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Writers' Cafe / Re: Military Science Fiction Tutorial?
« on: Yesterday at 09:19:32 PM »
I've been knocking around the idea of a short tutorial on three-dimensional navigation, for example,

I like this idea. It's something I struggled with, and although I'm not sure I'll write any more Sci-Fi, I might be interested in reading about this anyway.

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I really like this cover. I think this could maybe work if you leave the girl as she is, and either try blurring or reducing the opacity on the two creatures in the background. Maybe give that a try and see how it looks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Also Boughts + Ads at bottom of the page?
« on: July 06, 2018, 06:44:47 PM »
They seem to be trying a lot of different layouts lately. I just realized the Rated By Customers Interested In box has gone missing - not that I care. Maybe a lot of customers tagged it as unhelpful. The one thing that really has me confused is, why do I appear to have the option to Set Up An Amazon Giveaway for other authors' books? Talk about wasted space on the page. Does that option appear for non–authors as well?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Easter Eggs?!?!?
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:19:37 PM »
I don't intentionally put in "easter eggs", but then, I don't really agree with what some of y'all are calling easter eggs.

Maybe we should call them chocolate bunnies instead.  :P  I have ships named Calypso and Marie Celeste, which I'm sure some readers will see the connection to, but I'm guessing a lot of them probably won't. I guess the only true Easter egg I can claim is that each book in the Sentinels Saga begins and ends with the same word. That's something anyone could stumble across without requiring 'inside' knowledge.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Easter Eggs?!?!?
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:26:49 AM »
all of my heroines have names that start with "S." And my favorite number is 13, so the number is used several times within every book. All of my books have references to scary movies and all feature a Victorian house and mention a cat.

I'm writing all of this down just in case there's a secret formula for successful books buried in here.  :)

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So now, on top of seeing Amazon imprints Prime Lending KOLL books in five or six of the top ten BESTSELLER spots...


Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Another thing I've noticed lately that irritates me is what happens when you click on these links on a book's product page:

Kindle ebooks > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet etc.

They used to take us to the entire corresponding subcategory, but now they lead only to the bestseller / top 100 lists. And there's no direct link anywhere on those pages that allows you to view the entire category. I have to ask, why not just show us the entire list? Won't the bestsellers all be at the top anyway?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is she leaning on?
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:05:15 AM »
One of those folding blood drive signs, or the countertop of a street side cafe, the serving window of a food truck, a hot dog cart. Probably wouldn't work, but I think it would be cool to see her leaning against a pinball machine with an image of herself painted on the backglass. Sort of like the Elvira pin.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:32:36 AM »
I think Tolkien's skill is that his fantasy names weren't unpronounceable, and they didn't look difficult or unnatural to the average English-reading eye.

It's a challenge to come up with fantasy names that haven't already been used by someone. And Tolkien is partially responsible for that. It's almost like he stumbled across a comprehensive list of fantasy names, and found a use for every last name on the list, even if it was just to name some obscure character's second cousin's dog. Add another sixty or so years of fantasy writers picking over the scraps he left unused, and now if you want an original name, you're almost forced into using something absurd, like Quetzalcoatlmilandria.

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I don't think about particular literary devices when I write, but I do pay attention to rhythm (that's the closest I can get to describing it). I'll often stop and reread a paragraph and go, "huh, all these sentences have the same structure. Better turn this one into a coordinate clause instead."

This drives me nuts. I don't seem to notice meter when I'm reading other writers' prose (poetry excluded), but I can't get it out of my head when I'm writing. And just like you said, I end up with a lot of sentences that share the same structure. It's a curse I can't seem to rid myself of. If anyone knows of a cure for this malady, please feel free to post it here.  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm in tears. Amazon has cut my numbers for May.
« on: June 09, 2018, 05:32:44 PM »
Yeah Book Cat, that's a good point too. If you were doing illegal page reads wouldn't you want to blend in and read the popular books.  If you read author's books that don't get huge amounts of page reads it's just going to stick out more.  It seems like it is Amazon Algos gone amok to me.

Well, if a scammer's bots read the more popular books, that might help those authors earn the bonus payouts the scammer was hoping to earn him/herself.

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The Yorktown?

There's already a series by that name in Sci-Fi. Great suggestion, though. It seems to have worked well for the author.

Valley Forge is an interesting possibility. My Firefly trivia is a little rusty, but I think that ship was named for the Battle of Serenity Valley. Also, Valley Forge was the name of the ship in Silent Running, so it's a name that might be familiar to some Sci-Fi fans.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What symbol(s) do you use to separate scenes?
« on: June 04, 2018, 04:17:14 PM »
We beg to differ. I can agree that they were probably used by some in an MS at pre-editing and pre-publication, but a flick through my extensive library on my shelf at home and I don't see them in the finished product from trad publishers in printed books.

