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Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's talk about shifter romance
« on: Today at 03:30:42 PM »
I think Atlantisheart covered it really.

My shifters are wolves too. And as a writer you get to play with pack dynamics which is fun. There's a lot of macho posturing hiding tortured souls. The unswerving loyalty is a big thing, and you can create good conflict by having a girl he likes that isn't an accepted part of the pack. Loyalty to a pack V loyalty to love.

The appeal is that they are alpha males by design rather than by being billionaire arsehats.

They are dangerous without being bad guys.

And they strip off a lot...

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Made Every Mistake & Now Starting Over
« on: Today at 03:19:01 AM »
Yes, if you must write in two totally different genres then two brand new pen names is the answer.

Delete everything else, consider yourself starting as a brand new author.

Don't tell anyone you know, instead use targeted promotion to launch each name.

Personally, if you want commercial success then I would load up the two new books and see which one does best and then stick with that genre.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to be a better writer
« on: Today at 01:04:05 AM »
Bathrooms are sometimes the last bastions of safety & silence. Prolly why it's my favorite room in any building. I've hidden in many over the years.

Not with small children they're not. If you even dare to close the door they beat on it relentlessly until your head explodes.

It takes ages to clean splattered brain off the tiles.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Request help coming up with a funny acronym
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:18:07 PM »
Protection from Maltreatment Society

Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:59:00 PM »
We have a winner...and with 44 words, she comes in just slightly over the mark. Live on in infamy, Evenstar. Very nicely done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Lord of the Rings Epic Fantasy Viral Builder
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:48:01 PM »
More explanation might be needed. I have no idea what a viral builder is or how it works

Writers' Cafe / Re: How much did it take you to write your first book?
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:31:25 AM »
Three days. It is still my most popular book.

More time does not equal better in my case (YMMV)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Whom do you consider the best writer?
« on: January 18, 2018, 07:55:45 AM »
Douglas Adams.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

I read those words and was never the same again. Genius!

Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« on: January 18, 2018, 07:41:26 AM »
There once was a mod on Kboard
Who was tasked with controlling a horde
So she told all the writers
To start being politer
But alas, she was simply ignored

However, they caused her much laughter
And lived happily ever after…

Or did they?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:15:27 AM »
Be nice or I'll put you all on the thinking step!

(my best mom voice).

But I mean it seriously, be nicer please.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Men writing as Women?
« on: January 17, 2018, 08:00:21 AM »
When I was 14 I used to voraciously read Mills & Boon romance novels (I think they are Harlequin in the US). I read about twenty of them by one author (I think the name was Jessica Steel but can't be 100% sure). When the internet came out I looked up the author to see if they'd written any others and discovered that she was in fact a man. I can honestly say that I wasn't bothered in the slightest and I bought five more books by him/her.

I truly think that this is how most people feel. (Though I do NOT want to drag up the closed topic of people being deliberately misleading for other reasons).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:24:16 PM »
Okay, I'm going to put a time-out temporary lock on this thread as I see it going extremely far south and I have to go to bed. We may reopen pending discussion.

Evenstar, Moderator

Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with a trope
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:17:43 PM »
I'm getting a Shakespearean 'As You Like It' vibe from this story.  :)

I instantly thought of Twelfth Night. Wasn't Viola in a shipwreck and disguised herself as a boy?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking Co-Author(s) for Paranormal Romance Series
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:21:48 PM »
I'm curious why you don't just hire a ghostwriter to provide a manuscript for you to publish, since it looks like you're taking on pretty much everything else anyway?

You have to pay a ghostwriter upfront. Sounds to me like this author wants to do this without paying anything that isn't profit.

Personally I like the idea of partnering up with someone at some point and sharing a pen name to create greater output, but my issue with this request is that the author community is small and building up the whole "know, like, trust" angle is just as important to me as a decent contract would be.
We are naturally going to be sceptical because you don't have that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:10:36 AM »

Sometimes the hero is the wrong guy at the right time. Sometimes the hero is drunk.

Ha ha ha!

There are reasons we fear the night. He's not one of them.

This has long been one of my most favourite tag lines

Writers' Cafe / Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:45:39 AM »
Either 2 or 3 would be good, but I'm not keen on that dominant banner at the top. I'd shift everything upwards and place it at the bottom.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:37:56 PM »
i use them for my Greek Mafia series. For Disorganized Crime I used "There's no offer for her to refuse ..." For another one: "Two Godmothers. Zero wands." And: "To Heir is Human." And "There's no business like foe business."

I love coming up with tag lines. :D

And, to be fair, you are extremely good at it!

I use them, these are from the first 3 books of my latest series:

“There’s always a price to pay with magic. The question is... who pays?”

This feels very familiar, I have a feeling I might have bought this book! It was probably the tag line....

I don't put mine in bold (don't know how... html?? ick!)

I use this, Jena, it does it all for you:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:33:10 PM »
Wait for it . . .

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Whoa! That was so freaking cool!!

I gotta ask... how much did you pay for it? I want one!

Writers' Cafe / Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:19:09 AM »
I've been thinking a lot about tag lines recently (by which I mean the sentence in bold at the head of your blurb).

I write about ten of them for every book recently and sometimes switch them about to see if it makes a difference.

I never used them in my older books, but all my newest ones have them. I'm also wondering if it's a genre thing? That I don't use them for YA but I do use them for PNR.

I also read a lot of them when browsing for books (and sometimes very little else). And I often peruse the promoted books on the Amazon page reading the tag lines they have. Some are brilliant, some are unappealing.

Do you use one? Hit us with your best tag line(s).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Google Play book promotions?
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:59:26 AM »
I've not heard of them, do you have a link?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good sources of Urban Fantasy stock photos?
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:44:59 PM »
Have you checked out Crello? It's almost exactly the same as Canva but it has much better UF images, and they're generally only a $  ;D

Derek Murphy has a video on it:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiverr book covers
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:33:55 AM »
I have a cover that shifts over 100 copies a day (free book, but it's a Christmas book and still sells all year around) and a lot of people have said it was the cover that sold it. It came from Fiverr. Here's the link to the designer:

This is the cover, it's totally low resolution because I bought it back when she was only charging $5 for a standard gig. To be honest the novella only took me three days to write and I planned it only as a gift for my mailing list, so I never expected it to be this popular when I bought the cover! But I'd use the designer again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2nd Virtual Writers Conference for Jan 2018
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:26:28 AM »
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