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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

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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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Designs by Virginia McClain Designs
« Last post by VirginiaMcClain on Today at 10:34:28 AM »
Hey Everyone! I am just popping in to share a few new pre-made covers, and also let everyone know that I am moving to a new website! I am in the process of merging the web address to my own domain, but for now it's still using the free Wix address: https://virginialamcclain.wixsite.com/vmdesign This new site is super mobile friendly (unlike my last site)! It's also brand new, and I've had it beta tested, but if you find any errors please let me know, I'm still working out the kinks.

Below are the new pre-mades (which you can buy for $50 through a friendly form straight on the website). Or click "Book online" for any of the custom cover options! I have one or two slots left for the end of January, and am now taking bookings for February and March, so check out the new site and book away!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Said goodbye to Wide
« Last post by K'Sennia Visitor on Today at 10:31:03 AM »

 I'm seriously considering putting MS into KU, at least for the first 90 days. I'm just curious cos it's a short novel/novella, so want to see what a full page read would look like, and since it's kinda experimental, all girl universe, so lesbian universe, no sex, but a bit of romance, space fantasy ... on a newish pen name that's only done smut before and isn't popular yet. So maybe KU will help with the visibility that all the KU fans always claim. I only sell a book or two a month on D2D anyway. If I sell 3 over there it's exciting! I don't suppose trying it can hurt me too much?
Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you spend on editing?
« Last post by DrewMcGunn on Today at 10:29:31 AM »
One thing that is never mentioned is whether it is profitable to put a lot of money into a book. As a former accountant, I estimate how many sales the book will generate and determine how much I can afford to spend. It is easy to be in the hole if I spend too much money on a book and don't make it back. Therefore, a person has to be practical.

Although I'm still very new to self-publishing, I looked at my budget before I decided to self-publish and decided I could eat around $500, if I wrote a book that only my wife would praise. That became my ceiling. I shopped around on the Kboards classified ads until I found an editor that I could afford. I was fortunate that they did a good job, and helped to clean up the manuscript. I did the same with my second book. It helped to keep costs in check. I've been fortunate, that I'm running in the black now, and I'll be paying for the editing and cover with the profit from the first two books.
Giveaway books automatically go onto the 'to read' shelf unless you untick it.

Adding the giveaway book to the TBR shelf is now compulsory, which has caused much discussion on GR and users are not happy about losing that tick box.

I used to run international giveaways for paperbacks and would usually see 2,000-3,000 entries for 1 book. I'll be following results of the new giveaways with interest as given all the criteria now (US only, users who have linked Amazon & GR only, MUST shelf book as TBR) and talk on GR would indicate that entries will be down significantly.
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 ^^
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).
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.
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 :(
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)
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 forgot 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 credits for it and make some good friends? But it's good to keep a foot in the program and a foot in real life.

These posts (not mine) summarize how I feel about a creative writing program. This is about film school, but the exact same applies to creative writing:


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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