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Writers' Cafe / Re: Advertising Options for Children's Books?
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:52:55 AM »
AMS hasn't done any good at all for my children's books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a name
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:50:56 AM »
It's just a short story, or rather 3 interwoven short stories (or a 3-chapter chapter book, depending on how you look at it) so they're not mentioned all that much. For the time being, I've called them the People of the Steppes - if my editor doesn't like that, I'll use one of these other suggestions.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a name
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:47:51 AM »
Since your kingdom is rooted in the Latin for silver, how about "Tarnijan", the Frankish word for tarnish?

ooohhh, I like that!


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I have teacher guides and activities on my website. They were written by my niece, who is a grade school teacher.

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Writers' Cafe / Need a name
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:25:06 PM »
I have a small kingdom called Argentia that consists of one walled city, outlying farms, and mines in the mountains. They are beset by an enemy, as yet unnamed. I imagine them like the Mongol Horde, nomads of the grasslands, who live by plundering the cities they come across.

I need a name for the nomad tribe. I'm lousy at naming things.

Anyone have any good ideas?

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Writers' Cafe / What's the point of FB ads?
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:59:38 AM »
What's the point of face book ads? I'm getting lots of likes on the one I set up, but that's about it. No clicks that I can tell. Is it the fault of my ad, or is the point of the ad to just raise awareness of your book?

I'm going to try AMS soon, maybe that'll sell more books.

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aren't there any successful children's authors here who can help me?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies is now a thing.
« on: March 25, 2018, 01:31:19 PM »
Is KDP going to have a store the way CS used to so that other people can order multiplle copies at a discount?

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I know that advertising for children's books is a little different than for older readers, but I'm not sure how best to spend my money - I'd like to get coverage for Sirens' Song, which is a very unusual book, very different from my other fairy tales. Any suggestions on how best I can market it? It's more than just a story about the life cycle of salmon, it's about life and death and how every life enriches us all. It can be read on many different levels.

It's just a small book, but the illustrations and typography (I did neither) are stellar, and I'd like to see it get more coverage.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ingram Spark Quality Control (or lack thereof)
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:14:40 PM »
I've just ordered a lot of hardback copies of Sirens' Song from IS, and am very pleased with the quality.

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Writers' Cafe / Ingram spark books with createspace isbn?
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:49:51 AM »
A local bookstore is interested in carrying my books. I know CreateSpace doesn't have a bookstore anymore, nor does KDP Print. If I set up my books with IS as well as Amazon, can I use the CreateSpace ISBN or do I have to buy a whole separate one? These would be paperbacks, just like the CS ones, just from IS instead.

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I have found that every time I sign up for an online class, Life Happens, and I can never finish it. My life has been pretty stable at this point, and I'm afraid to jinx it by taking another class.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tips and Techniques for Selling In Person
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:26:03 PM »
One other thing - I sell fairy tales, and I don't wear just blue jeans and a t-shirt. I have some lovely angel-wing-sleeved dresses (I love Holy Clothing!) that are cool, comfortable (non-binding), and give me a sort of fantasy-esque look.  Whoever helps at the table can wear whatever they like, but I like looking like the kind of person who would write fairy tales.

also: chocolates on a hot day in the sun are a non-starter. I do sell mostly to children (and their parents) and I'd rather not have chocolately fingers on my books as the children leaf through the books looking at the pictures.

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Writers' Cafe / What size print (not type, illustration)
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:19:43 PM »
As part of my kickstarter for Sirens' Song, we offered for one premium level a high quality print of the cover - which you must admit is awfully nice looking. I have several questions about it though. Should the prints be 8.5 x 11? or 11 x 14? Should it be just the drawing, or the drawing with the title and bylines added?

Thanks for input. My artist regularly sells her prints for $20 each, but I don't know what size those prints are, and she's not available right now so I can't ask her, but I suspect they're regular letter size (8.5 x 11).

ETA: I very cleverly called and asked one of my patrons. She pointed out that 8.5 x 11 is both easier to print and easier to ship. That makes sense.  Still not sure about the typography, though.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Nickname help
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:43:45 PM »
Personally, given the girl's background and family, I think Scout is the perfect nickname for her.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tips and Techniques for Selling In Person
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:42:22 PM »
All excellent pieces of advice, and as I sell most of my books at festivals, and festival season is just starting up, it's very timely for me.

One question: does Lance spend all his time standing up? Most of the festivals I go to are 2-3 days, and some are very long days at that. There's no way decrepit old me can spend 8-10 hour days standing up all the time. Should I move my (very pretty) chair to in front of the table with my books on it?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Aid for an Artist in need
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:46:39 PM »
We're about half way to what we need. Please throw in a little money if you can, even if it's only $5. Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiction that has helped you be a better writer?
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:55:52 PM »
Lois McMaster Bujold. alas, rather than inspiring me, she makes me want to throw down my pen and cry "I am not worthy!"

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Craft Thread
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:50:55 PM »
And that's the cheap stuff, too.

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Writers' Cafe / Aid for an Artist in need
« on: March 10, 2018, 02:52:07 PM »
Many of you have complemented me on my beautiful covers, done by Todd C. Hamilton.  Todd is/was an artist's artist, and did fantastic work, not just for me but for many others. Todd gave freely of his art, when he was still able to do art.

Now, due to health problems and bureaucratic delays, Todd is in danger of losing his house. A mutual friend, Sharon Ferraro, has set up a GoFundMe for Todd. If you can help, even just a little, please do.

https://www.gofundme.com/save-todd-hamilton039s-house

thanks,

Becca

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding a new book to my profile
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:47:23 AM »
Link maker, under these posts :)

I found it - but the writer's cafe won't let me delete my own post. Thanks for answering though.

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Writers' Cafe / Adding a new book to my profile
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:34:00 AM »
I give up. I can't find the page where I add a new book to my covers shown at the bottom of my posts. Can someone PM me and explain it in simple language for me? thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I don't know how to market this book
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:30:47 PM »
I had thought the story was about more than just the life cycle of salmon, but maybe I was too subtle.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I don't know how to market this book
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:22:20 AM »
bump

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Writers' Cafe / I don't know how to market this book
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:07:37 AM »
I wrote a book, Sirens' Song. An ARC is available to be downloaded free on my website: www.wyrmtalespress.com. It sorta reads like a children's book, and it's a picture book, but it's really not a children's book, it seems to me.   Would some of you be so kind as to read it, and tell me what the best way to market it would be? It's going live March 15, I hope.

thanks

-becca

ETA: this book is so unlike anything I've ever written before - I'm having a bit of an anxiety attack about it

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