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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2017 eFestival of Words Nominees List!
« on: May 01, 2017, 01:16:56 PM »
My goodness, I just popped into this thread to check the list and congratulate the nominees, and saw my name there! I did *not* expect that. For some reason it's under General Fiction rather than Historical Fiction, but I'm not complaining :). Thank you, mysterious nominator, and congratulations to all.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have had a stroke...came to say thank you and goodbye
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:58:50 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear this, Jeanne. I hope you're able to take some encouragement from the positive experiences of others who've posted here.

You're a much-loved member of these boards, and I hope you'll continue to visit as you travel the road to recovery.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2016 eFestival of Words Winners!
« on: August 14, 2016, 01:57:54 PM »
Congratulations to all!

Looking forward to it!

My BookBub promo is running today, so hopefully I'll have some momentum going into our promotion. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can people check my sales page please
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:39:57 PM »
I tried it on my Android phone, and it looks fine.

Yes, it looks good, Ryn!

Writers' Cafe / Re: My first-ever indie Kindle Deal is today
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:06:01 PM »
Let's hope New Zealand sprinkles its magic dust!

Yes, indeed! Nice and breezy today for spreading dust around. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: My first-ever indie Kindle Deal is today
« on: July 25, 2016, 01:30:26 PM »
That's great, Rosalind! I hope it goes super-well for you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Three Selfpubs won a RITA this past weekend
« on: July 19, 2016, 04:28:29 PM »
Congratulations, Angela! Thanks for sharing this good news.

Making a very belated entry to this thread! Nice to see so many fellow hist fic authors here. It looks as if you've got things off to a great start, Ryn.

I'm going to submit my permafree first-in-series for August, and hope it will be accepted. I have a BookBub for it just a few days before the promo, so I'll probably be no use at all when it comes to reporting results, but perhaps it'll give the book a post-promo nudge. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Second newsletter subscriber!
« on: July 11, 2016, 04:16:41 PM »
You doubled your number of subscribers overnight! Well done. :)

Another welcome from across the ditch, Anna! I watch snails whizz by at dizzying speed as I trundle along at a glacial pace. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Often Do You Release A New Book?
« on: July 06, 2016, 06:50:20 PM »
I *really* don't recommend my pace, but just to show that it's possible: I've had a three-year-gap between each of my last three books. Not by choice, it's just how it's worked out, for a variety of reasons.

I'd be ecstatic if I could manage a book a year, and I do have ambitions of getting there eventually, but I don't think I'll ever get much faster than that (among other things, I spend months on research for each book). But my glacial pace has enabled me to make a comfortable full-time living from my writing, so my biggest motivation for trying to become more productive is not to keep my oh-so-patient readers waiting so long.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Under Duress
« on: July 04, 2016, 01:11:14 PM »
I'm so sorry, Joe. Huge congratulations on finishing your book in the face of this.

Thanks for the link!

I've certainly found daydreaming, and just letting my mind wander, a great way of having stories form. It's also a good way to prevent actually being "bored" when waiting for a bus or suchlike - how could I be bored with an unruly bunch of characters arguing out plot points in my head?

Just to let you know, I met up with Rosalind and had lunch with her when she was here. She's just as awesome as she looks here - helpful, sweet, and very modest. Hopefully, we might get the chance to meet up again before you go, Rosalind.

Oh, you lucky things! I'm sure you had a marvellous time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Print Only Deals
« on: June 13, 2016, 04:36:27 PM »
Great news, Annie! Huge congratulations.

Haha, a little difference in style, huh? If an All Black had had a wonderful game, he'd have mumbled, "Yeh, I went pretty well, I guess. The boys played well. Everybody did their part. That was pretty satisfying."

I recall hearing a long-retired All Black say that when he was playing, the attitude was that when you scored a try you should walk off the field with your head down, "looking as if you'd just been told your father had died"!

When I was growing up, "skite" [boastful person] was one of the most cutting insults for a Kiwi.

That's absolutely wonderful, Rosalind! You're an inspiration in so many ways.

I've had similar questions/responses - lovely, sympathetic messages assuming I must have suffered a miscarriage, for example (I haven't). And several delicately asking (in effect) why I seem to know a fair bit about domestic violence - not remotely from experience, but from wide reading and listening, and having a vivid imagination. Fortunately I don't write murder mysteries...

Rosalind: my husband (6' 4") is a willing partner when it comes to working out logistics, too. :) 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Income and Pen names: Who is the 1%?
« on: June 04, 2016, 06:17:28 PM »
1) Do you make a living? What range? Eg six figures? Mid? Low? High five?
Yes, I do. Low six-figures.

2) is this income your only income? i.e. Spouse with income? Regular pension? Savings until you make the midlist?
It's jointly our only income (almost). It's a partnership, and among other things my husband is my research assistant, CTO, and book formatter. The "almost" is because he still sometimes does some IT consulting, very part-time, if it's in an area in which he's particularly interested and I'm not keeping him busy enough. :)

3) what genre do you write in? Are you series or stand alones? How many books and when did you see the biggest change?
Historical fiction set in New Zealand, series. Six books so far. Things took off to the extent that I could go full-time when I had four books out, but it was a slow increase to a tipping point rather than having a break-out book.

4) PEN NAMES. I feel like this is a big one because people are pointing out that the report only shows single authors, and therefore people with pen names are making a living but the report doesn't know that. So 'fess up, people! Are each of your pen names doing average ($30k/year?) but you have three of them so you're laughing all the way to the bank?
No pen name.

5) If you had to start all over again, what would you do? Different genre? Lilianna? This is just a throwaway question, but I always love the answers.
Probably start a little earlier. I'd try to write faster, but I keep trying that, and it's yet to work. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 02, 2016, 04:32:22 PM »
Welcome to all the new arrivals!

Changeable? I hope you're not trying to take the 'four seasons in one day' crown from Melbourne! :)

It's definitely a trait we share. :)

Hey Tilly and Shayne, can you answer a tax question for me? (Or anyone who is in NZ)
Basically, what Tilly said. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:06:15 PM »

"What was all that about a sunburnt country?"

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:54:27 PM »
It's so changeable here (northern NZ) at the moment. Yesterday I had the fire on from mid-morning. Today I'm in t-shirt and shorts, and wouldn't mind being cooler!

Shayne, you could totally write up a paper trail of Amy sites! ...
That's a brilliant suggestion, Stacey! It's definitely going in my to-do file - thank you so much!

FOUR of them got tattoos. Oh my goodness.

!!! You're such an influence for wildness, Rosalind. :)

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