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Writers' Cafe / Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:06:21 PM »
I've done a lot of dialogue writing for myself and other ventriloquists. Dialogues in which both performers can be real as well as ventriloquist/dummy partnerships. I've published scripts in a book that sells at conventions. Of course, the efficacy of a joke depends on the comedian's timing and delivery, but there are a few conventions that help.

1. Know your audience. Usually it consists of just random people as in a comedy club, but if it's a corporate event, private party, or such, you can aim jokes at real people. Within the boundaries of good taste, that is.
2. A monologue or dialogue works well if you time it so there's a laugh at least every ten seconds. Much longer and they get bored. Long setups are a waste of time.
3. Keep it simple. If an audiences has to stop and think to "get" a joke, they won't laugh, and it can throw your timing off.
4. Have an arsenal of replies ready in case of hecklers.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

this is great. thanks Al!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:25:47 AM »
Are you performing or writing for others?
Anyone that does stand up has my respect.
I introduced many comedians in my time as an MC - it is not easy!

Writing and performing my own original content

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Writers' Cafe / From nonfiction to Stand-up comedy: A Journey
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:03:55 PM »
I'm now writing stand-up. Any tips?

And if you're in the Anchorage area this Thursday, send me a message and I'll send you the venue :)

Wish me luck on my first 4 minute set!

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New review for 99Designs on Indielisters! (We now host reviews for ALL author service providers!!!). Check it!

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can you guys put these recommendations on Indielisters too? It now has a list for Author Services Reviews.

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There's a new list on Indielisters! We've started a database for Author Services Reviews.


-Do you use an amazing cover designer?

-Have you paid for a marketing or promotion service that just wasn't worth it?

-Discovered an online summit with awesome discounts and content?


Share all of your author services experiences with the author community so they can find the best products and value!

"It's like Angie's List for authors"

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thanks for the updates. I hope you'll share your final results on Indielisters.

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an author recently paid $1.97 per download for a $.99 promotion for a YA/Fantasy book with BookGorilla. Thanks for sharing the results on Indielisters!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:48:50 AM »
Annie still has review copies to give out!

Join the team and download the book here

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:41:42 AM »
If you can't make the scheduled webinar time, just reply to one of the registration emails and let me know. I can hook you up :)

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new results for BookSends and BookRunes on Indielisters. This author paid $1.14 per free download.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ebook reviews
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:01:02 PM »
As a new author, I had my book sold 100 copies and downloaded for free over 2000 times. Still no review.

To get reviews, you need to do as many promos as you can.

Even promos aren't very effective when trying to specifically get book reviews. Mark Dawson (seasoned author and marketer) expects 1 review per 1,000 purchases, and 1 review per 5,000-10,000 free downloads.

Personal outreach is much more effective :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ebook reviews
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:48:20 AM »
Is there an acceptable means to obtain fair and well considered reviews from other authors. Friends are absent and family members are disinclined. The problem is most self published authors are of mediocre quality. Trading reviews is often no more than a contrived arrangement to exchange five stars.  I need reviews but I won't engage in a transparent ruse to obtain them. I don't mind paying for reviews but the prices are exorbitant and the wait time is lengthy. Is there a solution to this dilemma?  Michael Mckinney

You can run your own book review campaign. I've been teaching authors how. Links in my sig :)

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nice job! I hope you'll share your final results on Indielisters.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:10:56 AM »
hope you'll check out the webinar. I give away all my secrets! :)

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An author just spent $650 on a promo stack that yielded results of $11.02 per download! See more stats like this on Indielisters

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Thanks for the information about ARC and TOS. I'm new at this and have no idea on how one can acquire ARC team.

Laurie, I'm teaching author how to build ARC teams. Links in my sig :)

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:51:18 AM »
the team is growing, but we need more advance readers for this YA Sci-Fi.

Join the team and download the book here

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:37:01 PM »
Just a received a new entry with results for Book Gorilla, Book Tweeters, and Kindle Nation Daily. Thanks to that Indielister for submitting results!

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The Book Bazaar / Free ARC ebook for new Sci-Fi release Heartsong
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:10:03 AM »
Join Annie's ARC team for her new release Heartsong!

Join the team and download the book here

If you like books about space travel, aliens, or cross-cultural transitions, you’ll love this poignant science fiction adventure. Be one of the first to get an advance review copy of Heartsong and start the journey today!

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(From the back cover)

"Two alien worlds.

One teen emissary.

No reality she can trust.

Thirteen-year-old Liz Smith has been ripped away from one foster family after another for years, so the idea of a permanent home is tantalizing. Who cares if that home is a colony sixty-five thousand light-years from Earth? The friends in her trusty e-reader will keep her company just fine on her interstellar relocation.

But when the adventure of a lifetime turns into the disaster of the cosmos, Liz can only retreat so far into the books that have always sheltered her from loneliness and loss. Trapped in half-truths and secrets that leave her questioning reality, can one orphaned bookworm find a way to stop two races from destroying each other … and somehow write a happy ending to her own story?"

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: May 08, 2018, 01:22:18 PM »
who has a promotion stack coming up?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book has sold well but still no reviews!
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:11:41 AM »
I wrote a book on how to get book reviews. Link in my sig :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Massive database of book promotion results
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:10:33 PM »
What promotion sites have been working for you lately?

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course registration is open until Saturday night only!

No more emails on Amazon reviewer profiles? What will we all do?!

I'll show you :)

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Webinar on how to get book reviews
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:35:35 AM »
hey Kboarders! The webinar LIVE events are coming up soon! I'm telling all my secrets (seriously. all of them) on how to consistently launch a 100+ book review campaign. And I'm giving away a FREE EBOOK just for registering.

Register for the webinar here!

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