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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
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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:o   :o   :o

Sounds like your query accidentally went to another planet.

Yes I thought that too. Planet Doris Day where all books not in erotica have Rock Hudson as the lead, flowery pyjamas and twin beds  :D
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So my $59 giveaway went live on Saturday. It's the third day in and I currently have 61 people requesting and I am giving away 100 kindle copies.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/275553-the-last-motley

Very underwhelmed at this point. I did a physical giveaway a few years ago and got 500+ requests and one bad review out of it so I had not ventured to try it since then. I was lured out of my complacency by the prospect of giving away digital copies and not having to mail them. Also, my book is releasing Feb 6th so with the introductory pricing I figured I would give it a shot.

The one positive is that it has caused the book to be added to about 50 more "to-read" shelves and I don't recall that happening with the last giveaway. Seems like this is just a very high price, though, for getting the book on readers' shelves. From my experience, getting books on "to-read" shelves does not translate into a great number of sales.


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I can almost guarantee you that they aren't actually scanning your book for sex. Earlier this year, one of my books got thrown into erotica. It was ridiculous (but funny in hindsight). The book wasn't a romance, it was urban fantasy (of the non-sexy variety). The cover was a fully clothed woman with a sword. Every time I emailed to try and talk to someone (I even called), they sent me the same email back saying to remove the sexual content and republish. Only, there was zero sexual content. No sex. No foreplay. Nothing. No matter how many times I said that, they sent the same form letter back.

They never did say the real reason it was put into erotica. They just said that it was a better customer experience for the book to be in erotica  ::). I suspect it was the title of the book that caused an employee to put it into erotica (4 days before it was supposed to be published, so I couldn't do anything).

Just keep trying. They did eventually take me out of erotica, but the damage was done.

OMG that is so good to know. Thankyou.   I had been thinking I might need to start writing sex without using any sexual terms. I 've already spent a few sleepless nights staring at the ceiling trying to work that one out  ::)

That must have been SO frustrating.   :-[  The damage is done here too on my second book already but I'm trying to be pragmatic and work on what I can change and not on the mess that is behind me. lol. Wine helps too  ;)
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I say no for two reason. If the series is not linear and each is a stand alone how would a cliffhanger be resolved in a satisfactory way? If, as you say, the cliffhanger can be resolved simply by adding one more scene, then it's not really much of a cliffhanger (in the sense I would use); it's just yanking of the reader's chain.

Ymmv.
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Thanks everyone. The email said 12am EST Jan. 24th, so I'm in Nevada, so I'm thinking tomorrow night at 9pm my time.

We start at the same time. I'll be rooting for your book the entire 30 days, and joining you at the end in the waiting room!

As a weird side note, I checked my first campaign, and that one started on Wednesday the 24th, just like this one, only it was August 2016. 
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Reporting income from Amazon and Pronoun
« Last post by Cassie Leigh on Today at 02:38:38 PM »
Pretty sure Pronoun was relying on Paypal to make any required reports, which means if you're under Paypal's reporting threshold that you'll probably have to report that income without having a 1099 to use.
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If you think there could be overlap, then no harm in including them. If you don't, then leave them out. For example: I have eight pen names. For the romance pen names I do list the other romance pen names in the back matter. But I don't list the SFF names that aren't romantic and I don't list the non-fiction.
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As a funny fantasy writer I wouldn't dare closing a novel with a cliffhanger, nor have I ever read anyone do that in the genre. Then again, I'm trying to write a series of standalone novels (ie, shared universe with recurring characters/locales but independent main storylines) so the very essence of what I'm building goes against cliffhanger since those imply direct sequels.

One thing to keep in mind is that, depending on your writing style and genre, comedy can get stale and difficult to pull off the closer to the climax you get. In general I believe you actually profit from closing everything you can and starting over in your next book. At least that's my experience with some of my favorite authors in the genre (Pratchett, Adams, Rankin,) their books usually got a lot less funny - and therefore less interesting - around the climax because the heightened tension usually made funny stuff scarcer. Some people pull it off nicely (Snicket manages mostly in A Series of Unfortunate Events, partly because of how short those books are, and Riordan keep the spirits up for most of the original Percy Jackson & the Olympians,) but it is very difficult to pull of and in general the higher your stakes the harder it will be for everything to remain genuinely funny.
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Thanks everyone. The email said 12am EST Jan. 24th, so I'm in Nevada, so I'm thinking tomorrow night at 9pm my time.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 02:26:42 PM »
First, in the time since this thread started Vellum is used by fiction & non-fiction, so the previous commenter who stated that it was intended for fiction is wrong or perhaps misinformed.

While Vellum doesn't support tables in the traditional fashion this is easily solved and I've done it for all three of my non-fiction books and I plan on doing it for all future ones that use tables.

The secret?  Create the table in Word or whatever program you want and then create a JPEG or other image of the table. Then simply import that image into the proper location. The benefit of this is the table format and look won't be screwed up by ebook or other publishing formats/websites.

It's easy, clean and has worked beautifully in my books.
I have no doubt some nonfiction writers do use it, but it doesn't support a number of features nonfiction writers might find useful. Yes, a small enough table can be inserted as a jpeg, but Vellum also doesn't support footnotes or end notes, works cited pages or bibliographies, and appendices. All of those can probably be worked around, but software specifically designed for nonfiction would certainly include them.

Since Vellum does what it does very well (without requiring workarounds in most cases), I'm inclined to assume the developers had fiction in mind. Certainly, the examples on the website and in help are all related to fiction.
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