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Writers' Cafe / Re: What drives you to write?
« Last post by Vanessa Monaghan on Today at 10:24:01 PM »
Hi, another Aussie here.

I've just decided to start writing and publishing children's books - you only do that for the love of it  ;D
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What drives you to write?
« Last post by kjharlow on Today at 10:18:01 PM »
Honestly, it's something I both love and think I'm good at, and I'm terrified of getting old and not given everything to something I really enjoy.

Don't I know that feeling. Also, hello from one Aussie to another!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Broke the Top 100 in Two!! Categories!!!!
« Last post by JulianneQJohnson on Today at 10:11:06 PM »
You rock!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What drives you to write?
« Last post by C. Gold on Today at 10:07:58 PM »
If I leave the stories in my head, they drive me crazy. :) My motivation to start publishing is the hope of being able to move.
This is pretty much my motivation as well. These scenes get stuck in my head and nag, nag, nag. I don't move farther until I write them down, like downloading them from a full hard drive! Then I can move on to another one and rinse/repeat. I'd write them down anyway even if I never published them.
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That is awesome! Congratulations!!!!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Broke the Top 100 in Two!! Categories!!!!
« Last post by elizabethbarone on Today at 10:03:58 PM »
Thank you everyone!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Starting on the old blurb
« Last post by C. Gold on Today at 10:03:52 PM »
Hmm, not sure if I want to use the word "sexy" since it seems too romance-y. The genre is UF. I haven't decided if I want to use PNR as a second category, but I'm pretty strongly leaning against the idea because there are a lot of elements that don't really go over well with romance readers. I'd like to make it clear in the blurb that this is Lily's story first and foremost, but I'm not really sure the best way to do that. I really like that her character goes from a hot mess who doesn't care about anything to someone who is willing to put her life on the line to do what's right. Her relationship with Dante is part of that journey. It's through him that she learns love, trust and how to accept help from someone else.

The consequences of the disease are also further reaching than just vampires. Her father developed it from a disease that was originally confined to vampires (Sanguine Fever), but the new one can infect humans and has the power to wipe out humanity, leaving earth for the werewolves to have to themselves. Dante's mom is still alive too. It's part of his back story that he moved to California for college and stayed there. His mother was getting better, but a couple of years before the start of the book he had to go home when she attempted suicide.
Oh you can change what you want or reject it all. I was showing you a way to tie all your separate plot threads into a cohesive blurb using the two char pov and third para for their actions together format. This could easily change into a blurb showing only her POV. Example of that:


Lily Laveau has wandered aimlessly through life since the disappearance of her father. She spends her days sleeping and her nights chasing fangs at the local vampire bar. All that changes when a dying man winds up on her doorstep with a message from her long lost dad. Apparently, he's the creator of a pandemic that's about to be unleashed. She can stop it, but finding her father is the key.

That suits Lily just fine. She wants to look him in the eye and ask him he abandoned her. But first she has to deal with Dante Cain, her recently acquired problem. It's her fault for buying him a blood drink, but how was she supposed to know he was only half-vamp? Feeling guilty about forcing the vamp change on the clueless, hostile man, she decides she can't leave him behind. But dragging him along may end up with one of them dead since they get along like cats and dogs. They will have to learn to get along at least a little for them to have even a shot at finding her father and putting an end to a threat that could alter the fate of their world forever.
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I only just found out there are specific Australia/Oceania categories. Worth thinking about if your story is set here :)

Shh!  Don't tell everyone, they'll all start putting their books in there  ;)

From what I understand, the Australian/Oceanic category is available on all the non-Australian marketplaces.  It's under World Literature (which is under Literature & Fiction).  On the Australian site under World Literature you'll find geographic regions outside of Australia listed as categories.
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A lot of Aussies who have been using kindle for a few years still buy from Amazon.com, FYI, though the number is dropping as new devices are registered onto au, and whenever you log in amazon asked you to change. This is why you might think your sales on AU are lower than they might be - it could be that your .com sales are higher than they might be and you have lots of aussie readers... Though I doubt the effect is significant.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: covers: how soon is too soon
« Last post by kcmorgan on Today at 09:55:49 PM »
I written things I didn't feel like writing just because I loved the cover so much I wanted to use it. Good thing too, it's doing well.
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