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Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I doing my launch all wrong?
« on: Today at 04:07:41 AM »
AMS is Amazon Sponored Ads.

On your kdp dashboard you will see the option next to your book. You'll need to set it up the first time and then it's easy. There are lots of threads here to talk you through it though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where and when do you write?
« on: Yesterday at 02:13:52 AM »

I do sprints of 800 words at a time. I no longer time myself. I just do the word count, no matter how long it takes.

As a result, it could take as little as 2 hours or as much as 6 depending.

I found when I was watching the clock, I tended to put out more dreck just to get the words in before the time was up. So now, I watch the word count and don't sweat the clock. I focus on the scene and what it needs rather than how many words I can get in during the allotted time. I know that works for some, but not for me. I do like to cut up my writing into chunks that are not daunting. I used to get 1100 - 1200 words in 25 minutes. Now, I shoot for 800 words at a time, five sprints for 4,000 words.

That's a great tip, I'm going to try it today! Thanks Sela

3) The pub: pen and paper, working on first drafts with several pints of beery deliciousness. Whenever I can.

Beer gut alert! Add in your recent wedding and you could be heading for weight gain. I think I put on about a stone after I got married.  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where and when do you write?
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:16:34 AM »
I am desperately trying to get a regular schedule.  Between kids work and other commitments I find it difficult to get any consistency. I dictate when I can and early mornings.  Also if I an early for an appointment I try and get a few minutes in, but all over the place really.

How on earth do you do early mornings with kids? If I get up at six then so do they, if I got up at five so would they!

And I really envy people who can "get a few minutes in". It takes me about an hour to clear my head space and settle down to work, and if I get interrupted then I practically have to start over.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:13:41 AM »
This is a reminder to be respectful or be banned from the thread. Some of the posts are getting too close to the boundary and there have been reports and edits. I know you all like a good debate, but let's keep the personal remarks out of it. Only the OP has asked for feedback, I can't see anyone else that has done so. Carry on... nicely.

Evenstar, Moderator

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where and when do you write?
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:23:47 AM »
I have my own study (well, actually I put a second desk in there recently for my eldest to do his homework as well - so it his study too). I adore having a room in the house just for work.

I work from 9pm - Midnight. Actual writing is crammed into that time along with everything else (emails, marketing, Kboards, etc etc etc).

I literally can not wait for the day when I can work during daylight hours and I'm not doing it half asleep! I'm counting down the days now and then I'll have three mornings a week between 9.30 - 12 pm to work. It's going to be SO liberating!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:14:13 AM »
I have to agree with KelliWolfe, I don't feel like writing is an art at all. Especially when you do it professionally. I love to write, but I treat it like work not like self-expression. I try to put in the word count, I slog my way through books that I'm fed up with or I'm too tired to write. I show up and do it.

It's still the best job in the entire world as far as I'm concerned, but it is my job and I want to make money doing it. And I feel disingenuous to call myself an 'artist' on that basis. Of course, a lot of that might simply depend on your definition of artist...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:02:23 PM »
I hear you, I really do.

I feel low a lot of the time as I'm trying to break away from teen romance and into a new genre, and it's hard starting from scratch again. Of course, I picked a really saturated genre simply because I love to read it, but it's depressing seeing my rankings and my income all fall as I ignore my old name and focus on a new one that has yet to move the needle.

But like you, I sometimes think this is a time spent issue. I can only really write at night (even though I call it my job - because being a full time mother to little ones doesn't earn squat), so I try to aim for 1000 words a day. But it's constantly interrupted, and of course, being a Moderator I spent far too much time here at the WC.

My youngest will start pre-school soon and I keep thinking I should probably go back to an office. But I don't want to! I want to do this!

I just keep telling myself that it doesn't matter that my new series isn't "resonating", because there will be other series and at least I'm building a back list for my new name/genre. Put in the hours you can, keep learning and experimenting and give it time...

Using a few of the suggestions, how's this?

With great power comes... a whole lotta trouble

My name is Gabriel Ward. A year ago I woke up in the smoldering rubble of my apartment. No burns. No cuts or bruises. No memory of what the heck happened.
Then, a guy who could give Methuselah a run for his money dumps another bucket of weird on me. Turns out, most of the things I thought were merely myths are real -- and I'm one of them.
An Heir.
It's not what you'd think. No trust fund. No deed to a charming fixer-upper. Just a crazy story and a front row seat to an eternal war.
I'd call BS on it but for the magic. Cool, right?
Yeah, sure, until a diabolical douche starts playing puppet master with mortal souls and that magic puts me in the thick of it.
With earthly authorities in over their heads, and unearthly authorities screwing around with their own agenda, it's up to me to stop it. My only chance is embracing my heritage at whatever the cost. Because if I fail, the city will become a demonic Ellis Island. Then the sulfur will really hit the fan...


Writers' Cafe / Re: CS vs. Kindle Print
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:49:09 AM »
Of course it may be that KDP Print Beta attracts clueless people (they see the advert on the KDP page and figure, hey, why not?), but it does cause endless problems. I think that if you create a perfect PDF, both for the interior and the wraparound cover, perhaps using CreateSpace specifications for the latter, you should be okay. But then your book won't be sold on Barnes & Noble or Book Depository (great service for overseas shoppers) etc. I could never accept that, so I will be moving to IngramSpark if CS ever bites the dust. I'd use KDP Print for Amazon and Ingram for the rest of the world, with the same ISBN.

Clueless? I don't think of myself as clueless after five years publishing and nearly thirty books. And yet, gasp, I use KDP Print these days. The difference may be that I don't bother with expanded distribution.

