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Messages - Victoria LK

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opinions on my cover
« on: Yesterday at 01:18:35 PM »
Wow! That sure grabbed my attention!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you structure your life around writing?
« on: Yesterday at 05:27:26 AM »
I'm very insecure when writing around people. Because of this, I try to grab moments when I have the house to myself (few and far moments!), hurrying home from the job site to grab an hour or two. Since I run my own business, this isn't something I get to indulge in very often. So, I find I do a lot of dictation with my phone on my lunch hour or between appointments. Then I get home and paste it into my work in progress and clean it up. If I can stay awake, I write at night after my hubby goes to bed. Someday I'll have an office that is closed off from the rest of the house where I can work uninterrupted, to my heart's content!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:50:46 PM »
Wishing you only the very best. Hope retirement provides you with all you wish for.

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Writers' Cafe / Looking for some advise
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:18:23 AM »
So, here's my dilemma...
My first in series was written 4 years ago. Needless to say, I've learned a lot since then. The biggest mistake I made was not having a good editor. And my ranking and reviews show it-they're all over the place. The book has a 3.5-star average, with lots of 2 and 4 stars. In January of this year, I put a new edition up that was professionally edited AND proof-read. All the reviews since then have been 4 or 5 stars. But I can't get past the negative reviews from the old edition. I'm thinking of unpublishing and then republishing the new edition. I'll lose all the review, good and bad. There are 63 reviews total, I'm not loosing 100's, but I am starting over!
Some advice from you all would be great!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is anyone doing Camp Nanowrimo in April?
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:52:48 PM »
My backpack is stuffed and the bunks have been assigned-we have a full bunkhouse this time. I missed NaNo in Nov. so I find I'm excited about camp. Promise to send home some letters!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:59:20 PM »
I've pruned quite a bit of political material from the thread, as it was continuing to generate derailing posts. I recognize that it's difficult to avoid politics entirely with a topic like this, but if we keep the focus on impact on writers, rather than moving into discussion of what happened in particular nations' elections, etc., we'll be on solid ground.
To the mods: sorry if I've stirred up a hornet's nest. I never even thought about it from a political point, I was only trying to see how authors thought it would impact their ability to sell and keep in touch with their readers! Victoria

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you use Pinterest?
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:56:47 PM »
I use Pinterest more for myself. I have a board for each book I write, capturing ideas. Often they are repinned. It helps me focus on ideas to use in the books. I haven't tried advertising, other than to post my covers as they become available. I need to do more. I often download my boards and put the pics in "research" on Scrivener or any other program I'm using.

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Writers' Cafe / How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 27, 2018, 05:48:33 AM »
All I've seen in the headlines this week it problems with facebook. I'm wondering if this will change the way we market our books and build our platform? My husband would like nothing better than to see me close down my account. I've gone in and blocked any apps that I don't use (holy cow there was a ton of them!). I'm willing to see if real changes are made that will actually make a difference. There are so many that use it! How are the rest of you reacting to this new security problem facing the public?

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Guenhwyvar,  Pearl Gourami, ABodkin
Your invites are on the way!

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Hi Victoria,

Would love to participate. My name on the Nano site is AnneLouiseM.

Thanks

Wonderful!! I've sent your invite  ;D

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We still have a couple of bunks left. The cabin is already an active place to be and I think some of the snacks have already been broken into. Join the fun and write the month away with supportive authors to encourage and moan right along with you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« on: March 11, 2018, 08:17:05 PM »
Novel Factory and Scrivener.

I'm starting this way with my next book. Oh, and I use Storyshop to create simple series bibles.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Camp is Back-and the cabin doors are open!
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:20:10 PM »
Go here: https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in
go to CampNaNo and set up a project. Once that is done, let me know what name you're using and I'll send you an invite.!

I'm under the really sneaky subtle name of Stella Wilkinson
Glad you're joining us again! your invite has gone out ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Camp is Back-and the cabin doors are open!
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:45:56 PM »


Hmm, I've never been to camp—what is it and how does it work?  :D
It's a lot of fun and supportive! You set up your NaNo project and the then join a "cabin" of other writers for the month. You can share infor, compare progress and make new friends. I've found some great friends that have become a solid support network by doing this. Camps are in April and July. And of course, NaNoWriMo is in November.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Camp is Back-and the cabin doors are open!
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:20:51 PM »
Yes please! I always enjoy trying to shoe-horn the dares into novels they really don't fit into.
I have already signed up for the camp - have actually just started my novel and will be aiming to finish in April.
(I think my NaNo name is cecilia_peartree but I may be imagining the underscore)
Sent your invite, welcome back!

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I did, and my reviews showed! I received positive comments on the story and characters, but many poor comments about the editing!. I've learned from my mistake. And have gone through a few so-so editors. I now have a couple beta readers, editor, and proofreader that I used. I also saved up and had my first books re-edited before I went wide. The reviews from the sites from D2D have all be positive, with no mention of grammar or editing mishaps! It might be better to wait and get the books edited properly because there is no taking back a bad review (surprisingly the good ones are what disappear!)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Camp is Back-and the cabin doors are open!
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:45:17 PM »
I haven't written a word book-wise since the first week of NaNo so I shall give the camp fire stories a miss this year. My creative brain needs more power pills, but due to disability I only have so much energy to go around and as I'm doing a physically demanding day job it is the writing that takes a back seat.

Happy camping.

We'll miss you this camp, but I completely understand- I skipped NaNoWriMo in November for the same reason.

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It's that time again! If anyone wants to join my cabin, this is our 4th year, let me know. We have a great time

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Writers' Cafe / Wondering about a email
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:28:21 PM »
I'm running a freebie promo on one of my books and as a result, I got an email from this group
 books.noisetrade.com
Has anyone had experience with them?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi, I'm Lisa from ProWritingAid
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:37:54 PM »
I've use PWA for my last 5 books and I love it. Is there any way to use it directly with Scrivener?
It would save a lot of time not to down load into word!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Wish me luck - I'm going wide
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:46:02 PM »
I just did the same thing, and you're right-it's a big scary thing!
I've never had any real beef with amazon, I'm grateful for the start they provided to a newbie when I published my first book almost 5 years ago. But I'm ready for the next step and want to share my books with others who may not use amazon service.
I've started with D2D and yesterday was accepted into google. We'll see what happens. But no matter what, I continue to write!
Best of luck to you.

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I have just started going wide (D2D), and ran my first fb add. I used a link to books2read.com/u/bOaWdQ . The landing page to that link shows a cover thumbnail and all my links, including Amazon. The setup is friendly, two clicks get the potential to their desired retailer's page for my book, and it's free. So far so good for me.

They will also let you customize your link to make it easier to find your books. (ie  https://www.books2read.com/ CitrusBeachMystery-1  )
and they send out a post to anyone who is a follower that you have a new book

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:05:08 PM »
I used one in my new series, haven't in the past.
Series: Storm Voices
tag: Listen Carefully...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Its Official....I'm a New Author and I made a sale.
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:35:50 PM »
Congrats! I hope it's the first of many sales and more books!

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sent out post about your books. So sorry to hear your heartbreaking news. God's comfort be with you and your family. Know you are in all our prayers and thought of love are coming your way.

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