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Writers' Cafe / Re: LGBT Authors Support Thread
« on: Today at 05:49:01 AM »
Good morning everyone,
I can't believe I just found this thread.
Anyway, I am penning a sci-fi novel whose main characters are not only lesbians but a newly-minted couple.The premise of the book is that they spear-head a rescue mission to another world to retrieve a science expedition that is late to return.
It's interesting to watch people's reactions when I tell them I'm writing lesbian sci-fi. Half of them immediately think lesbian porn in space, and the other half respond with, "Huh?"
I inevitably launch into some kind of explanation reassuring them that my characters are like anyone else, they just have a thing for each other.
I've been advised that I need to write more romantic moments between them, even if I don't ever write anything overtly intimate between them.

So here are my questions --

1) Do you think that LGBTQ characters should be written "like the rest of us"
2) Should we write them in all their "other" glory and hope the world accepts them?

I absolutely would! Between you, Lindsay Buroker, Joanna Penn and Hugh Howey, I feel like I can be an author without losing my mind. You have no idea what your guidance means to the rest of us.
Thank you for everything you do.

People are asking if I'm going to be turning this into a book. I said no for most of the time, but maybe one day I'll do a "newbies guide to not killing yourself while self-publishing" or something else equally snarky. Dunno yet.

It doesn't look like I'll be publishing that much this year because of trips, so maybe I could write some non-fiction to fill the gaps.

Would people read it? No idea.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: April 29, 2017, 07:19:22 AM »
On my blog lately are two installments of a short space story, starring Zip Harrington, space pirate and current asteroid ornament.
See what I mean here
I'd love to know what you think!


Writers' Cafe / Re: Short Story Marketing
« on: April 29, 2017, 07:07:38 AM »
For a related question...
If I take my short story that is currently up on Amazon, add to and improve upon the content, change the title (but keep 'formerly published as...'), add back matter (which will include a link to my web page and email list), and give it a brand new cover,a few improvements at a time will I lose the reviews I currently have?

Writers' Cafe / Is It Wise To Change A Title?
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:13:27 PM »
So here's my dilemma... Do I change a title to better reflect the story? The title I have does nothing to hint at even the genre, and neither does the cover. I think the work would be easier to find if I changed the title to something that reflects the multiverse at the core of the story. Is this a good idea? Is this something that might come back to bite me in the butt? I know I need a new cover as well, but how do you portray a multiverse and other worlds on a cover?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Story Story Marketing
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:58:49 PM »
Just saw this, thank you for catching it. So embarrassed... :-[

Side note: you may want to update the title of this thread to "Short Story Marketing" to attract more eyeballs.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Story Story Marketing
« on: March 02, 2017, 05:41:50 AM »
Interesting points and perspectives from everyone, thank you all. In one way or another, you've all confirmed for me what my gut was telling me.
Thank you, and write on!

Writers' Cafe / Short Story Marketing
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:56:49 AM »
Morning all,
I've had a short story out since July of last year.

It's been edited by a few different sets of eyes, I've changed up the categories it resides in and done some steady, but not in-your-face marketing (because I hate that). Goodreads groups have done nothing for my sales, but a lot for my TBR pile. My author Facebook page has done nothing for my sales, but it's more there for my platform. I have a blog
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not complaining, I've sold more than I ever expected. I've had a great time writing and editing and rewriting and learning about the process in general, but...

After sharing all this, my question to any of you who write short stories is this,
Is there a different set of magical guidelines for short fiction than there is for novels?

Writers' Cafe / Re:Sweet Sci-Fi Covers... VIVID COVERS
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:54:50 AM »
I am impressed!
I've saved the site, poked around and looked in the FAQs, but couldn't find answers to my questions...
Are the funds in US? Do you accept PayPal?
Thanks for letting us all see what great work you've done!


Professionally designed pre-made and custom covers from $25 USD. We currently have over a hundred premade covers up for sale in many genres. If we don't have what you need ready-made, we can custom make it for you.

Here are some of our recent covers:

An endorsement like yours, can go a long way in our business. I'll give them another look. Thank you for chiming in.

Vivid Covers! 

That is the wonderful artist who did my book With the Dawn! They're worth every penny. If not for them I don't think my book would have even been noticed. Thank you so much for such an amazing cover!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:24:04 AM »
Good morning everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed decent holidays.
The weather up here in Northern Ontario has been typical winter. Snow, snow, snow, 5 minutes of sun, snow, get the idea.
Over the past couple of months, I've been busy with words.
* I decided to give in to a couple of my characters that wouldn't leave me alone, and I've dusted off a 4 year old manuscript and am overhauling that. Even have a potential publisher in mind!
* A friend in Wales and I have started up a web mag that will focus on and spotlight work from the SF/Dark Fantasy/Weird/Horror markets. I've been tracking down sources of funding, grants and possibly patrons so that we can pay authors a decent fee for their words.
* I've also been looking into what it would take to start up my own Canadian publishing company. (Any advice/resources would be welcome)  ???
* Decided that I'll also actively pursue membership in the Canadian Authors Association

What's new with all of you?

