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The Book Bazaar / Cryptocurrency Guide
« Last post by msimmons on Today at 01:40:55 AM »
Hello everyone!
I would like to post a new 2018 Cryptocurrency Guide for who is interested about this topic.
Reading this new book, you are going to learn, in a simple way, what cryptocurrency is, how you are going to use it, and how you are going to be able to keep yourself safe when you are using cryptocurrency.

The Guide is also available on Kindle Unlimited!

Thank you very much.



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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by NapCat on Today at 01:38:19 AM »


Hope everyone has a great week !!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you structure your life around writing?
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 01:32:09 AM »
@kw3000, why?

Why do you want to structure your day? I see you have written books, so writing isn't the problem. Right? Are you looking for more productivity? Or were you just curious about the work habits of others?

Yep, I'm always interested in how other writers go about their day, what makes them tick and all of that. Partially it helps me formulate in my own mind how I might change things up here or there with the structure of my day, or how to best implement new habits. Also, I find reading about all of these differing approaches to this creative endeavor we share to be both fascinating and motivating.

On that note, thanks for contributing to this thread everyone, it's been a great read.  8)
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Of course there isn't a "last word." There never will be, and that's part of the message here. This is just a 50 minute webinar!

My aim is to show those people who are struggling with POV - and they are many - and introduce them to the wide range of techniques that authors use to connect with readers, of which POV is just one. If you've read (and appreciated) Prof. Booth, or John Gardner's "Art of Fiction" (which I quote in the webinar), or any other similar work by a similarly skilled and experienced writer on fiction, you don't need this webinar. I've edited 10 - 12 full length novels (and many, many short stories) every year for the last decade and that has been enough to convince me that confusion and error abound in POV. This webinar should be a point of departure for those people who are struggling with it.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Satire/Comedy
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 01:24:16 AM »
This is a really great point.


Simon knows what he's talking about.  I have a very picky sense of humor, and most "comedy" simply isn't funny to me.  But Simon's Hal Spacejock made me laugh.  And his stories are solid, too, not just cardboard props for the jokes.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Satire/Comedy
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 01:17:55 AM »
(I always ask myself .. would someone with absolutely no sense of humour still be able to enjoy my novels? If the answer is no, then I'm not writing a decent novel, I'm writing joke books.)

This is a really great point.
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The Book Bazaar / Re: The WHEEL OF FIRE series (space opera)
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 01:15:38 AM »
When you're in the military of a spacefaring nation, you sometimes have to planet-hop.  This means you get exposed to a wide variety of climates and seasons in rapid succession.  You might fight in the snow one day and in a steaming jungle a few days later.  It can be difficult for the body to adjust.
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The rumor that erotica is dead have been greatly exaggerated. It is not what it used to be in KU 1.0. Under KU 2.0 shorts make very little from borrows and they do canabalize sales. The latest Smashwords Survey shows Romance at 49% of readership (down from over 70%), erotica has been holding 11% for a few years now at #2 genre.

http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/06/smashwords-survey-2017.html

My personal opinion is that erotic shorts allow you to get practice in writing and publishing since the genre is so forgiving. However you have to be willing to push yourself to learn and improve.

That link has some fascinating data on it. I wonder how much of it correlates with Amazon. The grey areas between 'romance' and 'erotica' also seem very interesting.
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The Soviets successfully landed probes on the surface of Venus.  They took a few photos before the hellish conditions destroyed them.

Soviet Venus images
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Content warnings?
« Last post by Carol (was Dara) on Today at 12:51:59 AM »
I think a good content warning is a smart bit of advertising. It waves away the people who don't like certain content and beckons in people who do, which is a win for everybody. I particularly like the humorous ones, as long as they're brief. Mind you, if I'm afraid a book or movie might be too disturbing for me, I generally read the negative reviews before buying. Those work like a content warning, but require a little more digging than a single line at the end of the blurb. Of course I go in knowing certain genres I'm a fan of (historical and fantasy) are sometimes gorier than I want, so I proceed with caution in those genres. I still read them, just give the blurb and reviews a closer examination before buying, to make sure the "darkness level" isn't deeper than medium. (I'll read deaths/violence but not extreme torture scenes, etc).
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