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Thank you, Lynda!
Looking forward to the promo and plenty of reading... (for research, of course).

:-)

I agree. I pick up some of the bargains myself.  ;) Looking forward to reading your Lady Ghost short. Looks good.
-Lynda
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« Last post by Rosie A. on Today at 07:10:07 PM »
I tend to marry them first, but then I don't write either gender as so overcome with lust they forget everything else.
I marry them first, too. For the most part. There's just something about arranged marriages that really spark it for me. Dunno. Lol.

@Michele: I really enjoy a good fling to forever romance. Do you have of those?  ;D
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We as writers are free to write whatever we want. That doesn't mean everyone has to read it, or like it if they do. That doesn't mean your work cannot be criticized.

Criticism is only helpful when it is based on enough solid information to form a conclusion, thus we get constructive criticism. That's not the problem. The problem is that a good portion of those "critics" did little more than glance at the blurb and the other reviews before jumping on the hate bandwagon. That leads to criticism out of ignorance, which is the same reason why some people still believe vaccines cause autism. Sure, this time it was just a book review, but what if it becomes the norm for everything? Is it too much to ask for an opinion to be informed?
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That only works when the unknown item is requisite for the known one. If she knew how to drive a car, but not where the gas pedal was, you'd have a case. None of this stuff or anything raised by Justina Ireland is damning. Ireland also says this:

Does this reviewer get out much? Since when does having an advanced degree in engineering have any connection with English fluency? Native English-speakers hardly improve their command of the language by studying engineering.

 

She has the degree, I believe, from an American University and is a professor, so one might imagine her English is pretty solid...

Also, did you read those reviews? There are so many worse things in there. Like the protag wondering if Muslims can have cats, the protag talking about Muslims as though they are all the same and all from the Middle East, acting like there is a secret Muslim language ... I mean, from the reviews it sounds like there are a host of huge issues to critique just in the text alone without even getting into themes and subtext.

We as writers are free to write whatever we want. That doesn't mean everyone has to read it, or like it if they do. That doesn't mean your work cannot be criticized.  If the people are you writing about, who live the real experience, have issues with what you write, that might be worth thinking about. Or not. You can also just ignore it. Lots of people do. That doesn't mean they don't get to have their say.
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Do good intentions magically make lies okay and making money from the oppression of others acceptable?

Were these things not acceptable in the first place? I missed the memo on that one.

I might have some interest in an author's personal life as a matter of fan-dom, but who or what the author is (or is not) doesn't change what is in the book.
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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Last post by Atunah on Today at 06:51:13 PM »
I have started the first in the Jayne Fresina series and finding it very enjoyable. But the second one may have to wait until the latest in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series has been read. It was delivered last night.



Ohhh, I am on wait list for that one. There were already a few ahead of me, even though I recommended it to my library. Hopefully not too long.
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Or when there are words missing because you're typing so fast and think you've got it down...only to realize 5 minutes later half of that paragraph is missing words to make the sentences actually readable.  ::)

Or a sentence in complete gibberish because your hands were off a key and you weren't looking.
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In Britain some years ago there was an acclaimed young female Muslim writer. She was lauded, and her books won awards for their portrayal of the plight of Muslim women in the UK.

Then she was outed as a fifty-something male priest who knew a lot Muslim women in his parish and wanted to show people the problems they had to live with on a daily basis.

Suddenly his books were slammed for being written by a fifty-something male priest.

How did that change the books?
It changes the books in that they were marketed as being from the perspective of someone who lived the life when they're actually from the perspective of someone pretending to have lived the life and making money off it no matter how well intentioned.

Like I could totally do a ton of research into Holocaust survivors experiences, write a book about that kind of experience and publish it while pretending to be a survivor with the aim of showing the slippery slope our society is sliding toward these days... but I'd still be making money on the pain and suffering of people whose stories I'm subsuming without having actually having to have lived through it.

Do good intentions magically make lies okay and making money from the oppression of others acceptable?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Did Book Report just go wonky?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 06:45:13 PM »
I've had Book Report on my bar for a week giving it a shot. Other than the historical tab, everything else seems way off.

4 sales of a $3.99 book showing $2 in profit? Books that show profit with no sales that aren't in KU? 4 sales by my own eyeballing that only shows up as 1 and with no profit?

The entire thing doesn't work. Maybe that's just my experience and it works perfect for everyone else, but nothing - nothing - adds up on the front page.

Book report shows you is current.

So as soon as a sale is recorded, it gets included in the summary. But the payment for it might not come for a week. So the figures never actually match at any one time. What you see is what the reports show, at that moment.

At the end of the day, its very common for sales to show, but there be no money showing. And the next day there can be money showing, but no sale. This is totally normal.

Edit: You also dont know where the sales came from, and which royalty was used. So you can get below expectation amounts, simply because at that time, all the sales came from non-store buys. (Someone in Malaysia buying from .com for example)
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