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Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:41:40 AM »

My daughter, at age 8, insisted on 1-2 new stories every night, and she was a tough audience. Imagine making up 1-2 stories per day for five years, to order, with a demanding audience. She worked me. I didn't need no workshopping.

Where do you think a lot of my stories came from? :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:36:05 PM »
I can't write when I'm sick or depressed either - and this flu bug is really bad.  I'm in my 4th week of recovery and am just now feeling closer to being myself.  give your self time to recover - pushing yourself will just make things worse.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »
I recommend either Dragons and Dreams, or Fields, Forest and Fairies - that last one gives you the most bang for the buck, being a 3 book collection. She might also enjoy Heart of Rock - don't let the gargoyle on the cover scare you, he's the good guy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:36:59 PM »
If it give you any incentive, my daughter was reading over my shoulder, saw your book covers in your sig and is now begging me to buy them for her.

Cool! I hope you do, and I hope she enjoys them! How old is she?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:34:33 AM »
I'm in limbo - not yet ready to give up Sirens' Song (it's being laid out as I speak), and not yet ready to move on to the next project, which I have outlined, and ready to be worked on.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's next?
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:55:41 PM »
actually, I'm really conflicted about it.  I have a very strong brand look for my fairy tales, but that artist isn't available to me any more. and while I could do a fairy tale book quickly (for me), I worry that my fairy tales are getting stale. I could finish the two I have started, but I suspect the rest might be just be calling it in.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a Dedicated Editor?
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:58:50 AM »
I can't imagine writing without Martha's input. She invariably puts her finger on what's wrong, and points me in the right direction. She helps me make my writing say what I want it to say.

Writers' Cafe / What's next?
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:38:32 PM »
With Sirens' Song coming together and in hands other than mine for awhile, I need a new project so that I don't keep bothering my artist for updates.

Here's my options:

Quickly write another fairy tale collection, which will take me a few months to get through editing and into the hands of an illustrator. I haven't come out with a new book in a year - the closest to that is a collection of three interrelated collections, but that's only repackaging. I've got a few stories half started that I could dig out, finish, and  add to them to make a decent collection.

Or, I can take the long view and really work on my Big Novel fantasy, The Boy Who Loved The Moon. I'm estimating that it will take me a year to get a rough draft of this - I'm a slow and lazy writer with health problems. This would mean not having anything new for probably 2 years.

I make most of my money from fairs and festivals  - I made the grand sum of $151 from Amazon last year. I do get repeat customers year from year, and it's nice to have something new to offer them.

so - should I focus on short term or really dive into my long-term project? I'm comfortable writing short fairy tales, and scope of work for The Boy Who Loved the moon scares me a bit.

Writers' Cafe / home stretch
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:01:49 PM »
I'm entering the home stretch for Sirens' Song, a short picture book that I've been working on and off on for several years. This past spring, the inimitable Martha Hayes (an editor beyond excellence) asked me the one direct question (as is her wont) that crystallized everything that was wrong with my draft, and how to fix it. I thought about it and at 3am, it all came together, and everything after that was wordsmithing.

Now my artist is almost finished with all her art, and I've got a wonderful layout and design person (he teaches this stuff at a local university) to pull it all together. To top it off, the artist is charging me $600 less than we'd originally thought, so I don't need a kickstarter to help me pay for this.

So here I am, trying hard not to call every day to interrupt my artist to see how she's doing (I really think she should charge me an interruption fee for every call I make). It's all coming together suddenly after months of delays. I'm so excited!

What makes this all the more special is that it's turning into a tribute project for my late father. If things continue to go as smoothly as they currently are, I may even be able to publish this on the anniversary of his death.

Writers' Cafe / Re: hardback or paper?
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:04:14 AM »
I haven't checked with Ingram yet, but I've seen thinner hardback books (I'm thinking of the Little Golden Books), so I'm assuming it's possible. In truth, I haven't checked the Ingram site at all yet to see what the costs may be.

Writers' Cafe / hardback or paper?
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:46:35 AM »
I'm working with an artist to illustrate a children's book called Sirens' Song. It's about coming to terms with death, told as a fable about salmon runs. I self-publish. I'm back and forth about paperback (via CreateSpace) or hardback - it'll only be about 24 pages long (not counting front and back matter), with full page illustrations. If I go with paperback, it'll never be out of stock at Amazon - if I go with Ingram Spark, there will be a wait if people order it. But somehow, it seems to me that the subject matter deserves the solidity of a hardback book. (I could do both, I suppose, but that means two cover layouts and two ISBNs) Any comments, suggestions to help me choose?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I don't get writer's block usually ...
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:53:51 AM »
I'm trying to find some flaws in one of my characters that will disqualify him for hero status. And trying to make a flawed character less unpleasant so he might at least be in the running for hero status.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm in a bind
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:52:36 AM »
Oh, I love the walking on a moonbeam idea!

so do I. I have Owen get to Mythos by climbing a ladder made of star light, but I'll have to use walking on a moonbeam. I've used it in one of my other stories, The Dark, in Dragons and Dreams, but since this is aimed at a different audience than D&D is, I don't think it would harm to use it again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm in a bind
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:58:14 AM »
oh, that's a good one! many thanks.  I was so bound up with the idea of betrayal that I couldn't see past it!

