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Writers' Cafe / Would you bother with this format?
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:21:29 AM »
I have been toying with the idea of producing novellas or other shorts in a magazine format, as in, a4, two column, glossy cover etc. Possibly even illustrated. When attending shows/conventions/book fairs etc, these "quick reads" could be sold to readers who might not be willing to hand over novel paperback money. I was thinking where the novels are $20 or $30 generally here, I could stick these out at $5.

In interest of full disclosure, these are currently really not costing me anything. The equipment, the a3 colour copier, mountains of paper, toner, spare drums etc for the copier, hell, even my writing desktop PC, all are from an epic dumpster dive (permitted by the dumpster owner of course.) So apart from the time and the electricity, zero dollars outlay to produce by myself at home.  I consider that to be akin to the outlay of ebooks. But these are physical. Obviously when paper and toner runs dry, then it will start to cost.

On those terms, would you bother producing such an item?

On another front, if you were wandering about a convention and saw these, would you buy if you liked the blurb on the back? How much for?

Or is it all a stupid idea not worth the effort?

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Writers' Cafe / How to end up with a million dollars from ebooks...
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:12:06 PM »
...Start with two million! :P :P :P

Sorry... I'll see myself out.


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The Book Bazaar / The Cinder Chronicles - book 3 - Sand Rangers out now!
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:40:06 PM »
I'm thrilled to tell you that my third book in The Cinder Chronicles, which concludes the Rangers Trilogy, is now available on kindle!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07826H1CY

Series information and links to the first two books can be found at thecinderchronicles.com.

Thanks for reading!

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Sand Rangers is the third book in The Cinder Chronicles, and the thrilling conclusion to the Rangers Trilogy.

Symin, Ranger Scout and trusted academy advisor, leads our young heroes on an expedition to the desert city Horde, intent on unraveling the mysterious origins of Cinder. Along the way, the rangers will also uncover the secret truth of the flames, causing them to question who they are, and what they might become.

What other secrets have been hidden?

Treghan, Corilai, Marni and Fletcher will finally learn the truth of their world.

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Writers' Cafe / Writer or psychopath?
« on: July 06, 2017, 02:52:54 PM »
Sometimes we see interesting thread titles. Like today I saw "How to handle an execution," Which I am sure is an interesting thread. But it made me chuckle because I wondered how often writers look psycho by their threads and google searches. Sometimes, the authorities should they see them, must pause to ask the question: Author or psycho?

Any funny ones you've done? Share!

Things like:
Google search: At what temperature does human blood boil?

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Writers' Cafe / Stupid hands!
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:22:01 PM »
Sorry, just venting frustration. I am entering week five being off from my day job on sick leave, after that cursed episode in the dog park, and i still have pain and can not type with my left hand (or do much else besides). Five weeks at home where I could have gotten so much work done,  but between pain relief, physio exercises, and all the rest, scarcely a word most days.

It's driving me crazy! I get more writing done when I'm spending all day rushed off my feet at the day job!

It all goes to show, you don't know what might come along to strike you down, so whatever it is you want to do, do it now.

I don't care if it means another million books to be seen amongst, guys, if you're procrastinating that great inspiration, stop, write the damned thing while you can. Because nothing frustrates you more than wanting to and NOT being able to. Here's hoping I'm back on the horse soon.

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The Book Bazaar / The Cinder Chronicles book two - Ice Rangers
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:00:45 AM »
Ice Rangers is finally available!

http://www.thecinderchronicles.com/book-2-ice-rangers/

Ice Rangers is the second book in The Cinder Chronicles.

When Treghan, Corilai, Marni and Fletcher travel to the icy mountain city of Windwall to study under the cityís rangers, they find themselves thrust into the mystery of a rumoured gang of criminals hiding in the blizzard covered peaks.

Children have been kidnapped, young people are disappearing, and there have been a string of brazen thefts from the local landholders. With the situation looking perilous, the four are ordered to remain inside the city walls.

Sometimes, things happen that force a personís hand. And when those orders must be broken, it results in a perilous journey through ice and wind into the heart of the Everwinter Highlands.

Can they save those who have been taken, before it is too late?

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Writers' Cafe / Goodreads rating and review deletions
« on: October 01, 2016, 01:31:33 AM »
Has anybody else had this happen?

