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Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
« Reply #175 on: May 03, 2015, 07:58:02 am »
What an awesome thread!
I also have a tip on creating titles, I hope this adds value, if not let me know:
http://www.slideshare.net/EricZar/how-to-create-titles-that-sell-more-books-47390949


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    Thanks everyone
    « Reply #176 on: May 13, 2015, 07:44:24 am »
    Thanks to everyone who put this thread together. There's some great information here. I'm looking forward to going through it all.


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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #177 on: May 19, 2015, 05:19:53 pm »
    My book covers are listed in a column rather than a row when I preview, so this is a test post to see what actually happens.

    I'm an indie author who also specializes in chick-lit cover design.
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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #178 on: May 19, 2015, 05:35:26 pm »
    My book covers are listed in a column rather than a row when I preview, so this is a test post to see what actually happens.
    Shouldn't hit enter between books, just leave the code next to each other or a space between.
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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #179 on: June 08, 2015, 01:36:38 pm »
    Thanks for the guide. I am just getting started here and any help is welcome!



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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #180 on: October 04, 2015, 09:17:11 am »
    How do I add my book to this site?
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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #181 on: October 16, 2015, 09:42:46 am »
    My book covers are listed in a column rather than a row when I preview, so this is a test post to see what actually happens.

    Your covers are adorable :)

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #182 on: January 15, 2016, 08:59:55 am »
    So much wonderful advice! Thanks to everyone on Kboards. I think this might be my new home. I have a new book being released at the end of March by WordFire Press, and I am the first novel to be promoted in A David Farland Discovery. Looks like I have a lot to learn, but I am so grateful for Kboards and the opportunity to belong to such a great group!
    Hi, I am a new author with a debut novel that released through WordFire Press March 28, 2016. I am a student of David Farland and the first author in his (David Farland Discovery) program. Elah's Pearl was my first self-published novelette.
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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #183 on: January 22, 2016, 07:56:13 pm »
    just thought I would add a bit for aspiring authors.  ;D


    I will give you the best advice that I have learned over the years to be an author. Not that I am all that, because I assure you that I am not; but Al Remington did call my book "A Phenomenal read!"
    The most important advice that I can give anyone that wants to pursue a career as an author is this:
    1) Only write on subjects that you are comfortable with and have a lot of knowledge of. Only write what you feel your niche is.
    2) This probably should have been number one because I have found it of utmost importance... Only write when you are feeling it deep within, almost as if someone else were feeding you the words magically. What we writers refer to as the flow.
    3) when that flow comes, be prepared at all times to get it down as fast as possible, because when the words do start to flow they sometimes come almost as if released from a flood gate; fast.
    4) Do not worry about spelling and/or punctuation errors, there will be plenty of time for all of that later. It is more important to jot it down as fast as you possibly can, without concern for spelling or grammatical errors, because once you stop that flow, it may never come back again, and if it does I can almost guarantee you that it will not be as good as the first time that it came to you
    5) Never and I do mean NEVER force yourself to write just because of a deadline, or because you think that it has been way too long since you worked on your book and you feel the need to finish it. When I was on the last chapter of my second book, I had not written it the book or even taken notes for over 2 months, and I felt the need to get that last chapter finished so that I could get the book out to publishers.
    It was a BIG mistake. Three days later when I came back to read the last chapter that I made myself finish that day, it was so bad that I tore it up and threw it away. To this day I never force myself to write. If I am not in the mood, or feeling the flow, then I will not allow myself to write in the book.
    That is the best advice that I have at the moment, but I can tell you this, it is important that you have an awesome bubbly personality, or that you are good at lifting peoples spirits, and even better yet if you are good at making people laugh. That is a huge advantage when it comes to writing, because people want to be uplifted. They want to break away from reality and go to a happier place. a happy, bubbly personality is just the vehicle to get them there ;0)

    Yours truly: Wayne Hoss

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    Esp think your final point is so often forgotten or ignored: folks want to be uplifted.

    Reading your words was uplifting.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #184 on: February 07, 2016, 08:09:05 pm »
    Newbie. Is there a unified newbie/dumb questions thread I can tag onto? I promise I do my own research, and I've spent several hours scouring this forum tonight, but as a new author I'd like someone to perhaps critique my launch plans (based on what I have learned). I'd rather tag this onto an existing thread, but if I should just create a new one, let me know. Thanks!

