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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are you on an off-beat path that is going well?
« on: April 14, 2018, 02:45:19 PM »
Blogging chapters just works for many reasons. It's something I have to do anyway (it's writing I have to do to make the book so little additional work to create). It sends the message to my readers that I am still working so it's an "update" they want to see even if they abstain from reading piecemeal.

It must take a tremendous amount of confidence to do this. Have you not had to go back and change something later? I've cut entire chapters in the editing process, so I can't see myself publishing them as I go.  :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Montage
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:50:38 PM »
Sometimes when I'm driving a certain song will come on and make me think of a movie style montage for what I'm working on. Should this be left for movies only or has anyone incorporated this in some way?

Actually, the climax to my Sentinels Saga is just such a scene - also inspired by a song. It involves no characters though, only inanimate objects. The downside is that it may not be clear to readers that this is meant to be the climax. I'm sure that would be far more apparent on a big screen with some glorious music ringing out, but in print it may not make such a splash, as you say. But yes, it has been done at least once that I know of. :)

Georgia 13. Not sure how I settled on that, but it seems to work for me. I do the final proofreading in Kindle previewer, in whatever default font that opens with.

This may seem like a small gripe, but I'd like to know if/when the cost of my clicks is being inflated by someone bidding against me with the free $100.00 trial period credit. Why bid against someone who isn't spending real money? That's almost like using shill bidders at an auction.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:33:35 AM »
It's a way to get the most efficient .epub.

That's for sure. I write in Pages and export to epub, then edit the html from there. I absolutely love writing in Pages. Unfortunately I don't love the epubs it exports.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiction that has helped you be a better writer?
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:38:28 AM »
Oh, that's poor writing, not something to be admired.

Sounds like a technique borrowed from a screenplay - camera zooms in on a character's face will he's speaking, and when it pulls out again he's in a completely different setting. I don't think it translates well to novels. Might be even more confusing in an audio book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Nickname help
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:58:16 AM »
It wouldn't necessarily need to be something that was trendy (I'd prefer not actually) at the time. I'd like something relating more to Louisiana and southern culture. It could be something quite old long as it meets the other criteria.

Maybe Buttercup from The Princess Bride would work. I've heard it used as an affectionate nickname before, and perhaps buttercups even grow in Louisiana.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books haven't you written?
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:39:52 PM »
I tend to dream up characters first, and then write stories for them later. So I don't so much have ideas for books, I just have a collection of characters unused. No idea how many books they'll appear in, if any or ever. Hopefully lots.

I believe every writer, even those who hire editors, would benefit from knowing how to self-edit. If you don't know how to edit, how do you know if your editor is doing a good job?

After spending a few weeks searching for an editor myself, I came to the conclusion that many of them could benefit from hiring someone to edit/proofread their own websites.

Writers' Cafe / Re: UK Mac Users
« on: March 07, 2018, 07:56:42 AM »
I don't use shortcut keys - in fact I detest them.

Margaret, I've been a Mac user since the 90's, and have never bothered with learning many of the shortcuts. But if you do get a Mac, there is one shortcut I would suggest you memorize, and that is the Force Quit option. If you should have more than one application running, and one of them freezes up on you, Force Quit will allow you to shut down that application without affecting any of the others, and without being forced to reboot your computer.


I suppose it's a good indication that we all ought to get our official copyright from the copyright office, but that takes a while, so with a new book, it wouldn't immediately help.

The certificate for my first book got lost in the mail. After a few months had passed, I eventually I got in touch with the copyright office, and they sent me a replacement, but it's not the same as having the original, which they insist can only be produced one time.  Later books I wouldn't have cared as much about, but it would have been nice to have the original for my first. :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you feel sad when you end a series?
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:51:10 PM »
No, I'm relieved. By the time I end a series I've spent a lot of time in that world and am eager to move on to something new. Anyway, I can always come back later (and often do) to write a spin-off series with some of the same main characters.

Same here. Although I still love the characters I created, I managed to do everything I set out to accomplish with them, and am more than happy to move on to something new.

