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Writers' Cafe / Re: Successfull newbie authors
« on: Today at 11:10:34 AM »
Just write a 12 book series of short, urban fantasy, reverse harem novels under a pen name with two initials instead of a first name, with the words blood, magic, shadows, spells, etc in the titles and have long subtitles full of keywords and have professional covers with blue or gold glowy flames coming from a beautiful young heroine's hands and make the heroine a moody yet snarky were-mermaid psychic shifter who solves crimes and has sexy times and you're off to the races.

LOL

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The MC must have a disability but the story can't have him overcoming said disability is odd... Why?


This one seems obvious to me, it's about representing disabilities, so if they are "cured" then you belittle all the readers who are reading because it resonates. However, I think you mean something different? When you say overcoming, do you mean that they triumph by not allowing the disability to hold them back? I'm sure that would be exactly what the set wants to achieve.

However, I have to agree that as an author I would be concerned as to the target audience being large enough to justify the buy in. Surely it is quite a niche topic?

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Like most writers, I want to be financially independent. 2017 was a suck-tastic year for me. I'm a single mom and the sole income comes from me. I don't need to get rich, but having enough money for the rent and bills each month, with some extra cash left over, would be awesome.

Sure, I dream of getting a new car and owning my own Victorian home someday, but I'd just be happy to have all my expenses covered each month without stressing it.

And writing faster would be good.  :D

Anyhoo, wishing everyone in this thread much success and that they reach their goals in 2018!

Yeah, 2017 was suck-tastic for me too. I'm so glad to be seeing the back of it. I have high hopes that 2018 will be different. I know that New Year is just a meaningless date, but it still feels good to have a marker in the ground/year to say "Right, it changes from this point!"

(I too want a new car and a Victorian house  ;D )

You eat an elephant one bite at a time, we will achieve our goals the same way.

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We say that someone looks peaky.

I was going to say the same. I haven't heard of someone being peaked to mean off-colour, but Peaky is in common usage in the UK.

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I'm thinking more of goals that drive you rather than dreams.

There was a brief time that I wanted to hit a list, but I have given it up. I wanted it for validation to the outside world instead of validation for me. My real personal validation is much more mercenary  ;)

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This has changed several times for me.  When I started I wanted to have books on my bookshelf that were written by me. Then I wanted to make enough to do this full time. Now I want a bigger house.

The house is my driving force now when I don't feel like working. I really, really want to move nearer my parents and near a decent school for my kids and to be able to afford that extra bedroom.

Do you have something that you're working towards or that motivates you most to knuckle down and make a success out of this?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: Yesterday at 03:12:34 PM »
Isn't it both, though?

Heads Up! is a warning that something is about to happen that you need to look out for. Whether that is a flying projectile or a motion that will be tabled at a board meeting.

But I always thought the correct nautical shout was "Abaft the beam!"

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need to make $7000 by march 1st.
« on: Yesterday at 03:22:31 AM »
What a super inspring thread. I watched that ebay video and then went and fetched my grandfathers old camera out from under the bed. Five minutes of research later and I discovered it's worth $100 on ebay  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: SFR Cover Critique please
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:37:06 AM »
I agree about the pyramid. Keep the man the same but put a more yellow pyramid and sand behind him. It will brighten things up and make it more visible too. Also agree about author name

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Freebooksy any good still?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:38:17 AM »
I agree with everyone else. They still shift 2 - 3k copies of a free book for me. Read-through isn't amazing, but I think of it as a good investment to get a fresh crop of reviews.

Bargainbooksy, not so much! That feels like a waste of money these days.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: CAPS-LOCK WEDNESDAY: BAD BATMAN POETRY EDITION
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:41:04 AM »

AND THAT WINNER IS ALL OF YOU!  THAT IS, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, NOT YOUR WHOLE BODY.  THAT WOULD BE WEIRD.  AND, ALL BUT ONE OF YOU.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.  WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?


LOL, I'M GUESSING ME...

