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Writers' Cafe / Re: Third person-she dressed as he- help!
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:12:08 PM »
Stick with whoever's head you're in at the time, and how they see Harry / Loreta. If they see a man, use he.

If you're in Harry / Loreta's head, use whatever one you think he / she would use.

As long as you're consistent, the reader should go with it. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: blocked by facebook again
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:15:35 PM »
I think the issue is copying and pasting the exact same text too quickly. If you vary the wording slightly, add a smiley, etc, you can probably get away with moving fast.

That said, I think you'll find that those promo sites bring in 0 readers. I'm pretty sure the only active users are drive-by authors posting about their books. I used to post to several way back in the day before realizing it was a waste of time.

A couple of people I know set up link checkers and posted to those groups to see what happened and, you're right, there's almost no click through at all from any of them.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE HOLE - a supernatural thriller
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:31:49 AM »
The German language edition at VOODOO PRESS is now in production. Which is nice.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE GHOST CLUB
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:29:06 AM »
Another very nice review, at the relaunched AMAZING STORIES

"For a brief moment, or at least until the last page is turned, William Meikle reminds us what was special about some of our favorite authors."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Requesting Author Forwards
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:08:03 PM »

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:25:28 AM »

Finished my WIP. Drinking time.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this company legit? Author Incubator
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:04:48 PM »
The issue is that the company has done such a poor job of protecting their image and reputation. When your own reputation is that much out of control, I question your ability to help me.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Author profile, signature etc.
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:16:52 AM »
I can read your titles but can't see your covers :)

This is predominantly a writer's forum, I'm guessing very few sales or reads come from here (if any) so in my case, size really doesn't matter lol. :)
They're clickable if anybody did want to look further, if they weren't there, they wouldn't be. :)

Yours runs over onto a second line for me here on my small netbook screen, with 13 on one line, and one and your badge on the second.

« on: April 05, 2018, 06:39:16 AM »
The paperback and audiobook of RAMSKULL are now in production. Which is nice.

The Book Bazaar / Re: OPERATION: ANTARCTICA - a creature feature
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:37:38 AM »
Should finish the first draft of another follow up OPERATION: SIBERIA today, and I've got a contract from Severed Press for a fourth book in the series, provisionally, OPERATION: AMAZON.

This is turning into a thing...

Writers' Cafe / Re: THIS is why editors don't give feedback anymore
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:56:27 PM »
Selective denial of characters :P

There was a time that the exalted moderators of this board decided that anything that started with f and ended in ck was an expletive. At the time we had a member whose username was josefblack and he was most surprised when the board software rendered his name as jose[expletive].

LOLOLOL it probably says something about my poor sense of humour that I thought it was funny.


I started a discussion about Michael Moorcock...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does posting in the book bazaar work?
« on: April 04, 2018, 09:36:27 AM »
It used to. Back in 2010 /11 posting in there would guarantee a blip in sales on the day. Nowadays, not so much.

Writers' Cafe / Re: THIS is why editors don't give feedback anymore
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:33:45 PM »
I just need to vent. Don't mind me.

I publish a Quarterly magazine (and a lot of other projects). Because of the behavior of a lot of authors, we only provide feedback if the author explicitly requests it when they send a submission. We don't send unsolicited feedback. You have to deliberately request it.

And even when it is requested, I still get crap replies like this:

This right here is why most editors send generic rejection letters.  :'(

I've also never understood why these people submit to magazines that they think only publish dross... :-)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:44:10 PM »
Some thoughts on maybe, possibly, sometime, writing a fantasy epic before I die

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do YOU do during writing breaks?
« on: March 30, 2018, 11:56:39 AM »
I live in Perth, Western Australia where summer temps can hit 110F or more. The only time I see that much cold is when I open the fridge.

We get to 80F on a good summer's day. And -30F on a bad winter night. Currently dead on freezing at 4:30pm.

Writers' Cafe / Re: On becoming Dostoevsky
« on: March 30, 2018, 11:01:34 AM »
If your average post is similar to this one, it means you've written 81,000 words on Kboards, or a decent novel.

That's okay though, as I've written 20 novels and over 100 short stories in the time I've been here.

The Book Bazaar / Re: THE RAVINE - a weird western
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:43:10 AM »
Brian Sammons interviews me today about my books at Dark Regions Press, including some chat about THE RAVINE

Writers' Cafe / On becoming Dostoevsky
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:35:48 AM »
Just noticed that I am now Dostoevsky having passed 3000 posts.

I shall celebrate by drinking vodka, getting maudlin, and pondering the meaning of my pitiful existence.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do YOU do during writing breaks?
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:33:33 AM »
I look at the view out the window

Decided to go it alone in April. It looks like I got around 110 entries last month, which isn't bad considreing we weren't giving away cash, and it was all done at no cost / no paying for ads. About 1/3 were new ones for me, the other 2/3 from my newsletter. April will be a test to see if I can get any new sign ups off my own back, or whether it's better to do these things as a group effort. So I'll make a decision at the end of April as to how/if I go ahead with more of these.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does a career as a writer lead to divorce?
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:12:41 PM »
For me it was the other way around. Didn't start writing until my first marriage failed.

Sorry for taking so long, Willie. Still not 100%, but I'll start popping in more often. Whenever we do this, is it for eBooks or paperbacks? And I'm happy with just newsletter signups.

The plan was for ebooks only, Joe. I'm thinking we'll do something May or June now... I"ll ask again here nearer the time.

Given that Joe was the only other person to express an interest and he's having a rest, I think what we have here with the giveaway is a dead idea, for April at least. I'll hold off and try again later in the year.

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