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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk
by Michael Allan Scott

Kindle Edition published 2014-02-10
Bestseller ranking: 4698

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On the IndieReader Best Book list and featured on NBC's Daytime Show, the second book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series is part of a new breed of supernatural thrillers which can be read and enjoyed in any order. Dark, different, featuring a damaged psychic, this is one of those disturbing novels that keeps you guessing.

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Writers' Cafe / First 5K word day!
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:22:56 AM »

And my wrists and hands were aching by the end of it. How do you professionals keep that up?

I just started writing my first murder mystery and the words were flowing from finger to page. I'm usually a 1,000 words a day guy and I'm ecstatic to hit 3K...but 5K??

Writers' Cafe / Removing ads
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:43:44 AM »
Is there a way to remove the erotica ads from the bottom of the kboards forum that I view in my browser?

I don't read erotica and don't know why there are so many books of that genre at the bottom of the page when I view it.

 :'( :'(

Writers' Cafe / Question about cross-genre in same world
« on: November 26, 2017, 06:18:15 AM »

I have a craft question for the veterans (or anyone I guess) ;D

I'm starting a secondary series (epic fantasy/mystery) and have been sculpting my suspects, setting up the crime, and all of that good stuff. Everythings pretty fun at this point but I have some concerns.

1) My main series is epic fantasy/coming of age. They both take place in the "Havenglade" world. With that said, I have to assume many of the readers will enter through the first mystery book. How much and what kind of world-building, history do I need to present for the reader? These are stand alone mysteries with non-recurring characters in different locales that are referenced or known in the Daughter of Havenglade series. What are some examples of ways I can make the reader aware this is part of a big fantasy world (but these stories are tightly focused on the mystery).

2) I'm trying to craft these mysteries so that they can transition readers from either direction. People that read mystery and like fantasy enough to dive into the mysteries might want to give the 4 book epic a read and readers who really enjoyed the main series might give the mysteries a try because they know and like the Havenglade world-building and magic system.

What say the braintrust? Any tips or examples are welcome!

It's my first mystery and I'm excited to learn and write in this genre but it's going to have my own flavor with the high fantasy background.

Writers' Cafe / New landing page creator by mailchimp
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:33:28 AM »
Is anyone using this yet? Is it useful?

What do you think?

Blood will flow.

In a world where magic stems from crystals and blood, a sadistic sorceress queen plots an invasion of Havenglade. Assassins aided by foreign blood magic threaten to eliminate the Duenoro family line. And an ancient wall is the only thing standing between Havenglade and annihilation.

The Enchantress Laurena came to the badlands under the guidance of the legendary wizard Unai. But when Unai mysteriously vanishes Laurena must navigate a world of moral ambiguity she's not prepared to deal with or risk losing herself forever.

The Crown Prince of Havenglade Trium Duenoro is on the run. With the help of an aging wizard and a team of rough outcasts, he must evade his pursuers and destroy the enemy's greatest weapon, the magical Blood Cauldron before it's too late. 

Heroes will rise or a kingdom will fall.

For reference, here are the blurbs from the previous two books.



EDIT: I've linked the image tags for the links but nothing shows up in the post. MODS?

Writers' Cafe / Book Three Cover Does it work as well as the first two?
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:04:31 AM »

Here is the cover for book three in my current four-book epic fantasy series. The back cover will include the blurb once I'm finished with it.

What do you think? Does it mesh well with the first two in series?

Any thoughts?

Edit: How can I get the image to show up right in the post so that people don't need to click a link to see it?

Writers' Cafe / Is anyone using "X-Ray" for their kindle books yet?
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »
So X-Ray seems interesting to me.

Is anyone using it? If so, got any screenshots we can check out?  :-*

It seems like a nice way to add depth for those that want it without bogging down the writing.

Writers' Cafe / Mailing list payoff points
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:11:45 AM »
Hey everyone,

I've had some good success so far growing my subscriber list through a current instafreebie promotion and I have some questions for those of you who have built up an effective e-mail list and/or used instafreebie.

1) At what # of subscribers did you start to feel a dramatic payoff for sending out promo newsletters?

2) For instafreebie users, how engaged did you find these subscribers to be? I'm in a pretty well targeted group promo of which my book is by far the most claimed (of the 20+ free offers in the promo). Should I see good engagement with these or will I get a steady stream of unsubs?

3) What is a nice target # of subscribers that you would consider a "solid list"?

4) Any other tidbits or stories you want to throw in?   :-*

Writers' Cafe / Limit on email sending?
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:17:25 PM »
Hey, I've sent a bunch of free copies of my books to people this week. Everything has gone smoothly until I started getting mailer daemon warnings. I changed over to my second email and after a couple of them got the same warning and now saying "file is too large".