Come on, you don't think the suit is just a teeny bit BDSM?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: CAPS-LOCK WEDNESDAY: BAD BATMAN POETRY EDITION
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:29:24 PM »
I DRESS LIKE A BAT AND I WEAR BLACK LEATHER
ROBIN AND I CHASED GIRLS TOGETHER
BUT SINCE HE WENT AND BECAME NIGHTWING
I ROLL SOLO WHEN I DO MY THING
LIKE MR FREEZE ON HIS KNEES
OR PLAYING WITH JOKER WHO IS A TEASE
AND THE SCARECROW, WELL, HE FILLS MY DREAMS
TWO FACE LIKES TO HEAR MY SCREAMS
AND THAT SEXY CAT IS GOING TO PAY
HER WHIP HAND MADE ME CHAFF ALL DAY
BANE IS SUCH A BRAWNY BRUTE
RIDDLER WEARS A SKIN TIGHT SUIT
I COULD GO ON, AS SUB OR DOM
BUT THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING WHEN I'M GONE
WHO WAS THAT GUY? I'M SUCH A FAN
DON'T THEY KNOW, I'M BATMAN

DC RULES OK

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I don't know about the biggest mistake, but I just discovered a  really annoying mistake. I'm busy with the 3rd book in a series, and just realised that a character that appears in the first book, completely changed the way he speaks by the second book. In book one he's clearly a second language speaker, using syntax from his home language and fairly broken sort of language. By book two he's suddenly fluent and articulate.  He just says one sentence and he's a minor character, and none of my beta readers picked up on it, but it really bugs me. Now I had to have a little scene in the current book in which somebody marvels at the speed in which this guy picked up his language skills.  :)  Whoops  :)  Make me wonder what else I got wrong.

I just go back and change stuff like that.

I had a ghost who needed help crossing over and I did a really lazy gloss over his reason for still being here. I simply said that everyone he'd known would be dead now and so it was too late to resolve his reason for being stuck in our world. Then sent him onwards with magic.

But three years later I went back to the book and added another chapter so as to have my main character locate his body and see him properly interred. I felt much better about the series knowing that I hadn't left such a glaring (and sloppy) loose end.

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Re-do both covers for more genre appropriate.

When I read your blurb I instantly got a vibe that matched this image:



But the current covers don't match that vibe at all.

If I'm right about the style of the book based on the blurb, then you are doing yourself a massive disservice. The book sounds totally on-trend but the covers don't match that.

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I'm adoring the annual update thing. Please please make sure you do the same again next December  ;D

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Yes, I have two brothers called Hector and Hugo in one book and even I got confused several times about which one said or did whatever.

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I thought the same, Jan, so did a quick Google and found the following in the Oxford English dictionary:

'In standard use nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’, as in she was nonplussed at his eagerness to help out. In North American English a new use has developed in recent years, meaning ‘unperturbed’—more or less the opposite of its traditional meaning—as in he was clearly trying to appear nonplussed. This new use probably arose on the assumption that non- was the normal negative prefix and must, therefore, have a negative meaning. It is not considered part of standard English.'

Now I am nonplussed!

I'd like to know which one the editor thought it was, because if he/she thought the latter then I'd fire them...


Hi, Evenstar I thought today was Saturday until I turned on the radio and heard the Ken Bruce quiz on radio 2. Hurrah! More time to do the stuff I need to do by Sunday. And time for a cafe visit. Yay!

Well, that's funny. Same, same and same.  I'm British, born in Liverpool and living in Scotland. I've only written the one novel so far - but was planning a series of novellas. My book has single dialogue quotes and is not written in US English. I was reading a thread, over in the KDP forum, where some of our friends in the States said they prefer double dialogue quotes, and the former might put them off reading. But all in all, I think I'll be a naughty rebel and carry on paddling my own canoe.I tend to lose enthusiasm if I do what logic tells me, my heart and intuition is a better guideline. But I may be eating my words, along with a large portion of humble pie this time next year.  ;)  And on the other hand, the first book was planned as a novella and took on a life of its own, I was just a slave tapping the keyboard - so who knows. Cute profile pic, by the way.

