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Hi guys!
So I'm getting ready to participate in a big book fair this coming November and I wanted to print and sell the three books I currently have on the works. However, I am not ready to actually launch them to the market yet. I want the fair to be sort of a preliminary market test for the covers and stuff. Question is: Can I register and print some 50 copies of each book (not author copies, actual retail copies) without making the actual book available for sale on Amazon? 

Writers' Cafe / Citation question (HELP PLEASE!)
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:34:56 PM »
I'm getting ready to release a poetry volume in less than a month and something's jumped at me that I don't know how to handle. Here's the thing:
The book is a poetry collection in which the poems all refer to classical legends. Each poems talks about a hero, god or figure of legend such as Hercules, Achiles, Zeus, King Arthur, etc. Since the poems are fairly lyrical, I wanted to include a citation before each poem that sort of explains who the poem is about, for the regular audience who is not very familiar with the legends. I was thinking of quoting passages from the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as some by Ovid and Hesiod. Now, I know all this is in the public domain, but here's my main concern: do I need to quote the translator of these passages as well? And if such, how should I go about it?
I was thinking of adding the piece of the passage along with the author and name of the text, but do I need to be more elaborate? Could I get in trouble if I don't?
Help, please.

Writers' Cafe / Miami international book fair
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:36:05 PM »
Hi, guys. I've been thinking about getting a table at the Miami book fair and I was wondering if any of you has participated before and can share some wisdom. Alternatively, I'd also like to know if any of you are in the area and are planning to take part this year?

Writers' Cafe / Managing multiple leads
« on: May 04, 2018, 06:39:25 PM »
I've been ruminating an idea for a new story for a couple of days now, and although I like the concept quite a bit, I've run into a struggle as to how to approach the actual writing of it. Main problem: there are supposed to be 5 leads, all of them equally important.
I'm not a stranger to shifting POVs but the most I've ever managed in a book is 4 and in those cases, there's always been 2 co-leading lines and 2 supplementary lines. For this new story to work, all the POVs would have to be equally showcased and in many instances they would share events and scenes. Throughout most of the book, all 5 lead characters would be together and interacting. There is very little independent action as I envision it. Honestly I'm wondering whether the POV approach would even work under those conditions or if the reader would get confused. I'm considering omniscient, but since the story would be YA, I don't know if that would be wise.
Basically I'm looking for advise in case any of you has a story with similar circumstances or has found this sort of thing before. I've only seen this set-up in The Chronicles of Narnia (which is omniscient) and the Animorphs series (which is single POV, but alternates each book among all five main characters, problem is, Animorphs has like a gazillion volumes)

Writers' Cafe / New Stock Image Site for Authors and Designers
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:11:57 AM »


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Writers' Cafe / Instafreebie Noblebright Fantasy Giveaway
« on: September 30, 2017, 03:24:22 PM »
Hi, guys!
I've started an Instafreebie giveaway for Noblebright Epic/High Fantasy.

Right now, we are looking for fantasy that happens in a different world and has a noblebright theme and a sword-and-sorcery environment. To learn a bit more about what Noblebright is you can go to C.J. Brightley's awesome website: where she talks about it (big shoutout to C.J. for taking on the mantle and trying to bring the genre to the light). The idea is to get readers more acquainted with the sub-genre and hopefully make it into a more popular trend.
We are not accepting UF, Paranormal and Sci-fi per se, but if your book includes magical creatures, sword fights and leans more towards Epic fantasy trends than any of these genres, please do give it a go.
Fairytale re-tellings, LitRPG, Fantasy Romance and Historical Fantasy are welcome.  ;D ;D ;D
All authors who sign up will receive a link with the banners for the giveaway so they can share it with their following.  :) 

Interested authors visit the link below to submit their books:

EDIT 1 ----
Banner and Media link:
Authors in the giveaway please use these to promote it to your following.

Sign up form:
Please make sure to read and fill this form before submitting.

EDIT 2 ----

IF will be featuring us in its website on November 1.

