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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:15:17 PM »
"keep digging" strategy: engaged

Is there like, a time limit on how long this is going to continue for? Cause I have things to do.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:07:01 PM »
Given you state you are providing professional covers and editing, I'm not sure why you get defensive when you are asked where one can see your cover portfolio and what editing qualifications/testimonials you have? If you want an author to do all the work and give up 50% and all you are bringing to the table is a cover and editing, then personally I'd want to make sure that the covers are awesome and the editing top notch. The only examples prospective writers for this project can review are your titles. If your best work is elsewhere, then it would be in your favour to link them.

Yes, yes. Also, this statement is completely false in every way: "If you want an author to do all the work and give up 50% and all you are bringing to the table is a cover and editing".

Maybe I should post a bunch of other work including what I've done for other authors so you can criticize it. Maybe I should send you the PSD files to prove that I designed them. Is that what you...want?

Have you ever seen a man defending himself against six people at once? You might say to yourself, "that man's a warrior."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:57:28 PM »
Anyone else feel like they’re on Candid Camera? Where is the banana peel?

@Amanda, you have some nice creative diversity across your covers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:46:26 PM »
Good deflection. It's a lot easier than trying to dispute the facts.

I agree, cause I win there every time.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:45:45 PM »
@Magnus it's not really the done thing around here to critique the covers of someone who didn't ask for critique, so if you're getting some blowback, that might be part of the reason why. When you crit someone else's covers - especially someone like Monique who has been around a long time and has sold a great many books - you open yourself up for crit in return. Basically, if you didn't want people to criticize yours, you shouldn't have taken a shot at hers.

Oh no, the criticism of me came long before that. I am accustomed to handling criticism. So the blowback was far before that. And I did clarify that I was not criticizing or attacking Monique's covers. But now, take a good hard look at her 6 books in the out of time series that feature the same clock image, in six different colors, and tell me that there isn't room for some creative improvement or that she wont one day re-brand that perhaps when making a box set?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:35:55 PM »
If anyone's thinking about doing this, I suggest they approach an existing writer who sells well in the genre.

I can buy a targeted paranormal romance cover for under $150. Line editing on a 40-60k manuscript in the genre should come in at or under $200, not the inflated $400 quote. There are many formatters that will format a book in Vellum for $25.

Basically, the OP is buying half your book royalties for $375.

That's a terrible deal. Don't take it.

This is also completely untrue and innaccurate. How dare you accuse me of maiming dolphins! See what I did there? I said something false and pretended it was what you were saying.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:33:57 PM »
Are you saving them for the zombie apocalypse or something?
Soon...soon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:41:43 PM »
Yet in comparing your books to Monique's, she outsells you by miles and it would appear you are the one in need of help from a professional cover designer.

Interesting you don't have a portfolio of these covers that you state are worth $200-400. Are you also a professional editor, and if so what are you editing credentials and what testimonials do you have of your editing work? Or is it in the same category as your covers?

As others have said, you're not bringing anything to the table for an author to do all the work and give up copyright and control. Pass.

Almost everything you said in that statement is untrue. It's okay, the fact that people are reacting so angrily to a fair deal just because it challenges their exemplar (that's right exemplar) - means that I am on the right path. Thank you for confirming my approach.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:38:11 PM »
Says the man whose covers look like my teenager made them. Sorry, you're not just a mile off target about Monique's covers, you're skirting the far side of the moon.

What a ridiculous and untrue comment. Let's see some of your covers. I have several not posted with actual custom typography, intricate designs, abstract elemental overlays, etc; not just a font thrown on top of a stock photo.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:34:13 PM »
You have to pay a ghostwriter upfront. Sounds to me like this author wants to do this without paying anything that isn't profit.

Personally I like the idea of partnering up with someone at some point and sharing a pen name to create greater output, but my issue with this request is that the author community is small and building up the whole "know, like, trust" angle is just as important to me as a decent contract would be.
We are naturally going to be sceptical because you don't have that.

Understood, it's not for everyone. Not a ghostwriter though. I don't fear the unknown or failure, I embrace it as a learning opportunity.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:54:10 PM »
I'm curious why you don't just hire a ghostwriter to provide a manuscript for you to publish, since it looks like you're taking on pretty much everything else anyway?