I thought I remembered seeing them in Jurassic Park, but now that I flip through it what I am seeing is that they are only used if a scene break occurs at the bottom of a page, and all other scene breaks are indicated by a blank line. Paperback copy, 1993 printing, fwiw.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What symbol(s) do you use to separate scenes?
« on: June 03, 2018, 05:47:02 PM »
I generally use four asterisks with spaces in between - * * * *

But I also devised a time-shift symbol to indicate when the story is skipping forward or backward in time.
>> means forward.
<< means backward. (Hopefully those will look familiar enough to anyone who has used a remote control)
I mostly use these at the beginning of chapters, but sometimes use them as scene break symbols if that's where the jump in time occurs.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me brain storm a title?
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:46:46 PM »
Navy Special Flops.

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(i.e. if book 1 is about Country Mouse going to market, and Book 12 is Country Mouse taking over the multiverse with her three husbands, Honey Badger, Bob, and Goldfish-Shark King... that  sets  different expectations than Country Mouse goes to the State Fair]

It also reveals that none of those characters get Starked in the first eleven books. That ruins the suspense of the airlock scene in book ten that otherwise might have had me on the edge of my seat. ;D

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I remember reading the inside flap of Catching Fire before I read The Hunger Gamer. Mistake! There's a spoiler in there. I won't be making that mistake again.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Poll - Dissatisfaction with Kindle Unlimited
« on: May 27, 2018, 04:09:04 PM »
Most surprising is the low number of "nervous" KU authors. Either they haven't been paying attention, don't care or for reasons that would be interesting to hear, feel immune to malicious bots that could cause suspension of their accounts.

Well, I'm nervous but I wouldn't call myself undecided. So I refrained from voting because of the way it's worded.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question about book sequencing/series
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:30:55 PM »
Some authors list a reading order on their product pages, and probably in the front of their books as well. You can show where the other books fit into the timeline there, without actually making them part of the series. As far as linking them together on Amazon, though, an omnibus might be the best solution. You can insert them in any order you like.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books did you have in your backlist?
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:45:46 PM »
if after you write 5-6 books and you're still nowhere near that target, you might wonder whether you're really cut out for writing fiction or not.

I'm in that camp myself, but it doesn't deter me. Not every story that's written is going to have a large audience. That doesn't mean there's no value in writing them. It just means you aren't likely to get rich off of them.

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I think there was a scene kind of like this in Kick-Ass, too. (waiting to see if the title of that movie will be censored)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Dissatisfaction with Kindle Unlimited
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:25:24 PM »
Linn, I like your covers. :)

Thanks, Lorri.  :)

FWIW, I think your first cover is really good and doesn't need to be replaced, assuming you could get the rest of the series to match. (Though I do find it odd to credit the cover artist on the front cover.)

That was actually a part of our agreement, and in truth it doesn't bother me at all. I was more than pleased with the artwork he created, and am happy if I can direct some business his way. I think this particular artwork might be better utilized in other ways, though. As a cover, it doesn't seem to be as effective as I'd hoped.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Dissatisfaction with Kindle Unlimited
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:13:50 AM »
I don't make huge money either way, so that's not really a factor.

Same here. I'm nervously staying in for now because I get better read-through from borrows than I do from sales - @50% for sales, but better than 90% for borrows. And I would need better covers before I go wide. Five new covers ain't happenin' any time soon. But I hope to go wide with future releases.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books did you have in your backlist?
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:26:03 AM »
I started making four figures a month last year. I've been publishing since 2010

First of all, Rosie, I want to congratulate you on finding some success with your writing. I hope it continues to pay off for you. I just had a look at some of the books in your series, and: Book #4 - AIR - the Rated by Customers Interested In box - You should grab a screenshot of that before it changes. Maybe you'll think of some way to use it in a marketing campaign. If nothing else, it's a gem that might be worth hanging on to.

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All of us in KU not affected should have one question in mind: How do protect ourselves from being SUSPECTED of violating Amazon's TOS if malicious bots target our accounts?

When I first read about this, I terminated my AMS campaigns, and unchecked all of my renewal boxes. I've since decided to stick with KU through the summer, but have stayed away from ad campaigns, and my ranks have fallen through the bottomless pit. I'm not sure what else we can do. It kind of feels like standing on a hilltop during a lightning storm.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Proper grammar/word usage
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:32:35 PM »
Except that when you run someone through with a rapier, you are not yourself also running through their body. If you run someone over in your car, you're inside the car, which is on top of the person, so you are also, yourself, physically running over them.

True. But, when a football player plows over one of his opponents, he is sometimes said to have run right through him, even though he didn't actually pass through his body.  :o

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