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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: July 15, 2018, 02:42:45 PM »
It's really hard to lose a dog. Besides dragging you down in general, it keeps popping into your head at the most unexpected moments. Grief takes a toll on us.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My attempt to Free My Novel
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:00:08 AM »
I understand one book free. But three? Why?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes & Noble Press (Pending)
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:56:59 AM »
Did you respond to the test payment showing up in your account?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Got good news today
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:20:33 AM »
Unrecognized stress takes a toll on our bodies and minds. I found your comment on how much better you felt after receiving the news of lower white blood count numbers interesting. So many of us carry stress we fail to recognize (including me), and it's hard to address the stress if we don't admit it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your tests continue to show positive progress and that reduced stress helps contribute to that downward trend.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wanted to stop in and say how-dew
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:27:43 AM »
I was happy to see your name as OP on this thread. I'm so sorry to hear of your 2-year disaster challenge. You bring the mass pictures of the flooding down to the individual family level. Yes, you should tell the story in a book. In the meantime, it's good to know life is on the upswing again and hope to see you on WC often.

Why would any one read a book in page flip mode? I tried and find it very annoying (as it's clearly not designed to for reading)...
I sat beside a lady on an airplane who was reading in page flip. I asked her how often she reads in that mode and she told me, "Always."

A teenage character in one of my books gets psychological counseling that eventually involves the entire family taking part in sort of a confrontational session. I have a long-time friend who is a psychiatrist who read the book after it was published. He said he didn't know I'd been through counseling. I said I hadn't. Oh, he said, it was a family member then. I said no and added that I wasn't aware of anyone I know who had counseling although I'm sure they exist but haven't shared the information with me. He proceeded to tell me the scenes were extremely well done and he admired the techniques the psychologist used. I found it humorous he thought I'd written a real-life scene in my fiction book (something I never do). More to the point, I was flattered. This isn't a funny story about being an author, but it seemed weird that he was so impressed with my degree of accuracy and assumed it to be a personal account.

While you can't see the actual numbers of copies sold of other authors' books, you can see the rank of any book. That translates into which ones are selling well, and which aren't.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:01:09 PM »
I hope your eye heals up soon and better than new. Right now I'm imagining you on your boat wearing a pirate patch over your left eye.  Ahrrrrrr :) 8)
Now I'm picturing pirates with eye patches. Mine are also brandishing swords.
All kidding aside, hoping for a successful recovery for you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this the place for shameless self-promoting?
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:53:41 AM »
Your question has already been answered, so now I want to welcome you to Writers Cafe. There is a lot to learn and share here among others who are dealing with the ups and downs and writing, publishing, marketing, and everything else in the author realm.

Writers' Cafe / Re: her her (grammar question)
« on: May 27, 2018, 05:01:27 AM »
How about replacing one use with her name?
e.g. It cost Jane her life.

Or the more generic?
It cost the girl her life.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:06:25 AM »
Fantastic setting! I do my best writing sitting on the dock at our summer lake home.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Appearances Matter
« on: April 29, 2018, 05:01:28 AM »
I write and publish under my own name: Sheryl Fawcett. I'm certain it would be a safe assumption that creating the imprint, Fawcett Publications, would be considered infringement and not allowed. Maybe I could use Fawcett Cheesecake Books. ;D  (Just kidding, of course.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:50:28 AM »
Moving in and getting the last book published took a lot of wind out of my sails and I quickly fell a week behind on getting started on this new book. But Enduring Charity was launched on schedule, I'm nearly all moved in, and getting down to serious work. Monday, August 27th is my new target date for the eBook release of Rising Force. I'm half a day ahead of schedule.

Moving into another house? Or just moving into a different office?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:45 AM »
I hope that 'light finger' includes posting here often.  :D

I concur! And do please share with us whatever beats that finger detects.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wow, anyone not rorting the system???
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:10:35 AM »
What's the fix? Same as with any business you're trying to get off the ground: do a good job, treat your customers fairly and rinse and repeat.
Bottom line, from me to you as someone w/a degree of success at this and a wealth of experience?
Limit your time here, on FB etc and write 2K/day if you're looking to eventually have this be your living. It's soo worth it to pay the dues getting good at this craft, and then good at the other side, the marketing. As a new writer, that, that, THAT is what will give you the most effective ROI on your time.
Desmond, I started to quote your entire post but decided to zero in on your conclusions. You have always been able to cut through the noise and give solid common sense advice. Thank you. I'm fully aware you don't post here as often as you once did. Neither do I, for that matter. Yet I still read every word of every post you make. You are one of a small group that fit in that "must read" category for me.

I use Facebook personally and also have an author page. So, I am a user. However, I would NEVER sign into anything (especially something password protected or something that had to do with my income) through Facebook or any other social media site. Go direct every single time if you want to protect anything.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:49:28 AM »

Boyd, you have a special talent for finding the perfect post to fit the moment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:56:08 PM »
Note to Atunah and Crebel: Many writers value your input. I, for one, have missed seeing your posts. Please reconsider. There are haters everywhere. Ignore them and join the rest of us here in WC. At the core, we are a friendly and welcoming group who work to improve our own writing and market skills for the purpose of better results. Who could possibly be more helpful than the readers we are trying to reach?

Edit to correct a punctuation mark. Yes, I know, overkill.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Genre: Coming of old age
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:09:00 PM »
My chronological age might make you think of some of the stereotypes mentioned in this thread. THAT'S NOT ME! I'm extremely healthy, I'm trim, and I'm in good physical shape. My husband and I travel a lot (active vacations), three miles is a casual walk, we boat and do our own boat maintenance as well as yard work. I make sure my thinking and attitudes stay young. My granddaughter, who is about to turn 21, and her friends want to take me bar-hopping. No, not as designated driver (they'll call Uber for that) but as a participant because I'm fun. I do often write about mature characters, baby boomers, whatever you want to call them. However, they're also active and involved. I may be older than I used to be, but I am definitely not old!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Too much dialogue, not enough description
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:35:29 PM »
If you are substituting dialogue for action, or using it for an info dump, then you need to re-evaluate. Long periods where the only thing going on is people talking tends to get boring.
Also, many of you are substituting the word description for narrative. Sure, the narrative can include description, but it's so much more than that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: trad publishing called and I picked up the phone
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:17:45 AM »
As with others, I look forward to hearing updates on your journey. Congratulations! I would think utilizing different (varied) approaches has to turn out to be more profitable.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding Other POV's After Third Book?
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:06:32 AM »
I see no issue with different POVs so long as the reader knows whose head he/she is in. Jodi Piccoult did it with chapter headings. Some do it with dates and places. Some simply initiate a new scene or chapter making POV clear in the first few lines.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:47:24 PM »
This is a good reminder of when the book is done, it is done. I see too many writers stretch a story out for a higher word count. The reader recognizes a page turned turning into skimmer bait.

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