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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to be a better writer
« on: Today at 12:54:56 PM »
Drink lots of milk.

Does that mean you can't be a better writer if you're lactose intolerant?

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YES, I'LL TAKE A CHOCOLATE-DIPPED SQUIRREL, THAT WOULD BE VERY NICE!

I STARCHED ITS TAIL SO YOU CAN HOLD IT LIKE A CORN DOG.

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OK I GUESS MAEYBE THATS OK IF LIKE KDIEM COMES IN AND DUNKS IT IN CHOCOLATE FIRST OR SOMETHIN

THEN WE CAN CALL IT COUNT CHOCULA.

VAMPIRE HAMSTER WOULD TOTALLY GET TROUNCED, SKEWERED, & SHISHKABOBED BY VAMPIRE SQUIRREL!

THAT'S TOO BAD BECAUSE SQUIRREL IS ALSO DELICIOUS (YOU'RE ALSO FROM TEXAS SO YOU KNOW). I HAVE MY DOUBTS ABOUT HAMSTER.

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WHAT IS FOR CAPSLOCK TREATS?

READ THE LAST SENTENCE AGAIN :) DOES EATING VAMPIRE CRITTERS TURN YOU INTO A VAMPIRE THOUGH?

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Writers' Cafe / CAPSLOCK WEDNESDAY: VAMPIRE RODENT DEATH MATCH EDITION
« on: January 17, 2018, 02:42:56 PM »
AM I ALLOWED TO START A CAPSLOCK WEDNESDAY? IS TODAY WEDNESDAY? HAS DAN BEEN BEAMED UP TO THE MOTHER SHIP? WHAT SHOULD VAMPIRE HAMSTER TAKE ON NEXT? BECAUSE VAMPIRE GUINEA PIG LOST THE LAST ROUND, WE HAVE SNACKS.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Whom do you consider the best writer?
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:53:33 PM »
Chuck Tingle, hands down. Once you've been Tingled, you never go back.

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I saw the subscription they have, but didn't dive too deep in to them. I didn't realize the photograher's bundle was actually photoshop. I'll have to check it out again, thanks.

Yeah, it's Photoshop + Lightroom. Lightroom is useful if you have a lot of photos you need to organize.

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I just use Photoshop and InDesign. It's what I learned on, and they work best. My partner needs them for work anyway, so it's not an extra expense. PS CC subscription is only $9.99/month though...it's called the photographer's bundle. If you have a .edu email, you might be able to get the student rate of $19.99 for the full suite.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: accent marks over letters in Scrivener
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:13:10 AM »
You can change your keyboard layout in Windows regardless of your physical keyboard (in 10 you can then toggle back and forth very easily with an icon in the tray). https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-keyboard-layout-windows-10

Change it to a Spanish layout and you'll get a dead key. It's on the right hand side of the "P" (it's {[ on the US English layout). Press that, then press the letter you want accented. The alphabets will all be the same, but some of the other keys will have different functions now. There are other layouts that give you these too (there's a US-International one that many people like), but I can't tell you how since I don't use them. If you like a different layout to use all the time, Amazon sells stickers you can put on the keys.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's play: what's your poison?
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:50:56 PM »
Trix cereal with rum (ran out of milk).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vampire Hamster vs. Vampire Guinea Pig
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:25:47 PM »
OT: PK, did you ever publish your book? I remember all of your cover threads and things and was just wondering if so and how it went.

No, I'm trying to get the whole series at least planned out first to make sure I'm not written into a corner on the first one. For the past couple of months, I have been dealing with too much other stuff to even work on it (ugh). I did come up with a much better title though.

I am actually playing with the idea of a spin-off novella about the vampire hamster, but I don't know if it's too weird. The hamster would turn into a bat and attempt to fly to his masters (the MCs of the series) who have gone to Buenos Aires...sort of a "Homeward Bound" scenario. He gets exhausted on the journey and crash lands amidst a herd of vampire guinea pigs. Then it could either be that they hold him prisoner, or he needs their help and has to win them over. Would readers think I'm insane if I wrote something like that alongside the series?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vampire Hamster vs. Vampire Guinea Pig
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:38:44 PM »
Because they are subjected to supernatural selection.

You have a real talent :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vampire Hamster vs. Vampire Guinea Pig
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:03:33 AM »
Plus female hamsters have been known to eat males if they try to mate with them when they are not in heat  ;D

"That's not what I meant when I asked you to dinner."

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Writers' Cafe / Vampire Hamster vs. Vampire Guinea Pig
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:27:54 AM »
Which one would win in a death battle?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The name of your book
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:38:02 PM »
My UF series was supposed to have the first book be "Spellbound", but there are only like, eleventy billion already, so I had to do some quick stepping to come up with a better one.

