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You can pay to have the rights for the lyrics, if it's important to your story. I knew an author years ago who paid for the rights to reprint lyrics. This can range from $100 to $10,000 depending on the artist, and how many lines you want to reprint. The popularity of the song has nothing to do with it, it's up to the songwriter and publisher. Some very popular songs are only $300 to $400 to reprint a few lines, while obscure songs by stingier newer artists can cost thousands.

Contact the publisher. You can get that info from the ASCAP database or sometimes

In my books, I usually just settle for mentioning the song. "They drove off as Light My Fire played on the radio." ETC.

The Book Corner / Re: What's the One Genre You Won't Read?
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:05:48 PM »
I won't read Westerns or Romance. Unless aliens are involved. Then... I still won't read them.  :P

Actually, it's just Romance I won't read. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Makes a Villain Memorable?
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:57:16 PM »
He should (almost) not be believable. Over-the-top purely evil villains are always more memorable.  Blofeld, Goldfinger or Negan (TWD) are much more dynamic and memorable than a guy who struggles with emotions and mugs people in dark alleys.

Give him/her some very memorable characteristics, and a few truly insane acts of villainy.  Otherwise... they get lost in the sea of uninteresting characters.

While my Kindle is indispensable, I do love paper.  90% of my reading is on kindle or a tablet, but I'll never fully give up paperbacks. The feel of a good book in your hands is fantastic, like holding gold coins stolen from the coffers of a palace.
The smell of a new paperback is also quite intoxicating. haha

I'm surprised, all the writers on this forum, but no one seems to have ever used the Kboards $20 promo.  As there is still no reply from KB after 5 days (emailed to address on invoice), I assume the whole program is defunct. The KB blog is a year out of date (there is a 2nd KB blog only a week out of date, very odd).
I'll try for a refund.

Has anyone ever used the kboards $20 promo ad?  I tried one for my kindle countdown sale, and signed up here:

I paid $20, but I don't think the ad appeared. I did not see it anywhere on Fri Oct 20. When I tried to find the KB blog, it appeared very out of date. They listed book sales from long ago.
Did anyone see my book in an email from them on Friday?


Category Sci-Fi.

I emailed Kboards at their email on the paypal invoice, but they did not reply yet. It's been 3 days.

Thanks, if anyone has any info.

Earthweeds by Rod Little
Sons of Neptune, Book 1, 358 pages

.99 cents (discounted from 3.99) for 5 days, today until October 25, only on Amazon Kindle.

After most of humanity has disappeared, Nine survivors must ally with strange creatures to find answers to the world's end, and stop an alien invasion, while hordes of creatures swarm the planet. Two of the boys have special abilities to change the fate of Earth. "Fast-paced... it doesn't take a breather." - Amazing Stories Magazine

"Gripping Post-apocalyptic, alien thriller!"

<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks! Duplicate threads may be removed without comment. --Ann>

A free giveaway for the first book in the series, if anyone needs to catch up:

The Book Corner / Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:54:08 PM »
He will be missed. Many of his books were staple reading in my youth. I should re-read a few in his honor this weekend.

My 3rd novel, Revenge of the Spiders was launched today on Amazon. Check it out for some fun Halloween Sci-fi/horror reading (post-apocalyptic sci-fi).
Kindle available today - Paperback available tomorrow.

This book is part 2 in the Sons of Neptune series, but can be read as a standalone.
I hope a few of you check it out. And feedback is always welcome, here on kboards or at my site:

Amazon Link:

The Book Corner / Re: Star Trek Book Franchise
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:10:27 AM »
Don't forget to try Planet X - a Star Trek / X-men crossover novel. It was pretty good.

But my favorite ST novels are "Web of the Romulans" and "DS9 Dominion War."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:45:45 PM »
Looks interesting. I will see if one of my short stories works for your theme.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Halloween Promotions!
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:20:11 PM »
Hi Julie,

I sent you an email a few days ago via gmail, but not sure you received it. I included some excerpts. My books are Horror/Sci-fi, so you'll have to decide if they work for you or not.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Horror Writers - What do you have coming out soon?
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:54:47 AM »
REVENGE of the SPIDERS will be released on October 4.  It is Horror/SF.