Writers' Cafe / I'm in a bind
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:22:05 AM »
still working on the outline for The Boy Who Loved The Moon. I have 3 potential "heros" - Rudra, Owen, and Marc.

Mythologically there should be 3 tests. My first test is meeting the monster (Rudra runs from it, but later embraces it, Owen kills it, and Marc tames it). The third test is meeting one's self and one's true destiny. Again, mythologically, the middle test is betrayal of one's love or lord, or adultery - but that doesn't fit into the story line at all. Most of the interactions are between the potential hero and the personification of the Moon, and I can't think of any way that they would betray her.

Can anyone suggest a second, middle test to "prove" a hero?

many thanks

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this cover really so different?
« on: October 28, 2017, 10:19:38 AM »
Becca, this is GoOnWrite, right? You can pay for a font change, so if you email him about the curved banner, he might be able to customize it. (He charges for font changes, but it's a reasonable amount of money.) I've bought premades with him and had him match a series in the past without problems.

That's where I got it, yes, and I really like it - much better than the original cover. I'll ask him about the curved banner - I've already asked him about the font change on my name.  Bridge isn't really part of a series, so I don't mind if it looks a bit different from the others.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this cover really so different?
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:51:30 AM »
I like the cover and don't find it jarring against the others. However, I'd suggest the title be in an arched banner (rather than name-plate style) to more closely match the other books. That would better carry your branding through.

It's a ready-made cover, so I don't think the title can be arched.  I kinda like the book plate style for this cover anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this cover really so different?
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:48:15 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Is this cover really so different?
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:56:40 AM »
The issue has been raised off line that I have a very strong branding going on with my covers, and a different cover might interfere with that branding. Unfortunately, my original cover artist isn't available to me any more. I rather like the look of the attached cover for Bridge of Seven Stones. Is it really so different that it's jarring?


sorry, I've forgotten how to size an image!

Writers' Cafe / Re: looking for an inexpensive stock photo cover
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:16:12 PM »
If you're interested in helping me, PM me with how much you'd charge for both a kindle and a CreateSpace cover (it's a slim volume with no spine text.)

Thanks, all!

Writers' Cafe / Re: looking for an inexpensive stock photo cover
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:05:49 PM »
That'll do nicely - thanks!

Writers' Cafe / looking for an inexpensive stock photo cover
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:37:04 PM »
I've decided that I really don't like the cover for Bridge of Seven Stones, and I believe that this is a major reason why it's the least-selling of all my books, even in person.

What I want is a stock photo of a bridge over a stream in a forest - if the cover artist can add a few sparkles to the bridge, that would be nice. Typography doesn't have to match my other books. I'm looking to have this done because I'm lousy at typography.

I know there are good artists on fiver and deviant art, but I don't have the time/energy to winnow through them all to find someone who can do what I want and have it look good but not charge me the earth.

Can anyone recommend someone? I can send out the original cover for specs and back cover text, if that will make it easier.


Writers' Cafe / Scary covers?
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:32:56 AM »
I usually get complements on my covers, but two independent sources today have just told me that they think their kids would be too scared by the covers to read the gentle stories inside.

I admit, Heart of Rock could be taken as scary by young ones, but it's aimed more at older readers (and the gargoyle on the cover is the good guy).  And I've never been totally pleased by the cover of Bridge of Seven Stones, and intend to get a new cover as soon as I can afford one (which may be awhile, because the illustrations for Sirens' Song are going to kill me), but the other covers are aimed at younger children - do they seem too scary to you? Would the two mentioned above keep you away from the other books?

Writers' Cafe / Re: the mindset of a soldier
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:09:48 AM »
I strongly recommend J Glenn Gray, The Warriors. The latest edition has an introduction by Hannah Arendt. Skip it.

Antares, thank you so very much for this recommendation! It's a fascinating book, and some of his comments foreshadow our current conflicts. I so wish I could hear his thoughts on the Viet Nam war, and our current conflicts. It's not only helping me understand my character, Marc, but it's helping me understand my uncle who was a fighter pilot in WWII (his memoirs are in the book Bailout Over Normandy, and it's well worth reading)

Writers' Cafe / Re: the mindset of a soldier
« on: October 18, 2017, 03:37:48 PM »
I strongly recommend J Glenn Gray, The Warriors. The latest edition has an introduction by Hannah Arendt. Skip it.

IIRC J Glenn Gray was a doctoral candidate in psychology before WWII. He got notice that his doctoral dissertation had been accepted and his draft notice in the same mail. He spent years in the European Theater of Operations in intelligence.

To add one small bit to Gray, I want to say that fear is unknown in combat. You don't have time to be afraid. You are so focused on the job at hand, on what to do now and what to do next, that you forget to be afraid. Civilians don't believe this, but it is true.

Bought for my kindle - thanks.  it sounds like just the thing I need.

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