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Writers' Cafe / Re: What genre is Dallas?
« Last post by KelliWolfe on Today at 07:47:32 PM »
It's called Game of Thrones.  ;D
Writers' Cafe / Re: What genre is Dallas?
« Last post by Paranormal Kitty on Today at 07:36:35 PM »
If you wrote something like this, but set it in a fantasy realm with magic and dragons, I think it would do very well.
Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by Karen on Today at 07:35:19 PM »
Writers' Cafe / Re: Not quite dirty words question . . .
« Last post by KelliWolfe on Today at 06:48:22 PM »
I use freakin' in my sweet YA romances that have no naughty language. Nary a complaint so far.
"I'm scratching myself because I'm the only one who knows where it itches."

Writers' Cafe / Re: How did you start writing fiction?
« Last post by C. Gold on Today at 06:32:55 PM »
I was visited in the middle of the night by someone calling himself Darth Vader and he said he would melt my brain if I didn't ask Lorraine to the prom...

...wait, wrong question...

I began writing fiction out of spite for my Grade 9 English teacher who did not approve of the "dark" premise I'd originally presented to her for a short story we'd been assigned to write. Upset over my first idea being turned down (probably something to do with a serial killer, I was a bit of a dark kid), I went home thinking "I'll show her" and launched into writing this horribly sarcastic and completely over-the-top saccharine story about a bunch of happy fairies who danced and sang all day long in the land of sugar grasses and cinnamon trees.

Pretty awful stuff.

Anyway, I remember barely passing that assignment, but the fiction writing bug had bitten and thirty years hence I've never looked back.  8)
What is it about discouraging English teachers? I had one who said we could write anything in the first five minutes of class as we 'warmed up'. So, I began my epic fantasy serial about the fall of Atlantis. Two days of that and the teacher said, "Oh, I meant expository writing." So I wrote a very sarcastic EXPOSITORY essay on how unfair it was to force us to write EXPOSITORY when we were told we could write anything. All proper grammar and all that since I was quite good at writing BS papers.  ;D The teacher never said boo, which did impress me.

Hmm... Maybe I should write that story and dedicate it to the anonymous teacher (don't remember who it was or even their gender at this point!)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« Last post by Evelyn Alexie on Today at 06:30:52 PM »
I thought I was making no progress at all, but I added the words up and it came to 1780. :)
Poetics - Aristotle
Elements of Style - Strunk & White
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - Renni Browne &‎ Dave King
The Writer's Journey - Christopher Vogler
Techniques of the Selling Writer - Dwight V. Swain
On Writing Well - William Zinsser
Style - Joseph M. Williams
Stein On Writing - Sol Stein
The Emotion Thesaurus - Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
Write Your Novel From The Middle - James Scott Bell
Zen in The Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury
Steering the Craft - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Philosophy of Composition - Edgar Allan Poe
On Stories - C. S. Lewis

Hi Guys, I'm Dave the creator of the Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator.  I actually have a section on that page that talks about this, but since I saw two people run into this this week, I have moved that part to the top of the article to help explain what it is, and how to fix it.  You can find the generator with this blurb at the top here:

Or for ease, I've copied and pasted it here:
IMPORTANT: Amazon Complains of "Invisible Characters"
If when you go to publish your book description, and Amazon says "no" and responds with something like "Description may not contain invisible characters" this means that there are some <><> tags that don't have anything in between the two "<>" and they must be removed before Amazon will be okay.

About a year ago, Amazon made this change.  That's why sometimes when you go to update your KDP dashboard, a book description that you used to have that was acceptable, won't be now.    

So, remove these and your description will be completely fine!

How Did Invisible Characters happen?
If you had something in the book description generator above, and formatted it, but then deleted it, the Generator will remove the words but won't remove the formatting tags, thus leaving something like <ul></ul>.  Amazon sees the code, but nothing in between them so it calls it invisible code.    

Examples of what to look for: 
Good:<h2>These words will be bigger</h2>

BAD: <i></i>
GOOD: <i>this phrase is italicized </i>

So, look for where there are some <><> with nothing in between them and remove them and you should be good to go.  
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