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #185 on: April 13, 2016, 08:16:39 am »
    Hi,

    I'm new here and just finding my way around everything. :)

    Where is the author Book Bazaar thread?  Many thanks, Janey Bowyer

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #186 on: May 11, 2016, 07:20:30 pm »
    I've tried a couple of times to set up a book profile for my first novel, please help! I keep getting a "database error" message. The ASIN for my book is B014XFQPZ6

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #187 on: May 12, 2016, 06:04:09 am »
    Thanks for all the tips and FAQ. Excited to get started and meet everyone here!

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #188 on: June 12, 2016, 06:29:25 am »
    I'm new here and trying to figure out how to list my book covers at the end of my posts.  I love that I can see authors books in their posts.  Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #189 on: June 12, 2016, 06:50:06 am »
    I'm new here and trying to figure out how to list my book covers at the end of my posts.  I love that I can see authors books in their posts.  Any help would be appreciated.

    Hi, Lina--

    See #4 in first post in this thread, found here:
    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,41454.msg736018.html#msg736018

    PM me if you have any questions or need any additional help after reading the above.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #190 on: June 30, 2016, 04:27:09 pm »
    Hope this is ok. I signed up and was trying to edit the profile: "To set up your profile -- for example, with a profile picture (avatar) and a signature -- you must have made at least 1 post in the forum." The forum? Sorry to butt in but hello, forum. Maybe I'll go look for a quieter place to post a post. Wait I just posted a post. OK.
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    « Reply #191 on: July 10, 2016, 04:47:29 am »
    I checked the FAQ, but I didn't see it anywhere.  Is there a glossary somewhere of Frequenly-Used-Acronyms?
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    Re: Acronym Soup
    « Reply #192 on: July 10, 2016, 04:52:53 am »
    I checked the FAQ, but I didn't see it anywhere.  Is there a glossary somewhere of Frequenly-Used-Acronyms?

    No, but it's not a bad idea! Maybe we should start one one.

    Is there a particular acronym that you're interested in?  Or, if you are reading a thread and someone uses an acronym, feel free to ask for it to be explained.

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    Re: Acronym Soup
    « Reply #193 on: July 11, 2016, 04:31:45 am »
    No, but it's not a bad idea! Maybe we should start one one.

    Is there a particular acronym that you're interested in?  Or, if you are reading a thread and someone uses an acronym, feel free to ask for it to be explained.

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    ARC?
    CP?
    KU?  (I did eventually figure that one out.)
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    Re: Acronym Soup
    « Reply #194 on: July 14, 2016, 04:33:19 am »
    ARC?
    CP?
    KU?  (I did eventually figure that one out.)

    ARC are (I think) Advance Reading Copies that are sent out to people to read and get reviews ahead of publishing.

    I believe CP is most commonly used here for Critique Partner.  I don't think that's really a standard acronym the way ARC and KU are, though I could be wrong.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #195 on: July 14, 2016, 04:46:57 pm »
    Thank you, Betsy!
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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #196 on: July 20, 2016, 07:55:54 pm »
    Hi all,

    First day on Kboards. I self-published my first novel "Legacy of Korr" on Amazon, and I had a handful of paid sales and hundreds of free copies. I don't really know where to go from here. As much fun as writing the book was, I'm finding the advertising business excruciating. Do I just wait for the next free promotion and hope things work out on their own? I honestly don't even know if it's any good, or if my wife is being too nice. I appreciate any tips or if some of the more experienced authors can take a look and let me know what they think. My apologies in advance if I broke any rules. TA.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #197 on: July 21, 2016, 03:56:10 am »
    MBarlow--

    Welcome to KBoards!

    I recommend you start a thread on its own, rather than ask the question here!  This pinned thread is really mostly for the original post in it, where we have links to some useful threads and tips for authors.

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #198 on: July 21, 2016, 08:39:47 am »
    Thanks Betsy, I've been reading blogs for a decade, but That my first post :)

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    Re: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
    « Reply #199 on: August 03, 2016, 02:34:47 am »
    Thanks for sharing this tips.

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