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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opening lines
« on: Yesterday at 03:55:10 PM »
I think we had this thread recently and someone posted my absolute favourite:

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
« on: Yesterday at 03:52:22 PM »
So you guys use real tea? Do you make it properly first, then wait for it to cool down before adding the ice? Otherwise I'm imagining it would simply melt the ice and you'd end up with "Lukewarm Tea".

And Lukewarm Tea just sounds disgusting. In fact, it is!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Central for Australia?
« on: Yesterday at 01:07:00 AM »
Are there any other author centrals apart from .com and

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
« on: Yesterday at 12:10:16 AM »
But be warned that in the UK we would expect it to be alcoholic

Good grief, this is a fun argument from a British point of view.

The average salary in the UK is around 27k GBP ($35k ish?), so even half of 100k is nearly twice the average income.

Of course, we don't pay for health care so I'm sure that saves a chunk.

I want to tell some people to take a reality check, but it's a tomatoes tomatoes argument. It's all relative!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Covers – Premade... but unique!
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:18:13 AM »
Hi Steve,

So glad you did this. That couple on the cover of Above Everything Else really come out at you, that would stand out extremely well against a lot of the usual 'flat' romance. But the one with the little boy actually tugged my heartstrings. You just know it's going to be incredibly moving and heart-aching! I really hope that whoever buys it writes a happy ending for him otherwise I might cry, a lot!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Design by Perie Wolford + Premades Sale
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:00:49 PM »
Just dropping into the thread to say that Perie just started working on a YA series for me that was totally last minute and he made all my changes super fast! Thanks Perie.

I haven't loaded the book covers anywhere yet but here is the banner he did to go with book one that I'm using as a teaser on my website.

Hi Sparling,

I'm just here to give you a "solidarity" fist bump because your YA books and my YA books have nestled together for a few years now.

I went through this same thing a year ago and decided that YA was no longer profitable and that I had to switch genres. Well, I did, and it's been really hard! New pen name, no list etc. It's a slow process to start over, but I quickly realized something - even that $500 a month from the YA books was better than nothing. It wasn't what I used to make but it was still too much to just throw away. So now I'm running two names and it's still a lot of work and still hard, but diversifying is good and so is sticking with what you had. Are you in a position to do both? That would be my recommendation.

Either way, I really hope it works out for you, the main thing is not to give up  :-*

I have a new series coming up, I'll certainly take your offer for a free cover to see if it hits the mark, but it would be great if you could PM me with what you think you'd charge for subsequent covers in the same series (no point in switching designers once you have book one sorted).

Well, I think it's pretty good now and we're just being over picky!

I like the one on the right, though either would do well.

Only please please ask the artist to get rid of that girl's adam's apple. She looks like a man pretending to be a woman. They don't stick out like that on women!

Writers' Cafe / Re: I am having a senile moment
« on: May 11, 2018, 02:08:24 AM »
It's a really tricky one actually.

I've said this several times but it never hurts to say it again  ;)
I am British and all my YA books are written in British English, but there are a lot of reviews on them from U.S. teenagers complaining about my spelling and my incorrect word usage. (Even though I have a bolded statement at the front of every book telling them it is British English!)

I've tried to compensate by always having an American proofreader who also looks out for unfamiliar words or phrases. But the reviews still happen.

So, when I started my new pen name I switched to using American English. And surprise surprise, not a single review so far complaining about it! It's kind of sad actually...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Slogan for a vampire hotel/bar
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:08:31 AM »
RIP Here

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance: The (not-so) Gentle Heroine
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:37:52 AM »
Ooh, I do love the blue-stockings! I searched for those characters when I was a younger teen and wanted to do nothing but read.

My passion was Greek and Roman Mythology and I would have been thrilled to find "intellectual" heroines in the romance books I read, there seemed to be a distinct lack of it back then. Still isn't enough of them....

Writers' Cafe / Re: News Covers... I Just Don't Know...
« on: May 10, 2018, 02:11:58 PM »
Take a nap, then consider re-visiting image 3. It is way more 'atmospheric' than the one you have right now. It says that the book will be thrilling as opposed to romantic.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance: The (not-so) Gentle Heroine
« on: May 10, 2018, 02:06:42 PM »
I'm pretty sure that most modern women are quite eye-rolling at the 'perfect' heroines.

