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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Signing event questions.
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:43:12 PM »
Do you provide a lot of swag and bling to your table when you're at a book signing? I'm looking at what some romance writers are putting together for the upcoming RWA convention and they have pasteboards announcing their books, colorful tablecloths, and shiny objects that presumably are freebies.
Do you dress the table up and provide lots of goodies?

Writers' Cafe / How long does it take to receive a print proof copy?
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:50:39 PM »
What would be an average, in your experience, to get a print proof from CreateSpace or IngramSpark or whoever you use?

A week? A month?

Curse it!
If only I hadn't written my series as "The" Ultimate Evil Plan For Domination Of The World! Then, I would have been safe to hatch my nefarious plots in a nefarious manner.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Comma after "Once upon a time"?
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:13:14 PM »
If what comes after the phrase is a complete sentence, then yes it needs a comma to set it off.

Once upon a time, I would've gone into Comma Nazi mode with tons of examples. Must be getting old(er). Get offa my lawn, you whippersnappers.

I thought the full saying was that respect is earned, courtesy is owed, and love is given.
I suspect sometimes people assume that if they feel a lack of respect that means they can indulge in an absence of courtesy.

The mods may not love herding cats... er, cattiness on this thread but they try to do so in a courteous manner and I respect them for doing so.

I also respect Christina for continuing to fight for something she believes in.

Writers' Cafe / Re: An odd question
« on: June 03, 2018, 02:18:17 PM »
An odd answer: why not throw all your mental energy into getting through the first draft and then taking a break to evaluate marketing strategies? As you say, the situation may be different by then.

And congratulations on the first 50k! Keep going!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 03, 2018, 11:13:05 AM »
Hangs head, deeply ashamed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 03, 2018, 10:51:19 AM »
A lot of good comments on this thread.

I keep coming back to the basic idea -- if reading threads about people's sales bothers you, why not stop reading them? Go write something instead. The people who find the posts helpful will keep reading them and the people who don't will have more pages done and thus universal happiness will be achieved.

Or not. Must be too simple a solution, or people would already be doing it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:35:32 AM »
I like people sharing their numbers: the good, the bad, and the  :-\.
Their posts don't usually come across as boasting to me, unless it's along the lines of "It's so easy! Anyone could do it! There must be something wrong with you if you don't make as much as I do!" That sort of thing is irritating. But someone saying "This is what I did and this is the result" -- that helps. The good posts make me think I could earn that much if I keep improving my writing and marketing skills (oh, and finishing books and publishing them. details). The not-so-good posts make me think it's not a slam dunk and I shouldn't count on becoming the Next Big Thing. Both are helpful.
Though I don't think anyone failed so long as they wrote books that they really wanted to write.

The anal-retentive English Major in me appreciated when the judge and the lawyers started trying to parse out the phrase "Cocky Mother's Day"

Lawyer: The word 'cocky' here is functioning as an adjective.
Judge: If it is, it's nonsensical.

But I am puzzled about one thing. I do not want to imply that the plaintiff has the mindset of a vindictive "mean girl" from high school* but I cannot fathom what benefit she could obtain from doxxing the author Tara Crescent. She was able to serve Crescent through the lawyers and Crescent is doing business under the pseudonym, so can't she obtain any monies (if she does) without needing the author's real name? The lawyer's approach was "Well, if she doesn't do it now we're going to send out summonses (presumably to her and Penny Reid) so she might as well get it over with."

I am learning things about the law through this whole kerfuffle. One lawyer on Twitter pointed out that more authors might want to think about forming an LLC or some such entity to protect against lawsuits if they're going to become more prevalent. :(

*But only because I don't want the Mod Squad to rap me over the knuckles with a ruler. Virtual or not, that stings.

Courtney Milan posted a transcript of today's hearing on her site:

Two of my favorite parts:

Hopkins' attorney: Plaintiff has sold 600,000 copies of her works.
Judge: That doesn't prove quality.

Judge: (Describing a cover) Two male figures. One seems to be wearing a stethoscope, indicating he is a doctor, but he is stripped to the waist.
Other attorney: Doesn't look  like my doctor, your honor.

