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Writers' Cafe / Re: Adventures in Hybrid Publishing
« Last post by Joshua Dalzelle on Today at 08:10:10 AM »
Is this hybrid publishing? Sounds like self-publishing to me?
Curious to hear how your campaign plays out. Good luck!

She's already a traditionally published author... this is the first foray into indie publishing.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Are you a minimalist writer?
« Last post by Muyassar Sattarova on Today at 08:03:23 AM »
I don't care about the number of words. Sometimes one word means more than a whole novel, sometimes - on the contrary.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Whom do you consider the best writer?
« Last post by ilamont on Today at 07:59:39 AM »
In scifi/fantasy, Gene Wolfe and Ursula K. LeGuin. True masters both.

Always on the lookout for overlooked/underappreciated authors in this and other genres.   

I write on my laptop because 1) my handwriting is atrocious and 2) I'm way faster at typing so I can at least keep up with my brain a bit better. I do my notes by hand though, and type those up later.
Writers' Cafe / Re: InDesign for KDP? Advice, please.
« Last post by Deke on Today at 07:56:40 AM »
There is a great tutorial on for using InDesign for print publication (in their case for Blurb, but works for any destination). I rewatch it almost every time I'm doing a print version. Very helpful.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Whom do you consider the best writer?
« Last post by Evenstar on Today at 07:55:45 AM »
Douglas Adams.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

I read those words and was never the same again. Genius!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Men writing as Women?
« Last post by CheriB on Today at 07:55:35 AM »

Speaking only for myself, I don't care what the gender of the author is. I knew JA Konrath was male when I picked up his series about a female detective (Jacqueline), and those stories are deviously fun. Many of my favorite female authors write male protagonists without worry, why should it be any different for men?

Sure, it's possible some readers will be dissuaded by your gender. And sometimes an alter-ego is useful when entering an entirely new genre. But if you'd rather keep a singular identity, just know there are plenty of readers who don't care what's in your pants, so long as your writing is good.

Also, Jena's advice about "male wish fulfillment" narratives is spot on.


Writers' Cafe / Re: InDesign for KDP? Advice, please.
« Last post by RTW on Today at 07:52:52 AM »
Check out Scribus. It's free and does all that InDesign does with respect to typesetting a book. There's a series of tutorials on youtube that explain how to use Scribus to typeset a novel.

Based on what Michael E. Henderson says in his How to Typeset a Novel in Scribus video, which I watched on YT, I was under the impression that hyphenation was a problem there as well. He says something like Scribus has an automatic hyphenation program, but he couldn't get it to work. If I would have to manually hyphenate an entire 100,000+ novel, it's really not worth the time, and I get a relatively okay-looking page from Word, whose hyphens I have to inspect and fix, but at least I have something to work with.

When I start selling a lot of paperbacks, I'll probably switch to InDesign, which, I believe, does automatic hyphenation pretty well. Although perhaps I'm wrong about that.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Music While Writing
« Last post by DDEric on Today at 07:52:21 AM »
Spotify's "Chill Lofi Study Beats" and "NO LYRICS - STUDY" playlists are great for that
Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« Last post by antcurious on Today at 07:51:08 AM »
There once was a mod on Kboard
Who was tasked with controlling a horde
So she told all the writers
To start being politer
But alas, she was simply ignored

However, they caused her much laughter
And lived happily ever after…

Or did they?

Haha, Evenstar you're awesome  :D (And I don't envy you your task!)
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