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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

Product Description
Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by lyndabelle on Today at 01:11:33 PM »
I have different editors for different projects. Most of my editing costs for the shorts range from $25-$75. But for larger books, it's getting into the thousands. So, I know I'm going to have to change editors there. She's really good, but it's a bit much in price now. But I've been working with a local editor recently, and she's a bit lower in price, but great with development(which I think I needed more of). I've run out of savings, so I've been really looking on how to cut costs. Editing is my biggest expense with marketing following behind it.
Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by PermaStudent on Today at 01:05:32 PM »
Maybe people think they can't afford an editor.

Part of me wonders if the lack of quality editing is in part due to a lack of quality editors, or a deluge of inexperienced ones targeting indies.  When I found my current editor, I decided she was a keeper because her work is that good.  I've run into several, though, who charge more and deliver inferior edits.  One burned me badly.  I wonder how many authors have their book "edited" and never check the quality of the edit before publishing? Or else have had editing money stolen (or just received a bad edit without refund), and decided not to venture into those waters again?
Whenever I feel disheartened about this, I ask myself the following question: Do I want my novel's future to be in the hands of people who would accept/reject it based on my nomination-hustling abilities? Others may look at this differently, of course, but my answer is no. So, I decided early on to take the lone-wolf approach. After all, the reason I'm doing this in the first place is to avoid just throwing my work into the abyss for absolutely no one to see. Some of us need Kindle Scout to get the ball rolling.

Me too. And as an aside, it has made me use and connect with Twitter a lot better. Instagram too. That can only help. The lone wolf approach. I am going to remember that. Thanks.
Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by Caimh on Today at 12:54:34 PM »
 I now spend what would be just south of $2,000 on editing. That's a developmental, line and proof edit from three different professionals. I also have my ARC team hunting for typos and I do about 4 passes myself, outside of the passes where I go through the edits. Oh, and my wife reads it first and she is a former educational editor herself.
Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by Gabriella West on Today at 12:51:00 PM »
Me too. Interesting poll, though. I suspect people would have been spending MORE a few years ago.
I would not go for a cliffhanger, but I would leave things open about what might happen in the next book.  Leaving readers satisfied is always a good incentive for them to come back for more as your series progresses.  :)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Need An Editor? Try Held Editing Services
« Last post by TonyWrites on Today at 12:46:41 PM »
My 25% off sale has been extended to February 25, 2018.
Hi all. Just a quick note to let you know that the auto-scraper for KDP reports is up and running. Next up is ROI per book (for FB and AMS ad spends) and additional online markets' sales reports.  ;D

I write comedy thrillers / mysteries and I always tie up everything at the end - I think that's what the majority of readers would expect. (Certainly, all the comedy mysteries I've read were cliffhanger-free.) You might leave a little carrot dangling about what might happen in the next book (e.g. in one of my stories, the main characters get engaged at the end, so the next one naturally picks up during their wedding plans). But IMHO, leaving a loose end untied could increase the chance of bad reviews - and with humour, everyone gets their fair share of those anyway due to differing tastes in comedy, so why increase the risk? Also, if a reviewer complains that the story isn't tied up, it could put potential buyers off. Just my humble opinion. Good luck, whatever you decide.
If they liked the story, they'll hate the cliffhanger but buy the next book anyway. I guess to play it safe, I'd see how many thrillers have them.
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