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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Tag Exchange (Readers Welcome!)
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:14:44 AM »

 I've posted some additional tags for Grey Skies Ahead, so if you get a chance, I'd appreciate an update tagging.


Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 01, 2010, 01:55:48 PM »
 Between work, college, my own novel and my family (to include our new baby girl born one month ago), I'm not sure I'm going to be able to find the time for NaNo, but I sure am going to try.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Stock Photos
« on: October 05, 2010, 07:09:08 PM »
 The image of the runway seen below in this cover was shot by a friend of mine, just as we were preparing to land. Then I found an image of a terrorist wearing the red and white Keffiyeh and added it. After a little blending, plus the title and my name, wal-la.


Writers' Cafe / Re: What first drew you to writing?
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:22:16 PM »
 What drew me to writing?

 The need to tell the fictional stories that have been spinning around in my head for several years. Originally, there was just one story I wanted to share, but as I got close to finishing my first novel, I started coming up with new and exciting other stories... and so there it is a nutshell.

 Making a career of it would certainly be nice as well, but that's not why I write.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Are You a Kindle Author? I Want to Interview You!
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:19:07 PM »

 I'd like to get on this list if I may.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Trailers, what's your take?
« on: September 29, 2010, 01:57:54 PM »
 For me, a trailer simply isn't worth the time or effort. Number one, you have to design a quality piece something worth viewing. Number two, the trailer needs to be placed where potential readers/buyers will see it. If your only venue is your own web site, then it seems to be a wasted effort because the reader/buyer has already made their way to your web site, which means they are already interested in one or more of your books.

 I have to weigh the time/energy factor against the anticipated results, and right now they simply don't make sense for me. Perhaps in the future I could see myself wanting to design one, but right now, I'll leave that to other authors.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Reviews from Average Joe - helpful or no?
« on: September 29, 2010, 01:51:46 PM »
 Reviews from anyone are a very good way to measure your story and writing, but I find that I have to take the average of what people are telling me, rather then focusing on one person's review or critique of the work.


The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading (2010)?
« on: September 27, 2010, 10:51:18 PM »
 Right now, I'm reading:


 Thanks Joe.
 I hope your words were not reflective of the majority of covers you see.

 As a Computer Science major and a part time graphic designer, hopefully my covers are "up to par" :)
Of course it won't matter what I come up with on my own if I acquire an agent for my next title. :)


Writers' Cafe / Re: Need design help for small ad
« on: September 25, 2010, 09:37:41 PM »

 Here's my completely revised ad.

resolution: 450x450

resolution: 125x125

 You can see that the smaller text is not very clear in the 125x125 ad, which leaves you with two options in my humble opinion.
Either drop your name from the ad and increase the size of that descriptive text, or drop the descriptive text.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Need design help for small ad
« on: September 25, 2010, 08:48:34 PM »

 I initially had the same thoughts T.M., as far as not using the actual cover, but something that keeps the spirit of it.
And in my humble opinion, 125x125 is too little space to put much more than perhaps the title, author and where it's available.

 Maybe later tonight, after I finished writing some, I'll sit back down with it and try another approach.

The Book Corner / Re: KB Indie Writers -- I have a bone to pick with you!
« on: September 25, 2010, 06:39:09 AM »

Hi Ruth,

 What a truly remarkable and wonderful post. It's great that someone out there appreciates the hard work and efforts of the indie author.
Self publishing for the Kindle certainly opens up some doors that would otherwise be closed to authors.

 Thank you for delighting us with your kind words.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need design help for small ad
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:24:45 PM »
 This is what I came up with.

resolution: 406x296

resolution: 125x125

 If you have any suggestions for an edit, font change, or whatever, let me know.

 Take care,

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors - Show your blurb (s) here ......
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:16:38 PM »
Grey Skies Ahead
Genre: Fiction; Mystery

 Computer technician and new pilot, Tony Foster is about to lose everything; his job, car, apartment and girlfriend. Desperate and on the hunt for a new career, Tony is lured into working for a small team of terrorists; his questions kept at bay with bonuses and perks. When Tony begins to put the puzzle together, he struggles to decide what side of the law he wants to be on and unsure of what is more important to him; love or success. After Tony's employer, Sam learns that he went to the police, he questions Tony’s allegiance. Soon after, a devilish plot to kill thousands of innocent lives at a busy U.S. airport is concocted with Tony told very little except he'll be flying a package to Phoenix. Only in the air does Tony finally learn the horrific truth.

Here I am before and then after a flight.

Here I am posing with my wife at her favorite Karaoke bar.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Thinking About Quitting
« on: September 24, 2010, 07:42:36 AM »
 Sixteen years on one book is a long time for one project. I get burned out on a project if it takes me more than 6 months to complete the first draft. Once I finish the draft, I move quickly to my next project and let that draft sit idle for a time before going back for revisions and editing.

 Perhaps you should move on to another story, maybe even a totally different genre, but I'd hate to see anyone give up something they enjoy.

 Ultimately, the decision is yours of course. But before you decide, I think it would be wise to answer the following question as truthfully as you can. "Why do I write?". The answer will hopefully guide you to what you need to do.


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Newbie
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:34:43 AM »
 Welcome to KindleBoards.

 Hope to see you around.
 Have fun,

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need some ideas for the title font
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:34:07 AM »
 I like the second cover the best out of these.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Tag Exchange (Readers Welcome!)
« on: September 22, 2010, 06:41:49 AM »
 Sorry to have to ask... but exactly how does this tagging work and how would it benefit a Kindle author?


Writers' Cafe / Re: What genre(s) do you write--and why?
« on: September 22, 2010, 06:39:03 AM »
 I'm really trying not to pin myself down to a specific genre, but if pressed I'd have to say my writing spans both Thriller & Sci-Fi... at least at the moment. :)


Writers' Cafe / Re: Interviewing Authors on the Art of Writing
« on: September 15, 2010, 08:03:39 PM »
 I'd love to be added to this lengthy list if at all possible.



 I think it's better to have everything on one main site, perhaps broken down into different pages for each Genre you're writing in, than have it all spread around on individual websites. The main focus of the web site in my opinion should be about you. Take a look at some of the heavy hitters in the writing world for examples; such Stephen King, Dan Brown, or Michael Crichton. The main page or entry point is generally nothing more than a jumping off point, leading you to each branch the site contains.

 Just my 2 cents.

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