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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:06:25 AM »
Fantastic setting! I do my best writing sitting on the dock at our summer lake home.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Appearances Matter
« on: April 29, 2018, 05:01:28 AM »
I write and publish under my own name: Sheryl Fawcett. I'm certain it would be a safe assumption that creating the imprint, Fawcett Publications, would be considered infringement and not allowed. Maybe I could use Fawcett Cheesecake Books. ;D  (Just kidding, of course.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:50:28 AM »
Moving in and getting the last book published took a lot of wind out of my sails and I quickly fell a week behind on getting started on this new book. But Enduring Charity was launched on schedule, I'm nearly all moved in, and getting down to serious work. Monday, August 27th is my new target date for the eBook release of Rising Force. I'm half a day ahead of schedule.

Moving into another house? Or just moving into a different office?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:45 AM »
I hope that 'light finger' includes posting here often.  :D

I concur! And do please share with us whatever beats that finger detects.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wow, anyone not rorting the system???
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:10:35 AM »
What's the fix? Same as with any business you're trying to get off the ground: do a good job, treat your customers fairly and rinse and repeat.
Bottom line, from me to you as someone w/a degree of success at this and a wealth of experience?
Limit your time here, on FB etc and write 2K/day if you're looking to eventually have this be your living. It's soo worth it to pay the dues getting good at this craft, and then good at the other side, the marketing. As a new writer, that, that, THAT is what will give you the most effective ROI on your time.
Desmond, I started to quote your entire post but decided to zero in on your conclusions. You have always been able to cut through the noise and give solid common sense advice. Thank you. I'm fully aware you don't post here as often as you once did. Neither do I, for that matter. Yet I still read every word of every post you make. You are one of a small group that fit in that "must read" category for me.

I use Facebook personally and also have an author page. So, I am a user. However, I would NEVER sign into anything (especially something password protected or something that had to do with my income) through Facebook or any other social media site. Go direct every single time if you want to protect anything.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:49:28 AM »

Boyd, you have a special talent for finding the perfect post to fit the moment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:56:08 PM »
Note to Atunah and Crebel: Many writers value your input. I, for one, have missed seeing your posts. Please reconsider. There are haters everywhere. Ignore them and join the rest of us here in WC. At the core, we are a friendly and welcoming group who work to improve our own writing and market skills for the purpose of better results. Who could possibly be more helpful than the readers we are trying to reach?

Edit to correct a punctuation mark. Yes, I know, overkill.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Genre: Coming of old age
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:09:00 PM »
My chronological age might make you think of some of the stereotypes mentioned in this thread. THAT'S NOT ME! I'm extremely healthy, I'm trim, and I'm in good physical shape. My husband and I travel a lot (active vacations), three miles is a casual walk, we boat and do our own boat maintenance as well as yard work. I make sure my thinking and attitudes stay young. My granddaughter, who is about to turn 21, and her friends want to take me bar-hopping. No, not as designated driver (they'll call Uber for that) but as a participant because I'm fun. I do often write about mature characters, baby boomers, whatever you want to call them. However, they're also active and involved. I may be older than I used to be, but I am definitely not old!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Too much dialogue, not enough description
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:35:29 PM »
If you are substituting dialogue for action, or using it for an info dump, then you need to re-evaluate. Long periods where the only thing going on is people talking tends to get boring.
Also, many of you are substituting the word description for narrative. Sure, the narrative can include description, but it's so much more than that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: trad publishing called and I picked up the phone
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:17:45 AM »
As with others, I look forward to hearing updates on your journey. Congratulations! I would think utilizing different (varied) approaches has to turn out to be more profitable.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding Other POV's After Third Book?
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:06:32 AM »
I see no issue with different POVs so long as the reader knows whose head he/she is in. Jodi Piccoult did it with chapter headings. Some do it with dates and places. Some simply initiate a new scene or chapter making POV clear in the first few lines.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:47:24 PM »
This is a good reminder of when the book is done, it is done. I see too many writers stretch a story out for a higher word count. The reader recognizes a page turned turning into skimmer bait.

Why do you want people buying the omnibus instead of buying the series as separate books? Yes, the savings will appeal to many readers, but you make more money off the individual sales.

Writers' Cafe / Re: D2D Author name issues
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:45:33 AM »
But, here's the risk. Assuming you successfully use the single name through one vendor, what happens in the future? Do you spend time, money, etc. establishing a name now that can't stand the test of time? Eventually, you'll want to tap into other vendors. What then? Will your readers recognize that name with an added first or last name.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't keep a straight face in my writing...
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:49:29 AM »
I originally read the OP as referring to his own facial expressions. My husband tells me he can tell when my character is angry, or sad, or happy, simply by watching my face as my fingers tap away on the keyboard.

Take a bit of time to "savor the moment." Congratulations! Enjoy!

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:00:27 PM »
Oh wow! I just saw this thread. My mom moved in with us at the end of October in 2017, had several hospital stays for pneumonia and sepsis, and subsequently passed away on Jan 31. Needless to say, my writing schedule and production went out the window. For the last couple weeks I've been trying to get back into the swing, but haven't been able to. I'm not beating myself up over it, but I am looking for ways to shift back into work mode. 5000 words a week seems doable. I'm going to go back to the beginning of this thread and read through to the end so I can find out where everybody is in their journey. So, so happy to be here!
Sorry to hear about your mother. It is hard to get going again after major life events. This is a good thread. No pressure. Lots of accountability if you so choose. Wayne is an excellent example of work ethic and living life at the same time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books haven't you written?
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:59:00 AM »
I've already concluded I can't live long enough to write them all. I jot down a few lines of each fresh new concept, but... (see first sentence :) ).

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.

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