I started out with a concept that was very much like Star Trek, with alien worlds and species, and advanced technologies. But after getting a few chapters into it, I realized it had the potential to be one of those stories that appeals more to emotions than to sense of wonder, and I couldn't resist the temptation to see if I could make that work. So a lot of the fantastical elements got axed to appeal to a slightly different audience.

Writers' Cafe / Re: big problem in look inside
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:45:13 AM »
I used scrivener (with kindlegen).

It looks fine in scrivener and on my kindle, AND the amazon previewer during upload process.

What can I do?

There is some discussion about problems with Scrivener and a possible solution in this thread:


Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Rocket Keywords
« on: February 07, 2018, 05:33:49 PM »
Then again, if you enter a word into the Amazon search box and then hit a space, often enough it returns several phrases.

One thing I'd love to know about this is if everyone sees the same phrases. For example, if I type in Childhoods, I usually see Childhoods End, and then Childhoods Lost, with a few other similar titles following. But since Childhoods Lost is one my own titles, and I have already searched for it previously, I have to wonder if that's why it shows up for me, and if it may not show up so prominently for other people. In other words, is Amazon customizing that list of phrases according to what it thinks that individual might be interested in. Does anyone know for sure if that's the case?

Writers' Cafe / Re: accent marks over letters in Scrivener
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:58:33 AM »
On a Mac, just press and hold the letter. After a few seconds you'll get a small popup with all the accents available and you can pick the one you want.No need to remember complex option-shift-command-whatever sequences.

Wow, that's cool! Add me to the list of long time Mac users who didn't know about this. In the past I had to google a word with the accented letter I wanted, then copy/paste that letter into my document.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding a subtitle
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:27:53 PM »
Hi everyone,
I was thinking of adding a subtitle to my first book.
I know I need to change the cover and the title page, but does Amazon allow this?
And if so, does it technically become a new book?
I'd hate to lose all my reviews.  :(

I've actually done this, but it was about four years ago. I didn't run into any problems - no need to create a new edition, no lost reviews. If you can, choose a subtitle that helps you with keyword searches.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:24:47 PM »
My next book will be about macroeconomics and its effect on capital formation, and will feature a shirtless man on the cover.

Maybe some enterprising model will write a book called "How I Lost My Shirt in Self Publishing."

Be thankful you didn't choose Sentinels...

1-48 of 772 results for Kindle Store : "sentinels"

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:02:48 AM »
It was a workman who sent a message asking if he'd left his hug saw behind  :)

I see that as just a typo. If your fingers slide one key to the left jig saw becomes hug saw.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you quote customer reviews in blurbs?
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:01:42 PM »
When Amazon bought Goodreads, there was a LOOOOOONG thread on GR where many reviewers expressed their displeasure, and announced that they were pulling all of their reviews out of concern that Amazon might try to claim ownership of them. So clearly some reviewers feel quite strongly about this, whether there's a financial aspect involved or not.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:38:43 AM »
None of these even hint at being a question in any form of the English language.

What about ending a sentence with "shall we." Sometimes it seems like a question, but often it doesn't. I think I've used it both ways at different times, but I've never felt completely comfortable with either.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Confessions...
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:28:07 PM »
In my haste to see if readers would enjoy my first book, I sent out about thirty print copies that weren't as polished as they should have been-(errors and typos and rookie mistakes). Since then I've been quietly buying them back when I see them just to get them off the market. The worst part is, it seems one of them ended up in the hands of John Clute. Sure wish I would have known that was going to happen, since you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:36:25 PM »

Then I explained the concept of wrestling holds and which ones might be barred/banned in a match,

That's good to know. I always thought that saying had something to do with ships and cargo.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:15:01 PM »
Apostrophe abuse. It's  E V E R Y W H E R E. *cries*

Beware the zombie apostrophe!  :o

Bit of a spoiler here - Bruce Wayne and Batman are "one and the same," not "one in the same." Surprising how often I see the latter.

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