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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Switching Editors Mid Series
« on: November 23, 2017, 12:34:01 AM »
I forgot about this thread. I did end up choosing an editor. It was hard. There were so many good ones. She'll have my first edits done in a week or two so we'll see how it goes, and I think she said she'd read my previous books.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Switching Editors Mid Series
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:38:42 PM »
Good to know I'm the only one who has this problem. Maybe if I wrote a little faster or stuck to writing my series first instead of bouncing around between books with different stories I wouldn't have this problem.

The good news is my 4th book is a bit of a departure from the series and I'm thinking I'll be able to find a cheaper editor. I'm not entirely sure what the rates are for editing these days.

Writers' Cafe / Switching Editors Mid Series
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:13:35 PM »
So, unfortunately, I need to get a new fantasy and sci-fi editor when I haven't finished my fantasy series. She has made the switch to writing full-time. While I'm happy for her, admittedly, it kind of sucks. She's been with me since the beginning and has taught me a lot of things. My writing has grown because of her and she's been more like a mentor rather than someone I hired to edit my work. So before I ask if anyone has any recommendations for a fantasy and sci-fi editor who does developmental and copyediting, I was wondering, has anyone had the same issue as me?

Have you had to switch editors in the middle of the series? I'm sure that while I'll eventually find one, they're not going to read my previous three books to see some of the ideas I planted or how the characters grew or what my end game is. So I imagine it will be difficult on both ends. Would love to hear from others the trouble they've had, if any.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Costs are adding up for new author
« on: April 06, 2017, 10:35:56 PM »
Back when I researched how much developmental editing would be, I think the quotes I got were around 1500-2000. I wrote a blog post about it years ago but I don't remember and I'm entirely too lazy to look it up. So at 1500, that's good if they hadn't raised their prices.

Personally, I believe a developmental edit is the most important thing. However, it's also the most expensive thing. I like to look at it as a cost of putting out the best possible work and as a class in college or something as my editor worked with me and helped me grow tremendously as a writer. But my goals differ from most people as it's not about selling a lot of books. So it's probably best not to listen to me anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My First Convention
« on: August 08, 2016, 05:57:17 PM »
Wow. A lot more stuff to write down. I appreciate it though. Anyone got a site and/or designer they recommend for bookmarks and other stuff I'm probably forgetting?

Writers' Cafe / Re: My First Convention
« on: August 07, 2016, 10:33:39 PM »
Cool. Thanks for the advice everyone. Definitely some things I hadn't considered before. Although it'll be hard for me not to eat all the candy or treat sitting there.

Also, here is one important question I had that was missed. How many copies of my books should I bring? Don't want to over order.

Writers' Cafe / My First Convention
« on: August 06, 2016, 10:21:32 PM »
So as the title says, I'm going to my first convention. I've been to a million conventions but only as an attendee. Never have I gone as a vendor before, or ever tried to sell my own books. So I was wondering for more experience people, how many copies should I bring to the convention and what else on top of books should I have? I'm going to a local, small, fantasy/sci-fi con. Not exactly sure what to expect. I was supposed to be splitting my table with a friend of mine but his book is not out yet.  Anyhow, thanks for the advice and help.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Professionals who write blurbs for authors?
« on: May 10, 2016, 11:08:07 PM »
I just ask my editor for help. She's kind enough to help and knows my story second only to me. I come up with a few different, very rough blurbs, give them to her, and she pulls one out of them.

I'm actually going to make this one. Should I look for a name tag or something or just yell out, "KBoards Meet up!"

I date all the time and end of telling them that I write. They seem impressed or they're just faking enthusiasm or just want to get in my pants. I can't really tell. In fact, I have a date later today. Although truth be told, I prefer staying home and relaxing on Sundays and I'd love to watch the Warriors play today. Just because my writing may get brought up, doesn't mean I'll talk about it that long. I've never gone out with a writer though. I wonder how that would be? I feel like all the writers in the Bay Area are scattered like everything else.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Makes for a Good Narrator?
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:21:58 PM »
Thanks for the tips and advice everyone. I know about the 7 years. I was just thinking about getting another narrator for the sequel. He did show interest in doing the sequel. If we work together again, I'll point him to the reviews and keep in mind what some of you have said.

Writers' Cafe / What Makes for a Good Narrator?
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:54:36 PM »
So I recently had my first book turned into an audiobook. Last night, I had to go to Audible to get its link because I needed it for some reason, when I saw reviews for it. A lot of the reviews seemed to not like my narrator. I listened to all 10 hours of my book. I thought he did a good enough job. My problem is I'm not sure what makes for a good narrator. If it's not Morgan Freeman or Patrick Stewart, I'm not sure what's good. I've listened to podcasts for 10+ years but never got into audiobooks.

To be fair, he was the only one who auditioned for me and I did include a royalty rate. But if I thought he was bad, I would have said no. I think my audiobook sales all right, though I'm not entirely sure what makes for "good" sales. A part of me does wonder if I cast a call out again, will I get more (better?) narrators?

