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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:17:22 AM »
That is a pretty good idea actually, SA.

Kathryn - so sorry to hear about all you've been through. HUGS!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:23:02 PM »
So who out there is dreading winter in the prairies? Yesterday was -20, today -3. The cruel tease has begun...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:31:44 PM »
Thank you, Sherry. So sorry to hear how bad the divorce was for you. I should be grateful not only for my kids, but for the good job, and my home. It's easy to forget sometimes the crap people have gone through when it happens to you. Glad to see you're doing so well now!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:40:37 AM »
Once again, thanks to everyone that's posted to this thread!  I'm looking forward to getting back to it with AMS and maybe even giving the Facebook ads another go. I hope they've made the interface a little less challenging?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:48:43 AM »
No Thailand, Awasin, but I am going to Cuba next month for two weeks!  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:50:25 PM »
Yes, Lorri, Ambition is book 1. I hope it looks good, that cover cost a small fortune! Lol!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:45:40 PM »
Thank you everyone - so much!

Evan, I will check that link out!

Lynn - I will PM you. It really does feel good to talk.

Mark - listened to a couple of your podcasts this morning. A little surreal to hear from you here again a few hours later, lol!

MKK - thanks for reminding me of the cold months ahead!  ;)

Anarchist - I was getting the hang of Amazon ads before this happened. Will get back into it!

Lori and Athena - thank you so much! And to everyone else. You've cheered me up immensely.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:35:13 PM »
Thank you for that, Rosie. I'm sorry to hear you've had such a rough year too. Happy to hear you and husband are working things out!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:25:06 PM »
Thank you all for the kinds words and advice! It sounds as if things haven't changed all that much in the last six months.

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Writers' Cafe / Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:42:40 PM »
I haven't posted anything here for a long time, in fact, I wasn't all that active before. But I now find myself at a point in my life where I feel I have to reach out and ask for a bit of help, if that's okay.

2017 started out pretty well for me. I was on track to release a science fiction trilogy, promote as much as I could (even though the funds were limited), and try and make this writing thing my next career. The first two books were released, but the third is still only half done. Unfortunately everything started going very badly in April. My wife left me for another man, did NOT see it coming, and everything fell apart. I won't go into details, but it has been hard. I'm now at a place where I feel better about myself, and I have the full support of my children.

I want to get back to it. I want to finish the trilogy and then start something new. I have a lot of free time to write now. I live alone in a big, quiet house, so there's no excuse NOT to be writing. I now also have a lot more money to invest in advertising and promotion. My main question, I suppose, is how to do it? I used to keep a very close eye on things in these regards but haven't kept up on it during the last six months. What's working well for self-publishers now? AMS ads? Facebook ads? Bargain and Free Booksy? I have a budget of approximately $300 per month for six months. I'm thinking I can get some decent promotion?

Thanks in advance to anyone that replies. It means a lot to me. And btw, if anyone here has been through a similar situation, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to PM me. We can drink some virtual wine and discuss our woes, lol!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AllAuthor cover contest?
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:13:15 AM »
Has anyone NOT received an email from them about shortlisted covers? They've been at this for months.
:(

Oh dear, I've just lost that special feeling...

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Writers' Cafe / AllAuthor cover contest?
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:32:33 AM »
AllAuthor emailed me yesterday saying they saw the cover of my book (released in April), and asked if they could shortlist it on their website for a best new cover monthly contest they're running.

I've never heard of AllAuthor before, and I'm not sure whether to be flattered or a little skeptical. The grand prize is a year membership to the site, and exposure of my work. Anyone else ever been approached by them?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Survey
« on: March 16, 2017, 06:24:05 PM »
I asked if there was any way to edit the ad blurb in pause mode. Really annoying that you have to end it altogether and start over. I understand they need to review the blurb, but sometimes it can take up to three days.

Also suggested a 'you've been out bid' feature similar to ebay. It would be nice to know before starting the ad what keywords are going to require a higher bid. Maybe even a system that gives us an idea what page will end up on (1, 2, 3, 12, 90 and so on) according to our bid amount.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to pluralize a family name?
« on: March 16, 2017, 06:00:16 PM »
Canises it will remain. Thanks, Shawna.

Thanks for the Canis clan suggestion, Conner.

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Writers' Cafe / How to pluralize a family name?
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:36:36 PM »
I'm a little stuck with this one. One of my characters is referring to generations of his family (family name is Canis), and it just looks odd adding 'es' which is proper - I think. I substituted it with Joneses as a test, which looks better, but still doesn't feel quite right. The actual line in my story reads like this: 

Wez opened his helmet visor a crack and yelled over the wind. “Always thought my body would be shot out into space after I died—towards Canis Major, like all the other Canises before me. Being buried in ice for the rest of eternity shouldn’t bother me, but it does.”

Any other suggestions that might not confuse the reader too much? It's bugging me so much, I'm thinking of killing him off in mid-sentence. I don't want to do that  because the poor guy's going to lose a leg in the next few paragraphs!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tom Edwards (Cover Artist) Seeking New Clients
« on: March 06, 2017, 05:45:12 AM »
Tom strikes again! I sure hopes this cover boosts the sales on book 1.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sci-fi writers: Good space and space travel resources?
« on: February 09, 2017, 06:23:59 PM »
Check out the endless supply of high quality science documentaries online. I just finished the Inexplicable Universe on Netflix hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Fantastic! Go to Youtube, type in for example something like 'blackholes' or 'astronomy', and you will find so many great programs. You can apply what you learn to your stories and enjoy it at the same time.  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Instafreebie Horror Promotion
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:40:42 AM »
Just beginning to figure this IF thing out. Here's my link: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/tkYmj

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I would use italicized  s's and r's and not think twice about it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Freebooksy - Worth it or not?
« on: November 23, 2016, 06:15:11 AM »
I used them on my permafree book a while ago and got 3000+ downloads in one day with a very decent tail. Pretty good considering I hadn't promoted at all in ages.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: November 20, 2016, 08:15:50 AM »
Hello everyone. First time poster on this thread, but it seems the place to be considering I live in Canada's keystone province! First snow yesterday, not much, but it's cooling off rapidly. Heading to Cuba in eleven days for a two-week vacation. I love it when the cold sets in and I can escape for a little while.  ;D

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Yup, uploading as .docx worked for me as well. It looks like those extra steps converting to zip are no longer necessary. Thanks!

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I had the same problem yesterday updating a book file. The zipped file keeps registering that red error message. It's always worked for me in the past. I'm going to try PhoenixS steps and see if that works.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookWright for non-Vellum users?
« on: November 18, 2016, 05:55:02 AM »
Thanks for the links, Bill. Appreciate that.

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Writers' Cafe / BookWright for non-Vellum users?
« on: November 18, 2016, 04:22:44 AM »
Has anyone used Blurb's BookWright software to format an ebook in Windows? Curious to know if it's a possible substitute for us non-Vellum users.

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