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Writers' Cafe / Is this standard practice?
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:52:14 PM »
Hi guys,
So, I had never done a copy editing round before (for my first book I focused on dev editing, to make sure the story was well structured), but some of the people that have reviewed the book mentioned some typos and wording problems, and I wanted to put it through the copy-editing ringer once more before doing a re-launch. Now I got the manuscript back from my copy editor and as I look through it I noticed that even though there are some passages in which the changes are tracked and explained, sometimes there are passages she either changed or deleted completely without really explaining what was wrong with them. It's not that I am unhappy with the changes, since she was careful to emulate my style of writing and keep my voice as faithful as possible. That said, she eliminated some dialog bits and character actions I'm not sure I'm happy with. My question is, is this standard practice? I mean, the copy editor fixes the manuscript directly without asking about the changes? I never had a copy editor before so perhaps I'm the one acting like a country bumpkin. What is your experience?

Writers' Cafe / Blurb Help
« on: August 28, 2017, 12:52:11 PM »
I picked the amazing brains of the blurb-wizards here at kboards a couple of months ago for the revamping of my novel and it was a resounding success, so here I am again as I get ready to start campaigning for Book 2. Any help you guys can give me is appreciated.

Dalbran wouldn’t call himself a whiny guy. He takes things in stride, never complains, and those problems he cannot fix, he leaves alone. Disinterest is the perfect attitude for a bounty hunter, especially one who hides quite a troublesome secret. More than two years after he abandoned his home in a crazy run for his life, Dalbran’s days are now filled with a strange peace.
However, when he accidentally walks right into a plot to murder the Fairest One of Vallenthar, things quickly become a little more interesting. Suddenly, he’s left with a promise to fulfil, a princess to protect, and a brigade of angry orcs trailing after them in their way to Forestgreen. Which is, coincidentally, the last place in the world he would want to go.
It’s enough to make a guy re-think his attitude. Especially when the Rose of Vallenthar that little princess wears stirs things in him that are better left alone. He’s got a bad feeling in his gut about this little journey. 
After all, elves and razvaks don’t really get along…

Writers' Cafe / How long in advance do you plan your promos?
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:30:15 PM »
When I published in 2016, I made the mistake of not advertising for it (at all!) because I wanted to wait to have some more books. However, life happened and I wasn't able to put another book out in a very long time. I finally got back on track and I'm planning to get book 2 out by January 10. That will give me some time to build up a mailing list and plan an actual promo line this time around. I'm thinking I will set up a giveaway for book 1 in the week before book 2 comes out and then lower the price of book 1 to 0.99 and promo over it hoping for some sell through to bleed into book 2 while it's still in the HNR.
My question is, how far in advance should I contact promo sites in order to make a successful scheduling? I'm thinking of a $500.00 budget primarily.

Writers' Cafe / 45k: Novel or novella? How do I market this?
« on: August 26, 2017, 11:48:03 PM »
Hi, guys!
So I have a story I wrote as prequel to my fantasy novel, with the intention of using it as mailing list hook for Instafreebie and the like. It was supposed to be a novella I would have available as an exclusive bonus for subscribers. Now, here's my dilemma, I know that as per the traditional accepted length rules (and the internet) a novel starts at 40k words. My so-called novella has some 45k on its back, and probably a couple thousand more once I add the edits. This has made me question my original strategy. Should I stick to the original "hook" option or should I try to put this longer work in Amazon, perhaps as a loss-leader permafree? Or should I put it for sale as a regular book and offer it for free to the people who sign up for my list?
Any advice would be great.

Writers' Cafe / Fantasy Blurb help
« on: July 18, 2017, 03:11:24 PM »
Hey guys!
As I get ready to relaunch my book and go ahead with #2 and #3, I've been looking at my blurb for a while and feeling less than satisfied. I realize is way too wordy (and long!) but at this point I really don't know how to fix it. So here I am asking the blurb doctors for some tips.
Some background:
My book is divided into 2 POVs that happen in different timelines and collide at the end of the book. Their collision is pretty much the mystery that carries the entire story, so I thought to include both POVs in the blurb and I don't think that was a mistake, because they are really equally important. However, that resulted in an overly long blurb. I would like to fix that someway while still keeping the 2 POVs, if at all possible.
I'll leave it below, thank you for any help you can give me.

