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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you comment on my sci-fi cover?
« on: October 13, 2017, 05:02:49 AM »
Hey guys thanks for the comments, here are a few others I am messing around with.

For those wondering about the plot, yes it is litrpg like / anime vibes.  I guess I am letting a bit too much video game influence in (imagine mass effect the game if you know what that is)

I'm not sure it's a good idea for your cover to signal LitRPG if it's only "LitRPG like." Fans of the genre have certain expectations. If your book doesn't meet those expectations, those fans are going to be very unhappy with your book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you comment on my sci-fi cover?
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:52:36 PM »
The word "reset" also makes me think LitRPG.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS ads question...
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:50:27 AM »
My current campaign has required just under 185,000 impressions to obtain 529 clicks and 22 sales.

Comparing my actual royalties to the campaign spend, I've lost around twenty bucks. Sell through to the next book in the series has been pretty darn good, though, and assuming I gained some reasonable percentage of KU reads from the deal, it's probably made me a pretty decent return despite the poor overall numbers.

Bottom line: it takes a lot of impressions to get a click and a lot of clicks to get a sale.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Chess
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:42:49 AM »
Would it make sense if each player has 3 knights, a king and a queen? Both lose 2 knights, and either the Mother's knight captures Black's queen ...?

Yes, that would be much better. A knight can easily fork the queen and the king, resulting in the loss of the queen.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Chess
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:47:08 AM »
Two problems with your setup:

1. Each side only gets two knights. Unless you're playing some really weird rules, there's no way for one side to end up with three.

2. A good player might typically play down a rook in order to even odds. For one player to beat another starting out down two rooks, eight pawns, and one minor piece, the second player would pretty much have to completely suck. I could probably - uh, maybe - beat my 7 year old in those circumstances but only because he has absolutely no tactical or strategic understanding of the game.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wide or KU for a first/standalone
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:57:25 PM »
My perspective is that the absolute best thing I can do for my long term success is to spend as much time as possible writing new books. A big advantage of Select is simplicity; you just have to worry about the one retailer.

Long term, I will go wide. For now, it just doesn't make sense for me.

I find I can do this myself. I throw the book to my ipad, and read it as if it was someone else's book. I find I can disconnect enough to see the mistakes I couldn't see reading it in word.

I think I get too locked in to what I thought I wrote. Reading in a different format helps catch some errors for me, but it's not nearly the same as being able to experience my writing through another person's eyes.

I see the act of writing fiction as taking characters and plots and emotions that are running around inside my head and, using only words, translating all that information into the mind of another person.

I don't know about anyone else on this board, but I find creating an accurate translation of my thoughts to be fraught with the potential for error.

My best beta readers have let me experience my words through the readers' point of view, allowing me to figure out where there is a disconnect between what I intended to convey and what I actually conveyed.

The picture sort of screams fantasy-sci-fi. The font screams something else.

I agree with this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Spammers targeting Instafreebie
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:46:10 AM »
Haha, it's like you were in my mind when I wrote it!

Dear Friend with valid KBoards posting account,

Obviously, you liked my most outstanding analysis and review of your story, "SLEP."

I like you, Dear Friend, and most want your story, "SLEP," to succeed most greatly, but my review on this board, unfortunately, will not be read by the thousands of viewers seeing your story, "SLEP," on Amazon everyday.

Contact me most urgently to discuss how my most outstanding analysis and review can be used to help your story, "SLEP," to succeed most greatly!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Spammers targeting Instafreebie
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:04:27 AM »
I thought I'd chime in with my thoughts on your story, "SLEEP:"

I found "SLEEP" to be a story written with many words that conveyed meaning. The characters in "SLEEP" performed actions and possessed both thoughts and emotions. Each scene in "STORY" contained elements of plot and/or character.

Definitely a story that was meant to be read.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For those using Instafreebie--a heads up
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:47:35 AM »
Instafreebie folk really do read next in series, and the read thru rate is the same as from the vendors, so just getting the downloads is valuable.

That hasn't been my experience at all. Running free promos for Abuse of Power always resulted in higher sales and reads for Rise of the Mages. I took Abuse out of Select to use it for IF. While I've gotten a lot of signups, the IF downloads haven't shown much of a bump in sales/reads at all.