I will be very involved in the writing. I had planned as a last resort to hire a ghosttwriter, but since I have already received three applications, I probably won't need to do that. I'm more interested in a partner than a freelancer.

Thanks

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:03:15 PM »
We will wait for your romance!

Working on improving my skills in that genre, since I know my limitations. But alas, it will likely be under a pen name so you may not make the connection. I'll update at that time if I remember to.

Thanks

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:01:34 PM »
I've been looking for someone to co-author with for a while, but I don't think this is something I'll be interested in. Not to disregard your contributions, but what you are offering is basically services I could get from any freelancer online and they wouldn't keep half of MY copyright material (since the part explaining what you will do as an actual author is very vague and yet you request a 100% original manuscript to be listed under YOUR kdp account).
I would understand if a brand new account and shared bank account were to be created, but as it is, I can't help but think that the terms favor you considerably over the other authors.
When I look for a co-author is for someone who will help relieve the grinding process of actually writing and with whom I'll be able to share some of the burden. Not someone who will wait after I'm finished, have a look over, put a cover on it and claim 50% ownership.
I wish you good luck but I think you need to be a little more transparent if you want to make this project a reality.

Thank you for your response. I would not be completely opposed to a shared bank account, however I believe it is against KDP TOS to have a duplicate account unless under a publisher account with a separate Tax ID which should have an LLC so that is another layer of paperwork and legal red tape. You are incorrect that I would not write a great deal. As an author I wouldn't be able to help myself from contributing to the writing. In no way is it a wait/look over/cover and claim.

The fact that you have been looking for a co-author for sometime maybe indicates a misconception or resistance in the industry, but maybe this is a way to shakeup and re-make the indie industry.

Have to run but thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:20:36 PM »
I think you are overestimating the value of your contribution to such a partnership.

I hope anyone interested in such an arrangement would come in eyes wide open and judge the value of their contribution vs yours objectively.

Respectfully Monique, I think you either did not fully read the value of the contribution I will provide, or do not fully understand it. Of course, a co-authoring with Michael Ardele would potentially offer more value, but not necessarily. For one, he retains much of the rights and limits the value such as retaining the intellectual property to his characters/world/movie rights/etc etc. That is not the case here. I suggest you read one of his contracts. If your co-authoring with Michael turns into a movie franchise, you don't get any of that. With me, even split. There are many more examples than this.

Again, this is not a personal attack. For example, I am confident that I could significantly improve the book covers that you have listed in your profile. This would potentially increase your sales and offer you great value. I am not saying that your book covers are bad, but they could be significantly improved.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:43:39 AM »
That is correct. Though i'd probably prefer my first or third book cover which are in a different style.

Just because in the past only famous indie authors have been willing to do co-authors, guaranteeing instant success for their new-name, doesn't mean that is the only way it has to be going forward and that you can't make alot of money as writing partners anyways. I think you might want to challenge your preconceived conventions.

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Writers' Cafe / Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:50:39 AM »
Hello,

I am seeking 1-3 co-authors (experienced native english writers) for a Paranormal Romance Series.

FAQ:

Question: Is this ghostwriting?
Answer: No, both of our pen names will appear on the book and I will help with outlining and writing.

Question: Are you a vanity press?
Answer: Absolutely not. With a vanity press, they will frequently charge YOU $1,200-$3,000. This is a serious co-writing project, maybe you are taking the lead on writing, but I am providing very valuable professional quality cover design and editing among many other things AS WELL AS WRITING.

Question: Why don't you hire a ghostwriter?
Answer: I am more interested in a partner than a freelancer

Question: Are you buying the authors content for $375?
Answer: No, even throwing math out the window that is not the case. The math indicated in the form was a minimum of $550 and a range to $1,300 not even including Ads. And you are assigning a writing value of zero to me?! That doesn't make any sense since I will also be writing/outlining/worldbuilding etc. So if you assign a value of $3,000 to your writing, then add that number in my column too for a PARTNERSHIP where I am contributing $3,550 to $4,300 to your $3,000. That's how real math works.

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