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Writers' Cafe / Re: Basic Editing, Formatting, and Beta Reading Services
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:05:42 PM »
I assume you mean 0.002 dollars per word. Unless you'll beta read 100,000 words for two bucks.  :)

Yes, thanks, Rick. I corrected it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Basic Editing, Formatting, and Beta Reading Services
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:40:22 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Basic Editing, Formatting, and Beta Reading Services
« on: July 29, 2017, 03:22:41 PM »
Hi. I can provide basic proofreading, basic no-frills ebook and paperback formatting, and beta reading.

I have recently graduated with Honors with an Associate degree in Creative Writing. I currently have four local clients here in Austin, Texas that I have helped to self-publish. Now that I am out of school I am looking to expand my client base. My clients consist of English professors and a Creative Writing student.

Beta reading 0.002 dollars per word
Kindle and epub ebook formatting $60
Createspace PDF paperback formatting $100
Proofreading (basic typos, punctuation errors) 0.002 dollars per word

Microsoft Word and Scrivener files are accepted.

If interested please email

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Victoria Champion

Writers' Cafe / Re: Selena Kitt Launches Erotica Distribution Channel
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:43:55 PM »
Was able to upload again.

Surprise in my email inbox, 4 of my dark fantasy books suddenly republished to B&N. Noticed that 2 of my erotica are not published now. Thought they were. Have they been taken down, I wonder? What is going on? Mysterious.

One of my books is in the TWO MILLION rank. Go me!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Selena Kitt Launches Erotica Distribution Channel
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:01:07 PM »
Selena, the ebook submission form is broken. I have filled it out multiple times, but the SAVE and SAVE AND CONTINUE EDITS buttons are non-functional. This means I lost my form entries and uploads. Let me know when you have this fixed so I can continue to upload my ebooks. I have only uploaded one so far and that was about a week ago. The broken button thing is a new bug. Also, I submitted tags for my first book as a customer because there was no form entry for submitting tags when I uploaded my first book. When you fix the submission form, I'll add the tags there. Also, why are our paragraph breaks not preserved in our form entries, such as blurb, etc... ? Also you have kindle incorrectly listed in the instructions on how to submit as epub, it's mobi. Thanks in advance. I await your post letting us know the form is functioning again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Holiday Stories We've Written
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:47:28 PM »
I wrote a playful Christmas erotica. It was a lot of fun to write and much giggling was involved.

What does DBW stand for? Not even the title of the article you link to reveals that. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Writers' Cafe / Re: First person present in erotica/erotic romance?
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:28:39 PM »
I have an erotica story written in first person present. It's one of the best things I've ever written, in my opinion, including comparing it to my non-erotica. However, it's not a niche kink story so it doesn't sell well anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any way to stop KDP introducing typos into your text?
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:05:40 PM »
No, not used Open Office on it, and its been professionally formatted for upload. I don't even know what the default font would be, I always use Garamond. TNR, I guess?

I guess I'll stick to a mobi file. Seems to utterly defeat the object of having a compiler, but if it's the only way that actually works I will have to muck about with horrible mobi files.

Thanks both.

I use Scrivener, best $40 I ever spent. Compiles to mobi no problem and so easy, and any other format you want, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any way to stop KDP introducing typos into your text?
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:26:09 PM »
Upload it as a mobi and it won't touch your formatting or introduce errors.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help with lowering text on a page
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:42:34 PM »
I use Scrivener and I just add paragraph breaks at the top of the page by hitting the return key until the line is where I want it. Compile to mobi, done.

Writers' Cafe / My college assessment test score in writing
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:27:23 AM »
was the highest it could possibly be! And so was my essay score! The staff said they had never seen scores that high. I tried to act all nonchalant, like yeah, well ... that's what I do.   8)  But inside I felt vindicated. My self esteem soared. I was giddy. Even if my sales are low, I know I have got mad writing skills. Quantifiably.

My reading comprehension score was almost perfect, but I have to admit I was appalled that it was less than perfect. I need to work on paying more attention, or reading more slowly.

Surprisingly to me, I scored proficient in geometry, and partially proficient in algebra. I thought I would absolutely fail both. I guess maintaining my spreadsheets, coding websites, calculating my cover measurements, and learning to format for ebook and paperback has done some good. I guess we do use algebra and geometry in day to day life!

I'm starting college in the Spring to get a Creative Writing and English degree set. I'll focus on the CW requirements first, and then catch the English degree non-overlaps up.

My CS paperback uses 11pt Garamond, front matter is 10pt and fleurons are 9pt. Looks great and readable, and I use bifocals, so I couldn't tell you as far as without glasses because then it would just be a blur. However my beta readers said it was fine, professional looking, and readable. Line spacing is 1.2x. Indents are .25. Headers are also Garamond: 9, footer (page numbers) are 8. My book is trim size 5.25x8, sci-fi/horror (zombie). I compared bestselling zombie genre pbs that I own before designing my own pb. What you might want to do is try to make yours similar to others in your genre.

Btw I stick to old school conventions for print books, including recto and verso standards. I have a blank verso before a recto chapter beginning. This seems good and right to me. It seemed awkward to do it otherwise.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fixing Cover, Branding Series, Being Pro
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:30:06 PM »
The problem with putting a number on the books is that might make people think that they're part of a serial, rather than a series.

