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Writers' Cafe / Re: How would you pay homage in a fiction book?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:44:01 AM »
About Lawrence of Arabia: you said the world your characters live in does not have movies. Did you mean movies exist but are not available to your characters in their location, or motion pictures have not been invented in the fictional world you created? If it's a world where motion pictures never existed, then there would not be any screenplays to read.

Does the world you created have books? There were numerous articles and biographies written about T.E. Lawrence after he died in 1935. Or your characters could be reading the well-regarded book Lawrence wrote himself in 1922. There are new editions available now, or your guys could have gotten hold of an old edition. Here's a new edition:
"Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph: The Complete 1922 Text" by T.E. Lawrence

All right, that's good. My character could refer to a story about a famous guy he had read in his childhood. It's vague but at the same time gives me space to paraphrase the quote I like so much.

Thanks! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The self-published authors I want to hear from.
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:54:38 PM »
... and today I'm celebrating the 30 days anniversary of my debut book launch by hitting my 30$ all-time super-milestone! Not much, but I feel sooo good!:)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The End!
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:48:59 PM »
Good luck with it! I see that your process is very thought-through so I'm sure everything will go without any last-moment hiccups :)

Writers' Cafe / How would you pay homage in a fiction book?
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:47:23 PM »
Howdy, fellow writers!

In my prose, I want to pay homage to some of my favourite movies/books/comics by referring to them in a proper way. Sometimes it's easy (as in creating a marginal, restless, brown-wearing sailor whose schooner is called Serenity) and everybody who are supposed to get it - just get it. And sometimes it's hard, because I want these referring parts to stand out, be blunt and understandable. I don't want them to blend in, because I would consider it stealing a line.

For a real-life example, I want one of my characters to refer to a movie. "Lawrence of Arabia". But the world my characters are living in does not have movies. So my character should quote... what? A screenplay? An old friend of him?

What would you do to make this referral more blunt and standing out?

Writers' Cafe / Re: It should be a guy in his underwear
« on: September 06, 2014, 03:27:44 AM »
And where's his coffee thermos?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Staying Positive!! (List Three Things)
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:18:45 PM »
1) The cover for my second Tale is ready and beautiful. I just can't look at it enough.

2) I've skyped with an awesome writer earlier today and I learned a lot from this brief, yet very inspiring contact!

3) I'm deep into writing and it gives me lots of fun. When one enjoys writing, everything is going to be just fine.

Great thread :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a new title for third book
« on: August 16, 2014, 03:11:12 PM »
I'm stuck. Not sure what to call the third book in a Gay Werewolf Romance series.

FIRST: Heart of the Alpha
They meet, their eyes lock, their forbidden love is like fireworks everywhere.

SECOND: Arms of the Alpha
They face a challenge, experience doubts, come crashing back together in a figurative nuclear explosion.

The alpha mysteriously disappears, shenanigans afoot, his mate must triumph over multiple evil forces to ensure his safe return. (Reunited with EVEN MORE explosions and fireworks.)

(And that's the end of the series, cuz I am all outta fireworks.)

Night of the Alpha?
Call of the Alpha?

Clash/Fight/Struggle of the Alpha?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Conversation about Novellas
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:09:55 AM »
Well, I went even deeper, because I release my books as novellas mixed up with novelettes. It's because I write them in Polish and then translate them into English, what basically means that I need to write every single sentence twice;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Very Important News for ALL Writers ....
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:08:29 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm finally one of you!
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:07:16 PM »
Congrats, Andrzej!! Here's to many more published tales and loads of sales! Pardon the poetry.  ;D

But with wines or ales?

Congratulations, love the cover. Will read your book.

Oh, thank you!

Yay!! This is going to be awesome. I'm off to get a copy now. Looks excellent, and I could use a nice, short, historical-ish read. :)

God, I hope so:-) I think that you'll love the later installments - Fleet is mooring to a variety of interesting realms and city-states!

It's an exciting time for you. Welcome to our crazy world. Now, for the important part, where's the ice cream? ;)

The courier just rang that he's on his way!

Great job! Congrats. And you are doing quite well in rank as of this posting.

Yes, one of the experiments of merging Polish and international readerships :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm finally one of you!
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:34:06 AM »
It looks like you've got some impressive sales right out the door. Congrats!

My experiments with merging Polish readers with the international edition of the book :)

That's great, it sounds like an awesome novelette! Congrats!

Thank you!

Congrats! Best of luck to your sales. ***raises a toast, clinks glass, eats some ice cream***


I really like the cover! :) Congrats!

I love it too:)

Congratulations. Best of luck.

Thank you. I think I'll need it:)

Writers' Cafe / I'm finally one of you!
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:14:26 AM »
After months and months of writing and planning... I decided to launch myself as a writer with something different. And so I saved my then-book somewhere deep within the HDD and came up with a new idea. I've been writing it  since late February and - here it is - my third written, first published ebook ever! I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MY JOY!

I already have another 3 upcoming installments ready, but I want to polish them before publishing.

