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Writers' Cafe / Question on Sending ARC to Reviewers
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:54:10 AM »
This is probably a dumb question, but when soliciting reviews for a book with a free ARC, do you send the ARC with the inquiry, or only send it once they have agreed to review the book?  I can see the rationale for both, but I don't know what the reviewers expect.


Writers' Cafe / Book Cover Designers on Fiverr?
« on: October 04, 2015, 03:21:43 PM »
Has anyone used one and how were the results?  Some have great reviews, but not really sure what to expect.

Hi all,

I've been noodling over this blurb for a long time.  Here's my latest go - appreciate all feedback.

Marcus Peterson, resident of Brookhollow Home for Mental Health, can neither confirm nor deny that he is insane for obvious, Catch-22 reasons.  What he can do, because his doctor told him to, is write the stories of other Brookhollow denizens.  So he gifts us with the tale of Henry Graves, a man with such a warped sense of intellectual curiosity that he traveled back in time to try to prevent The Time Machine from being written.  Or maybe he just killed a homeless man in the streets of Chicago and invented the rest in his mind.  What is true?  What is imaginary?  Is it possible to tell the difference?

Writers' Cafe / Linking to MailChimp on my Wordpress Sidebar?
« on: September 30, 2015, 06:04:17 PM »
I was trying to add an embedded mailing list signup form onto the Sidebar of my Wordpress blog (Pilcrow theme) using a text widget and pasting the HTML provided by MailChimp into the box.  This was the resulting text:

#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */
Subscribe to our mailing list

I have no idea what this means or how to accomplish what I was trying to do.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Blurb help and genre advice?
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:31:12 AM »
My work is a meta-fiction (or, more precisely, a fictionalized meta non-fiction) that takes place in a mental institution and revolves around a resident who claims to have built a time machine.

Here's the BIP (blurb in progress):
What if the people we labeled as crazy really are not? Did Henry Graves really travel through time to prevent a book from being written? He claims he did. Marcus Peterson, a fellow resident of Brookhollow Home for Mental Health, believes him and has chosen Henry as the subject of his first writing assignment - a form of therapy ordered by the mysterious Dr. J. Enter the world of Brookhollow and decide for yourself what is real, and what is merely the figment of a "crazy" person's imagination.

I would love feedback on the blurb and also help in determining how to categorize this thing.  I know science fiction is the obvious choice, but we don't know for sure that anyone traveled through time.  Also, this is the first in the Brookhollow series and other stories will not feature sci-fi elements at all.

Thanks in advance!

Writers' Cafe / My typical writing process - with a twist
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:07:03 PM »
So, as I'm struggling to actually finish something (and more motivated than ever to do it), I have been reflecting on my writing process and discovered it is roughly something like this:

1) Procrastinate
2) Write a couple lines
3) Procrastinate some more
4) Trash what I already wrote and start over
5) Decide I need to work on my outline some more
6) Write a little bit more
7) Repeat 1-6 for a while
8) Finally write something that I feel good about while wriitng
9) Come back later and read it and think "no one will like this - it's terrible"
10) Give up

But this time, as I am more motivated, I went an extra step and posted the first two chapters of my new WIP on Critique Circle.  And I got feedback like this:

"This premise has a lot of potential in my opinion, keep at it. Reading it was a lot of fun."
" Hello. I enjoyed reading through this story. The narration style was really fun and easy to establish a voice for the character in my head."
"Great story! I was really impressed with pretty much the whole thing: voice, writing, dialogue, story, etc."
" I certainly enjoy your writing style; you definitely have a good character being developed here!"

I don't think I have ever felt this positive about my writing.  Anyone else had a similar experience when they first realized they might actually be able to write?

Writers' Cafe / Trying to recruit a merry band of misfits (or something)
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:03:30 PM »
I t seems that for a lot of authors, a blog is a good way to connect with readers and promote one's works.  I also know that I personally do not have the time to devote to putting enough content onto a blog to make it worthwhile for readers to follow my blog.  I suspect there are others in the same boat.  Therefore, I propose a group blog in which a few of us can band together to jointly erin a blog about our various works (lives, etc.).  This might not be a new idea, and maybe is an epic fail, but seems plausible to me.

I think the benefits would be three-fold:

1) it will allow for a blog with enough fresh content to keep readers engaged without any one writer having to take too much time away from work/life/writing to add content;
2) it will allow one writer to promote their works to the readers of another writer and vice versa, increasing potential readers exponentially;
3) it provides one more place for other denizens of the Writers' Cafe to promote their works through doing a guest blog, Q &A, etc. as I assume the blog will always be supportive of other writers from these boards.

I think four to five others writers would be the right number to launch this thing.  I am thinking of calling it The Writers' Bloc, but am open to other ideas.

If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Writers' Cafe / Pros and cons of creating a publishing company?
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:57:09 PM »
I know some people set up their own publishing companies through which to self publish (I think some call them vanity press).  I was  wondering what the pros and cons are in people's eyes - reasons you have set one up or chosen not to.

Seems like it might be a lot of work, and there might be tax implications.  But, on the other hand, it might make you look more like a legit writer and also might protect you if you ever get sued for anything.

Grateful for any thoughts

Writers' Cafe / Anyone ever have a problem on
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:12:58 PM »
The other days someone mentioned (sorry I don't recall who mentioned it) and I checked it out and it seems like a great site.  However, I am a bit paranoid, so before I post my own work on there, I just want to make sure no one has ever had a problem with someone stealing content or anything.  I don't like to think badly about fellow writers, but you can only hear about so many idea theft lawsuits without getting a bit hesitant.

As a secondary consideration, have users of the site found the critiques to be helpful?

Any experiences would be appreciated. 

Writers' Cafe / First Release Strategy?
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:06:00 PM »
You can probably tell from my "Dr. Suess" status and lack of any book covers in my signature that I have not yet published anything.

I am wondering if anyone can offer advice on which way to go with my first release.

I have a couple short stories that I have always planned would be the first two chapters of a full-length novel.  The short stories are basically done (need to dust them off and give them a good once-over before sending them for editing), but I have not otherwise worked on the novel.

I am considering launching the first short story, and then a few weeks later launching the second, and then maybe even all the way through the first five, which I have always imagined can work as independent short stories, like the first two.  Then, maybe after having some sales or people reading, I will release the novel, which will pick up where the first five left off.

If anyone has tried something like this, and can offer their advice on whether it is a good idea or not, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Pros for this method is that the first two are almost ready to go, so it will not take long to publish them, and like I said, they are stand-alone stories, which I believe are complete stories in their own right.

Cons are that people might not be interested in paying $.99 for a short story when they can read a full-length novel for that price or less.  Also, will it be harder to get reviews, etc. for a short-story than a full novel?

I appreciate any feedback.

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