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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for cozy writers
« Last post by willow163 on Today at 11:24:21 AM »
I'm probably not your standard for cozy, but take a look at my signature. I did different because I like different. Not so different that they didn't match the genre, but different enough that I stand out. My first Xmas isn't cozy, but the second one is. They'll be two more books to finish up the series. My Xmas book gets some good eyes on it. I'm currently running a Christmas in July promo, and my book has been downloaded the most out of everybody. Not being a brag, because for all I know, all those people read it and hated it :) My point is that the cover catches their eye. I don't write fast because I have two year old twin boys and they're well, all consuming. I'm priced at 99 cents for the Xmas, $2.99 for the next. I saw decent follow through to the next. Oh, and they're also novellas.

Someone we all know and love here makes bank because she writes fast and has a huge following. That's never going to be me because short of giving up sleep completely, I'll never have enoigh time to produce that much. I also am particular about the art side of things and want people to recognize my covers as me, not someone else. I could sit down and paint you a Rembrant too. But doesn't mean anyone will remember me after it's gone. I want people to know my name and my art and my style, not lump me in with somebody else.

Also, I'm not in KU. My books are wide. Merely for the fact that I want to do with my books what I want to do.
I could see an alternate ending working in a case where the original version was published by a trad house, and they forced the author to go with one ending, and then the author got the rights back and published it with their preferred ending. But doing two versions with two different endings at the same time would make me feel like the author was trying to gouge me on the price. If the two versions were in separate books, I mean.
Isn't it like hedging your bets? "Well, if you didn't like that ending, how about this one?"

The story should have a logical, even if unpredictable, conclusion. What does the theme dictate? The character arcs? You can't stick on a dishonest ending and expect readers to accept it. They have a nose for that kind of thing.

And I do have a similar situation with a series: the ending I so wanted to write...and then the ending the book actually deserved. I'm thinking about posting the alternate on my web page as a "look inside the process" kind of thing, explaining this and that, like why I didn't think this ending would have worked or been honest to the characters and story, even though it might have been satisfying.
The problem with the katana is that it's become associated with a certain group of fans who seem to think it's some kind of super-weapon better than all other swords combined. Of course these are often the same people who think that a peasant's scythe is also incredibly deadly in combat (something I see a lot in various RPG groups where people want to stat up scythes as about twice as deadly as a two-handed sword).
Writers' Cafe / Re: I just hit a $ milestone...
« Last post by Acheknia on Today at 11:17:36 AM »
Congratulations & I'm looking forward to dinner, I think Rod is picking me up on the way :)

I think that's because these days, cloth is cheap and wood is expensive, whereas back then, it was the opposite. Most modern people have no idea how time-consuming it was to produce cloth, which made it expensive. Women who were experienced weavers were considered awesome booty back in the good old sacking and conquering days.

Wood and wood substitutes are relatively cheap these days, it's still the labor that's so expensive. But yeah, to your point, cheaper options replace more expensive ones. In the colonies, wood was plentiful, weavers, by comparison, not so much.
Writers' Cafe / Re: I just hit a $ milestone...
« Last post by Indiecognito on Today at 11:14:24 AM »
Thanks, all! Here's to success for every one of us.


Love to read these success stories and what worked / didn't work.

I TOTALLY AGREE with your do's and don'ts. I, too, think I can branch out into new territory, straying from what worked for my existing audience and then I feel disheartened with the mediocre results.

I gotta keep producing books that my readers want, not the books I think would be cool to write. I'm weird. Not many readers like the same weird stuff I like. At least, not enough to keep me in six figures a year. So, I have to focus on my write-to-market stories that I know my readers already want more of. I'm damn lucky to have an audience of people who go out and buy my new books as soon as I announce them. Why play with that success? It's pure self-indulgence. I have to work hard to put food on my family (to quote George W -- love him!)

Sela, you really inspired me with your recent "Writing to market" post. You actually inspired an entire trilogy, tbh. Thanks for that! :)
I have other pen names--two of them, one of which writes stuff that's pretty fringe (not romance at all) and one starting up that will be for YA. Those are passion projects, and who knows if they'll ever earn much.
But I do love writing romance, and writing to market really isn't any harder than trying to go your own way. It's just a different mindset. It's like constructing a complicated puzzle. Like you, I'm weird, and I've come to realize that what makes me excited to read isn't necessarily what anyone else wants to spend their time on. Instead of cursing them for it from afar, I figure I can jump in and dance with them.

You know it's one of those creative bugs we get to push our writing even further. I thought it would be fun for the reader in this one particular case. I couldn't even think about having an alternate ending with any other of my books. :-X

At the end of the day, I think the keyboards hivemind is right, I'll just end up getting a bunch of one-star reviews. It seemed like a cool Idea, but it might be heavily misunderstood unless the reader is a super fan which they are not. :)

But hey, thank you so much for all your comments. It's always good to learn from the best. I enjoyed reading them.

I'll make sure to post on here what I did.

If you feel strongly about it, you should do it and not let one-star reviews dictate your creative process.

I agree that it's a bad idea only in the sense that I would feel like the writer should've picked one ending and ran with it. If you have two alternative endings, pick the second one you thought of and move on.
Speaking only for myself, if I was trying (hoping?) to get my KDP account reinstated, I wouldn't pull that trigger yet. I'd wait until my chances dropped near zero.

I agree that some might be waiting to see if they are reinstated or need a bit of time to make their plans.  However, if it was me there would be no way I would go back into KU if I felt I was pulled unfairly.  I would definitely go wide, and especially if I had a huge pool of readers.  And I would sell direct on my website too and fire up an email to my list with all the links showing them where they could get my books.
Still waiting for all of these amazing bestselling authors with hordes of adoring fans to publish wide.

Isn't that the defining feature? If these guys (generic) are so amazing, why can't they make it wide?

Because somehow their success is related to KU, of course. For some, their stuff fits the KU readership to a T. For others, of course, they're abusing the system somehow.
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