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Messages - Clare K. R. Miller

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Photos in Scrivener
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:29:28 PM »
To get an image into the document, use File -> Import -> Files... (or shift+command+I). That's on a Mac--don't know about Windows.

You need the image to be in the document in order for the image tag that artofstu gave to work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What happened to your Nanowrimo 2013 novel?
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:10:29 PM »
NaNo 2012 and 2013 are both in my signature. (That is, I wrote the first 50k of those ~100k novels in November.) Solitary Star and Pole Star.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Pre-Orders: What we know so far
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:47:08 AM »
I guess I don't understand what you're saying about delivered. For every book I've ever bought other than a preorder, delivery is instant. It is sent instantly. I am charged instantly. The only time that is not true is if it's a preorder, or if my credit card has expired. I cannot have bought it at all if I wasn't on some form of internet.

When you place the order, don't you set which device to have it sent to? I usually set my orders to be sent to my Kindle Keyboard, which I keep disconnected from the internet by default. Then I have to turn the internet on in order for the book to be delivered. I could download it on any other device (or in the cloud) as well, but I would have to specifically say I wanted it there, and that would probably count as delivered.

I haven't, however, noticed whether my credit card is charged the day the order goes through, or the day I turn the internet on in order to download it to my device. Usually they're the same day.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Pre-Orders: What we know so far
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
Here is the work-around for that!
Instead of uploading your final draft on October first, just go into the dashboard with your final draft ready to go. Change the date first! Then it will tell you, in order to select that date, you must upload the final draft immediately. Upload it, and your good to go for October 5!

I did this on my last pre-order.  :D

Awesome! That's great to know--thanks for testing it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Pre-Orders: What we know so far
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:50:11 PM »
You guessed right.  I uploaded my final manuscript with 10 days to go, and my book stayed in Publishing status for the following 10 days.  I was completely locked out and couldn't change anything about it during that time, including my launch date.

That's interesting. I wonder if they've changed that or if you were just unlucky. When I had a book on preorder, I was able to go in and upload a new version (just a tiny change) during the 10-day wait. I just didn't look to see whether it was possible to change the publication date.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Pre-Orders: What we know so far
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:36:07 AM »
Here's a question: If you list your preorder with a release date and then upload your final version at the ten-day mark, can you still push the release date forward, so you don't have to wait the full ten days between having your book ready and having it for sale?

For example, say I set up a pre-order today that will go live on October 10. On October 1, I upload the final version. Can I then change the release date to October 5?

I'm guessing the answer is no, but it would be nice.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any DC, MD or NOVA Writers?
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:59:16 AM »
I just moved to Glen Burnie a couple of months ago. I'm not in any meetups. Getting places is tricky for me because unless the bus goes there (and it probably doesn't) I have to get a ride from my fiancÚ or roommate.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Um, is this allowed?
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:52:10 PM »
I guess it would be fanfic, but I'm not really sure how you'd classify that.

That would be known as RPF, or Real Person Fiction. It's pretty controversial even in the fanfic world...

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Whoa, that looks so awesome, Mark! And surprisingly inexpensive. Hmm. I may be able to justify one of those desks. It would be really great just to be able to change the configuration of my work area.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Preorder on All Romance?
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:15:52 PM »
Whoa, it's that easy?! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: YA Kobo Books
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:24:25 AM »
Oh, awesome! I'll post the first book in my YA trilogy. I would love to get some sales on Kobo! Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-order question
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:23:23 PM »
Hmm. I haven't received any such email and I just went into the "add book" page to see if I could add a preorder. The option still seems to be available to me.

Maybe their program that checks content detected that I had only changed a few words in the back matter and decided that I'm okay? Or maybe I'll get the email and loss of preorder privileges after my book goes live.

Either way, thanks for sharing the email, Sarwah2012. That's good to know.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-order question
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:11:21 PM »
It's now three days until my book is available, and the KDP dashboard shows a yellow band over that book, with no links available to edit. I thought that if I were unable to upload a new file, it would show within the "edit book details" page, but that page just isn't available at all. I'm glad to see that it's very clear that I cannot edit. I wonder if it's a standard rule, four days before the book is available no editing can be done (I didn't think to check yesterday), and KDP just doesn't want to tell us for fear of people taking advantage of it, uploading an unfinished file on the ten-day mark, and then failing to get the new one up before the four days.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-order question
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:33:08 PM »
I was able to update my book with the new version, with the changed title in the back. Cool.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-order question
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:20:14 PM »
That's great to hear, Kai!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-order question
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:02:20 PM »
They locked mine down 4 days before publication - I'd put up a draft cover along with my final draft but was planning to switch it to the finalised cover once it was ready but no can do  ::) I can't change anything again now until publication.