I've sent the same file many times, why would it be to large the next day?

What is going on here?

Writers' Cafe / keyword dragon = (
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:11:05 AM »
I just did an Amazon search "dragon kindle books". :o

More than 95% of the titles are headless "torso/ab" covers and similar.

Have things really gotten this bad? There seem to be very few fiction searches that don't turn up a large amount of these covers, is it fair for these books to be in so many categories?

Writers' Cafe / Mailchimp automation(SOLVED PLEASE DELETE)
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:16:31 AM »


Writers' Cafe / Amazon sub-categories
« on: September 30, 2017, 03:46:49 AM »
Hey guys,

How can we request sub-categories?

Is there a limit to the number of sub-categories allowed?

I heard not all of the sub-categories show up on the product page to view. If so, how can we confirm which sub-categories we are listed under?


Writers' Cafe / Murder Mystery tropes
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:17:27 AM »
What are some of your favorite tropes in the murder mystery genre?

I am writing my first murder mystery (in an epic fantasy setting!)

Curious what other writers like to read in this genre. It's not a cozy mystery. The "investigator" is in real danger during this one and it's set in my high fantasy kingdom.  =  )

Writers' Cafe / Amazon book page "bolded" tagline
« on: September 24, 2017, 06:58:56 AM »
Wondering if I'm just missing something but how do authors bold the "tagline" of their blurb. I bolded it and copy-pasted into the blurb space but can't seem to get it bolded. I was watching Chris Fox's video and noticed he had the bolded tagline but I can't find where or how to do this.

Writers' Cafe / Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:10:23 AM »
My book one is already out of KU and listed wide (YAY) but book two is still in till November. I unticked the box and planned to wait it out but recently received a nice email from a reader saying she and her uncle both read my book Black Dragon Deceivers through KU.

Seeing as the book has gotten meager page reads I wrote a nice reply thanking them and asking when they read it. She didn't know about her uncle but she read it a week ago. No page reads were recorded for either as far as I can tell. I mentioned page flip and she said she always uses it :'( :'(

I just sent an email to Amazon asking to be released early from KU.

Writers' Cafe / Voraciousreadersonly?
« on: September 21, 2017, 11:38:03 PM »
Has anyone worked with voracious readers only to get visibility?

Writers' Cafe / Smashwords ISBN
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:58:20 AM »
After submitting to smashwords they require a "unique" ISBN. I read the fine print and it seems this is just a formality and that Smashwords isn't getting over on me but is it a mistake to take their free ISBN?

Better question, will I likely regret it or be restricted in any way?

Writers' Cafe / For authors who are WIDE
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:37:25 AM »
Hey everyone,

For those of you who are wide I'd like to ask which sites do you feel have the best deals for being direct? I've heard Kobo's deals make it worth it to be direct? Are there any others that show a nice return on their "in-house" promotions?

Thanks! 8)

Writers' Cafe / Pricing on translation!
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:24:48 AM »
Hey everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me what are some of the standard "market" rates for translations these days. And what the translation contract usually entails.

For people who haven't gotten translations based on price how much would it need to be for you to jump in?

Writers' Cafe / Selling on Nook with B&N
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:15:09 PM »
How does one try to get their ebook on Nook? Do you need to be selected?

Or can you sign up and submit like Amazon and Kobo?

Writers' Cafe / This is why I pay for formating
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:40:37 PM »
Hey guys,

I'm trying to remove mentions of Amazon to a file in sigil so I can use it in Kobo and others. When I open the file in sigil it shows the changes made in the html but when I open the ebook it still has the old links.

Why does it show up as already changed when Sigil looks at the html but still uses the old links when i open the formatted file?

 HELP! :o

Writers' Cafe / This puppy is goin' WIDE = )
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:05:06 PM »
Yep, you heard it. I'm joining the movement.

I'm planning on uploading to Kobo directly but what other heavy-hitting sites are essential to be direct with for marketing deals? Does going direct with Apple, Nook, B&N, or others make sense from, a promotions and ease of use POV?

I'm powering through the third book in my four part epic fantasy series much quicker than books one and two and expect to have I modest backlist increasing in speed each year. Wide seems like a good way to go.

But what say you guys?  =  )

Writers' Cafe / How do you kill it (or do well) on Kobo?
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:02:51 PM »
If you are already wide I'm interested what's your Kobo (or other wide platform), Smashwords, etc. strategy?

What do you do to get visibility?

Make things easier on yourself?

Can you link to goodread review page?

What do new "wide" authors need to know?

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