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: November 20, 2016, 07:42:09 AM »
Good morning my friends!
How is everyone?
We're chilly up here in Northern Ontario, we got our first snow of the season yesterday.
What is everyone working on? Are you cannonballing your way through NaNoWriMo or did you take a pass on it this year?
Aside from the month of crazy word counts-- Are you writing as you can, or are you able to dedicate X number of hours to it each day?
Check in...sound off...let us know you're still out there and writing!

The Book Corner / Re: Have you ever read a classic, and thought...
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:28:02 AM »
There are classics I've read and loved, and others made me wonder why they were considered classics. For example, a classic adventure novel is 'Call of the Wild'. I've read it once and never again. I didn't enjoy it. 'War and Peace', oh my God, what a great sleep-aid. 'Gone with The Wind', same thing. We know the writing style was different in times past, we know that sometimes serialization and payment per word affected the author's wordiness. None of those classics made a positive impression on me. You know what did though?
Sherlock Holmes, Anne of Green Gables, The Outsiders, Catcher In The Rye, Watership Down, Robin Hood, Stephen King's 'IT', Anne McCaffery's 'Pern' series, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, The Twelve Labors of Hercules, Animal Farm, Day of The Triffids, Forty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Who can say why some become classics and some become sleep-aids? I think some of it is style, some is the environment the book is published in (socially, I mean) and some is where the reader is at in their own life.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: October 16, 2016, 06:29:08 AM »
I'll be honest with you, I used my SIN number to settle the withholding tax treaty issue at both D2D and Amazon. One of their digital store partners is B&N. Once you wade through all the "paperwork" with D2D, you don't need to do it again for all their partners. If you can make it through their 'tax interview' (and if I did, you can), there's far less to worry about.
I've been very, very happy with D2D.

Congrats Dragon!  Selling a book is a great way to feel that you are having some success and not doing everything wrong.  (way more to it than that but it is an awesome feeling!)

I haven't posted here forever.  I need some help, or at least advice.
I have been using D2D and realize how much money will be leaving long term.
I started looking into B&N and need to look at the rest but I am already confused (some articles are very old and the website is not the best)
If anyone else here is registered with them, do they have the tax treaty set up like D2D does or do you have to get all those forms and send them in?

anything you know should help!

Forgive me if this answer is buried somewhere inside the thread, and I've missed it...
What SP roundtable podcast?

Patty, I listened to the SP Roundtable podcast last night while playing some Fallout and it was golden. I dig your laid back and patient approach to all of this. It's easy to get discouraged when no one is buying your books (me!) but it's important to remember that we get into this business for the writing and audience. We get audience by writing more. I felt so rejuvenated that I wrote up a business plan for this year. I just wanted to say thank you again for being not only encouraging, but realistic.

And to the podcast team, you guys have a new fan. I binged on 4 episodes lol. Gaming wil never be the same.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Plotting - who else is low tech?
« on: October 14, 2016, 04:48:11 AM »
All except for the gel pens, I use the same method. Sort of.

I have a stack of yellow legal pads. I brainstorm, write down plot points, character notes, world-building ideas, and potential problems with both the world and the plot. Then I organize all that by re-writing on binder paper where it all gets sorted into the appropriate sections in my "story bible". Some of that goes into my files on Google Docs, some stays hand-written. This methodology might seem like more work, but keeping handwritten notes not only helps me with the story, but once, those hand-written notes helped prove my innocence. Over a decade ago, a then-little heard of author accused me of stealing her notes on Goddesses. Because I was able to take a photo of my hand-written and dated notes, she quickly realized her error. Still makes me shake my head that today she teaches others how to write.  ???

I'm low tech too. I have a ridiculously tall stack of spiral notebooks and a huge collection of gel pens. I also start with a brain storm page then an outline and then the real outline. I wish I could plot faster but this works for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Attack of The Plot!
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:54:11 AM »
Sounds like a very intriguing plot! Great website you have, btw.

I'm not sure what I was doing, but something I saw concerning a museum sparked this idea and I wrote it down. From this, I just start writing. It's the second book in a series.

Wilbur recommends Libby for a black hat intrusion detection job with a major museum. After she completes it and submits her report, but before the holes are plugged, several major paintings are stolen. Libby is obviously implicated.

