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Writers' Cafe / Asked to give a "talk" about writing
« on: October 23, 2015, 05:46:31 AM »
I've been asked to give a "writing talk" at a ladies brunch. My cousin owns her own beauty shop and holds monthly ladies brunches there and each month she invites a woman who either runs their own business, or who has fulfilled their dreams / goals to speak to the ladies about their experiences. This month is my turn and I've been asked to talk to about writing and give them tips on how to bring out their creative side and how to use writing to express themselves. Some would like to write poetry, or maybe even start writing their own stories. This won't be a big affair, just a relatively tiny event with approximately twenty women or so, and will be very informal.

I've come up with some ideas of what to talk about, (how to look for inspiration for writing ideas etc.) but am wondering if anyone has any other tips, advice or ideas you might want to throw at me?

Writers' Cafe / Question for those who write series erotic romance
« on: September 05, 2013, 08:59:06 AM »
My erotic romance series follows two sets of couples over the course of four books. Book 1 for couple one, Book 2 for couple two, then Book 3 as a follow-up for couple one and finally Book 4 to follow-up with couple 2.

I will be publishing Book 2 very soon but my question is, how do I keep the sex from becoming repitious over the course of the series? I should point out that the books have full storylines /plots which take up the majority of the story but the sex is also an important aspect of each one. So I am wondering how I can keep the sex interesting so it doesn't just sound like a rehash of the sex between the couples in the prior volumes in the series?

Writers' Cafe / My first self-pubbed royalty payment
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:35:07 AM »
*Happy dance*!

Made more these past few months in my first foray into self-publishing than I did in the entire year I was with a regular publisher! 
Okay, that's all for now...carry on with your regularly scheduled activities. :D

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

Writers' Cafe / Why does Amazon do this?
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:26:26 AM »
Yesterday when I checked my book on Amazon, I noticed it had gone from $2.99 to $3.02. Then when I checked again this morning it's now showing a 3% discount at $2.92 Huh? Why not just keep it at it's original price of $2.99 to begin with?

I'm still a newbie at this self-publishing game (only a month in) so I'm still learning the ropes.

Apparently there's a "science" to this, no?

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Quality Notice
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:33:16 PM »
Just received the following email:


We're writing to let you know that at least one of your readers has reported some problems within your book. We confirmed the problem and have temporarily removed your title from sale to prevent new readers from experiencing these issues.

Your book is either blank or only contains a single page of content.

It's frustrating since I don't know where to begin to fix this in the file. The file looked fine when I originally submitted it.  Anyone have experience with this type of thing?

Writers' Cafe / Re-uploading a book
« on: April 03, 2013, 05:31:31 AM »
I'm planning to add a couple of blurbs for my upcoming books to the back of the book I just published and then re-upload it again. What happens in this case? Would there be another 24 - 48 hour waiting period before book goes live again or does it update instantly?

Writers' Cafe / Book previews on Amazon
« on: March 30, 2013, 06:14:02 AM »
When a published book goes "live" on Kindle does the book preview feature show up right away or is there usually a waiting period before customers can click on the book cover and read the sample?

Here's the link:

I just published my book Hearts in the City, to Kindle last evening and got an email this morning telling me it is now available for customers to purchase but when I click the book cover, it just opens the book cover image in another window and no preview. Forgive me if this is a silly question...I'm a self-published virgin here so I don't know if this is normal or not.

Writers' Cafe / Taking a writing vacation
« on: March 06, 2013, 07:09:36 AM »
I don't mean taking a vacation from writing, but, rather, a vacation where I go on a getaway (alone) and the only thing I do is write. I envision immersing myself in a chosen locale and sitting in quaint little cafes and tea houses with my laptop and writing and drinking fine coffee and gourmet teas. Maybe I'd go the odd sightseeing outing depending on where I was, but the idea would be to focus solely on my writing in a totally different environment.

Am I nuts? I'm sure to many this wouldn't qualify as a vacation, but for me it would be ideal. :)

Has anyone ever done this? If so, where did you go and what was your writing vacation experience like? Would you do it again?

Writers' Cafe / Juggling multiple writing projects at a time
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:35:13 AM »
How does everyone do it? Since my mind is always brimming with new ideas, I'm constantly mapping out ideas for stories, including series and stand alone titles, complete with applicable character names, character profiles and plot lines. As such, I usually find myself working on more than one project at any given time. Currently, I am working on a stand alone novel and two series: one novella series and a novel series. However, I am finding that even though I set out trying to keep up with all of them, ultimately I end up devoting the majority of my time to only one of them.

I often hear of other writers who are able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously, with great success. I would love to be able to set a schedule for all of my projects and stick to it. Like, say for instance, devoting one day a week to each project.

Mind you, I don't write full time as I have a full time career during the day, so most of my writing is done in the evening hours and during the weekends. But I am wondering if any one has any tips and / or advice you could offer on how to set a schedule for working on multiple projects at a time and being consistent with it?

Writers' Cafe / Glossary of "erotic words"
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:23:19 AM »
Is there a glossary somewhere that contains a list of "non-purple prosey" erotic words? I am currently writing a series of erotic novellas and find myself running out of terms to use for body parts. I'm trying hard to avoid having to repeat certain words, but it is getting more and more difficult.

Help...anyone? Thanks in advance! :)

Writers' Cafe / How do you back up your writing?
« on: October 25, 2012, 06:10:07 AM »
Hello from a newbie here!   ;D

My number one fear as a writer has always been the fear of losing my work. For the past few years I've been backing things up in three places, my laptop, emailing copies to myself and on two USB drives. But considering that I broke one USB drive a few months ago, and then lost the other just this past week alone, I'm beginning to think this isn't such a great idea anymore. I don't put much stock in putting backup copies on my computer (even though I always do) simply because computers crash. Thankfully, I obsessively email copies of all my WIPs to myself several times a day each with each update I make. And thankfully, I had the good sense to save a copy of my entire writing folder to Skydrive or else I'd be terribly depressed over losing yet another USB drive (think I lost it in the house somewhere, not sure).

As if losing both USB drives wasn't bad enough, last night I had a scare when I tried to open up my Microsoft live account. When I tried logging in I received a message telling me someone else was trying to use my email, and then it blocked me from logging in. I then had to answer a bunch of verification questions and then enter another email address for Microsoft to send a security code to me, but then it wouldn't let me open the email (I'd stupidly entered my alternative hotmail email address). So then I used my gmail address and was told it would take up to 24 to 48 hours for them to verify my information before I could get back into my email. Needless to say, I was in tears, worried I'd never have access to that particular hotmail account / Skydrive where all my work is stored, ever again. The only thing that worked was logging onto my hotmail from my Iphone and from there I was able to acces the security code it emailed to my other address and enter it into the email address in question. I was never so relieved in all my life.

So now I'm concerned about someone hacking into my email and backing my work up via this method no longer feels secure anymore either. I ran spybot cleaner and a virus scanning program to clean my laptop of any trojans etc.

I'm more paranoid than ever about losing my work now and am wondering what suggestions you all might have in regards to other ways I can back up my work?

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