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Writers' Cafe / Re: What motivated you to publish your first story?
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:55:09 AM »
Writing a book was on my bucket list. I had no thought of publishing or making money or anyone else even reading it. On early retirement from my 3rd career, I sat down to fulfill that particular item on my bucket list. I was, and am, very proud of my first book. However, it lives only in my laptop and that's a good place for it. However, once I finished it, I had a burning desire to write a book I could publish. And so I did. It's never been a big seller even with a high review average. I wrote another and another until I had a series of three with each book a little better than the one before. I've sidelined with some short works since then, but am now working on a brand new novel. I'm writing it as a stand-alone. That may not be turn out to be the case because I already have ideas of future story lines popping into my head.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which of these makes more sense?
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:21:33 PM »
I like the second. It definitely made the guy more annoying and tossed a bit of gallows humor into the messy situation.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing m/m and m/f romance in one series?
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:02:39 AM »
Clarify something for me. Are you talking about books with both m/f and m/m relationships in each of them? OR... Are you talking about one book being m/f and another being m/m? If #2, I go back to my original reply. If you're doing both within the same book, I don't really see a problem.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing m/m and m/f romance in one series?
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:26:08 AM »
I'd recommend two totally separate series. Yes, some readers read both, but the majority don't. I'd also differentiate the series at first glance, whether that be with different pen names, or a sub-title that makes it clear which story a person is getting.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:16:56 PM »
Reminds me of a story about Target.

Like all big-box retailers, Target tracks customers' purchases. It then suggests other products based on predictive models.

One day, a father comes into Target and demands to see the manager. He's irate. His daughter, still in high school, had begun receiving ads in the mail for maternity clothes, baby clothes, cribs, etc. He asked the manager, "Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?"

Turns out, the girl was pregnant. Target "knew" it from her recent purchases.

Privacy indeed. lol

Yes, I forgot to include the admonition for said recluse to only use cash: no credit cards or checks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:58:06 PM »
Two points have come to mind as I've read this thread:
1-  Why are some people attacking the person who has made so much valuable information available to us the last couple years?
2-  Does anyone truly believe it's possible to keep our lives private in this information age? That is, unless you choose to become a recluse, never use the internet never put anything in writing anywhere, and talk as little as possible to as few people as possible.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Luck
« on: January 24, 2018, 12:16:47 PM »
Gene, you must be living right. Sometimes the ducks get in line even when geese get in the way. Glad to hear you had a good kick-off on your sequel.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Barnes and Noble finally getting its act together?
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:48:16 AM »
It is a given fact that digital books take sales away from print. Considering all the ebook formats available (Kindle, Kobo, Google, Apple, etc.), why does anyone think Nook Sales rob B&N brick and mortar stores of print sales? People choose print, digital, or audio. If they want digital, they will get it somewhere even if Nook, or a Nook app, ceases to exist. It seems like a good business move for B&N to capture some of that market. It's not going to affect print sales wherever readers get their digital copies.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:51:27 AM »
The $9.99 spike could be the result of all the authors wanting to price high without losing their 70% payout. In other words, they use $9.99 as the cap.

I took advantage of the free first chapter edit and am glad I did. She clearly read every word of my submission and offered both positive comments and points needing improvement. She didn't suggest anything I could disagree with. (Ha-ha, ended that sentence with a preposition. What would she have to say about that?)

I think this book is worth the investment of some dollars. I wasn't sure of the value of a developmental edit over a line/copy edit following my own revisions. I now see that value and hope I can fit it into my budget. Thank you, Rosalie.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:23:09 AM »
I'm looking forward to following this new project of yours. Please keep us posted with the good, the bad, the challenging, etc., along the way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:01:57 AM »
Rebellion. Is there a spark of rebellion inside her?
(from Beginning - Episode 1 Anna's Legacy)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking to give a little back...
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:51:35 AM »
Unfortunately, there are prbly plenty of things right outside your own door, a kid in your neighborhood who doesn't have winter clothes, your local fire station that doesn't have enough supplies for their volunteers, the food bank being low on groceries, a disabled woman next door who can't afford her electric bill, an old vet who would love to read your books and talk about the good old days, kindle's for the kids on the cancer or cardiac floor of your local hospital... even food and toys for the humane society near you..

