a different format so you can spot things better?

Also, how do you do markup edit in iBooks?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boil Down Your 2017 Writing Into One Word
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:35:10 AM »

The Book Corner / Re: What's the One Genre You Won't Read?
« on: October 21, 2017, 01:58:28 PM »
Christian literature - I avoid this entirely

Within other genres, I won't read blurbs or purchase books with unclothed male torsos.

I have been reading this thread without commenting. But since it's now been called into question that "no one has changed their opinion", I would like to mention that the thread has helped me to clarify several issues that directly affect my WIP. And there are other things mentioned that I will think about in the future, as a writer.

While my morals and worldview are still basically the same, the way I express them in writing will be more accurate and better reflect the themes I want to write about.

Writers' Cafe / Re: foreign authors self-publishing on Amazon
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:46:35 PM »
There was an interesting thread on what grade level to write for. Here's the link:,250603.0.html

(As an aside, I think Jim makes more sense than DWS, so instead of him posting stuff from DWS, Jim should just post his own re-interpretations of DWS.)

I was thinking exactly this earlier today, but couldn't figure out a good way to phrase it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance genre reader expectations
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:44:08 PM »
SFR and FR are like the unicorns to me. So so hard to find the good stuff. I agree with Rosie on not being able to find fantasy romance much in the store, its all full of shifters. SFR is pretty similar, full of shifters and porn. Often not even having any SF in it at all. I have read very little FR for that reason, Grace Draven I liked also.

SFR at least has some blogs out there, but I can't often trust if something is actually SFR or just SF with some romantic elements in it, which is not the same. There are also a lot off shorts/novellas out in the genre and I don't read shorts or novellas. Then when I finally do find something it tends to lean to erotic romance. Nothing wrong with that, I read them fine. Just not every single darn time.

I think there is a hungry audience for SFR and FR out there, we just have a hard time finding them in the sea of mis-categorized. I have pretty much completely stopped browsing the kindle store for reads, for any subgenre of romance.

I find this interesting. I would assume (corrections welcome) that FR is basically romance in a fantasy setting/plot. Fantasy is pretty broad. So, would an example of a FR unicorn be a well written romance set in a medieval magical environment? Or, is there something else involved?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Google warning on HPPS (MailChimp)
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:20:00 AM »
The other issue with non-SSL sites is Google downgrades them in search results relative to sites that do have HTTPS. I think this has been going on for a long time.

Unfortunately, setting up https is not particularly easy. I heard that there are free certificates available from a few providers, but they are time-limited in some way -- maybe they need to be renewed every three months or so? I just bit the bullet and paid my hosting company to set it up and renew it on an annual basis.

If you're talking about LetsEncrypt, which offers free certificates, yes they need to be renewed every 3 months. However, they also provide an automated way to do that. So, once you set it up, it's very easy to just forget about it.

I know that some hosting sites are using letsencrypt and so handling the renewal for you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Research about bad topics
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:50:32 PM »
D. P. Lyle M. D. has a blog and several books about forensics, murder, and related topics. Strictly intended for writers.

The Look Inside for his books has the Table of Contents which is really good for seeing the topics covered in the book. Each question/subject is listed. That helps to see if the types of answers apply to your book or not.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question about co-authoring
« on: August 06, 2017, 10:27:12 AM »
Having a written agreement isn't just for being worried about your partner. I know it's not pleasant to think of, but if something were to happen to them, a written agreement will help protect your rights. You may trust your writing partner, but do you trust their heirs or assignees? Sure, it's a really tiny chance scenario, but it's good to be prepared.

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