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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thriller cover opinions - updated, new versions!
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:03:05 AM »
Great feedback everyone, thanks a lot. Especially thanks Becca for resizing them!

To answer the question: it is a wilderness-survival thriller, with a twisted romance. I also liked the look of #1 best personally, but several people have pointed out that it looks sci-fi, so I'd probably stay away from it.

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Writers' Cafe / Thriller cover opinions - updated, new versions!
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:16:46 AM »
Hi Everyone,

thanks for all the guidance on my cover options last week. I had the designer make some tweaks with the feedback and have some new choices. I'll list them here, and include one of the old choices. Try to look at them in 'small' size, as they'd appear on a sales page. Not sure how to achieve that...

Here they are! Thanks!!
David





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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thriller cover opinions
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:08:18 AM »
Everyone, thank you so much for the feedback. I totally agree with the consensus on fonts. Guy Riessen, thanks for all the effort you put into your comments, greatly appreciated.

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Writers' Cafe / Thriller cover opinions
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:44:20 PM »
Hello! Would appreciate anyone's feedback on some cover options for a thriller novel.

THANKS!
David





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The Book Bazaar / FREE TODAY: #1 Bestselling thriller THE FLOOD
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:43:13 AM »
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Please critique my 1-pager for a thriller novel!
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:23:35 PM »
Thanks for the wisdom.

(J.L.: Its not for the query letter, it is a separate 1-pager that agents often ask for in addition to the query letter)

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Writers' Cafe / Please critique my 1-pager for a thriller novel!
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:34:12 AM »
Hello!

I'd appreciate any input on this 1-page synopsis for my thriller novel, which would be used in agent queries.

much thanks!
(please ignore the paragraph breaks, I couldn't get it to tab properly in this post)
*******


Deep into their travels, JOSH and SASHA arrive in Kenya at the start of the rainy season. Tribal violence simmers across the countryside in the lead up to national elections.

 They came to East Africa for an adventure to save their marriage. The thirty-something golden boy and golden girl investment bankers have lost their passion; for each other and for life. They fight over Josh’s desire to quit the rat race and find a lighter style of living. So they’ve taken a leave from work, with Josh hoping it will spark Sasha’s desire to see the world and Sasha hoping it will satisfy Josh’s appetite for a while, and allow them to return to Buffalo and start a family.

Three months ago, they rekindled their romance in Zanzibar. They’ve climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked for gorillas in Rwanda. Two days ago, on an adrenaline and beer fueled high after rafting near Kampala, they invited an old friend into their sex life.
As they get off the bus in Nairobi, a safari booked, there is an unspoken tension between them as taut as that across the country.
   
They enter Maasai Mara national park with a guide and a French traveller who shares the Land Rover. The Frenchman has just finished working as a medical volunteer. Feeling isolated from her husband, Sasha is drawn to him.
Partly because of the season, partly because of the violence, the park is almost empty. After two disappointing days, the guide breaks the park rules, taking them far off-road in search of cats. The Rover gets stuck in a rut formed by the rainstorms. Getting out to dig their wheels loose in the long grass, the guide steps into a sleeping family of leopards. The tourists try to save him, but the guide is killed. The Rover is stuck fast, and now the battery is dead.
   
In a harrowing night in the vehicle, the tension between Josh and Sasha turns to animosity. At daylight, the threesome walk the savannah, looking for the road and rescue. The male leopard stalks them now; they see it every few hours. Sasha feels alone facing death, and Josh feels bitter at her abandonment. The tension finally breaks in a vicious falling out, each attacking the other’s emotional weak spots. When their French companion steps in, he and Josh come to blows.
   
That’s when the leopard attacks. It separates them from the Frenchman. Josh and Sasha are almost killed trying to save him, but in the end, they’re alone.

The couple face a gauntlet over the next two days, from the elements and animals of the Mara, and their own turmoil and the pasts that brought them here. They need their trust to save each other, and slowly they rebuild it. Josh is badly injured. Sasha protects and carries him on, finally stashing him on a tree branch to save him from jackals, who sense his frailty.

By the time they are rescued by Maasai tribesman, and taken to their boma for care, Josh is gangrenous from his wounds. Delirious in the mud hut, with Sasha watching, the Maasai healer amputates his left arm.
   
