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I paid for the AMS ad management they do and it was not effective - I think I was down a buck or two in the end.

I'm suspicious that rather than giving quality, they shot for quantity on this one....

So...all they did was manage the ad? You had to pay for the ad? How about the free cover? Did you get it?

For a $20 donation claim to give a bunch of stuff. Ebooks, coupons, course etc, but what caught my eye was:

Free Cover at $100 Covers
AMS AD $49
Book Promo $29

Has anyone tried this deal for $20?

And that's how you learn to give them a paperback link.

Where do you find that link? On Amazon after you publish through Createspace? And link your book?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Accepted to Bookbub for the first time (Advice please)
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:31:21 AM »
Congrats, first of all!

Add in (if it isn't too late) another cheaper promo each day (not all on the same day, nor on the BB day) so they sales will slowly build, triggering Amazon's algos to help sell it.

Make sure your following books in the series are reasonably priced so you'll have a good read-through and more sales, but more'll build a bigger fan base!

Best of luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: First draft is done. Now what?
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:28:23 AM »
Send it off to beta-readers and let them clean it up and tell you what's wrong/right about it. Then start working on the sequel. Once the first is as polished as you/betas can get it, find a decent editor and let them perfect, while you also look for a cover artist.

Repeat that 2 more times with books 2 & 3 before you even think of publishing for 2 important reasons.

1) Amazon algos will propel the drop of a book a week, more than just one ever 6 months-year.
2) Readers are voracious & will want to chew through the next books if they like your characters. If you wait too long, they'll forget about you or will be on to other writers with lots more books.

Best of luck! Hope this helps!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 31, 2018, 04:49:19 AM »
I'm really not for writer's including "rape" scenes in space opera/sci-fi books. Not to offend any writer that has done it, but I find it distasteful. Thrillers, horrors or situational dramas? Yes, there you would expect to see something like that. But when I'm reading a space opera etc., I really don't want to see something like that and I don't think other reader's of the genre do, either.

However, mere mention of it happening in the character's past in order to build "character empathy" (and really make us care about that character) then I'm all for it. Just don't include graphic detail.

Just IMO..

Ah, that's too bad. If you can recommend a good blurb writing service please let me know.

Brian Cohen is excellent at blurbs. You may find a few free webinars floating around out there, but he is pretty reasonably priced. Do check him out. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:13:23 PM »
I hope so! That's what my husband and I are writing.  ;D
Me, too!  8) Best of luck on your launch, guys!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:16:56 AM »
We are only in the early adoption phase of powerful heroines in space.

Good to hear you say this, Evenstar! I'm writing a trilogy right now with a female commander as the main protagonist! :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:08:49 AM »
Sci-fi & Fantasy mashups! Like Space Opera with magic.


Sorry it took me a bit to get back here. I've been hella-busy writing my space opera series. Unfortunately, I don't have good news and have to be negative...but.

Since I'm so busy, I only had time to skim through the edits. With just that light pass, I did not feel the service was worth it, even at the cheap price--which I am seeing it has been raised considerably probably due to an influx of clients.

I didn't feel comfortable posting what I thought - did I mention I hate negativity? So, in all fairness, I had an editor friend who had some time on their hands look it over for me.

I will share just the facts.

The book/edits were passed through both a program and the editors eyes, revealing mistakes and inconsistencies that were missed, along with some of the editing content my friend did not agree with. Any line editor should have picked up much more than what was found.

I appreciate the cheap service (we all know what good editing costs and that is for a reason) and understand that everyone needs to make a living, but not at the expense of others trying to make a living.

But both I & my friend feel that other writers that are just starting out should not fall into this trap. A couple beta readers could have done better, and they do it for the love of reading-zestfully. (Sorry, couldn't resist the silly word.) I will not be using this service again. Once my $45 fee for the 2-books-edited-a-month award has been collected on Patreon, I will cancel the service.

I wish Roxanne & her team all the best and ask that they do better in the future, even if that means charging more.

So, please remember: You get what you pay for.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3000 Words a Day Club
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:57:20 PM »
3,063 woot, woot! I know I should keep going but I'm dawg tired! Happy writing, guys!

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3000 Words a Day Club
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:37:35 AM »
Been sick all week...

Drink tons & tons of water, Stacy. It'll help flush it out of your system quicker. I think that's why I never (luckily) get sick. Feel better! Great word counts!

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3000 Words a Day Club
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:04:06 PM »
3,505 tonight! Feeling like a Boss!  8) LOL! The last few nights I haven't felt comfortable posting here because I didn't quite breach 3,000. I still did close. 2,700 one night, 2000 another, etc. But tonight the stars were aligned! I'm ahead of my project and moving right along! There's something to be said about re-plotting when something just isn't working! Happy writing, guys! See ya, tomorrow! (I hope!)

Writers' Cafe / ALIGNABLE: Is anyone using this platform?
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:31:10 AM »
I'm doing some major cleaning of my desktop, email, folders, etc. and I came across the Alignable site that I'd signed up for. I don't see any writers on it. Is anyone using this? Does anyone think it'll be worth the time & effort to reach readers?

I just signed up on Patreon for the $45 line edits on 2 books in 7 days! I'm looking forward to reporting back here with good news!

We all know how difficult editing your own work in any capacity can be and offering this service at such a great price is most appreciated! Like many above have said, $45 is crazy! So, it's worth a try, right?