Worse, the museum director, a woman with whom Libby had a one-night stand, is murdered.

Libby’s father and Wil believe her, but almost no one else does. The museum director and her married lover, who is the chairman on the museum’s board, set this up and hired a burglar to steal the paintings. But the chairman told the burglar to take more than the director was comfortable with, and the burglar also took more than he was supposed to (she had set up buyers in advance for two paintings). The conspirators became afraid the director was a weak link, so someone (not the chairman) killed her. Now the chairman is afraid for his life.

The director proved prescient, as some of the extra art proves too hot to sell. Concern that the burglar may destroy the paintings. The original buyers are getting cold feet. The additional buyer the chairman set up by himself is getting antsy. And one of the world’s biggest crime bosses wants one of the paintings that are too hot to sell.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writers talking about writing
« on: October 09, 2016, 06:56:43 AM »
I hear what you're saying. Sometimes that sort of discussion is what I need, sometimes not. But I have found some fascinating discussions on craft. As someone else pointed out, those discussions seem to get lost in the noise sometimes.
In my experience so far, I find writing groups on Facebook don't have enough meat to keep my attention very long. At least not the ones I've bothered to join. I have found camaraderie, calls for submissions and so on, but honestly KBoards has given me so much more.
However, everyone's milage varies, depending on what each of us need at the time.

I haven't posted much here lately, mainly because the Writer's Cafe has become less and less about writing and more and more about self-publishing. Covers, editing, blurbs, formats, marketing, sales, scrivener, bookbub, KU, Select, going wide, permafree, and so on. Not that there isn't a need for such discussions--I've asked such questions and gotten good answers here--it's just not what I need at the moment.

I stumbled across this facebook group a while back. They get into some serious discussions about the writing side of writing, art and craft. For example, just now there's a lengthy discussion underway about something they've called "first person close" narration, of which i'd not heard.

(I have no vested interest in the group itself. Just suggesting a look-see.)

Writers' Cafe / Attack of The Plot!
« on: October 09, 2016, 06:45:57 AM »
In between cooking for Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday, I also did a lot of work as it related to world-building. Specifically, how the infrastructure of my world works. From there, I got to thinking about who maintains that infrastructure. How do they dress, what do they eat? What do they do for fun? What legends do these people have? And then I thought, 'Is their society equal? How do their genders view each other?' And how did this race of people get to that planet?  How do they see their goal, as a people? How do they view the new immigrants from Earth?

And wouldn't you know it...some of the answers to those (and many other) questions plopped a plot for the next book in my lap!

So, my question to you do you come up with plots? Do you brainstorm, does the Muse attack while you're in the shower, or...?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:50:29 AM »
Most recently on my blog, Words & Worlds, 6 Reasons Why You Want To Sign Up For My Newsletter.
(It's not as dry as it sounds, and I actually got 3 more subscribers!)
My blog focuses on the writer's life, sci-fi, speculative fiction and advancements that will help us branch out to life among the stars.

Come check it out!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: October 06, 2016, 04:59:51 AM »
Just wanted to pop in here and first off say hello. Still alive out here in Northern Ontario.

I also wanted to thank everyone who had given me advice regarding SIN and Amazon and Draft 2 Digital. You all helped me more than you know.
Also, I wanted to share my happy dance with you because I sold books, guys!  ;D
I have learned so much about marketing, newsletters, connecting with like-minded potential readers, and I'm proud to say I continue to learn about our craft. I am still extremely proud of the book I put out, and I intend to make it's sequel just as good, if not better.

Raising a mug to salute you all on this foggy morning.

If It's Easy

Writers' Cafe / Re: The real you (author photo issues)
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:14:43 AM »
This reminds me of a funny article on 12 terrible photos of Besteselling authors - check them out! Dan Brown, Dean Koontz with his dog, V.C. Andrews, and Stephen King are a few of these.

After seeing King's original author photo...I feel better about my photo. This is actually my second. It was taken by my then-agent as I autographed a calendar. Believe me, it's an improvement over my first. But all that being said, I don't buy a book based on what the author claims to look like. I think the front cover image is far, far more important than who we portray ourselves to me. And really, even on print books, we can claim to look like anything we want.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: August 01, 2016, 07:58:09 AM »
I've never introduced myself... I'm in Northern Ontario and haven't seen many post from up here.

Let's hear it for Northern Ontario! Land of the blood-sucking bugs, bears and wolves!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: July 30, 2016, 01:08:06 PM »

You now have the option to include your 'Foreign Tax Identification Number" on the W8 form. Your Canadian SIN or Corporate Tax Number will both work for this.
It's about the only positive part of FATCA as far as Canadians are concerned, so use it!

Freaking out the dog, but doin' the happy dance, regardless!

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