Virginal, fine. They ought to be because of the era. And kind and patient, yes, as Usedtoposthere says, those are strong qualities. Also, goodnatured is good, I personally hate negative moaning 'snarky' stroppy heroines, I'd much rather have one that has a great sense of humour and laughs easily. But sweet? Ugh... No. Definitely give me someone with a glint in their eye, someone who does what they think is right even if it is against the grain, someone who will turn on their heel and walk away from the hero if he is being a PITA.

It sounds to me like your books are going in the right direction. Carry on!

I have a feeling you're going to be paying your water bill too... and maybe the gas?

Great cover btw, really like it

Writers' Cafe / Re: News Covers... I Just Don't Know...
« on: May 10, 2018, 01:52:24 PM »
I think the image on #3 is fantastic! But ...

The typography is way too brash and all over the place.

You also misspelled the series title as well as your name (I think someone was getting tired!)

The series title should actually look like a series title (simple font across the top or the bottom) and not like it might also be the title of the book.

And if you shifted your author name down a bit then it wouldn't hit the light on the water and would be much easier to read

Sort all that out and it will be a winner  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did a little research...
« on: May 10, 2018, 01:47:12 AM »
Re: Search

There is a very simple way to get an excellent search for Kboards. You go to Google and type in 'Kboards' before your search parameter
E.G. Kboards Amazon V Wide

Re market. I sell almost nothing through D2D, with 16 books through them it is a laughable amount that only keeps me in coffee. BUT I do well through Google Play. It's a great marketplace for YA. Different genres have different results in different stores, that's why it is worth experimenting at least.

Writers' Cafe / Not a Moderator anymore!
« on: May 09, 2018, 09:11:00 AM »

Confession time. I'm afraid that while you were sleeping I staged a massive coup d'etat. I locked all the other moderators in the pool house and ran amok all over Kboards taking out every other author who writes in my genre. Then I trademarked all of your names (too soon?) and partied with the pool boys using all your passwords to buy pretty things on Amazon.

But all good parties must end and I had to let them out eventually.... So, now I'm nothing more than a trained actor reduced to the status of a bum. No, wait, that's someone else's line.

Okay, okay, not really. The totally boring truth is that I wasn't getting my work done because I was spending too much of my time moderating you 'orrible lot (among many other things! I love you all really). I'm just badly behind on my work schedule and so I've been trying to cut back my social media and all my 'extra' activities in an attempt to increase my production.

I was very very sad to give it up after less than a year, but my time management is clearly atrocious and I had to be ruthless.
I'll still be here, of course, but less so because I must concentrate more on the job that actually pays my mortgage.

And finally, I just want to say that your (remaining) Kboards Moderators are the most amazing women, who try incredibly hard behind the scenes to always be fair and to keep the threads from going feral. Thank you Ann, Betsy and Becca for your amazing support and it was a genuine pleasure to work with you. And thank you Carrie for keeping this place just as Harvey made it to be and for the opportunity to help out in even a small way. XX

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did you read any books on writing?
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:29:57 AM »
I've hugely enjoyed all of Chris Fox's books on publishing. I just got the paperback yesterday of Plot Gardening and will be reading it in the bath tonight.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which name shall I release it under?
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:00:41 AM »
Thanks, I was thinking that too. It could be a good lead in from one name to the other. Sigh... I wish I had a crystal ball.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which name shall I release it under?
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:09:10 AM »
My instinct is to keep it all under the YA umbrella, I think that audience is more likely to cross over than the PNR for grownups.  Fingers crossed that your new series gets traction!   :)

When you say keep it ALL, do you mean put the PNR in my signature under that umbrella too? Or just the new series?

Writers' Cafe / Which name shall I release it under?
« on: May 08, 2018, 02:01:41 AM »
I'm about to release a Young Adult lighthearted Paranormal Romance series, but I'm not sure which name to put it out under...

I was going to put it under my new name (see my signature below) but this name has yet to gain any traction and so I was thinking maybe I should just release it under my YA name instead? (Which has a much larger mailing list and lots of followers).

Would it be better to create more backlist for the new name or better to stick with the name that has all the fans?

One name is YA and one name is PNR but these books are YA PNR! Am in a quandary...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alternate History-Historical
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:39:14 PM »
Yes, I call my books (below) Historical Fantasy or Alternative History, because even those set in present day are immortals and have a long and detailed backstory.

I absolutely love peppering fiction with historical fact and can get happily lost down many rabbit holes of research. I recommend Ian Mortimer's Time Traveller's Guides. They will give you a very good basic all rounder for certain times in history.

I also use modern English but what I would call "correct English", no slang. Even I would balk at reading my own Arthurian era book if it was full of "Forsooths" lol.

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