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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to be a happy indie prawn
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:17:20 PM »
Love this post :) You took the words right out of my brain.

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Interesting. I've been thinking about getting myself one of these for the past couple of months or so.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Did Someone Say It Would be EASY???
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:37:16 AM »
Point these folks, whose expectations are so unrealistic as to make me cringe, to the following book on Amazon, and hopefully, they might learn something.

Self-Printed by Catherine Ryan Howard
http://www.amazon.com/Self-Printed-Sane-Persons-Guide-Self-Publishing/dp/1478385545/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376055340&sr=1-1&keywords=self-printed

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anybody On Wattpad?
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:03:29 AM »
I've gotten thankful comments from a few readers, for posting entire books. Evidently posting partials annoys them. Just a heads-up. :)

Uh oh. Hmmmm. Will have to keep this in mind.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mind blowing stats: How and why readers buy books
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:55:45 AM »
72% said NO when asked if they are likely to try a new author if it says "New York Times Bestseller". I have to laugh :D Many of these stats, especially this one, describe me as a reader. Seeing those words on the book cover doesn't impress me in the least.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anybody On Wattpad?
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:49:51 AM »
From what I've read about author experiences on Wattpad, it looks like a good place to post a preview of your books, perhaps the first few chapters, and potentially gain readers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Non US person very confused about taxes!
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:47:12 AM »
I went the EIN route because I have my own publishing company.

I have seen the set of instructions in the post by Catherine Ryan Howard at http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/02/24/non-us-self-publisher-tax-issues-dont-need-to-be-taxing/, and I must say that the actual process for obtaining an EIN is not as painful or dubious as some people might think.

According to the IRS page at http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-to-Apply-for-an-EIN, there is a process for international applicants.

If you are an international applicant, you must call their long-distance number (see previous link). You will speak to someone about applying for an EIN. You will be asked if you have an SS-4 form, which by the way you're not eligible to fill out anyway because you need an SSN, which you won't have because you're an international applicant. They're not going to ask you "is it for ebooks" and why should they. Silly question. They don't care. They'll take your information, ask you some questions about you and your business, verify with you that all the information is accurate (the most important step!) and give you an EIN over the phone. You will receive a package from them in the mail a few weeks after that.

Like I said, this is for the EIN route, not for obtaining an ITIN, which takes much longer. I've read in the book Self-Printed by the author of the aforementioned blog post that this way is suspicious, but I must disagree if the process is legitimately posted on the IRS website.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Much needed dose of encouragement
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:28:45 AM »
That's great. Always so good to receive some encouragement. Sometimes I wonder myself if it is all worth it. But I am one who likes to tell good stories and who knows, we never if we might reach someone at such a personal level.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: "Stone and Silt" - historical mystery
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:24:53 AM »
That is really awesome. Congratulations!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Just bought a copy of each of my print books
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:03:38 AM »
Nice! I can just imagine that sweet feeling of awesomeness, once I get a printed copy of my own book that isn't a proof. I am still working on that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Doubts anyone?
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:01:50 AM »
I get this all the time, every single day, every time I start typing, while I'm typing, while the words are pouring out onto the computer screen, and long after that.

I recently got a virtual punch in the solar plexus when my first chapter got rated 1 out of 5 in a review requests forum at www.writing.com (probably the most unintuitive site ever created). No review was left, just a rating. So at first, doubt ensued. Makes me wonder if the person who did it was just some teenager who isn't a fan of epic fantasy. Which is why I decided to ignore it. Obviously an illegitimate opinion. Needless to say, someone reviewed it after that and gave it 5 out of 5. That's a rating and review I can take seriously.

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I did this recently with Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. I picked up the third book, forgetting to realize that it was not the first book in the series. I went ahead and picked up the first. That's where I'll start reading (once I finish a book on self-publishing called "Self-Printed" by Catherine Ryan Howard). For the life of me, I can't start in the middle of a series. I don't know how others could.

As I'm working on the 2nd book of my series, I am also feeling the dilemma of how much back story I must include from the first book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:51:12 AM »
Why, yes, I most certainly have posted on my blog recently ;D

In this blog post, I am emphasizing that you must, I say, absolutely MUST back up your works in progress. Save your data! Back it up! You don't want to lose any of your precious manuscripts.
http://michaelsanrosia.com/2013/08/05/back-up-your-works-in-progress/

Feel free to check it out.

As I get closer to the end of the editing phase of my first book, my blogging frequency will escalate.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to hunt/use Beta Readers?
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:39:33 AM »
Lots of great information in this thread. I'm so bookmarking this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My worst day as a writer
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:13:55 AM »
I'm totally OCD over backing up works in progress. Man, if I lost all my work, I don't know how I would take it. Not writing for a whole year might be an understatement.

Normally, my manuscripts are stored on my laptop, where I usually work. It's immediately backed up on a USB thumb drive at the end of my writing work day, and every week, it's backed up on a separate desktop computer. And all data stored on the desktop computer is also backed up on an external hard drive every month.

Yes, OCD indeed. But I'll take the extra effort at backing up my stuff rather than risk losing any of it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing consistency...who has it?
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:06:26 AM »
Who has writing consistency? Certainly not me.

I'm always hearing about advice on writing consistently, writing every single day, but in my opinion, I think it's unrealistic. I think if you can write productively for at least 5 days out of the week, then you're fine. But that's just me. You could write more, but not to the point of intruding on other priorities in life. You could write less, but not to the detriment of your writing productivity. I think this is up to the individual.

Usually, I have days where I reach my average of around 1000 to 2000 words. There are days where I don't get the chance to, and I have to put the dreaded number "0" on my calendar, which I use to keep track of my daily word count. Then, there are those days, usually in the weekend, when I reach 5000 or more words. And, finally, there is the very, very, VERY occasional day (happens maybe once or twice a month) when I exceed 10,000 words. I've had two 20,000 word days, and one of those days, back in May, I reached 32,768 words.

Now that's some serious writing productivity. I don't know what came over me, but it must have been either the highly detailed plot outline or the coffee or a combination of both, but that is a record that I don't think I will EVER beat.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Episodic Serials/Mini-Series
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:24:53 PM »
Hmmm... as I'm writing my epic fantasy series, I've been thinking about writing some serial fiction as well. I have an urban fantasy idea that might work well as a serial.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: author name: full or nick?
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:50:20 PM »
I agree with the use of "Becca" for the reason mentioned above.  If I'm to read a fairy tale book, using "Becca" has a more fantastic "feel" to it.

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Introductions & Welcomes / Greetings from Author Michael Sanrosia
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:17:26 PM »
Greetings.

I am Michael Sanrosia, a writer of epic fantasy, and I live in Canada. For years, I've done nothing but create draft after draft after draft of stories, ever since I was around twelve or so. Now, over two decades later, I finally decided to actually self-publish. No more second-guessing and procrastinating for me. In all that time, I've created an entire "constructed universe" with 16,000 years of history, where all my stories take place.

My current project is an epic fantasy series called Ethereal Daydreams and the first book is called Rebellion of the Princess. This is currently with my editor. I've also started on the second book, entitled Redemption of the Princess. I haven't yet determined a release date for the first book.

Since this is really my first book to be published, I'm still considered a newb at this kind of thing. I've done a lot of research on self-publishing and I'm charging full steam ahead, hoping I haven't royally screwed everything up, LOL!

Regards,

Michael

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