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Im interested, but Im still in the process of writing the manuscript. Is it possible to order the e-book and print package in advance to get the promotion and give you the createspace specs later?

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Writers' Cafe / Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:48:43 PM »
Which is the most grammatically correct of the two?

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Very affordable and good quality for prawns like me.  8)

Do you also do covers for horror?

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The Eiger Sanction is my favorite book so I had to post in this thread.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:16:34 PM »
Exactly.
Kewl, I filled up the form and submitted via email (I couldnt figure out how the linky thingy works). Hope I get accepted.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help With Space Opera Blurb
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:22:33 AM »
Thanks, everyone! Appreciate the help.  8)

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Writers' Cafe / Help With Space Opera Blurb
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:04:26 AM »


Hi everyone! Just finished my newest book and I could use your expertise.

Could anyone help me out with the blurb? Thanks in advance!  ;D

In the far future, two major factions are locked in a cold war of uneasy peace: the technocratic Union and the genome-harnessing Concordance, both sides anxiously waiting for a chance to conquer the other.

The Nepenthe is a pirate vessel, loyal to neither. Led by the enigmatic Captain Dangard, her rough and ready crew includes the cat-like alien Commander Creull, Zeno the immortal synthetic, the dashing Garrett Strand, and Duncan Hauk, a promising young recruit. 

Hired by a mysterious employer, the crew waylays a transport ship carrying a mysterious passenger. In due time, this incident sparks the beginnings of an interstellar conflict that could seal the fate of an entire galaxy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:14:14 AM »

By submitting your short story, you grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for it to be included in the anthology.
I am interested in this since I'm currently working on a very expansive space opera universe and I just wanted to see if I understood the rights issue.

Since this will be non-exclusive rights, does it mean I can submit my story to another anthology and/or publish it on my own as well?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else get and invite to Google Books?
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:45:32 AM »
Yup, got the invite too but since I now live in the 3rd world I have to figure out how to switch the dashboard into English...  :-[

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Could Anyone Help with a Sci-Fi Blurb?
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:14:09 AM »
Sign me up :D I absolutely love that cover. I'm very interested in how you handle this as my book 2 of Clone worlds (in the worx) deals with a Water-based race.


Thanks, Tobias. I did a lot of thinking on how to come up with an alien race that hasn't been done before (to my knowledge anyway) because I didnt want them to be just people with pointy-ears. I guess time will tell if I succeeded lol.

I just wanted to say good luck. That cover is amazing and I'm totally hooked! Absolutely agree that your first blurb read like an explaination and not a true blurb. Either way, can't wait to read it!
Thank you, willow. I hope it meets your expectations.

Love the cover! And the re-written blurb runs better; the first was more of an overview. It lacked that "hook" readers need.
I agree!

I like Tobias' reworking. It sounds really interesting and I love the cover. Good luck!
Thanks! I'll need it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Could Anyone Help with a Sci-Fi Blurb?
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:26:25 AM »
Thanks for your suggestions, Tim and BB. I was reluctant to add more details because I felt the blurb might get too long so here is a revised one:\

New Bali is a swamp world located 20 light-years from Earth. Colonized by humans almost two hundred years before, the planet is also home to an intelligent, methane-breathing race of amphibians. The natives have a unique culture that precludes war and vengeance, but recent events have begun to unravel a once fragile peace.

As tensions mount, a select few individuals will determine the fate of this strange, untamed world: Sophie Singh, heir to a vast conglomerate that virtually controls the entire planet, must decide whether to retain her family's power at all costs or commit to long term reforms for the benefit of all. Brother Moises Borbon, a Jesuit researcher, races against time to unlock the true meaning behind the Talk, an alien art form that is the key to ultimately communicating with the native sentients.

The first book of an epic trilogy providing a special blend of war, culture, religion, and sociopolitical change, Wetworld promises to be a unique reading experience for all science-fiction fans.