When the ambulance finally takes them away, Sasha holds Josh’s wedding ring. She knows she holds the fate of their marriage as surely as she held the fate of Josh’s survival, and she chooses to hold on to the wild ride.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: query letter synopsis for adventure novel
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:03:03 AM »
Sorry, by synopsis I meant the blurb for the query letter itself-- changed topic title to represent properly.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: query letter synopsis for adventure novel
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:46:57 AM »
Hi Diana, it is an action&adventure or thriller novel. Thanks!

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Writers' Cafe / query letter blurb for adventure novel
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:11:05 AM »
Hi everyone, would love to get some thoughts on the several blurb variations below (for agent letter query). Critique, pick a favourite, mix and match, whatever.

Thanks in advance!!


1.   To save their marriage, Sasha and Josh came to East Africa for an adventure. They've travelled Zanzibar and climbed Kilimanjaro, but inviting a friend into their sex life has rocked their trust. In the bush of Kenya’s Maasai Mara as the rainy season begins, they’ll need that trust to save each other.

2.   It's the start of the rainy season in Kenya. Violence inflames the country in the lead-up to the election. Josh and Sasha came here for an adventure to save their marriage. In the bush of the Maasai Mara, they have to save each other.

3.   The safari comes at a bad time for Sasha and Josh, the thirty-something golden girl and golden boy investment bankers: there is stress in their marriage, their lives are at crossroads, and sexual exploration is exacerbating whatever it was meant to solve. As violence rocks Kenya in the lead-up to the election, Josh and Sasha’s safari vehicle gets stuck in a remote part of a national park. They came to Africa to save their marriage. Now they have to save each other.


4.   Sasha and Josh, thirty-something golden girl and golden boy investment bankers, are facing middle age and a crumbling relationship. They’ve come to East Africa for a three-month adventure to save their marriage. They've travelled Zanzibar and climbed Kilimanjaro, but bringing a friend into their sex life has rocked their trust. As violence inflames Kenya in the lead-up to the election, Josh and Sasha’s safari vehicle gets stuck in the bush of the Maasai Mara. Now they have to save each other.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: one-liner for thriller
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:12:16 AM »
Thanks everyone!! Great to see so much convergence of opinion!

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Writers' Cafe / one-liner for thriller
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »
Hi folks, I'm looking for advice on a 1-liner for a somewhat sexy, relationshippy, thriller. Like Hemingway, updated, or The Beach 15 years older. Would appreciate any advice!! Here are some ideas:

1. They came to Africa for an adventure to save their marriage; stranded in the bush of Kenya’s Maasai Mara Park, they have to save each other.
 
2. A young couple's marriage is on the verge of disintegrating during an adventure trip – and then they get lost on a Kenyan safari.
 
3. A young couple spend three days lost on safari in Kenya.

4. A young couple follow adventure to save their disintegrating marriage, but must save themselves from three days lost when their Kenyan safari goes wrong.

5. A young couple escape their marriage problems with an adventure trip. Now can they escape the adventure?

6. To save their marriage, they followed adventure. Lost on safari, they'll have to save each other.

Bonus question: Which sounds better as a compariosn: "Hemingway, updated" OR "Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber updated." I tend to think being more specific will help me either find or disprove an affinity with an agent.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon pricing: BookBaby vs Ingram Sparks vs FBA
« on: November 01, 2016, 07:38:50 AM »
ilamont, thanks for your response. I would have to check with BookBaby if they have any rules against using FBA, and secondly, if they would send directly to FBA.

The Lass, I looked at other printers, and BookBaby was the best in terms of wholesale cost, but their retail costs are much too high.

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon pricing: BookBaby vs Ingram Sparks vs FBA
« on: October 27, 2016, 08:54:52 AM »
Hello,
I would appreciate any members help. I am launching a coffee table style book that is a mix of text and images. It's quite expensive to do hardcover, and the best choices were BookBaby and IngramSparks, and they had similar pricing for the print cost. Where they differ is sales price. On BookBaby, they double the price for their website and Amazon as the MINIMUM price. On IngramSparks, they allow you to set any price marginally above the print cost and still get royalties. Does anyone understand any way around this BookBaby pricing? My issue is that BookBaby has better formatting options.

Another possibility would be to order from BookBaby in bulk and then sell on Amazon through FBA: If I order 100 books, the total print+ship price is about $24/book. Amazon's charges (as I understand it) come to about $6-7, plus a tiny storage fee. So, if I let Bookbaby put it on Amazon it would retail at over $50 before I see a cent. Whereas if I use FBA, I could sell anywhere over $31 and make money. Am I missing something? Is there a disadvantage or hidden cost in FBA I'm missing? My understanding is the referral fee is just 15%. Why would it be so low on FBA when they take 50% from POD?