See you all in a week!

Writers' Cafe / Re: LOOKING for scene OPINIONS...
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:55:10 AM »
Thanks guys  ;D for all your help!

Writers' Cafe / Re: LOOKING for scene OPINIONS...
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:53:38 AM »

So my advice would be to ditch any sort of "contest" idea.  Frankly, that sounds more like a dystopian trope to me anyway, like The Hunger Games or The Running Man or something.  Make your characters fight their way clear and kill a bunch of villains along the way.  Splatter some guts across the bulkheads in zero-g.   ;D

Just my two cents.  Good luck.   :)

This did it for me.  8) My initial idea of the three tests was something that had been placed there and no one accessed it centuries, etc. I plotted more and more, I thought the same thing: Dystopian Trope. Mine is a space opera and while I'm not afraid to dare to be different, the readers may not feel the same. And after all...they're what's important. Also, I think I've built enough suspense throughout it to keep 'em hooked.

Thanks! This is exactly what I'm talking about in the post! Most appreciated! *bro-hug back-atcha*

Writers' Cafe / LOOKING for scene OPINIONS...
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:12:10 PM »
Hey guys! I'm really loving Kboards! I feel like I'm no longer all alone, sitting at my dining room table with no one to turn to for guidance! Everyone's been really awesome. I only wish I'd participated sooner! I'm all about caring & sharing, and do my best to help others lower on the ladder in their writer-journeys! I finally found a place with that in abundance for me!

So...the opinion needed.

I have two ways to go in this juncture of my novel. My characters are stuck on a planet and I'm faced with throwing them one of two ways of getting to freedom.

1) They can fight (and figure out new things) through three wards. Each less desirable that than the last.


2) They can go through 3 tests in order to receive a ship to freedom. The tests would be themed trials.

In your opinions, which do you think the readers would enjoy most?

I'm stuck. I've plotted it with the 3 tests, but it was hard (forced) when I came to the tests and now that my characters have lives of their own, as I'm sure many have, I've veered a little off plot course. Which is fine, because I love when that happens and the writing is better.

Thanks in advance, guys!  ;D

 :o WOW! Thanks guys! There is seriously some awesome suggestions, clarifications and informative posts here! I appreciate that! I like them all and am seriously thinking about either just making it the 1st chapter so I can avoid it altogether and adding a prior date as someone suggested, then chapter two in the present or...Using the info in an enticing way in my marketing.

Really helpful (and some seriously funny shiznit) suggestions! Thanks again! :D

Writers' Cafe / NEED ADVICE: I'm Launching a Space Opera in Spring
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:06:55 PM »
Should I wait to launch the new website I've created along with the books? Or, should I launch now and use it as an extra platform to get readers excited?

I'm not sure what you mean by this, but it sounds like you're insulting your target audience.  If that's not your intent, then you might want to clarify it a bit.

Oh no, not at all and I don't see how my comment does that. But through the research I've done, genres have different types of readers. For instance, readers of space opera aren't as concerned with the science behind things as their counter part audience, hardcore science fiction readers want solid or at least plausible explanations on how things work.

I've read from many successful author in the space opera community that their readers rarely call out their typos, grammar mistakes and such, because they are more into the story. Now, if you miss hitting any tropes in space opera, they're all over it and you'll see lower starred reviews.

That is all I meant and hope that clarifies my comment. I don't want to anger the audience with a prologue if it isn't what they're expecting. I want them to keep reading and if they roll their eyes at prologues, that won't happen.

There are some great ideas above that I'll have to think over. :D

I'd say use your instincts to determine whether you need to impart certain information before the story starts or if it's something that can be divulged as it progresses.

Thanks, Joshua. This (and also everyone's input) is very helpful I should've explained the situation a little better, but this hits it.

The current world (and story) I want to tell is the result of something that happened in the past. I didn't want to focus on the past by building it into the story. The bad event already happened and I may do a short story of it, but I really didn't want to clog up the action of this book.'s essential for the world (and reader) to know, so it's a small info dump. I spread it out a little so it wasn't so "dump"  :P ! LOL! Had to say it!

So I researched a little and found that most sci-fi readers don't mind the prologue. Think the scrolling screen at the beginning of Star Wars and how they almost comically did it with every story thereafter like a joke. It caught the reader up to the point where the actual story being written is where it starts. If I were to write it in naturally, it would first be boring or would have to be a flashback, which I don't do. It's too much to fit into casual convo with my characters, so... I was thinking prologue.

Hey guys! I'm launching a new space opera in the spring and a few of my beta readers had said the beginning chapter should be a prologue. I've written in the thriller genre, and mostly prologues are taboo. At least what I've learned.

I know that sci-fi readers are a different breed, less concerned with editing issues, etc. So, I'm wondering if you guys could help me out and give me your thoughts, opinions and experiences.


Writers' Cafe / Re: A capitalization question
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:03:02 AM »
Your example is unquestionably right. I'm not sure my example falls into the same category, but I think it does.

I just used that as the example I could remember in my head. I think it still applies to yours. I have made up place, etc. in my new series, and to me they're proper nouns, they should be capitalized. I think I saw someone say they're no hard fast rules and I agree.

I try to write with a reader's perspective. If I read something and it tickles me, then it's done its job. But if for instance it pulls me out of the story, then it goes. If you know what I mean? I hate reading something over and over that jars me from the story.

I think Outcasts is just fine.  8)

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