Anyone else have data on this?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does Kboards have an "ignore" button?
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:52:27 AM »
Uh oh. Let's take a poll, everybody. Animated avatars, yea or nay? (No, you will not hurt my feelings if you hate them.)

I'm with David on this one. I don't ignore anyone, but I do tend to scroll quickly past posts with animated avatars. I hate, hate, hate things moving on my screen.

Writers' Cafe / Re: mailing list value
« on: August 30, 2017, 01:33:27 PM »

Almost everyone extols the value of the mailing list. I, however, have a problem. I have no idea what to put in one. I don't write shorts...I find them painful. In the 10 years my AOL crit group was active (before the AOL fall) we had dozens of short story contests, I wrote three stories. I got generally good marks, but I'm not sure I want to do that again.

So, how to get people to sign up? I'm not sure what to do to get people to sign up. And, I guess, my question it worth it with such a small portfolio? I've finished only three novels. One, I lost in a computer crash...and one I can't see as publishable with a lot of work.

So, what do you think? Wait until I have more books published before I actually try the mailing list or is there some value to doing it now?




You're asking specific questions, but the overall content of your post makes it sound like you really need to gain a basic understanding of the entire concept of mailing lists. Might I suggest this as a great place to start:

Hope that helps ...


Writers' Cafe / Re: KU authors read this ( agree or not?)
« on: August 29, 2017, 07:38:37 AM »
As far as I can tell, indie authors have absolutely no pull with Amazon. Readers, presumably, have some pull. Not a lot, granted, but some.

If we really wish to get Amazon to effect positive change to the KU program, our best chance is probably an organized campaign directed at readers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you do a "what came before"?
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:40:39 PM »
A long time passed between when I published my first book and when I published the sequel, and I absolutely abhor those sections in a book where the author tells me, within the context of the sequel, what happened in the previous book. I decided to simply make summaries of the previous books available. I put them up on my website and linked to them at the front of the sequel.

I would have preferred to have them actually be in the book, but I was worried about linking and the KU aspects of that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Dashboard
« on: August 28, 2017, 01:20:00 PM »
My dashboard is back, but YIKES  :o  my numbers are barely anemic. Hope it's just a reporting delay.

For mine, the clicks and spends aren't adding up to the totals at the top. Way low. Been that way since it came back up. My guess is a bigtime delay.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Dashboard
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:44:45 AM »
Mine was out this morning but is back now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need support and/or kick in the pants
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:15:41 PM »
Is this your first release?

From a business perspective for authors who have a bit of experience, I completely agree with the advice to release all your books at once. I didn't do that with my debut novel, and I'm so, so glad I didn't. There were issues with the story and the characters that I didn't discover despite lots of beta reading and editing. My second book was so much better because of the lessons I learned from the reviews of the first.

It might be helpful to think of a first novel as a learning experience instead of the cornerstone of your career.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How are your novelettes doing?
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:08:55 PM »
Silver Surfer needs no defense!  LOL! 

I tried to write 20 years ago. I really didn't have the time but I tried. I had studied writing in college several year before. I learned the tricks they tried to teach us.  In one ear and they didn't register as to what they really meant till a few years ago.  You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink so to speak.

Then I tried to write again. I was better.  Many short stories and false starts later ... I have a novella for teens that may be worthwhile. It was fun. So if it goes no where, (and it won't I suspect for a very long time, if ever, way too many other new authors out there, some are good some not so good.)

For me, I always like to take a peek at other new author's works and see what it looks like, how they express the ideas, flow, and if it hooks me up front.  I don't read much past that,  unless it really hooks me, "There is something interesting here that I want to know more about,") kind of thing,

So when I read, I read with that critical view. Can't say it is right ... just me.  And you run up against a lot of stuff you are not interested in ... but on rare occasions, you do see one that you say, "You know I don't read thrillers, but this one has something really going on." Thus Meyer's The Chemist may be a good read for me - but it is a genre I don't care much for. She just writes really good and I want to know more.