I was going to ask about that. Is this the correct use of a restraining order? I would have expected any response to the request for cancellation to have been carried out through the Trademark office itself rather than in Federal court.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon think OUR books belong to THEM?
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:26:38 PM »
Breathe. First in, then out. Relax.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon think OUR books belong to THEM?
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:09:18 PM »
I always heard "If you can't say anything nice, come sit by me."

In regards to the original quote under discussion, I think Amazon sends out a generic notice that applies to anyone who emails them about anything.

They must have done a last-minute insert? Here's their standard WOD site:

No cockalorum. :(  But it's real:

Mea maxima culpa! (i.e. "my bad")
That was the Word of the Day on May 4th, but a previous year. It was retreated on May 4th of this year.

There are two issues: how to react when faced with a Twitter storm and whether or not an individual can claim a word as "theirs." Or anything, really.

There was a To Do some years ago because a couple of Indian-American scientists tried to patent turmeric, or at least the properties in it that helped people heal.

They were granted the patent, but then Indians fought back saying it had been a known ingredient in medical compounds for a very long time. The patent was overturned.

Merriam Webster tweeted their Word of the Day yesterday: Cockalorum.

Definition of cockalorum

plural cockalorums
1 : a boastful and self-important person
2 : leapfrog
3 : boastful talk

I don't think there's anything you can do about copycats. I do sympathize with the issue, but I don't think the author is going about this in the right way.

That said, I also think getting catty about it and calling her names is mean and unproductive. I haven't seen that here but I saw it everywhere on social media.

Agreed. I've been reading the Twitter storm in fascination... it's like watching a road accident in slow motion, 140 characters at a time... but I think a lesson can be learned.
If a whole lot of people on social media are telling you you're wrong, with or without name calling, then either
a) stand by your guns and make your case calmly, sticking to facts and avoiding feelings or
b) apologize, whether you believe you were wrong or not.
She chose c) snarkasm, which only made the situation worse by feeding the emotional response.

I hope I'm never in the position she's in now--I doubt she's very happy at the moment--but if I am, I'll try to take the high road. If nothing else, the view's better.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Well now, two spaces it is!
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:48:20 PM »
Has anyone tried to copyright it yet?

Writers' Cafe / Company wants me to sign away ALL IP?
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:37:26 PM »
Ack! My first day at a new job and everything was going WONderfully. It's too good to be true, I told myself.

I was right.

HR just handed me a form to sign. Anything I create while I work for them is theirs, all theirs. I looked up intellectual property and there are specific types of items they can't claim. Whew! I'm safe, I think to myself.

I was wrong.

Further down the page, there's a paragraph that states, "just in case the work you create is exempt from IP claims, signing this document gives us rights to it as well. So there."

I know that this giant pharmaceutical company does not want my little romance novels. But if I sign this, they can claim them.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: April 08, 2018, 08:47:09 AM »
1013 written but 11 pages edited. Itís easier to edit than write on the road, I find.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:07:51 AM »
Tiptoes very quietly into the thread.


Tiptoes very quietly out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: April 02, 2018, 09:31:13 AM »
I'm sure writing output can vary based on genre. I am clinging to the hope that writing output can be increased simply by making it a habit to write every day.

I can write three or four thousand words a day, but I end up throwing half of them out because they don't quite fit the story. I tracked it for one book, and for 70k publishable words I had 75k of words that I'd edited out. I'm hoping to streamline that a bit.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sometimes, Amazon surprises me! LOL
« on: April 01, 2018, 04:44:05 PM »
Congratulations! A nice surprise indeed :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Making a living... Everyone is different
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:33:35 PM »
This may be an old post but it is something I definitely needed to read today.

Today is the launch of my 5th book and nothing has happened. Between these five books I barely make $10 a month, excluding audiobook sales. I worked really hard on this new book, harder than the last ones and still nothing. I really want writing to work for me because I put in more than 40 hours a week, even with a full time job and going to college.

I just keep holding onto the thought that I just need a little more time. Thank you for this post.

I'm curious--what is the thinking behind having "Blank Page" listed in the TOC? Is it like one of those "this page left intentionally blank" requirements? I haven't seen that before.

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