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Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:32:52 AM »
Reported Descent.  Good luck!   :)
Thank you so much!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: September 26, 2015, 12:18:07 PM »
Hi there, if you have a moment, would you please request that Amazon price match my book, Descent? I'm trying to set it up for permafree. Thank you in advance for your help.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing the Third book in a series
« on: September 26, 2015, 09:46:25 AM »
That is a great idea  and I do have links to my other books in all my back matter.

Writers' Cafe / Marketing the Third book in a series
« on: September 26, 2015, 09:30:18 AM »
Hi there,
I am getting ready to launch the third book in my Fantasy series and am curious as to what methods others have used to increase sales. I plan to put ads in at least three different venues, but am not sure how to get the best bang for the buck, so to speak. The first book, Descent, is permafree on Smashwords and I am trying to encourage Amazon to price match. I am willing to reduce the price for a period of time on the second book, Sacrifice, in honor of launching the third book, Illusion. Any suggestions on how to word the ads or which venues to contact for the best impact?

Writers' Cafe / Writing Contest
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:17:29 PM »
Hello All!
Brass Rag Press is holding a writing contest in honor of all the great milestones we've managed to reach this year. The prompt is: Milestones. Submission deadline is December 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm. All the details can be found at Come join us for fun and prizes!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover art for a fantasy novel
« on: May 21, 2013, 05:51:02 PM »
Thanks Vincent!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover art for a fantasy novel
« on: May 21, 2013, 05:34:55 PM »
Thanks! I'll check him out.

I vote for the Paperdolls style cover. The two fonts in the other subtitle are pretty, but a bit distracting.

Writers' Cafe / Cover art for a fantasy novel
« on: May 21, 2013, 05:26:17 PM »
Hey there! I am looking for original art for the cover of a fantasy novel. Does anyone know of a good graphic artist or photographer?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:15:47 AM »
We try to post three times per week, but there are two of us and that makes it easier. My last post was Wednesday and I wrote about what I look for in a book.

I use iBooks and nook, but I see I'm in the minority with the latter. I didn't like the Kindle app b/c it kept crashing and often wouldn't open books at all. However, I hear there have been upgrades, so I'd be willing to try it again.
Also, what do y'all mean by "clunky"? I have not experienced what I would call clunk invests with any of the apps.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie books wanted
« on: April 28, 2013, 04:43:59 AM »
Hello and Thank you for you enthusiastic support. We literally have enough books to hold us for the next six months and more coming in every day.

In the interest of being fair to you and posting reviews in anything resembling a timely manner, The Brass Rag has been forced to close submissions for the time being. We will reopen as soon as we whittle the current submissions down to a manageable level.

Those of you who have already submitted books, rest assured we are grateful for your patience and we will get to you as fast as careful reading and quality writing will allow.

Thank you again!
The Brass Rag

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie books wanted
« on: April 24, 2013, 01:25:06 PM »
And now, the update: due to the absolutely astounding response to our request for books to review, we had to get all formal and develop a policy. You can find it here:
All submissions from here on will need to got through our submissions account.
We are really excited about this. Our first Indie review should be out Monday, April 29, 2013. Come take a look at it and encourage your fellow authors with a comment.
Meanwhile, smile, and happy writing.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie books wanted
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:16:34 PM »
Interested authors can email me at The Brass Rag is located at, and we are working on a submissions page, but it is not ready yet. Please include a log line and short author bio as well as where your book can be purchased. We prefer Kindle or Nook formats, but we can also accept PDF files and print copies. Unless specifically requested otherwise, reviews will be posted on Goodreads and Amazon within 24 hours of the post on The Brass Rag.

Be advised, we have posted less than positive reviews when we felt they were warranted. We try to be specific in our comments, whether positive or negative. Though we do not "bash" books, we are honest and the author should understand that reviews remain on the site indefinitely. You can read some of our reviews under the Our Takes tab.

This is an exciting time in publishing and I'm looking forward to reading your work. Meanwhile, happy writing!

Writers' Cafe / Indie books wanted
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:01:42 PM »
The Brass Rag is interested in reviewing indie books for our weekly book review. We are interested in most genres with the exceptions of erotica and horror. We post honest book reviews intended to help authors and readers alike. There is no fee but we do request a complimentary copy of the book, either print or electronic, for review.

 :D Sorry, I had to laugh. Now to the serious comment. Do you think these kind of reviews do harm? I'm getting ready to publish in the next six months or so and I'm new to the whole review/ratings thing. If they give you five stars, your rating goes up, yes? I can see where nonsensical reviews like this might be annoying to other readers, but do you think the annoyance would wash over into their decision of whether or not to buy the book? Especially if you have other, regular, good reviews?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you know your books will offend certain people?
« on: April 13, 2013, 06:40:38 AM »
Isn't conflict inherently offensive if a story is to result? Not that most authors, IMO, intentionally set out to offend a particular person or set of people, but if everything were perfect in the story, it probably wouldn't need to be told. The examples I've seen here are part of rising action, motivation and conflict. If all your characters are getting along and no one is being evil/snarky/selfish/greedy/or simply a moron, then your story is likely to bear a dreary resemblance to pablum. No?

Introductions & Welcomes / Intro
« on: April 13, 2013, 06:05:03 AM »
Hello all! My friend Susan suggested Kindle Boards to me, so I'm here checking it out. My name is Cheri, and you can find me at The Brass Rag We are interested in reviewing books by indie authors on the Our Takes section of our blog. I'm editing my first novel and writing the second while teaching full time at a local high school.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Meanwhile, have a great day and happy writing! :)

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