How to do that --- just the above - Emanuel Kant - "If man can't prove that something is, he will try and prove what it is not."  And in effect that is what you are doing when you read critically. You see a lot of, "well this don't work - that's not it."  And you bump up against some that seem to work pretty well.  What is good is hard to find, what is not good enough, you come across a lot. But that is for the critical reader.

If you are reading for fun you are a lot more forgiving, (and we love the people who do that!)

So study what you think works, there are tons of different openings to hook a reader into wanting to read more, then deliver on that promise from the opening. Seen a lot of good openings --- and then the story is a drag - know what I mean (I have not looked at your work, so I don't mean you.)

Darn here I go again ... I just hit post ... with stupid opinions ...

I feel you. I'm quite picky about what I read as well. Things that would not bother any reasonable person in the world drive me insane. I've not purchased books because of stuff like the lines being double spaced and too many words being italicized for artificial emphasis. And I pretty much don't read present tense at all.

On the other hand, I've come to realize that my personal preferences are not in any way indicative of the reading public at large. I'd feel like an idiot if I told someone on this board to avoid writing in present tense in any circumstances just because I don't like it. The fact is that present tense is perfectly acceptable, maybe even preferred, in some genres. Assuming that the author isn't trying to reach me, and me only, as his audience, the advice wouldn't make any sense.

There are a ton of places on the internet where hobbyist authors argue about stuff that readers just don't seem to care about. This forum is different. The majority of posters here are really focused on how to become successful authors (from a monetary standpoint). People who have sold more books than I could even dream about (like Amanda) actually share advice about what has and hasn't worked for them. I don't know about you, but I find that to be pretty darn awesome.

I found my writer's group to be extremely helpful when I was first starting out. Not only did I learn a lot of craft stuff and get construction criticisms, just the mere act of meeting with other writers helped with my motivation and enthusiasm.

Part of what I found ultra helpful was the accountability. I treated the meetups like a deadline. By that date, no matter what, I'd have my stuff there and ready to go.

OP, maybe you can use that motivation to spur you forward on this WIP?

If not, my group often had people come in just to spend their portion of the time brainstorming, with nothing more than an idea. Additionally, I always learned a lot for critiquing others (easier to see mistakes in others' work than in my own) and from hearing critiques of their work on things that I didn't notice.

So my advice is to:

1. Try to use the upcoming meeting as motivation to get some work done.
2. Even if you don't get anything done, you should still attend.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How are your novelettes doing?
« on: August 24, 2017, 07:00:33 AM »
I think you're giving yourself too much credit.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

I'm not exactly coming to anyone's defense, but I can at least empathize.

When I first started writing, I knew everything. I was working on the greatest epic fantasy in the history of epic fantasies, and I was more than willing to tell every other author I encountered exactly where they were going wrong. Then, I went to my first writing group meeting, and my knowledge of writing decreased significantly. Then, I sent my perfect finished draft to an editor, and my knowledge decreased further. Then I eventually published that first book and got reviews in, and my knowledge level sank to rock bottom.

Having just published my third novel, my knowledge is at least moving upward again, but I'm still not where I was as a rank beginner.

Like I said, not defending, just empathizing :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: How are your novelettes doing?
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:04:01 PM »
For the record: I'm a DC girl through and through.
Only Wolverine gets a mention from the Marvel universe, because well, obvious reasons

And I'd always thought so highly of you ...



Writers' Cafe / Re: What drives you to write?
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:23:14 AM »
My little Mitsubishi Lancer. It's not much to look at, but it gets good gas mileage.

Of course, I write at home a lot of the time, so I don't have to drive anywhere to write on those occasions.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Space Opera readers only want human heros?
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:10:34 AM »
I don't write space opera, but it is one of the genres that I read, if at a lot lower rates than Epic Fantasy and Superhero. All I can really do is give you anecdotal evidence from a single reader, but if that data point helps you, you're welcome to it ...

The series I read tend to adhere to the humanity is at a technological disadvantage to their enemies but end up dominating fights b/c of their intrinsic awesomeness trope. I would be less likely to read a storyline that doesn't contain that trope, so having the protagonist not be human would be a definite negative for me.

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