I've only used createspace before which made things a lot easier. Unfortunately, they don't offer hardcover.

Thanks for any help.

Just to add: my book is in a specific niche; if the right search terms are used, I think I will have very little competition.

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The Book Bazaar / FREE TODAY: #1 Bestselling thriller THE FLOOD
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:33:11 AM »
4-star, #1 bestselling thriller THE FLOOD, FREE today
From award-winning writer David Sachs

*****
For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this.

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.







<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks!  --Ann>

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4-star, #1 bestselling thriller from award winning writer David Sachs
THE FLOOD, FREE today

*****
For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this.

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.

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Four-star bestselling thriller The Flood, from award winning writer David Sachs, free Oct 29-31

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.

For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this.

When the Flood hit, America's East Coast was evacuated by every means possible. Hours later, a cruise ship assisting in the rescue lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, and nowhere near enough food. Thousands of refugees on board, including Travis, his ex-wife, and their young son, find themselves alone in a big ocean.

Now, the escapees from the Flood face a new challenge - survive until rescue comes - and a journey into human darkness and heroism begins. Desperate to protect his family as the panic rises, Travis finds behind each door an unexpected new side to the Festival, but no way out. How far will he go?

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"Sachs keeps the story moving full-steam-ahead, balancing his fleshed-out portraits of memorable characters with visceral action scenes... ...An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
-Kirkus Reviews

"The Flood is an epic thriller and a remarkable work of art." 
-Matthew Mather, bestselling author of CyberStorm
*

See the reviews on Amazon.



www.bit.ly/thefloodamazon

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The Flood is free Oct 29-31, 2015!


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The Book Bazaar / FREE TODAY: #1 Bestselling thriller THE FLOOD
« on: April 02, 2015, 06:32:37 AM »

The best-selling thriller from award-winning writer David Sachs, now FREE.

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.

For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this.

When the Flood hit, America's East Coast was evacuated by every means possible. Hours later, a cruise ship assisting in the rescue lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, and nowhere near enough food. Thousands of refugees on board, including Travis, his ex-wife, and their young son, find themselves alone in a big ocean.

Now, the escapees from the Flood face a new challenge - survive until rescue comes - and a journey into human darkness and heroism begins. Desperate to protect his family as the panic rises, Travis finds behind each door an unexpected new side to the Festival, but no way out. How far will he go?

*
"Sachs keeps the story moving full-steam-ahead, balancing his fleshed-out portraits of memorable characters with visceral action scenes... ...An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
-Kirkus Reviews

"The Flood is an epic thriller and a remarkable work of art." 
-Matthew Mather, bestselling author of CyberStorm
*

See the reviews on Amazon.



www.bit.ly/thefloodamazon

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A flood. A full evacuation of America's East Coast. A cruise ship overloaded with refugees dead in the water; no power, no communications, no sign of rescue, and not nearly enough food.

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.

www.bit.ly/thefloodamazon


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Please critique my thriller synopsis
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:54:50 AM »
Thanks all! So useful when multiple people agree on the same things.

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Writers' Cafe / Please critique my thriller synopsis
« on: March 21, 2015, 08:08:55 AM »
I've just launched my thriller through KDP and wanted some critique on my synopsis before using my free promotion weekend and marketing push. Any opinions welcome, but a few specific questions below as well.

MUCH THANKS FOR ANY HELP!

When the Flood hit, America’s East Coast was evacuated by every means possible. Now, a luxury cruise ship overloaded with refugees lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, no sign of rescue, and nowhere near enough food.

For those that escaped the Flood, the real nightmare is just beginning.

For three years, Travis Cooke has been desperate to reunite his family. But not like this.

Fleeing New York ahead of the disaster, Travis, along with his son, ex-wife, and her husband, are trapped on the disabled ship. Travis and the unforgettable cast aboard find themselves alone in a big ocean. As the panic rises like the water, Travis finds behind each door an unexpected new side to the ship, but no way out. How far will a good man go to save the people he loves and has lost once before? How far would YOU go?

A retelling of Lord of the Flies as a fast-paced modern fable that forces you into the minds and disturbing choices of the characters on board.

A gripping thriller and mythic tragedy.

You’ll remember where you were when the Flood hit.


{Does the story seem clear enough?
What do you think of having "along with his son, ex-wife, and her husband"? Does it add to the human side or does it come across weird?
Should I cut "that forces you into the minds and disturbing choices of the characters on board."?}
}

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