Aelwyd has worked hard to become strong. As the Fairest One of Vallenthar, her power is formidable. Years of battle honed her into a fearsome warrior who never falters in front of an enemy. However, there are shadows that when they come, they can swallow you whole. After a hundred years of praying against it, the minute she walks into the chilling scene of death in front of her, she knows her personal nightmare is back. He nearly destroyed her once, but she isn't a victim anymore. This time, she will stop him, or she will die trying.

Dalbran knows nothing of friends, joy, or mischief. The orphaned ward of a ruthless warrior woman, she’s never showed him love or affection. Instead she fills his days with learning the art of battle, savage teachings of how to survive in their harsh world. Days are filled with pain and exhaustion, but nighttime used to be his own. Even that is now lost, though, for something lurks in the shadows of sleep, clawing at him the moment his eyes close. He tells himself it’s okay, that he can handle it. However daunting the voices may be, however cold the hand that chokes him in the darkness, as long as it stays within the nightmare, everything will be all right.
As long as it stays within the nightmare…

Writers' Cafe / Blog tours... worth it?
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:22:55 PM »
Ok, so with my first book I made every mistake in the list, starting with rushing to publish it before I was ready. For book 2, I'm going into it with a more planned approach. And one of the things I've considered are blog tours.
Being a designer, I can create some good visuals to aid my campaign, and I have a trailer in the work to spice it up, as well as several paperback copies of book 1 to use as giveaway.
So my questions are:
Is it worth it to go through the work of scheduling a tour? (That is, is the exposure worth it in terms of sales and visibility?)
How far in advance should I schedule?
How long should the tour be? (I was thinking release week).
How many blogs should I include?
Hire a company to manage it or do it myself?

Any advice will be appreciated  :-*

Hey, guys!
I've been following up on the discussion happening in The What's Needed in Stock Images for Photographers Thread, started by Melody Simmons (,253093.0.html), and it got me thinking about something.
As a photographer and cover designer, I've been forced many times to take my own images for covers due to the lack of good images in the regular stock sites. This is the exact thing we've been discussing in Melody's thread. However, the problem with doing this is that setting a studio, hiring models and buying/renting all the costumes and props is way too expensive for a one-time shoot. A proper fantasy shoot with historically accurate setting, props and costumes lands you in the vicinity of $500.00 expense, without counting studio, equipment cost and time of the photographer's that goes into taking and editing the images to make them cover-ready.
So my question is this, has anyone thought about crowdfunding the images they need?
From Melody's thread, it seems to me that many different authors have overlapping needs, so I wonder, what do you think of an option that lets several authors pitch in and crowdfund a custom photo shoot for a photographer, in exchange for getting first choice at the resulting images?
Let's discuss a hypothetical case:
A group of romance authors want to have more images of bi-racial couples. They contact a photographer and pitch in a set amount (let's say $50.00, times 10 authors = $500.00), and agree with the photographer to fund the project, including hiring the models ($500.00 would hire you two couples for a couple of hours, enough to get some 50-100 images per couple), and paying the photographer's expenses. Once the shoot is done, the authors in the group can get complete access to the resulting images and take as many as they need, in a first choice basis, before the photographer releases them into the regular stock sites.

Advantages of this method:
Authors could get the images they want, exactly the way they want.
For their contribution they have access to as many images as they need (and only pay a flat fee at the beginning).

The photo shoot fees are taken over by someone else, but he gets to keep the images and add them to his portfolio.
After the pitching authors have taken their pick, the photographer can publish the image in stock sites and make money from them. 

Does that sound like something you would be in for?   

