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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Satire/Comedy
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:31:19 PM »
One of the first books I wrote was The Whispering Tombs, which is my take on a more bonkers/whimsical version of Doctor Who.

I'd recommend English author Paul Magrs, and check out his DW book, Mad Dogs and Englishmen for sci-fi comedy/satire.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing on the Commute to Work
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:48:56 AM »
I don't drive, but I don't think I'd try to write while driving(!)

But I do commute to work (an hour each way), and have taken to writing stories via my phone.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Music to write by
« on: April 08, 2018, 02:57:20 AM »
I've begun writing solely when I'm commuting to work, so I usually listen to the songs on my mp3 player (Arcade Fire, Electric Swing Circus, Pet Shop Boys, to name but a few).

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX sales stuck for anyone else?
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:09:52 AM »
Mine was last updated on the 4th April.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are your books ever described as "easy" reads?
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:29:22 PM »
I get this quite often, and definitely see it as a positive. To me, it means the writing flows well and the reader doesn't have to re-read a sentence/paragraph/whathaveyou to understand what it means.

Writers' Cafe / Re: First Person Narrator Death
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:59:07 PM »
Yeah, go for it! Am a great fan of first-person narration and unexpected endings (when done well). Not to mention that I'm writing my own vampire book/series in first person.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Short stories on Amazon?
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:49:51 AM »
My one regret is beginning to publish with short stories. I have made sales and received good reviews, but they all say the same thing - too short. Only at the end of 2016 did I manage to publish something over 40k words (and I think it's my best seller). My next book is over 62k (well, the first draft is, anyway).

Perhaps it will be more worthwhile putting them all together and promoting it as a showcase of your future work? I know I wish I'd done that at the beginning.

After flip-flopping over whether to put my sole romance audiobook in this thing, reading this thread has helped me decide.

Hell no.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone write westerns?
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:09:16 AM »
I wrote a western, but it had a slight steampunk bent to it. Sells occasionally via D2D, but not Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Weird Fiction Anthology Call for Submissions
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:49:12 AM »
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the opportunity. I may have a short story that may fit. I'll try and finish it up over the weekend, and send it.

I've no problem with the payment situation. If my story gets accepted, then I'll be happy with bragging rights, as I've never been featured in an anthology before - mainly down to pure laziness on my part.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:12:51 AM »
I thought it was flush, but then I thought it might be one of those modern words that I'm not privy to!

I think it is 'flush' here in the UK. A hot 'flash' brings up an image of a flasher, and it's generally not a 'hot' image. lol

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:09:10 AM »
I'm in the UK, and have never heard the expression before.

I thought it sounded like two things -

1. People getting into a barrel and racing down a hill.

2. A term for seeing who can be fastest to 'scrape the barrel'.

Thanks for the explanation, though!

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:07:41 AM »
Really good!  :)

Oh good. Phew! Thanks.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:36:41 AM »
My one and only AMS ad has been running since the 3rd January, and has the following stats -

Impressions: 59,124
Clicks: 168
ACPC: $0.11
Spend: $17.88
Total Sales: $51.49
ACoS: 34.73%

My bids are between $0.13 and $0.17 (the book is contemporary romance, second book in signature).

Are these good stats? Bad? I'm going to follow Cassie's example and start pausing the underperforming keywords.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Fun Chick-Lit - The Twin Dilemma
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:26:32 AM »
Just a wee update on The Twin Dilemma. As well as having a new cover (and new blurb), it is now available as an audiobook, and narrated by the lovely Claire Calverley!

So if you enjoy Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella stories, or can't get enough of British chicklit/contemporary romance tales, this may be just the thing you're looking for.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Report frozen for anyone in UK?
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:32:24 PM »
I'm in the UK, and usually see a lag at the beginning of the month.

EDIT - Sorry, I thought you meant Amazon's sales report. I haven't used Book Report in ages, so don't know what the issue might be.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a Dedicated Editor?
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:12:26 AM »
I'll be looking for an editor soon, Martha. I'm so glad you edit in UK English.

*Bookmarks thread, too*


As a result of these cold turkey fixes, this month I wrote a first and second draft of a book I've been procrastinating on for over a year, a radio play which I sent to an international competition at the BBC, a short story which I released yesterday, and formatted and published a play, as well as had time for friends, family, marketing, and this thing called "going out and doing stuff".

Keep us posted on how your play does, Kate! I'm a big fan of the Beeb's radio plays, so have my fingers crossed for you.

I'm also planning to submit something to the BBC when a relevant opportunity opens up on the Writer's Room site.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dark and Fkd up Books
« on: January 28, 2018, 04:28:55 AM »
You have 1 one star and 1 three star review with an overall ranking of over 4 stars both lower reviews said the book was too boring, dragged, and had too many flashbacks. I didn't see much about being too dark or offensive.

Which reviews are you referring to?

On the UK site, it has one 5 star and four 4 star reviews. Maybe it's more suited to a UK audience?

BTW, Rachel, just noticed you are from my neck of the woods. Hello! *waves*

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dark and Fkd up Books
« on: January 27, 2018, 02:27:24 PM »
I've downloaded a sample of the book, Rachel. I like the odd [expletive] up, twisted ending in books I read.

There will be an audience for this. You just need to find them.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: Non-linear narratives
« on: January 27, 2018, 02:13:06 PM »
A recent Inside No. 9 episode started at the end and jumped back 10 mins at a time, to the beginning of the story. It was very well done.

But I've not tried writing non-linear stories myself... yet.

I would have leapt at this chance, as I have a YA fantasy all mapped out... but I have at least two other books I need to write/finish first.

Good luck with the course, though!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Find, Read, Love wants YOUR book! :)
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:30:16 AM »
Hi Nathalie,

I got your email and have replied to it now. :)

I'll tweet the form out in a mo', and will add more of my books, too!

Despite missing it out in my original email, I do like the idea of a topic of discussion. Anything that gets people involved can't be a bad thing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Barnes and Noble finally getting its act together?
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:10:12 PM »
Sounds interesting. I think I still have an account with them, but shifted all my books to D2D after not selling anything directly (Strangely enough, I sell on B&N through D2D).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Find, Read, Love wants YOUR book! :)
« on: January 23, 2018, 05:19:14 AM »
Hey, Nathalie!

I remember the Find, Read, Love project. Sorry to hear things haven't been so good for you, but glad to hear you are doing well, now.

I'd love to add one of my books (probably the middle one in my signature) but I'll have to do so when I get home from work, tonight. Can't access my personal email through the work computer.

Glad to have you back.  :)

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