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Writers' Cafe / Could Anyone Help with a Sci-Fi Blurb?
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:23:51 AM »


New Bali is a swamp world located 20 light-years from Earth. Colonized by humans almost two hundred years before, the planet is also home to an intelligent, methane-breathing race of amphibians. The natives have a unique culture that precludes war and vengeance, but recent events have begun to unravel a once fragile peace.

As tensions mount, a select few individuals will determine the outcome of an eventual conflict and the fate of this strange, untamed world. The first book of an epic trilogy providing a special blend of war, culture, religion, and sociopolitical change, Wetworld promises to be a unique reading experience for all science-fiction fans.

If you like James Cameronís Avatar, or the classic novels of Ursula K LeGuin, Hal Clement, and James Blish, then have a look at this newest speculative epic by John Triptych!

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If anyone can help out for critique and corrections, I would appreciate it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:11:12 AM »
Hi, that's odd, copy and paste should work just fine! (I just tried it just in case and it works OK for me.) Could you please send a print screen to our support team so they can look specifically into the issue?



Where is the copy/paste text?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:41:18 AM »
Hi JTriptych,

Thank you for the mention of PublishDrive! We take 10% cut and go around the Google discounting by automatically re-pricing the books. We use an algorithm to 'overprice' the books on Google Play, so with the discounting they are priced exactly like you want the to be.

I hope this helps!
Hi there. I tried to copy and paste text from my notepad for the description while adding a book, but it doesnt seem to allow it. You need to allow copy and paste because I hate having to retype my book's descriptions one after the other.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:55:05 PM »
Besides Streetlib, there's also Publishdrive to get into Google.
Thanks, I'll check out PD. I really dont want to go back to Streetlib and their horrible interface.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you stay focused on your current project?
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:28:43 PM »
I have the same problems when writing a series. What I've found is the best way for me to deal with it is to work on a completely different series to give the old set some time off. It seems to work for me because after I've finished a completely different book then I can get back to the old series once more. YMMV.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronouns for Ships
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:20:30 AM »
Depends on the character. If they're at all nautically-inclined, they'll refer to the ship as her or she. If they're a landlubber with no clue, they'd probably call her 'it' and then get corrected promptly.
What if its a third person omnipresent narrator?

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Writers' Cafe / Pronouns for Ships
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:13:57 AM »
Quick question: should I refer to a ship/vessel as a she or it?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kill the dog? Again?
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:34:37 AM »
Here's an idea, when the hero stumbles out of the apartment he is the one who drops dead, and the dog takes over as MC from then on.  ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads Learning
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:19:27 AM »
Has anyone tried running several identical ads with identical bids at the same time? What was the result?

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Im a pantser so I need the internet when I write. Anytime I get an idea while writing I have to research it right then and there. I always have Wikipedia, an online thesaurus, and google earth ready to go.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Much Action Should a Sci-Fi Novel Have?
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:59:54 PM »

Don't equate the content of most sci fi movies with what a true sci fi reader is looking for.
I was referring to the sci-fi bestseller lists on Amazon. A majority of the titles are action heavy.

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Writers' Cafe / How Much Action Should a Sci-Fi Novel Have?
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:35:24 AM »
I'm writing my first "pure" sci-fi book, and it deals with an alien culture and humans trying to understand it. While there is some fighting, it mostly occurs sporadically and will be covered more in later books. Now that I'm close to finishing it, I'm starting to feel uneasy about it since sci-fi readers expect a fair bit of action- but my book is more about anthropological studies and socio-politics than a slam bang action adventure book.

Did I make a mistake? Should I dump the whole deep analysis thing and just add in a lot of fighting instead?  :o

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does writing make you happy? It does me . . .
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:09:38 AM »
Even though Ive always wanted to be a writer, this writing gig is not good for my mental health. It brings up bad memories from my past which is making me stay awake at night.   :'(

It seems I'm over-thinking about everything too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion Site: READSFF.COM
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:28:56 PM »
I'll always take a free promotion offer so I signed up. Thanks.  8)

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