No link yet to Amazon until next week, but the website is:

ISBN-13: 978-1976597428
Revenge of the Spiders by Rod Little

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Reviews on 'The Black'... Ouch
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:21:05 PM »
You give the ARC readers ebook copies, but if there was no version of the book live on Amazon, you'd have to wait for them to be able to post the reviews. By having the paperback version up, the moment you launch your ebook you have 30+ reviews saying how great the book is (usually). Don't know if it helps, but I can't imagine it hurting.

Honestly, I've never seen reviews having an impact on sales. Good or bad, it's less than a cup of coffee, most people will buy it and see for themselves.

I agree that bad reviews won't kill your book. Readers truly interested will try it for themselves - if your synopsis looks good to them. As for ARCs, I stopped those. I think organic reviews are always better. Many trolls surf around looking for free ARCs to trash, or sometimes just want a freebie (or something to do). Be careful of giving free books.
Anyone who PAYS for your book has more invested in it, and is more likely already interested in it from the start. Those who take ARC copies generally take it as a passing whim.

Just my 2 cents  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Reviews on 'The Black'... Ouch
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:02:52 PM »
Neil, I love your cover!  :)  I'd say, fix the mistakes, tighten the ending, and plow forward. I wouldn't republish just yet. Instead just submit a new "inside content". Also add a catchier synopsis. Try to get a review from a blog - after you fix the errors.  I found that 4 proof-readings are needed for each book. It's tough, but.... otherwise, mistakes will stick around.

As for ARCs, the ungrateful b* usually take the free copies and either don't leave a review, or enjoy trashing you. All my bad reviews are from ARC free book receivers. I guess they felt "pushed" into it, and one even said "I don't like sci-fi" (so then why did you take the free ARC?). The net is filled with trolls.  All my 5-star reviews come from actual buyers of the books. Just let reviews come organically. Next time, skip the ARC process.

Chin up, and go forward.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can I list my scifi book in every category?
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:48:15 PM »
My books are pure sci-fi, but Zon put me in both fantasy and sci-fi AND superhero! (There is no superhero in any of my books). I even crept into a horror subcategory once.

You have to tweak keywords, and sometimes even request a change with Zon support.

Colorful cover, but I'd like to see the TITLE larger.  Your synopsis is way too long, I think. You might lose people (many have a short attention span, and remember - their finger is always on the Next button).  I would shorten it by 25% or more.

Positive side: nice maps on the inside. It reads well, and the story starts at a good spot. (Be careful of heavy descriptions in the first few pages, though. Puuuullll us in, and yank us if need be.) 

Kindle countdown sale, at 0.99, discounted from 3.99, NOW until Wed Aug 9

Earthweeds by Rod Little

"Two boys with special powers race to find clues to the apocalypse, stop a world invasion, and fend off giant mutated creatures swarming the earth."

LINK to Kindle here:

Give it a try, if you like sci-fi.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Kindle Unlimited Books (What's the link to yours?)
« on: August 01, 2017, 12:45:29 AM »
Here is my Sci-Fi novel in KU :

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub results - 2nd deal for this book
« on: August 01, 2017, 12:40:34 AM »
I'm sure it's partly because my book is running in a different category (although there must be some overlap between YA and Fantasy from people who are fans of both), but with this second run I'm hitting right around the estimated average sales BookBub states for the category on their website. Which would be pretty good even for a first run with a single title. I've gotten about a hundred more sales just on Amazon than I did for the only other standalone YA I've had a BookBub for so far, and for that other book it was the first time! :)

I believe Free never works well. "free book collectors" just download every freebie and never read them.  0.99 deals are always better, and even 1.99 deals.  That way you get real readers, and a better chance at reviews, a greater chance of 2nd and 3rd book purchases.
However, others may have difference experiences.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advertising and Promoting
« on: June 18, 2017, 12:28:03 AM »
You'll have better luck searching for genre-specific sites. For example: Horror free book giveaways, and follow the links to find where they lead. Join that forum and promote within your niche.

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