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Historical Fiction is a subcategory of Literature and Fiction. Delete the Historical Fiction category.

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Author Rory Clements has written an entire series around John Shakespeare, William's fictional brother. Many of the characters in the books are based on historical figures. Although the series can strain credibility -- how many scrapes and near-death experiences can one character get into, book after book? -- they books are enjoyable reading and do a good job of recreating the "feel" of the period.

As far as I'm concerned, fiction, even historical fiction, does not require an absolute adherence to the facts.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:26:17 AM »
Once upon a time, there was a guy who posted too many threads on a forum. He meant well, and they were amusing at first. Then they became wearying. When they shifted over to annoying, he was mysteriously silenced and never heard from again.  ;D

We can only hope.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ProWriting Aid (or alternative) and Scrivener
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:03:42 AM »
I've used ProWritingAid for two novels so far, in combination with Scrivener, and haven't had any of the problems you mention -- any problems at all, in fact. Is this possibly a platform problem? I'm on a Mac. I have no idea whether PRA is available for Windows, though.

But I do agree that you have to be selective about using its suggestions. Sometimes they just don't make sense. Also, PRA isn't well set up for anything that "violates" standard writing rules.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Much Action Should a Sci-Fi Novel Have?
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:12:39 AM »
I always prefer interesting ideas and well-developed characters to any amount of action. On the other hand, what do you mean by "action?"

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Josh Lanyon, especially her series, The Adrien English Mysteries.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Buy Scrivener now or wait for 3.0?
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:11:56 AM »
What no one has mentioned is that a completely new version of an app always has a few glitches to be worked out. Why saddle yourself with the problems involved when you are learning the program? Even if it's true (and it apparently is) that v3 will cost, there's no reason why you have to upgrade immediately. Learn the program, use it until you're comfortable with it, even if that takes a year or so, and then upgrade. By that time, the extra cost won't really matter.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Earth Based Sci-Fi
« on: August 25, 2017, 07:43:16 AM »
Robert Charles Wilson -- Spin, and possibly Axis, the sequel. Also Julian Comstock, though that's pretty far off: 22nd century.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sci-Fi Genre Mish-Mash Query
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:22:22 AM »
There's plenty of military SF, so your space marines are nothing unusual. Go for it. Though (fair warning), most of what I see is pretty stereotypical, judging from the blurbs. Take a look at Linda Nagata's Red series for excellent, non-stereotypical military SF.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Making more money to write, now no time to write
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:25:08 AM »
If you feel you need to work 18 hours a day to make enough money to write, you're certainly overestimating costs. And putting the cart before the horse. It doesn't cost anything to write, and the later costs can be reduced or covered in many different ways.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Promoting a Series to Keep Readers Hooked
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:34:13 AM »
Not a single one of your 15 tips would hook me on a series. You know what would? The single thing you didn't bother to mention -- an interesting story, well-told.



Edited; please keep it civil.  --Betsy/KB Mod

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I can't think of anything more likely to turn off serious science fiction readers. Gratuitous or not.

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He has a lot more than one book. Pretty sure it was the free best sellers listing that was dominated by him yesterday. Didn't look at any of them, but they're a series of bios and I suspect they're quickies. Cover portraits looked like amateur work. Don't see them today.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Putting a possessive on a title
« on: March 18, 2017, 09:30:12 AM »
Are you afraid that readers won't realize that the book is by (author's name)? It gives me the feeling of "Mine, mine, all mine," as if you're afraid someone will try to take it away from you. It doesn't accomplish anything, and looks weird.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ProWritingAid - Anyone use premium?
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:51:25 AM »
I use it in conjunction with Scrivener. On the Mac, the premium edition lets you edit directly in your file. You don't have to work online and transfer corrections manually. I don't know if the Windows version has that feature.

Oh, and of course, there's no word limit.

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Maybe you should consider some free reads instead of swag. I might be more inclined to buy a book from an author if I'd read and enjoyed a short freebie. It could be a short story (flash fiction, maybe, if you don't have a long of time for shorts), or more usefully, excerpts from a book you want to promote.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which Typography looks most professional?
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:26:04 PM »
Not always. But it absolutely has to be done right. My covers use three fonts, but my designer is a total pro and knows her stuff. It's all in the execution.

Good point. I should have said "three unrelated and wildly different fonts."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which Typography looks most professional?
« on: March 16, 2017, 07:25:54 AM »
Neither. But no one has mentioned that three entirely different fonts on the cover is outstandingly amateurish.

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Keep digging. There are no benefits to a title that's already in heavy use. And there are always alternatives. You may think Blackout is perfect, but it's also perfectly generic, and boring and it fails to communicate anything about your book.

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If you're an unknown writer, you'll probably be soundly ignored. The internet is full of trolls and ranters. What's one more opinion, provocative or not, by someone I've never heard of? But you're free to publish, so it's your call.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Flawless Fiction
« on: February 23, 2017, 05:47:33 AM »
I would expect someone who claims to aim for flawless fiction to edit their own writing somewhat better. "As a reader, I find them highly distracting." "Them" refers to what, exactly, please?

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I'm sick and tired of clicking on what I expect to be a science fiction novel, and find out that it's basically a romance. So if this works, good on Amazon. Of course, that won't keep romance writers from simply going undercover, more or less. I don't care how well the SF aspect is developed, if you put a romance at the center, you're likely to find your book returned for a refund.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The question I swore I would never ask...
« on: February 08, 2017, 06:10:07 AM »
I can't help wondering why you wrote a blog post clarifying some of the issues, but didn't bother to include something like that in the book itself. Did you expect that everyone who read the book would have read the post?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Good book with no sales?? Is it possible?
« on: February 06, 2017, 07:54:54 AM »
If you expect a book of ten poems to sell in any quantity, then your expectations are totally out of line with reality. Poetry doesn't sell well unless you are extremely well known by people who do buy poetry, and even then... Very few people will consider a collection of ten poems worth even .99. Your personal opinion of your work counts for nothing when it comes to sales.

You need to inform yourself about the realities of self-publishing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What font size and type do you use?
« on: January 27, 2017, 03:11:07 PM »
Nothing will make me back out of an ebook sample faster than double spacing. Books are not double spaced. Period. You can use Arial if you want, but if it's embedded and I can't change the font, I will return the book and ask for a refund. 

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