Kindle Oasis
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Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkein

Kindle Edition published 2009-04-17
Bestseller ranking: 786

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All three parts of the epic masterpiece combined in one definitive edition of the text.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.

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My campaign ended ten months ago and the "publish" button had disappeared so I notified the Scout team. They sent out the announcement the next day (today!). BTW, the best thing to happen to my novel (and to me as a writer) was getting rejected by Scout. I received a lot of reader feedback and rewrote the entire novel.

(If anyone wants to check out the revised novel it's on Kindle Unlimited--or 99 cents through November:)

Best of luck with everyone's campaign!
I just picked up my copy.

I'm surprised you got such useful reader feedback just from the excerpt, but it's great that you did. This is the first time I've heard of someone getting enough to rewrite the whole novel. I guess that's one more potential plus for the process.
The Book Corner / Re: "Most Read" kindle books, per Amazon
« Last post by Atunah on Today at 09:53:07 AM »
I can see those books as being top ten read fiction. I've read 9 of them. I never got around to reading the 3rd Fifty Shades installment and probably never will.

Hah, that is me. I read the first 2 and just never felt the need to continue on. I felt closure at the 2nd, other than the twirling mustache villain still somewhere, I think. I can't recall exactly, its been a while.

Those two 50's are the only books I read from the list. I don't read non fiction at all so nothing there obviously. I also don't read YA so never had any urge to read the hunger games.

I did try to read Gone Girl and hated it. It was a DNF for me. I didn't get too far.

You are definitely not the only one having problems holding the new Oasis.  I traded in my Voyage and do love the size of the new screen but, without any edge, I keep hitting the screen bringing up the index or menu. 

I know that I can not comfortably read on this device without a cover to grip.  I returned the cloth cover which was worse than useless and my Moko cover is in the mail today.  Hopefully, it fits well and the cover will allow me to grip the Oasis better.

I think this new Oasis design team was filled with people who have larger hands and definitely not with anyone who suffers from arthritis.   :( 
Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's talk about writer's Doubt.
« Last post by Mercia McMahon on Today at 09:47:53 AM »
As Martin Descartes (or was it Rene Luther?) didn't write:

I write therefore I am angst ridden.
I assume that the question is new to you, not newly published. I might discover trade books wandering in Europe's biggest bookstore (aka Waterstones Piccadilly), where I'm more likely to be attracted to the 3 for 2 offerings than hot off the press. For ebooks I discover new books from kboards signatures, Cora's 2 mags, the Goodreads UK Book Club, Goodreads Ads, Guardian reviews, and Hugo shortlists (probably via Cora's Speculative mag). Mostly I'm concentrating thumping down the 250+ TBR list. I also swap books with a friend and discovered the wonderful (but only new to me) Children of Time: Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

I have never decided to buy a book based on customer reviews, but I have often decided not to buy an interesting sounding one based on customer reviews. I make my decision based on the blurb and the Look Inside (or first few pages if in a bookstore).

As to advertising maxims I prefer CS Lewis's view that the great weakness of humanity is its inability to disbelieve advertisements (Screwtape Letters).
Writers' Cafe / Re: Mastodon
« Last post by Saboth on Today at 09:41:45 AM »
I thought this thread was going to be about the band.   :-[

Yeah, I was hoping: "Mastodon is releasing a new album, and is running a contest for writers to come up with a short story that captures the soul of the album. The winner will get a shout out on social media, a ton of merch and a ticket to see them in concert at a venue of their choice."
Writers' Cafe / Re: Pricing for Illustrated Novel?
« Last post by veinglory on Today at 09:38:48 AM »
It depends a bit on how it effects your base price and delivery fees.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's talk about writer's Doubt.
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on Today at 09:26:33 AM »
The Imposter
When the shipment of my very first galley proofs arrived at my house, I thought, "Could I be a writer?" But, I knew that that book was the first step on a long journey of doubt. Was I an imposter? "One day," I said to my wife, "One day I'll know that I'm a writer." She would roll her eyes, and sit in her favorite reading chair to begin another adventure between the covers.

When I started getting 4-figure advances for my books, I thought, "Wow, I'm a writer!" But, I knew there were people getting 5- & 6- figure advances. I felt like an imposter. "One day," I said to my wife, "One day I'll be a real writer." She would roll her eyes and continue reading another thick hardcover.

When I started doing interviews on radio and TV, I thought, "Now I'm a real writer!" But there were people that had to hop on a plane for their next interview, while I trudged my way home. I felt like an imposter. "One day," I said to my wife, "One day I'll really be a real writer." She would roll her eyes and shift in her chair to get more comfortable reading yet another tome of another author's work.

When I started getting paid to attend writer events like Comicon and book festivals, I thought, "Holy crap, I really am a real writer!" But, I was surrounded by people who lived out of their suitcases during con season because of all the personal appearances that they made. I felt like an imposter. "One day," I said to my wife, "One day..." Her eye-rolling interrupted me.

"Darling," she said, "You were a writer the day you picked up a pen." She closed her hardcover. "Every day that you put words to paper, you are a writer." She placed the hardcover lovingly on the stand beside her reading chair. "Do you write for advances?" She asked. "Do you write for interviews?" she continued. "Do you write for appearances?" She crossed her arms over her chest and shot me a look that demanded I answer.

I looked around at the things my writing has paid for. I smiled at the collection of authorly awards adorning my writing armoire. I remembered fondly the art my daughter has created, inspired by her creative father. My wife leaned back in her chair, reopened her hardcover, and declared, "I didn't think so."

I am a writer. And you know what? Galley proofs, advances, interviews, and appearances are not what make me a writer. Writing is what makes me a writer. It's what makes you a writer. We all have days of self-doubt. We all see others achieving great things, and feel like imposters. By definition, writing is a solitary endeavor. But, to abuse a common patois, "Writers gonna write."

Write something today. Or don't. You'll write something tomorrow. Or you won't. Give yourself permission to fail. Allow yourself to embrace the wonderful act of creating. Writing, like art, defies definition with one exception: Writers write.

Well done, Mark.  After reading this, I'm off to download one of your books. :)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie copy editor/proofreader
« Last post by Martin OHearn on Today at 09:22:58 AM »
The revising of authors' schedules has left the beginning of January open. After my posting about lead times of two to three months, that feels almost like the day after tomorrow.
I  check my favorite authors blog/social media/reddit posts daily for news of a new book (looking at you Rothfuss and GRRM). Then search for series that other redditors tell me are similar to my favorite authors books. Once I find an author that I enjoy, I typically read everything they have to offer and that can take some time.
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