So what makes for a good narrator everyone? Because like the ending of last night's The Walking Dead, I'm at a loss...or is it lost? I'm not entirely sure on that either.

Writers' Cafe / Re: So...Audiobooks. Worth it?
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:48:41 PM »
Last month, I released my first audiobook doing a royalty split. I didn't know how much it would sell, if any. With no promotion, I was surprised by how many books were sold. I think I'm going to do some light marketing on it. I'm just thankful that the guy doing it wants to do the sequel. I'm hoping that it sells even better with another book to go with it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Struggling with the Pitch
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:10:23 PM »
Thanks for the replies everybody. That was an interesting and helpful link. I will have to come up with a logline for my first book. Hopefully, it'll be good...or maybe I should just cheat and look at my reviews. It's so tough.

Writers' Cafe / Struggling with the Pitch
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:33:28 PM »
If there's one thing I struggle with it's how to describe my books when people ask about them. I have no problem talking about my short stories or upcoming novella, but when it comes to my fantasy series, I have a lot of trouble. In my mind, all six books are mapped out and done. When people ask me about my series, should I talk about the first book or the series in general? And if it's the latter, how do I talk without giving away spoilers.

So how do you guys go about talking about your books and do you have problems talking about it like I do?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audible and Amazon
« on: February 13, 2016, 07:16:18 PM »
I was going to email KDP today but before I did, I decided to check my book's page. Lo and behold, it's linked! I'll have to remember that if I ever do another audiobook. Hope so.

Writers' Cafe / Audible and Amazon
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:39:47 PM »
So I just published my first audiobook through Audible. How long does it take before it's on my Amazon page and do I have to do anything on my end to link it up? I'm trying to remember if I had to do it for when I had a paperback made but I can't remember. Anyways, thanks for the help!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo and Taxes
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:12:16 PM »
Cool. Thanks everyone. I'm sure in a couple of weeks when I have all my forms, I'll be able to finally file my taxes...and get that new car radio I've been eyeing!

Writers' Cafe / Kobo and Taxes
« on: January 31, 2016, 08:01:33 PM »
So this is my first year getting money from Kobo since I've normally gone through them with Smashwords. So I learned that Kobo doesn't give out 1099s. How do I report my earnings from them? Do I report it under Form 1099-MISC or Other sales and receipts? Thanks for the help.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Royalty Share in Perpetuity?
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:37:59 PM »
I'm in the midst of turning my first book into an audiobook, and I have no problem splitting royalties with the guy. I used to run a podcast and know how much time goes into it. I even toyed with the idea of doing my own audiobook since I had the experience and equipment but after doing the first couple of chapters, I was done. It's a lot of work. Kudos to the narrators who actually do a royalty split because they're taking a huge gamble on the book. To me, it was see if someone wants to do a royalty split or don't do an audiobook til I'm done writing my series.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Novellas
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:26:49 PM »
Thanks for the responses everyone. I'll do chapter breaks though they will seem extremely weird since they'll probably be short. Well, shorter than my book breaks anyway. I'll also have to remember to do section breaks when I switch points of view.

Writers' Cafe / Writing Novellas
« on: December 20, 2015, 10:37:01 PM »
So I just completed writing my first novella. I'm a bit confused on some things though and have some questions. Are there chapter breaks used or just section breaks? Also if you head or POV hop, should you break up into a new chapter or section? I remember back in the day stories like The Time Travel and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde being novellas. I don't remember how they did things though. And if have any other pointers that a noob like me could use that would be great. I feel like I'm forgetting something.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keeping Track of Editing
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:29:21 PM »
And if she's anything like me, she really appreciates that. :)

Well, I don't know about that. My early drafts are pretty terrible even with me working on them.

Jamie Raintree has created a really nice spreadsheet for authors. It has columns for word count and revisions and can track eight projects for one year.


She's charging $5 for it. For those without the Excel expertise (or the time) to create a spreadsheet like this, it might be a worthwhile investment.

That's a pretty cool spreadsheet. I already found a free one though I've been using for a couple of months. It's similar although not as detailed. If I had seen this first, I would have bought it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keeping Track of Editing
« on: December 20, 2015, 12:17:33 PM »
Thanks everyone. It's cool to see how keep keep track of their editing time and what some of you all do. While I'm a lurker on various forums and listen to a ton of podcasts, it's still a topic I rarely read/hear about. I should also mention that I use and love Word. Tried Scrivener. Just couldn't get into it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keeping Track of Editing
« on: December 20, 2015, 12:37:56 AM »
Keep track by staying in touch with your editor. If you don't have an editor, get one. Anything else is not editing. It's just another draft. Self-editing is the same as saying you self-critique.   

I do have an editor. I just like self-editing before I turn it into her to try and catch/fix some things.

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