Writers' Cafe / Cover question, help me please.
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:05:42 PM »
Hi guys!
Ok, so, a couple of months ago I finally got tired of my site platform and decided to get myself a self-hosted Wordpress site. While I was working on the graphics for the new site, I tried to do the same thing I did before, base the general graphics of the site off the book cover graphics, in order to make my branding stronger. Problem is, I've fallen out of love with the cover I have. When I made it I had just started experimenting with cover design so the thing has a lot of little amateurish quirks that I did not care for. Case in point, I decided to re-brand the entire thing with some new techniques.
I liked the overall layout of the cover so I kept it, but the elements are different. I like the new design quite a deal. The problem is, my book is YA Epic Fantasy (swords, magic, elves, etc.), sort of like Eragon, for those who know it, but when it comes to the new covers for some reason I keep getting steampunk vibes from it (which is nuts, because there's not a single steampunk element in the freaking design). I need to know if I'm just crazy of if they indeed give that impression. I don't want readers to come expecting one thing and getting another.
Please take a look and let me know. Also, I would like to know which of the two covers you think is better, and any other advice you guys have I'll love to hear it.  ;)

Book 1 (in the signature):
BEFORE                                                       AFTER

Book 2:
BEFORE                                                       AFTER

Writers' Cafe / Madness or masochism? (a rant, read at your own risk)
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:30:59 PM »
Been a while since I started a thread here, but still I thought I'd share something that happened to me.
 I normally don't cry when I'm writing my books, but I just wrote a scene that was particularly heartfelt, in a book I've been stuck at over six months already (in the last 5 chapters!  ???). I'm finally back on track, but needless to say, it's been a hard experience to cope with, sitting day after day and feeling useless because I've been unable to finish it.
I don't remember where I read a female author saying that you don't become a writer because you like it, but because you don't have any other choice, and that, if you can, try to keep as far away from the profession as possible.
After this period, I kind of get what she means. I've never felt more frustrated and inadequate as in the last six months. I've never felt so much like a failure and so depressed.
And yet, not once the idea of quitting altogether entered my mind, there wasn't even a glimpse of it. It makes me feel like "Hell, I am crazy as a bat."
How can it be that something that can cause me such distress and anguish it's so impossible for me to abandon that, even in my worst emotional moment, the idea doesn't even take shape.
I look at my writing folders and there are enough outlines and unfinished projects in there to keep me writing my entire life, even if I don't create a new one ever again. I look at them, imagining having to go through the same grinding process with each and every one, the same distress and the same anguish and I ask myself how on earth can I possibly want to keep doing this job for the rest of my life?
I don't! I don't want the horrible feelings and the depression, but there's still no glimpse, not the smallest glimpse of the self-preservation any sane person would have to say "this is too much, I will not put myself through this punishment".
Heck, I am freaking masochist!



Hi, guys!
I meant to do this for a while now, since I felt the page needed a somewhat more professional introduction. I have been working with the amazing authors at Kboards for almost a year now, designing covers and graphics for them. I've loved every moment and I definitely want to work some more with you guys and learn some more. In this thread I'll be posting the new pre-mades I create as well as some portfolio samples as I finish them. I look forward to working with all of you!

Pre-Made Cover: Starting at $50.00
Custom Cover: $150.00
Paperback Upgrade: $50.00
Typography and Layout: $100.00
Special offer for K-board writers: Order 3 covers or more and get a FREE series banner.

Writers' Cafe / Help me build up my cover portfolio!
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:46:54 PM »
Hi, guys!
So I'm planning to release a design service on January and I really need to have something to show and some testimonies by authors to give the service credibility, so I would really appreciate some help with that.

I'm offering fully customized covers, unlimited revisions, for $50, with a complementary series banner for authors who order 3 or more covers. The only thing is that I haven't loaded up on stock images yet, so you would have to provide your own. I work fast and I don't mind working through the holiday season, so if you have a series you want to revamp do bring it on, I actually like working on series the best, because it's very fun to figure out a unique branding concept.

Here are some samples of my work:

Writers' Cafe / Showing off my new trailer!
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:22:55 PM »
So we had a book launch last week (finally!) and premiered the book trailer of The Razvak Hunter during the event. This trailer I did using an Adobe After Effects template a kind soul put on the internet for newbies to take a shot at and I have to say I am quite pleased with the result. I was able to tweak it and change it a lot from the original design and once I got the hand of it, it actually started to be fun (prior to that it was all frustration and banging my head on the desk).
But anyways, I would love to get some opinions!

I'm planning on getting a paperback out soon and I had this question. Can somebody outline the pros and cons of these two and what is your personal opinion.

Which company do you use?
What are its good points?
What are its bad points?