Here is some info I want to share with you:

Title: Admiralette - A Swarm of Black Birds (Tale One)

Blurb: Smart and brave Sephira, the Admiral's daughter, believes that she can handle anything.

No one warned her, however, that a massive mutiny is about to rage across her floating country. Powerful social and political players clash and exploit ancient sea-faring traditions in order to destroy the stability of the multi-cultural Fleet. Will Sephira be able to diffuse this time bomb? Or will the demons of the past catch up with the current events and make things even worse?

In order to save her nation, Sephira embarks on a wind-powered adventure full of ocean breezes, strong sun, and true friendship.

Genre: Sea Fantasy + Action & Adventure

Length: 38 pages (that's why it's named "tale" instead of a "book")

Why novelettes: I write in Polish, then translate the manuscript to English. In other words - I write, edit, copyedit, proofread, re-work, and proofread again every sentence at least TWICE. And then I use the help of the professionals. It's very time-consuming and going with shorter & more frequent installments seems better for a case like me. Thanks for E. here, she advised me to do so:)

Strategy: Publishing the second installment (a bit longer, around 50, maybe 60 pages long) as fast as possible. Becoming an active, genuine and "regular" GoodReads user (I love GR as a reader). Building my newsletter base. Trying to convert my Polish readers into international readers, because they have the potential, and the guts:) No paid promotion, not until there are more books available on my Amazon account. Also: learning as much as I can.

Acknowledgments: Thank you, Writer's Cafe. Without your help I wouldn't have known what to do in a variety of problems. I wouldn't have met lots of very polite, friendly and helpful people that guided me through hard times. I also wouldn't have met both, my copyeditor&proofreader, and my book cover artist. They are the best. Because they are from the Cafe.

Aah! I think I'll open a box of ice cream now!:-)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Idols or people who influenced your writing career
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:57:01 PM »
Bravery and craft: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Ken Follet, Kurt Vonnegut.

Methods: Chris Guillebeau, Chris Brogan, Tim Ferriss, Hugh Howey, Kurt Vonnegut.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Bknights Report
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:31:41 AM »
Good for you! And thanks for posting real-life numbers :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon increasing list price
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:49:23 AM »
It's only the VAT tax. In Poland it's 23% for ebooks and 0.99 becomes 1.23, 2.99 becomes whatever is 1,23*2,99 and so on :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I just got a letter from Amazon about Hachette
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:50:05 PM »
I got it too. It bothers me that the sentence "Remind them that authors are not united on this issue." is followed by the link to the Amazon side of the story:

Writers' Cafe / Re: .com vs .pub
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:11:52 AM »
I'd think that there's something wrong with the address. And I'm a person who spends almost all day online.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Organize Your Book Promos
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:02:32 AM »
How about a short sample so we can see what we might be buying?

Second that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Finding your readership & right genre
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:17:13 AM »
I think that you just found yourself a great blurp:)

"At first I thought to label it as the "romance & new adult" - because the book is about a relationship, and the characters are in that 'start of adult life' phase of New Adult. But it's not a typical romance, and it's not 'light'."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Business Cards
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:52:29 PM »
Love that idea, it's very intriguing! (of course I just checked out the page, too...hello!)

Sometimes, less is more, especially when it comes to something with limited space like a business card. Don't want it getting too crowded with words and... stuff. Just point them exactly where you want them to go!

Exactly! Plus you can customize the /hello page as you please, make it relevant when anything interesting happens or, let's say, paint it with colors of some upcoming conference :)

That page is awesome!!! I'm going to make one just like it. :)

I strongly recommend that:)

This is great. :) Unique. A simple thing like this makes you standout from the crowd.  :)

Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Business Cards
« on: July 30, 2014, 02:01:34 PM »
Mine just points out to . Single line of text. Nothing more.

I have a new series starting soon. I'm planning for a September/October release of the first volume, but it's almost done now and I may put it out in August instead - though I'm worrying about the August slump, so may hold off till October). At the moment I am in the middle of coming up with a pricing strategy for it, and was having the same questions as you. I have a standard price chart that I use to price my stuff: (...)

(Little OT: thanks for that! I'll be launching my sea fantasy saga soon and the installments ("Tales" as I call them) vary from 12 000 to 18 000 words. I had no idea how to price that. Planned to go with the .99 strategy but on second thought it suddenly seemed a bit unreasonable to me. I think I'll go with 2.99 pricing.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hope fall is better!
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:06:39 AM »
I haven't noticed that horror books sell better around Halloween, even when I put them on sale. And not to be a Debbie Downer, but in my experience, generally, books tend to sink lower and lower in the rankings unless acted upon by an outside force. It's like the first law of Amazon. All books want to be #1,000,000 in the store. Even if at first they rise, at some point, they sink.  :'(

Promo can raise a book for a while, if it's the right promo. But nothing lasts forever (even cold November rain).

That was one of the most depressing realizations I've ever stumbled upon on KBoards.

I'll raise my books different! They will have better ambitions!:-D

Writers' Cafe / Re: I survived a month!
« on: July 30, 2014, 03:54:04 AM »
That's a superb start!

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