What are the endless problems? I've published the last four paperbacks on KDP and they look identical to CS ones when printed. Of course, mine are printed in the UK so maybe that makes a difference?

I quite like having all the reporting in one place, and it means that print sales show up on Bookreport as well, which is very handy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book2Pod - your book as a podcast
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:35:51 AM »
As someone who doesn't have a clue how to load up podcasts to the various sites, I'd see this as a benefit just because they'd do all the hosting and complicated bit for me. It seems like good exposure (agree that the cost is a bit scary though, when we don't know yet if people will tolerate robot voices). I'd sign up like a shot though if there was a beta for doing book one for free so I could review the download stats and know if it was worth doing more.

Also, I'd imagine this works much better if you are wide than if in KU. Because that way if someone listens on Google Play they can instantly download the book if they liked it but didn't like the audio, or if they wanted more in the same series, same on Apple etc.

I'm going to keep an eye on it, especially to see how well it works and also to see if they add more voices (my UF books would prefer a Scottish accent - but that seems unlikely).

Magic... Mayhem... Memory Loss. One hell of a way to start the day!

Not really relevant, but I don't like "Soon after", it's way too wishy washy for me. The rest of your blurb is quite punchy and this sticks out like a limp thumb for me.

Even "And then" would follow better. Or 24 hours later... or something, anything else!

Also from your blurb:

With great power comes... a whole lotta trouble

I think it's intriguing and instantly shows the humour

Writers' Cafe / Re: Your thoughts requested on a mystery cover
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:17:13 AM »
I'm confused.

Female amateur sleuth coupled with the series title used and the tartan, all says cosy mystery. The rest of the cover says Mystery Suspense.

The blurb confused me even more. A dirk? And I'd start with the sleuth (I'm assuming she's the main character?) and then go on to what she discovers about the victim.

This reads way better and I agree with Jessie's comments too.

I like the cover, I think the kilt pattern at the top and the punnish title says 'cozy mystery' just fine. I wouldn't read this expecting a thriller.

The blurb, hmmm...

Meeting former lovers is always awkward...especially when they've been murdered. Scottish historian Elle Mackay is drawn back to Clan MacUspaig to find answers to some touchy questions.

Was it a mid-life crisis that led Clan leader Stuart MacUspaig to try to cut ties to his wife, his manor, and the historic Roan Island Highland Games? Or something more sinister? Who owns the antique dirk embedded in his back? What secret plans did Stuart have?

Elle must find who has deadly plans of his own before she becomes collateral damage in the extinction of Clan MacUspaig.

Eh, a little rough but not as passive.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Services: Manuscript Editing + 10% OFF
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:06:45 AM »
As an author, I'm always hugely grateful to people who post costs per thousand words. I hate having to navigate through a website and then calculate all the zeros (I'm never sure if I've got it right).

For example my current proofreader charges $2 per 1k words, so I know that a 50k manuscript will cost $100. I'm actually looking for a new line editor but would like to compare some prices without digging around and getting out a calculator. Of course, that's entirely up to you, but just a thought...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Services: Manuscript Editing + 10% OFF
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:02:05 AM »
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help with a head
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:56:33 AM »
Looks like you got plenty of replies.

I was also going to say that salt would have been considered too expensive in that era, so maybe sand (especially if they are near the coast). But a clay pot with a stopper would be in keeping as a travel vessel, perhaps also filled with sand to absorb seepage.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you know when to call it quits on a book?
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:29:15 PM »
I'll go against the grain and say the tired old "power through".

I've had at least three books that have been like pulling teeth to write, but they had to be written because they were part of a series.

I know of only one way to force the finish to hurry up and come and that is to have a deadline. Put the book up for pre-order and then you have absolutely no choice but to get the words down or face the consequences.

It's gutsy and possibly stupid, but extremely effective!

(Another alternative is to book a slot with an editor and pay half up front, then you are working to that deadline instead. That works pretty well for me also, but it doesn't give me the fear to the same level.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Word Help, Please
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:20:02 PM »
This isn't a "correct" term, but a slang term would be "a guys-gal", the opposite of which is "a girls-girl".
But it isn't really as strong as hating. It just generally means girls who prefer the company of guys, or girls who prefer to be with the girls.

You could keep it really simple and say she was a woman-hater?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Decent Sci-Fi Premade Covers for <$50?
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:05:06 AM »
What sort of image are you looking for?

This one is on Bayou Cover Designs for $48

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thriller Competition (no violence against women)
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:46:33 AM »
Locking for discussion

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thriller Competition (no violence against women)
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:07:04 AM »
Charmaine - you are no longer allowed to post in this thread.

Evenstar, Moderator

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thriller Competition (no violence against women)
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:54:17 AM »
I've edited a couple of posts and removed a couple that were follow on from the edited ones. Let's keep it respectful of each other.


Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't figure out why my novel isn't selling
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:21:38 AM »
I'm now un-locking.

I've gone through this thread with a chainsaw. Some posts that were helpful and informative were deleted but I felt it was necessary to bring the thread back on track. Let's keep it that way please.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Funny comments and questions from book signing events
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:11:23 AM »
Never done a book signing but I have dinner party lines I hear all the time:

"I've always wanted to write a book." (Usually followed by a breakdown of the plot they've been thinking about for ten years).

"You should totally write a book about my life." (Usually followed by a detailed account of the fascinating life they've led.)

"That sounds interesting. So your husband's a chef? Does he do the cooking at home?" (Usually followed by losing all interest in me and bombarding him with questions.)

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