If you read the blurb, it will be clear that the second book is not the first in a series.

Okay. I thought a series was books in sequential order and serial is books set in the same world/characters but not in order. Also he does say in the original post book 2 is a sequel.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fixing Cover, Branding Series, Being Pro
« on: October 26, 2014, 01:49:33 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. I have thought about making it say "A Sycamore Moon Novel" or something to that effect. Maybe I do want to go that way.

As far as book numbering, trad-pubbed titles almost never do this. I think this is because a reader might be turned off of a sale if they realize they are looking at Book 2 and they haven't read Book 1. Maybe this is more of a concern standing in an airport bookstore instead of on Amazon, but one of my goals is to make the covers styled more traditionally. In that sense, maybe I don't even need to series title on the cover at all. I leaned towards having it, though, since the title elements of each book are built into the world (and less branded).

Nothing irks me more than accidently buying a new book that turns out to not be the first in a series. This has happened to me twice in the past two weeks. Famous trad pub author paperbacks in a bookstore. Nowhere did they say sequel or part of a series. Now I can't read them until I get books 1, which I have to pay for, and if I don't like books 1? Wasted money on books 2. Made me pretty angry at the authors. Felt like I was tricked into buying their books. Which is exactly what you are describing doing (if I understand you correctly), tricking readers who might not otherwise buy book 2, out of order. Might want to rethink that strategy.

Oh and the reason I found out they were not books 1 was because I enter my books into my Goodreads shelves when I get home which clearly show the series title and number. (No, I don't have a smartphone to check Goodreads while in a bookstore.)

I'm in, especially for the cryptocurrencies payment option for customers. Will you be paying authors in bitcoin if we want? I have a coinbase wallet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: how do you safely research topics
« on: October 24, 2014, 11:00:58 AM »
I also wanted to add: If you are not guilty of something, hiding makes you look guilty. Transparency during the manuscript creation process is your safest course of action. This is my layman's opinion, but if anyone was going to get in trouble for researching book info, then most thriller espionage and zombie/apoc authors would be in gitmo!  :o :P

Writers' Cafe / Re: how do you safely research topics
« on: October 24, 2014, 10:56:44 AM »
Just research what you need to. The FBI are smart enough to also see that you are an author. Even if they come to your house to ask for an explanation, show them your books. It's not a big deal imo. I researched all kinds of crazy stuff doing research for my zombie book. My book backups are also on Dropbox so they can follow my WIP if they want to.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Title suggestions...? (historical dark fantasy)
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:59:25 PM »
I thought it was going to be about the decline of the encyclopedia set. Honestly.

However, I like the premise and would probably read the story. But it needs more of an action title. King of the Dead. Arthur being the king, and the dead are still his subjects. But of course he must commit genocide against them in self defense and defense of his people. Priests object, peasants revolt and run scared, but soldiers must do their duty to king and country. Wow I like that title, maybe I'll use it on something of my own ... Lol!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: "I've never seen so many words in one place!"
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:21:41 PM »
I bought a paperback thesaurus last week. Webster's New Thesaurus. Love it. When I was a kid I used to read the dictionary for fun.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: "I've never seen so many words in one place!"
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:17:49 PM »
1. the task or area of activity officially assigned to an individual or organization.

Learn something new every day!

My remit is the dishes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for ONLY those who write erotica
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:33:27 PM »
It depends. 

It used to be that sexy was the way to go.  More skin equaled more sales. But then Amazon cracked down on that, and I went in the opposite direction, showing young women fully clothed but looking innocent, including just face shots.

But then I realized that because I was using shots of mostly clothed women, or just their faces, these models probably never imagined that their picture would end up on the cover of an erotic book.   So I backed off of that idea, and went with headless, barely clad torsos for a while.

Now I'm at the point where if a model has other photos where she's posed nude or in sexually suggestive clothes and poses, I'm willing to put her face on my covers.

I've only had one complaint, from a photographer who said the model wasn't comfortable being on the cover of an erotic book. (It was a non-sexual pose.)  So I immediately replaced it with something else and thanked the photographer for contacting me first.

Ha! My story is totally the opposite. I have nude models that I painted clothes onto!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Headline ripped from the pages of erotica
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:25:15 PM »
That all makes sense.  I've always noticed that similar looking people are attracted to each other, and who's more similar than your siblings?  If you don't have that history of growing up with each other or the knowledge that you're related, then all you would see is a person who's similar in appearance to you.

Warning: Those who are icked out about this should skip the rest of this post.

As far as relating this to erotica, I've written plenty of these types of stories over the past few years, but, in my opinion, this particular plot would make for a weak erotica story in that genre.  The kink of reading about siblings (or step-siblings) who are involved sexually with each other is based on the idea that they're aware of the relationship, but proceed anyway.   Revealing to them (or the readers) that they're siblings after the fact doesn't add anything to erotic scene that happened previously.

The closest I came to writing something like this was having a pair of practical strangers find out in the middle of the act that their parents had recently gotten married, making them step-siblings.  Of course, that didn't stop them.   ;)

Yeah, I actually feel sorry for this particular couple and find no fault. Whatever they choose to do going forward, it's really no one's business. What's done is done.

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