Anything works!

Writers' Cafe / I'm officially an author!
« on: February 29, 2016, 07:15:07 PM »
My book is up!  :P :P :P
I'm so happy I had to share it with someone! After so much work it's pretty gratifying to finally have something to show for it.
This is the link to the page:

I think I've looked at it about a gazillion times today  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Fantasy Names Book: Good or bad idea?
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:12:15 AM »
Names are sort of my forte. I like to twist words around and create names for characters I haven't even designed yet. Presently, I have about 1000 faceless fantasy/sci-fiction themed names, both male and female, gathered in all letters of the alphabet.
My question is: is it worth it to line these and publish them in a book? I have met several writers that struggle with naming so I think this could be a good idea, but again are there really writers willing to pay to get a name list they can create on their own?
PS: If published, I'll probably give it for $0.99. Is this price reasonable?

Writers' Cafe / What do you think?
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:54:21 PM »
Howdy, Kboarders.

I'm getting ready for my big launch day on February 29 (fingers crossed the special day will give me some luck!) and so right now I'm finetuning my marketing plan and all the little tidbits and things I'm planning to use to attract readers. One of those things are character profile. I won't go so far as to create Facebook accounts for my characters or anything of the sort, but I did thought it would be good publicity and blog topic if I could say release some info and profiles or my main characters on the days leading to the release, perhaps to build some buzz.
With this in mind, I decided to create some concept art to illustrate the profiles. I don't have the funds to hire a professional illustrator so at first I thought, what the hell, let's give it a try. I have the software and the graphic tablet anyway because of my designer work, and I also dabble quite a lot with digital drawing, so I thought it couldn't be too hard.
Now, after having some of them done, I am not so sure. I have researched other concept art and seen the sketches in other author sites, and all of them are incredibly colorful and detailed. Mine are... not. They are simple black and white headshots, with neutral expressions and rather messy lines, and now I'm worried my drawings may be on the amateur side. Perhaps I've bitten more than I can chew. So before going ahead and making more, I decided to come here and ask for some feedback.
So guys, what do you think? On a scale of one to ten, one being "Don't even think about it" and ten being, well, ten, how good (or bad) are they?


Writers' Cafe / Need some feedback!
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:25:25 AM »
Hi, Kboarders!

I've been designing my website for the last few days and I'm at a point in which I would love to have a couple of outside eyes looking at it. I need to know how does it look like from an outsider's perspective. Also, does it take too long to load, is it everything readable, etc...
Pretty please!  :-*

Here's the link:

Writers' Cafe / Naming issue
« on: December 22, 2015, 11:58:01 PM »
Hi, Kboarders!
So my predicament is this: I write High Fantasy (alternate land, elves, dwarves fairies, etc.) and as such, all my characters, places and objects are named according to the style and language of my fantasy world. Except for 2.
I have 2 characters that don't fall in this whole. Their names are Diogenes and Nadeshiko, so a Greek name and a Japanese name. These are old characters that have survived from the begining, when the book still wasn't a High Fantasy. I've thought about changing their names several times, but they've always been Diogenes and Nadeshiko for me, and I don't know if I could think about them any other way.

My question is: Is this going to be an issue? Are my readers going to take it as an incoherence or can I get away with it because I write fantasy?
Any advice would be lovely.

Writers' Cafe / HELP! How do I do this?
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:29:28 PM »
Ok so my first book has two parallel timelines, one happening in the past and one in the present. One is also the prelude of the other. I decided to have them parallel because as events happen in one, they are explained in the other and at the end I have a reveal that is very important and cannot be achieved if I let's say divided the book in part 1 and part 2. With this in mind, I decided to divide the story in a "before" timeline and an "now" timeline, adding the appropriate subtitles to each chapter title to illustrate the time difference. However my beta readers have insisted me that the whole thing it's still confusing because the readers don't really pay attention to chapter titles. The two timelines don't have any direct interaction whatsoever, they develop individually until they connect at the end of the book, but apparently the back and forth is troublesome. I need help with this because I have no idea whatsoever what to do about it. Should I leave it like that and trust the readers attention spam? Any suggestions are welcome. :-[

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