I spend very little time going to Goodreads, but I had accumulated a reasonable set of reviews and ratings across all my books. I have always had a strict no review policy for friends and family, and have never solicited reviews in any way. The collection of reviews I have are, therefore, very valuable organic feedback from real readers, and nobody else. Nothing paid, nothing rewarded with a free copy, absolute zip bribery or gladhandling. I pride myself on review integrity.

So you can imagine my surprise when I visit goodreads and find every review and rating on all my work deleted. It's not just one, or even ten. Every last review and rating, gone. Several years worth, nuked. That big fat 0 is staring back at me, and it is quite an upsetting thing to see.

Did I miss something? Or is this just a current glitch, and I shouldn't be worried? I could find nothing on GR to explain the situation.

Has anybody else observed similar things recently?

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Your Admin Team / Signature question
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:15:45 PM »
Hi guys,

I think I'm ok, but just wanted to check in. I have made some changes to my signature, which was originally created using your wonderful sig creator, to organise it a little, and in so doing have dragged in a couple of small images linked from my own web storage.

Is this still within the rules of Kboards? (see sig below)

Thanks in advance.

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Hi everybody. I wanted to start a discussion and see what people think of the whole multiple website thing. I'm not exactly a big time best seller, but I get a sales trickle, especially when I release something new. In terms of marketing, I have two websites related to my writing.

I have had an author website, with the name of my first novel, for a long time which I remodeled recently: www.suspendedearth.com 
    (Domains related to my name had been sat on by others for years, which is why I went that way. Mr Mortimer is a character in all sorts of things, so getting M R Mortimer was never going to happen.)

The other site I launched a few months back, and is devoted entirely to my new fantasy series: www.thecinderchronicles.com

I hope they both appeal to readers. The dedicated series site seemed to improve the initial on release sales spike for book one, compared to simply announcing it on the author site, but after a few weeks the same drop off has occurred as normal. Even so, I am calling it a successful site as the rest of my marketing plan was identical. The dedicated site had a noticeable impact. But paying for a domain for each book would be crazy! Book two in the series will be released later this year, and I will be curious to see how things go there, with it launching via the series website. That noticeable impact? Very impressive - three weeks sales more than eclipsed the full first year for the last release. If those readers come back for book two, I'm calling it a success, even if the cliff is high and the fall fast.

I am toying with the idea of doing sub domains with dedicated sites for each of the SF trilogies I have planned. Obviously the cinder chronicles will remain one site for that entire series. I will be writing an SF book that adds on and turns two of my stand alone novels with the same characters into a trilogy at some point, so I will be building a separate site on a sub domain for that, just to test if the "series dedicated" website is better for marketing than an overall author site. The one so far seems to point to yes, but I want to try a second time to get a clearer picture. I'm not sure if sub domains will work as well as a dedicated dot com, but they are easier on the budget - and you can use one while building the site, then attach a dot com later.  All of this is stuff I will be playing around with over the next 12 to 18 months.

So does anybody have experience with book specific and series specific websites? Do you find them worth having? Or do you feel sticking with a single, all in one place author site is just so much easier? I currently own four domain names, and pushing out into a massive number of additional sites could get expensive, though worthwhile if in time the marketing pays off as I hone my skills. That said, has anybody tried sub domains? Are they a waste of time?

Based purely on my book one launch for the new series, I think this idea of a series site independent of the author page is worth investigating further.

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Writers' Cafe / The cover signature assessment game thread!
« on: May 07, 2016, 03:26:27 PM »
Ok, so a lot f us have covers in our signatures. Some of us pay for them, some of us make them ourselves, some of us know exactly the score on covers, some of us think we do, some of us know we don't and some of us just don't care. I know mine aren't the greatest, but they aren't the worst either.

So for those who do care, this thread. Look at the sig of the poster before you, and answer the three questions below:

Which cover grabs you the most?
Which cover do you think would sell the most?
Which cover do you think would sell the least?

You don't have to explain your choices, but if you do, just a few words please. If the poster above you has no sig, go to the one before them. Over time, I hope this thread generates a real user cross section of what works to demonstrate to all of us where we can improve our covers. If it gets huge I may create a nice pdf summary to attach to the first post As a neat reference. Or not, we'll see how it goes.

If the poster above you only has one cover, combine it with the poster above them, but please state a few words about it in that case to give them an idea why you do or don't pick theirs.

