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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

Product Description
Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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The creative writing program is not a program to form writers, but to employ "writers", sometimes to preserve a culture of privilege, and to help the university make money. So based on this information, my tip would be the nearest/most convenient/cheapest program, because your godson is unlikely to learn anything in the program anyways. Other than that, it's important to think what he wants with the program.

This ^^
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« Last post by Jim Johnson on Today at 10:26:35 AM »
I'd love that (of course the list would probably have to go well into the hundreds for me to find self name). If their estimated are anything like Kindle Spy's, their numbers may be over inflated, especially for .99 KU books.

I'd rather have the numbers than the names, personally. I don't really care who is in what position. I'm more interested in what the top 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000 ebook authors make. How many of us are making over six figures? How many of us are making a healthy living that isn't quite six figures? Etc.

I'm not sure the exact number really matters. I recall the Passive Voice blog running a couple threads about indies who were able to quit their day jobs due to their indie income and the threads were extensive with writers all over the world making life-changing money (YMMV depending on lifestyle, naturally).
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi, I'm Lisa from ProWritingAid
« Last post by abgwriter on Today at 10:25:53 AM »
PWA gives more detailed and exhaustive revisions. I especially like their passive voice and repeated words features. Passive voice is one of my worst problem so PWA is great in that. My only complain is that it takes a lot of time for the revisions to load, and the MS Word extension is severely buggy. MS normally crashes on me as couple of times every time I try to run a PWA screening.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Warning: Fiverr Proofreading Scams
« Last post by Andrei on Today at 10:24:12 AM »
You'll be lucky if the text you sent for proofreading doesn't end up published somewhere, perhaps after being sold as ghostwriting to another unsuspecting person.

Already live on all venues (soft launch, only told my email subscribers about it), want to tweak it a bit more before the official launch. But yeah, good point, stealing your work is also something a proofreader with malicious intentions can do :(
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 10:21:57 AM »
I didn't make the list, but it's an honor just to be nominated.  8)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Creative Writing Undergraduate Recommendations
« Last post by Day Leitao on Today at 10:20:45 AM »
I'm really sceptical of undergrad degrees. I went to one.

I think the biggest problem is that the bar is really low, the professors are not professional writers (in the sense that they don't live from their writing and they publish very rarely), so the influence from the colleagues can be negative in the sense that students have very low goals. I'll give an example: in one-year of fiction workshop I wrote 10k words. After I have forgotten everything learned in these programs, I have been able to write 8k in a day and to consistently write 500 to 1000 a day despite working full time. I'm an exception.

One horrible day I came to realize that the vast majority of my colleagues is never, ever, going to write a single novel. If they're poets, they'll never complete a poetry collection. I don't know what the deal is, if they're there cause it's easy, cause it's fun, cause they don't want a real degree. I just don't get it.

That said, for a writer who spends their time writing anyways, why not get university credit for it and make some good friends? But it's good to keep a head in the program and a head in real life.

These posts resume how I feel about a creative writing program. This is about film school, but the exact same applies to creative writing:

http://www.secretsofstory.com/search/label/Film%20School%20Confidential

The creative writing program is not a program to form writers, but to employ "writers", sometimes to preserve a culture of privilege, and to help the university make money.

So based on this information, my tip would be the nearest/most convenient/cheapest program, because your godson is unlikely to learn anything in the program anyways.

Other than that, it's important to think what he wants with the program. Making a living from writing takes a while. Writers need jobs at least in the beginning of their careers. How is the program going to help him get jobs? Does he want to teach? Does he want to become an editor? Does he want to pursue a graduate degree?  I think those are questions worth being asked. Sometimes a good choice would be a Creative Writing minor with a more useful major.

Finally, on the atmosphere, and getting in the scene. Well, there are problems. Recently professors in two Canadian universities have been accused of misconduct. As far as I know, it's not only in Canada, and Creative Writing departments are ripe for that type of behaviour. The intimate milieu of the writing workshops allows students to become friends and sometimes more with professors. Which can be good. And bad. I mean good in being friends. And yeah. Stuff happens.

http://canlitaccountable.com/   Check it out. And it's all true. But it's not like this university is a horrible place. A student can go there and never see or hear about this type of behaviour. A student can also want to get in the club, and go down the drain (and maybe get lucky and make a living from a few mediocre books).


Finally, regardless of the program, the important thing is for your godson to know what kind of  writer he wants to become, and to never lose sight of his goals.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: WTH is Leo Tolstoy doing in Space Exploration?
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 10:14:07 AM »
Possibly, but then Louisa May Alcott and Joseph Conrad are there too!

Okay, so now that's 'War and Peace', 'Little Women' and 'Heart of Darkness', each set in space. I like it.  8)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Latest Author Earnings Report has been posted
« Last post by Lagertha on Today at 10:12:28 AM »
Could the preponderance of $9.99 titles also reflect the number of box sets out there? That's what I price mine at, anyway.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Warning: Fiverr Proofreading Scams
« Last post by Shelley K on Today at 10:11:58 AM »
You'll be lucky if the text you sent for proofreading doesn't end up published somewhere, perhaps after being sold as ghostwriting to another unsuspecting person.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 10:11:37 AM »
When I read the KDP community forums, I am appalled by the apparent illiteracy of fully half the authors. We can hope they are the same people who are hiring editors, but I'm skeptical.

I think budgeting a thousand dollars for editing should be on every newbie's list.

Meh, I think this is something that writers tend to worry about more than readers. It can be pretty easy to sink a lot of money into editing without really knowing if you're getting a positive ROI. Of course, if your sales are being hurt and you have determined a lack of editing to be the cause, by all means pay what you need to get back in the black, but I'd caution newbies to be wary in this area.
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