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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sharing pain.. deleting large chunk of WIP
« Last post by VanessaC on Today at 10:52:12 AM »
It says something about my previous writing "process" that I thought, "oh, that doesn't sound too bad".  But I do sympathise - it's always unpleasant having to delete any words you've crafted with care.

I think @Simon above beats this hands down, but thought I'd share my biggest deletion. 

For my current project (fingers crossed will actually publish later this year!), book 1 was a monster and although not the first story I had ever finished, it was the first one I really, really learned from. I have done at least three major rewrites on it - at one point it was a very flabby 120K words.  I then rewrote it - from scratch - so basically I've chucked out 120K words, and it's now much trimmer closer to 80K words.

I can't feel sad about the process, or the decisions to re-write, as it's improved the book and I've learned a lot!  Now a reformed pantser - outlines are my friend.   ;D
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sharing pain.. deleting large chunk of WIP
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 10:36:15 AM »
I'd recommend forging ahead and finishing the draft, especially if you've had false starts before. Well done on the 40k, too!
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(Snip) The only time you should take negative reviews under consideration is when there are a lot of them with similar complaints. Then you need to really example the nature of those reviews and determine what the problem is.

I had 'serialized story' in my blurb, but at the bottom.  After two 1 star reviews (in the same day) after a promo, I moved it to the top of the blurb.  Hopefully, that will be enough of a warning for future readers.  Along with the reviews...   
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sharing pain.. deleting large chunk of WIP
« Last post by FelissaEly on Today at 10:31:57 AM »
I'm a first time writer (it's hard not to be inspired to write when your husband has published 10 full length novels) I've had a lot of false starts that caused me to immediately stop because the words didn't feel 'right'. I finally got over that and wrote 40k in 7 weeks (not done writing yet) but there's a mid-point scene that makes more sense to be the end of the book as it would be better explored in a second book. So now I'm debating a complete rewrite because I don't know if everything before this crucial mid-point scene would work since what was written prior was leading up to it! ARGH. haha

My current plan is to finish it as written just for the experience of completing a WIP, but now I also have a different story in my head with the alternate ending... we'll see!

And although it hurts, it seems like a lot of the responses here say it made for a better book in the end, I'm hopeful!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can anyone explain NetGalley to me?
« Last post by Bards and Sages (Julie) on Today at 10:30:15 AM »
No. The reviewers aren't actually curated on NetGalley at all. Anyone can sign up.

But not everyone is accepted (unless they have changed their policies recently, as I know people who tried to get accepted and were denied). Unlike the majority of "services" where all you need is an email address, NetGalley does at least make sure that the reviewers are real, individual people.
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This is one of the reasons to have an ARC list.

You can't stop malcontents from beating on you in the reviews. But you can reduce their comments' visibility. When you launch with 40 or 50 positive reviews from your ARC list, three things happen...

  • you insulate yourself (and your average review rating) from negative reviews
  • your ARC members tend to leave detailed comments, which attract "likes" from other customers
  • the mass of positive reviews acts as a cue to other customers, encouraging them to leave their own positive reviews (further insulation)

Will other people "like" the malcontents' attacks? Sure. Some people want to see the world burn. Ignore them.

This is such good advice, I'm not surprised at all everyone in this thread has ignored it so far and would rather moan about mean reviewers.
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Like I said, OP, some authors are petrified of "leaving money on the table." You'll have to decide if you're one of them or if you're willing to take some chances. Good luck.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think I'm done with plotting
« Last post by Sebourn on Today at 10:24:48 AM »
I've never liked the term "pantser," but I'll own it.  I usually dive in with nothing but a character, a setting, a vague idea about some sort of conflict, and a prayer.  I discover as I go and clean it up over the next two or three drafts.  I think I discover more of the story's potential this way, turn over rocks I doubt I'd have even stumbled upon if I'd outlined it all ahead of time.  Because when you're "pantsing" the first draft, you're actually experiencing the narrative with your characters, as opposed to looking at everything like a god, from the top down, when composing an outline.

Now, like many, I do begin to scribble some notes about characters and upcoming events once the story really starts to take form. I can't imagine tackling a novel with nothing to help keep me organized.
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I've noticed that the number of scammers trying to post comments to my blog has dropped at least 90% in the last year or so. They've presumably found that Facebook is far more useful to them than blogs.
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Every series is different, of course, but I'd stay at 4.99 if your books are a good length and high quality. I've had quite a few Bookbubs, and always came out with more earnings if I kept the other books regular price.

This^^

The last 4 Bookbubs I've done for a free book, I've kept the rest of the series at $4.99 or $5.99 and was happy with the results. Free books are great tools, but it's not just about how many free downloads you get; it's about attracting new readers who will invest time in you by buying the rest of your books. You're already giving them a good taste of your work and hopefully hooking them with your free book via the BB. Yes, you'll likely do more sell-through if you reduce your other books to $0.99, but are you looking for new readers who want free books + possibly buy a $0.99 book, or are you hoping to cultivate fans who will buy at regular price? I feel like giving the first book for free and then reducing the rest gives the readers an expectation about your regular book prices; will they buy your next new release at full price, or will they only wait for a sale/freebie version? I only use $0.99 in very specific situations, but not in conjunction with a free run. I know it's not a prevailing opinion around here either, but I also price new releases at regular price. I'm of the mind that when you're in the midst of a situation where you are likely to see a rush of sales (A Bookbub for a freebie, A BB for a $0.99 sale, or a new release), then that is the time to sell at regular price.
My end goal is to find readers who enjoy my work and will buy it at regular price. I'm not a huge seller, but I consistently do okay and am at this gig full time. Sadly, I can't maintain that with a list full of readers who expect my books to be priced at $0.99. Not saying this is the best way or the only way, YMMV. JMO.  ;)
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