I had that same problem. I wonder if we'll eventually get to the point where everything has already been taken?

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Writers' Cafe / PayPal account limited scam?
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:58:43 PM »
Has anyone got an email about your PayPal account being limited? It looks official, but in the sent line it says "postmaster@taylorchen.com" which is obviously fishy. My account doesn't seem limited, but I've had it limited before and the only sign was that my PayPal debit card no longer worked. I'm pretty sure it's a scam, but I did recently send money to another country and that's how it became limited last time. I don't have any money in there right now to test it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:23:37 PM »
I started this thread to talk about lit fic and see what people on this board (predominantly writers) think of government grants being used to keep the genre alive. Me, I think that every genre is worthy and that publishers should spend  their own money to market lit fic more effectively. What do you think?

That's not really how it came off from your title and first post. Not to mention that The Guardian has a reputation for being OTT with their opinion pieces (they once published a piece on the racism of barbecue for crying out loud).

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Or maybe lit fic indies are hesitant on applying the label to their books because it will harm sales?

They probably are, and it's not just indies either. I'm currently reading a trad pub book that I'd consider literary, but it wasn't marketed that way. The author has won literary awards for other things. I can think of several other examples. So just because it isn't marketed as literary doesn't mean it isn't.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiverr book covers
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:29:08 AM »
$15-25 is around what I saw "top rated" sellers charging so I didn't bother going much higher.  What do you typically pay?

I don't pay anything because I make my own. But people's time is worth something. You said you sent the guy several changes, and you only paid him $15-$25. You can't expect people to work for way below minimum wage. Not only is the designer spending their time, but they also have to have the equipment, software, fonts and stock photos, plus pay their self-employment taxes. If you want a designer to work with you like that, you're going to have to pay a fair price. Mostly the people who will do what you want are not on Fiverr. There are several designers on KBoards. Ask what they would charge. Or look for a pre-made. Sometimes you can find them on sale in your price range.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiverr book covers
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:18:05 AM »
I'm not sure what you are expecting for $15.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:06:27 PM »
Paranormal Kitty, can I just say how much I appreciate your responses in this thread? Lit fic writers are not made to feel particularly welcome around here, but I pretty much know which posters to just skim over at this point. I have not seen other genres being dismissed and sneered at except for this one. Indie lit fic writers are not receiving grants, awards, etc the way trad pubs are so I don't really understand the animosity.

At least someone appreciates it :) And ITA.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: From the South?
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:07:30 PM »
Not sure if it's a southern thing, but does anyone else love some chicken and waffles?

I always end up getting that at least once every time I go to Louisiana.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Celebration of word count
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:19:26 PM »
So sorry about your mom, but congratulations on hitting your word count.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:46:32 PM »
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication/literature-21st-century-understanding-models-support-literary-fiction

Isn't that just the info that was mentioned in the article? It's specific to the UK, as others have pointed out. The UK isn't the entirety of literary fiction. You're not even from there and neither are most of the people posting about this.

BTW, is anyone going to mention that reading in general is in decline? If you google "decline in reading" there a ton of articles about it, but it's pretty common knowledge that people read fewer books now than they used to.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:28:07 PM »
I think most people on this thread (notice I said most) have basically agreed on one thing-- there is NO SINGLE AGREED-UPON DEFINITION of lit fic.  There are obviously varying opinions and/or theories, but again, nothing standard.

So... no shoving of anything, anywhere.

I guess you missed some of the posts then.

That's not what lit-fic is. Lit-fic is a space that publishers created to promote books that didn't fit into any popular category. It has nothing to do with depth, characterization, or anything else.

That is what lit fic came from. But the publishers tried to create an aura about it being "high brow" and other such notions when in fact the writers (and stories) in this genre suffer from and benefit from the same things as any other genre.

All I've seen is observations on what lit fic really is. Which is a way for publishers to market books that don't fit into the broader categories.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: More lit fic angst at the The Guardian
« on: January 08, 2018, 02:49:07 PM »
Lit fic is in trouble.

Just out of curiosity, are you basing this assertion on anything besides these articles in The Guardian?

And if you're actually concerned, maybe some of those who have posted in this thread could start by not crapping on literary fiction and shoving false definitions (no, it isn't just a publisher's racket to promote unsellable books) down everyone's throats. That kind of attitude makes indie lit fic authors who come here feel unwelcome, when they could benefit from this forum to learn about publishing and marketing. Do you think any indie lit fic author who read this thread would feel welcome?

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