I've run a lot of fundraisers in my time and as much as I hate to say it, the majority of charities don't plan right or don't know what they are doing so the majority of what is donated goes to overhead... besides, there's nothing like sitting in a restaurant and being able to pay for a cop or vet's meal when he is there eating alone to say thank you for all they do.

People are so used to passing it all on to let organizations do the work that a lot of your every day folks don't get the chance to see a true, generous act anymore.. sad since its contagious as hell!!
My husband and I call these 'random acts of kindness,' and we both feel really good doing them. Yes, all you have to do is open your eyes and ears and it's possible to contribute buckets of money in little bits here and there. Those little bits often make a huge difference in someone's life.
ETA: You can do a lot of good anonymously if you so choose. That's actually my favorite method since I'm not out for personal recognition.

I once did a radio interview. It was actually fun and the questions were interesting. I don't hold out much hope for a shot at television. By the way, I've read and enjoyed The Gardener of Baghdad and also recommend it to other American readers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: New To Kboards!
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:54:55 PM »
You will learn a lot here. Some days you need a thick skin, but there's a catch. Everyone really does care about helping you succeed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What genre would you describe this as?
« on: January 06, 2018, 12:22:49 PM »
I like the "political" descriptor in there somewhere.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who writes more than one book or story at a time?
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:59:23 AM »
Almost 3 years ago, my husband underwent open heart quadruple bypass surgery. His recovery progressed nicely; mine didn't. I couldn't all. I decided to break the stalemate by working on a totally different project, a light serial that was easy writing. It seemed a good idea at the time and did get me writing something. It turned out to be a big mistake for me though because, to date, I've completed just over half the episodes. On the plus side, I'm again working on the novel (slowly) that stalled out in his hospital room and have written a couple short stories. I will honor my commitment to the serial readers and complete all the episodes (way behind schedule), and I am excited about how the novel is going. Bottom line: I will never take on two big projects at the same time. New story ideas that take form in my head get a single paragraph in a folder for the future.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What genre would you describe this as?
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:39:17 AM »
I'm no genre expert, but where's the science fiction in this book description? Am I missing something?

Writers' Cafe / Re: About those also-boughts...
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:28:37 PM »
How long has your novel been active for sale (since actual publish date, not pre-sale date)? It's possible you haven't given it enough time to populate.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for everybody
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:05:09 PM »
My husband is supportive and, in fact, prods me to write more. He's pretty good at picking out places that could be stronger or are confusing. Other family members have a positive attitude to my writing but don't take it as overly serious. Friends either assume it's an amusing hobby or I'm making buckets of money. Wrong on both counts! No one has ever belittled my writing and all either like what they've read or are too polite to say otherwise. I suspect, make that know, a number of friends who claim to have purchased my books have not done so. That's OK. It's more comfortable for them to say they did. I'll never put them on the spot.
I have to add that my sister and my mother-in-law think I'm the greatest author they've ever read. :-*  Too bad there aren't more who agree.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3 years later
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:43:09 PM »
I, also, remember you and am glad to hear your world has righted itself again. You definitely experienced a triple whammy. I don't have any advice  (I'm still trying to figure it all out myself), but welcome back. Some old voices are gone; some new ones have joined in. The coffee pot and cookies are in the same place as before.

The Book Corner / Re: Sue Grafton R.I.P.
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:40:17 AM »
It's poignant that the title of "Z"was supposed to be "Zero" and was never written. Therefore, a zero to punctuate the completion of the series.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Merry Christmas to all!
« on: December 26, 2017, 05:36:46 AM »
Better be careful what you wish for. Perhaps you should modify the wish to 'a lot more GOOD reviews.'  ;) :D
Excellent point. :-*

From a straw poll, it seems there are very few from outside America. Interesting.
I'm actually surprised at the overall low percentage of responses from the U.S.

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