Wishing everyone a happy day.

Ha ha, I know that feeling! I'm an exceedingly dull Radio 4 person myself. How long was your novella in the end?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas novella cover help
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:37:15 AM »
I love the new one!

Me too, I vote the new one as well, but I think a slightly more 'sexy' witch? This could be mistaken for a kids book.

If I had more skills then I'd use something like the pic below but switch out the broomstick for a bauble.



I think this image (and others) are free from this site as long as you attribute the source. https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/witch-character-design_955094.htm

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas novella cover help
« on: November 28, 2017, 01:26:30 PM »
Make the background behind the girl white. Make the title font a deep Christmas red, and make her lips match it.

Take out the santa sleigh and the word novella (you can put it in the subtitle).

Then repost the new version ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 28, 2017, 11:29:32 AM »
I like shirtless men covers. I wish I wrote in a genre where I could use them.

I also think headless is good. I have a cover on my freebie for mailing list sign-ups where the characters are headless. (see below). I recently came across this couple with heads while browsing a stock site and I thought, "Urgh, nothing like I imagined." The point is that you DO imagine, you see them as you wish to. It means that every headless man can look exactly as most appeals to me, and same for everyone else. We can all see him as someone we'd like.


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Writing for teenagers

Writing novellas

Being British

In that order.

I've been doing this a few years now and I've learned that if I write books for adults, at least 60k, and in US English, then they do much better. Which is a shame really as I like doing the things that seem to be the biggest mistakes!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: This is it... my biggest launch ever (thanks to you)!
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:42:15 PM »
That's fantastic Rachel! Really well laid out plan. I like how you've released the paperback and got everything in place before the ebook release.

Where on earth did you find all these new reviewers? That's off to a fantastic start! Will be watching with interest.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Learn how to launch an effective book review campaign
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:42:17 AM »
Hello!
You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

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There have been reports, and while I applaud everyone in general for suggesting due diligence in your business dealings, I think the tone could be better please.

On a more personal note:
I haven't seen this thread until today, and I had no idea that TCK had a publishing arm (the name should have given me a clue though, right?) But I'm actually on the mailing list (can't remember why), and I get nothing but chatty and informative emails from TCK, some of which I click links in to read more in article format on the website. I've found loads of interesting articles to read there over the last few months and don't feel remotely spammed. I noticed that are courses, which are upsold, but never aggressively.
Anyway, that's just an opinion from someone who has had some interaction with the site and has found no beef with it to date. I do understand that you are all more concerned by the publisher side of this business, and I have no idea on how good/bad their business practices are. But I feel that it's only fair to point out that my personal experience has been pleasant thus far.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AUTHORS: Your best form of book advertising is...
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:39:42 AM »
Writing a book readers have to read and can't put down and getting it edited and armed with a good genre-hitting cover is a best practice that's virtually evergreen. Best form of marketing.

Hear hear! Well said.

Of course, you do also need to get that book visible in the first place and that's really hard to do.

I recently tried a "stealth launch" of no advertising at all and just seeing how the book did all by itself. My goodness it was horrible!! I don't think it will ever recover now. Very hard lesson to learn, but the fact is that every new book needs a push out the door.

While we are on the topic of marketing, I have a question.

What is the half-life on marketing advice for authors? Do best practices go out of date in a year? 18 months?

Depends, Bookbub and Freebooksy remain fairly solid. People are starting to say Facebook ads are getting less effective. Some sites go from strength to strength like Book Barbarian and Robin Reads.  I guess a year is probably a fair estimate for quite a lot of advice.

The main one I'm hearing at the moment is the exact opposite of a year ago. Back then it was to stack ads back to back over a few short days and get a massive push right to the top. Now it is to space them out over two to three weeks and aim for a long but consistent rise. All thanks to the fickleness of the aglo's.

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