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The Book Bazaar / Flame Rangers (The Cinder Chronicles book 1)
« on: April 30, 2016, 05:00:27 AM »
As a change from my usual SF, my first Fantasy novel is now available on kindle, kobo and in paperback. www.thecinderchronicles.com/flamerangers/ for information and links to various stores.

Treghan watches as his brother amazes the people of Judd Village with his flaming prowess, and his family hopes to see Fletcher admitted to the academy. Meanwhile Treghan is barely able to spark with his white flames. He is weak, he is a burden. He is to blame when Fletcher is rejected. In a rash moment, Treghan decides to run, leaving his abusive family forever.

Corilai has a dark power. Her black flames are awakening, and they are terrifying. She can not control them, and as she sleeps, they burn fierce and menacing. Chased from her only home by an angry mob, she finds herself alone and lost in an unforgiving world. Then she meets Treghan, and both their lives are changed forever.

Falling into the midst of an armed rebellion, they must fight to find their destiny, and ultimately work together with their friends to end the uprising before it is too late. Both for themselves, and for the nation of Cinder.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EZGTR58/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk

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Writers' Cafe / new genre new website?
« on: March 06, 2016, 02:02:29 AM »
Hi! I was wondering if I could get some thoughts about thIs.

I have been writing science fiction for years, but now I have finally embarked on a fantasy series, the first book being in my editors hands. I have been working on a new site dedicated to the fantasy series on a subdomain, but I still have the wip page on my sf author site for the first book. Would you keep a page there, with just a link to the dedicated site, or with all the usual information, or just remove it altogether? Do you consider sf and fantasy close enough to not worry, or far enough apart to keep them separated?

http://cinder.suspendedearth.com - the fantasy site
http://www.suspendedearth.com - the sf site

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The Book Bazaar / Longarm Severed on sale - 99c on kindle. (SF)
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:11:59 AM »
Longarm Severed - on kindle for just 99c for a limited time! (Science Fiction)

Theodore Longarm is a convicted criminal. A murderer, terrorist, and smuggler, he must live out his days in prison.
This is no ordinary prison. With his memory destroyed, but knowing the full extent of his crimes, Theodore must find the truth of his past, and his future.
All while knowing he was a monster.
What does it mean to be human?
How much can he lose, or gain, and still be him?
Everything has a cost. Is freedom worth the price?

http://www.amazon.com/Longarm-Severed-M-R-Mortimer-ebook/dp/B00UPRYYYG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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The Book Bazaar / Aussie Spring Holiday Sale!
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:36:10 PM »
Hi there everybody!

I'm having a little holiday and spring just hit Australia, so to celebrate, I have put all my titles on sale at US99c on kindle and Kobo! (Other countries and currencies priced according to current exchange rates used by the stores in question) Just thought I'd stick my head in and tell you all. If you missed any releases, now is the time to grab them! Sale will run for the rest of the month.

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Writers' Cafe / Profile pics? Are they important?
« on: May 23, 2015, 03:40:20 AM »
A few months back, when everybody was having heart attacks about facebook's changes to their policy and ownership clauses for stuff posted there (one of the several times this sort of hysteria has enveloped the web) I pulled my author photos and such from my various profiles, wondering what difference it would make. Since then, with my wonderful pets forming my image around and about, and book covers taking up the ones the animals missed, sales plummeted. It was rapid, and directly followed the removal of identifiable images from social media profiles. The reduction in regular sales figures has remained ever since.

I think that this made me, the man behind the books, invisible to potential readers. I am hoping to reverse these fortunes a little, but I was wondering if anybody had any similar (or contrary) experiences to tell us about. Is there a "style" of photo that seems to work better? or does it not matter, so long as there is a face for the name?

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Hi people of KBoards!

Like a few other recent arrivals, while wandering about the net I spotted this place named as a good board. Good boards about books are places I want to lurk, so I am here to lurk. I will of course post occasionally, but life is a busy thing. I quite like the look of this friendly place so far, so I am sure I will fit in nicely.

You will likely see me in the writers cafe chatting about things, given that writing is something I am shamelessly guilty of. That said, I love a good read, and so I will most certainly lurk around the other areas of the boards as well.

Now, since we've done the pleasantries, I am off to read some discussions!

I hope to get to know you all soon :)

Martin.

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