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Writers' Cafe / Re: The word "stiff"
« on: Today at 11:43:21 AM »
I definitely came into this thread to suggest "one ex-werewolf"  ;D

Seriously, I think you've gotten a lot of good suggestions to change up the structure and wording. "Stiff" in this context makes me expect the book inside to be a noir or hard-boiled kind of story, so if that's what you're going for it does hit a particular vibe.

Now I'm really convinced to keep it -- as long as it won't get me in the dungeon -- because that's exactly what I was going for. The werewolves in this book are basically the mafia.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The word "stiff"
« on: Today at 10:02:28 AM »
He's pining for the fjords?

Considering it's set in Texas/Mexico, probably not so much :) I do like "stiff" for the blurb because it's got the snappy vibe I'm going for there. I don't want it to be all wordy. If it's okay with Amazon, I'll probably use it since I don't really care if the reader makes the other connotation as the book is full of racy humor anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The word "stiff"
« on: Yesterday at 06:12:48 PM »
Maybe DOA werewolf? Recently expired? Not-so-dearly-departed father?

DOA might most people know what that means?

Writers' Cafe / Re: The word "stiff"
« on: Yesterday at 06:02:48 PM »
How did he die?
Maybe you could say "a killed werewolfe" or something like this.

He collapsed after delivering a message, so killed probably wouldn't work.

What's the context for the second use of dead? Maybe you can change that one?

"a mission to track down her back-from-the-dead father"

Writers' Cafe / Re: The word "stiff"
« on: Yesterday at 05:36:25 PM »
I'd go with deceased.

That sounds a little too formal to me though.

Writers' Cafe / The word "stiff"
« on: Yesterday at 05:27:46 PM »
I use this in my blurb because I didn't want to use the word "dead" twice ("One cryptic message, one stiff werewolf and one incurable disease later"), but I know it also has a sexual connotation. Will it get me in trouble with Amazon's dungeon master? Is there another synonym for "dead" that would work?

I read this as "life of piracy", but either way, I think it's fine.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Weird Review Issue
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:49:40 PM »
So your plot was terrible, but also imaginative? I guess he doesn't like imaginative? I want to know when his dog's book comes out though. Considering that you have good reviews that are actually in-depth, I wouldn't worry about that's barely a sentence. Did you  p*ss  someone off on social media or something?

Writers' Cafe / Re: F word
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:46:52 PM »
There's a good chance if you use the f-word in a sexual manner (as your example states) you'll be shuffled off to erotica (which is a pain to get out of). Doesn't matter if your cover is about as sexy as a hernia. All it takes is one, little thing for one, little reviewer to take issue with to get you sent over to the dark side of Amazon. (Dark side of Amazon is cool and has cookies but won't help you sell your non-erotica books.)

It's not a guarantee. Nothing is. And it might not be the first or tenth or hundredth time your book is in review. But unlucky number 101 attempt and boom.

(And just changing the word in the blurb after being put into erotica will not matter after. They'll keep sending you the same form letter until you escalate it--or annoy long enough.)

I think I've decided it's safest to leave it out. Thanks everyone!

I can't imagine too many people being willing to cough up their SSN to a whole bunch of random clients. That seems like a really fast way to get your identity stolen.

Also, since cover designers are selling a product, rather than becoming an employee, what makes the client think they have any need for, or right to, that number?

This was my thinking too. What's the difference between making a cover and selling it and making a cake or a shirt and selling it? Especially didn't even make it for a specific person. And giving out a SSN to the dozens of clients you might have in a year...yikes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:58:06 PM »
Is there a country in which a douche is not a douche, but some other douche?

It means a shower in French, but I've only heard the other usage in English.

Not unless you're also sending them to your hairdresser, mechanic, dentist, etc. If they're set up as a business with a storefront (physical and/or online), you just paid them like you would any other business that provides a service in exchange for money. They should be taking care of their own taxes. If we sent tax forms to everyone we bought more than $600 in services from every year, that would be a nightmare.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:35:50 PM »
Oh, that's worse than the one where the hero compared the heroine to his horse.

But if the heroine compares the hero to a horse, it's probably a compliment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: F word
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:19:29 PM »
I see a lot of 1-star reviews citing filthy language that is only within a story. Putting it out there in ad copy visible to all is a bad idea. Put a warning on the last line of your description and save yourself some heartache.

Do you really need a warning about language in urban fantasy/dark fantasy? Most of them seem to have their fair share of filthy language. I'd think it would be expected.

Well...I realize I kind of answered part of my own question in that it probably isn't needed, but I still do like the alliteration. Not worth the risk of getting dungeoned or whatever by Amazon though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: F word
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:20:45 PM »
Could you say what exactly you want to put in the description?
The f-word with or without asterisks?
Or "He bangs everything with fangs"?

Without obviously, but K-boards doesn't smile on using swear words and at least in the preview it didn't filter it out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: F word
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:10:11 PM »
Probably a bad idea. What's the context, though? And what genre?

The phrase is "****s everything with fangs" ... I like the alliteration, plus the book is sweary so it will weed out those with sensitive eyes. Genre is paranormal suspense and/or urban fantasy/dark fantasy, but I haven't really nailed it down completely. It's basically over-the-top paranormal stuff with dark/racy humor.

Mostly wondering if this runs afoul of Amazon's rules.

Writers' Cafe / F word
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:56:16 PM »
Can you put it in your blurb/Amazon description?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help with a head
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:49:51 PM »
They say writers should never edit for themselves because they read what they want to see. I read the title and left out the A - my interest was definitely piqued. I'm a little disappointed the conversation wasn't what I thought it was going to be. (Ahem.)

That could have been helpful for erotica writers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Image for scene breaks in Word
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:37:24 PM »
D2D. If you use an asterisk, the D2D format program will change it to the scene marker you choose. It's free and you don't have to publish your book through them. You just upload the word.doc. Try it, you'll like it. It's much easier than trying to put images in yourself.

Had no idea, will have to try that. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Image for scene breaks in Word
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:34:32 AM »
If you're using an image for scene breaks, what is the best way to do that when formatting in Word? I'm only concerned about kindle format at the moment. I'm doing KDP select, and I don't need help with the print format just e-book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help with a head
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:02:38 PM »
Maybe they made it into a shrunken head.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance Question: Sexy scenes without the hero.
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:26:09 AM »
Okay. I'm just going to make a fool of myself and ask. What is "bad boy adjacent" romance?

The best friend is a bad boy, and he's just always around. They can't get him to take the hint.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb Help - Romantic Suspense
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:35:15 PM »
Maybe you're thinking of a samosa! To be honest I had to google it too.. I initially thought it was some kind of sword but apparently it is a tea urn.

I don't make tea from urns anymore. Not since that time everyone was like "why does this taste funny?" and my mother was like "where are your grandfather's ashes?" Stick with the electric kettle, folks. And now I want samosas, but I'll probably have to settle for empanadas. Sorry, I'll stop ruining your thread now :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb Help - Romantic Suspense
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:12:32 PM »
What is a samovar? Some kind of pastry?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Urban Fantasy readers' favorite things?
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:50:04 PM »
The market is glutted with mega sellers.

That is something that worries me about the category. Can something that stands out in that category gain traction, or will people just skip over it? Especially if the cover doesn't look like all the other UF covers?

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