Do you mean that you were able to edit it after the 10 days had begun, but once it was 4 days from release you couldn't edit anything?

I have a book set for release on the 26th. I want to upload a new version because I just changed the title of one of my other books (terrible timing, I know, but I finally came up with a better one) and would like to change the title in the linked list at the end of the new book. It still looks as though I can upload new content, but I'm afraid of making Amazon mad at me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amending Pre-order dates?
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:06:16 AM »
Amazon does say that you can postpone the release after choosing a date, but you will then not be allowed to do another preorder for a year: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A3BZQWK1PSQ7ID

I would also be interested to know whether you can make the release sooner after uploading the finished manuscript. I wonder if they will make the window smaller for authors/publishers who have proven that they can get their finished books in on time. Ten days does seem like an awfully big cushion considering they usually take less than 24 hours to approve a book and you can't really do much during those ten days.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 50k words a day every day for 30 days
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:51:17 AM »
SunnySSSinger in the Philadelphia NaNo forums also writes this much. And she still finds time to participate in forums and chat. I haven't read her works, but others in the chat have mentioned that it's really good.

I can imagine typing that much (though I'm sure I would hurt)--but definitely not thinking that much in one day. Just amazing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A question of cover art...
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:59:33 AM »
I like the covers. They definitely say urban fantasy to me. The one thing is that in the size they appear on my phone, which is bigger than the thumbnails would be on Amazon, the word "Therianthrope" is utterly unreadable. I would not have remotely guessed what it said without the other posts. I would use a different font for that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you ever got a story idea from a dream you had?
« on: August 16, 2014, 06:27:18 PM »
I get lots of story ideas from dreams. Though, actually, none of them have turned into published works yet.

One of them almost did, but then I realized I had the wrong POV character and decided to start the series over--I'm actually still working out the new main character's arc, so that's not out yet.

It's fun to get story ideas from dreams, but I find they need a lot of work before they actually work as stories, since dreams can be so random.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener - for those who use it - list why
« on: August 16, 2014, 02:42:58 PM »
I can't find it right now, but I had a bookmark to an author who used Scrivener to format his ebooks and print books, and wanted his headers and titles and symbols and so forth to be consistent between the two, so he used image files rather than fonts and text within scrivener to make it happen.

Meaning, make a jpeg of the symbol you want to use for scene breaks and insert that as a graphic wherever in the document you want it. It should render on the Kindle or other device correctly.

I recently learned that you don't have to do that. If you import an image to your project, you can then tell Scrivener to use that as the scene break when compiling.

In Compile, go to the "Separators" pane. In the top section, "Text separator," select "Custom." Then put in the placeholder: <$img:ImageName> and replace ImageName with whatever you've called it in your project where you've imported it.

Credit where credit is due: I learned that (and some other tricks) from http://jeremyleejames.com/writers/scrivener-how-to-compile-with-style/.

And I don't know if this option is different on the Windows version. I've only ever used Mac.

It takes a while to get the formatting options right on Scrivener, but now that I've gotten my preferences worked out and saved as formatting presets (I have one for Kindle, one for epub, and one for Smashwords .doc--and yes, Smashwords has accepted it), formatting is a breeze.

Now, I have a question: a few people on this thread have mentioned turning off autocorrect so it doesn't change your words in weird ways. Where did you find that option? I would love to do that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help - pre-order mistake
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:10:00 PM »
Glad I could help!

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Wow, these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help - pre-order mistake
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:01:39 AM »
I'm uploading a book for preorder right now and on the first page there's a choice for "Select Your Book Release Option"--between keywords and cover upload--where you can choose whether your book is ready for release or you want to set it for preorder. When you select preorder, it gives you a calendar to choose the release date and then tells you when the final draft must be uploaded.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Where do you find fonts?
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:40:42 PM »
I use FontSquirrel. I've never had a problem using the fonts in GIMP on a Mac, though as SBright says, you have to restart GIMP after installing to have them show up on the list for you to use.

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