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Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb Feedback
« Last post by TrishaMcNary on Today at 07:41:45 AM »
I like it, but I'm not sure about the last paragraph.

"will use any means necessary" - too passive? too wordy?
"Even if it means putting herself in harms way." - sounds kind of mild? readers would already assume that?

I'm not a blurb expert, btw.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Design
« Last post by cathywalker on Today at 07:41:32 AM »
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think I'm done with plotting
« Last post by Puddleduck on Today at 07:41:27 AM »
In context I know what you mean, but you set it up and I can't help myself...god forgive me. I think other people on the Highway would really beg to differ. Sure, you can go wherever you want, but not without consequences... :P

I think most plotters would say that they're not actually as fixed as a subway train. Most don't slavishly follow their outline if the story in the writing wants to make some changes.

Every time people bring up the plotting vs. pantsing thing, it becomes clear that a whole lot of people don't really understand what those terms really even refer to.
Hi Sean

I'm saying this as a reader of kboards and not as a moderator, but is there any chance you can cut down the amount of images in your thread? I find myself having to scroll past the same stuff over and over to see if there is anything new and it's exhausting on the eyes and a bit off-putting

Seconded. It'd be great if you could only post each image once, rather than repeating all the same images in each post.
Writers' Cafe / Writing Getaway Near Chicago
« Last post by KylieG on Today at 07:38:01 AM »
I was planning to go to Gen Con this year for my summer vacation as I've been doing for a couple of decades. Unfortunately, friends have had to bail and I'm now looking at about a $2k price tag and without my friends it won't be nearly as fun.

What I'm looking for is a weekend getaway for 5 or 6 days close to Chicago where I can focus on writing and also get in some good meals, scenic views, and a quiet bar for writing when I want to get out of the room. I would be looking mid-week. I'm just wondering if any writers on this forum nearby might have a suggestion
Writers' Cafe / Re: Sharing pain.. deleting large chunk of WIP
« Last post by munboy on Today at 07:37:03 AM »
Okay, so some days I get 5k word counts so this shouldn't set me back TO much, but it is still killing me to realize I have to go back (right as I just reached the mid-point) and delete and rewrite the entire 3-4k prologue of my current WIP because it just doesn't fit anymore...

I know doing this will make it a much better read... but guys share some of your stories, maybe it won't feel so bad after .. lol

Once I felt good about what I was producing (my early stuff was BAD), I started writing a new story with the intent to publish. Since I was in college and worked full time, I didn't always have time to drag out a laptop to write, so I did a lot of writing in a notebook pretty early on....then lost the notebook. Never found it. Several chapters worth of writing...gone.

Needless to say, I don't write pen and paper anymore. Purely digital for me with every file automatically uploaded/updated to Dropbox.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub for book #4...
« Last post by finchambooks on Today at 07:36:35 AM »
I would lower the price of the other books and/or the box set. You want to get them at the point where they're making the purchase decision. (With Bookbubs I've always had a certain percentage of buyers who scooped up the whole series and this was at 99 cents/$4.99/$4.99)

Just so I understand, the individuals books at $0.99 and the box set at $4.99?
Writers' Cafe / Re: Sharing pain.. deleting large chunk of WIP
« Last post by Puddleduck on Today at 07:36:22 AM »
3k isn't bad. I was expecting you to say 20 or 30k. In the book I was working on last (currently mostly finished), I had to backtrack and rewrite three times, I think, losing a total of about probably around 3-4k words. I write linearly, so what happened was I tried writing a scene one way, realized it just wasn't working, and had to backtrack and change either the POV or what was actually happening in the scene.

And for my first real novel, I fiddled with the beginning for years before I found the right way to start it. (Protip: start where the story starts. :P)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Current Linking Time, eBook & Paperback?
« Last post by TromboneAl on Today at 07:35:40 AM »
I held off on asking, because the contact form said that I MUST wait 72 hours.

But they are linked now.

I've wondered why it doesn't take three milliseconds instead of three days. Do you think all linking requires human input??
Writers' Cafe / Re: Paperback pre-order?
« Last post by Ellie Lynn on Today at 07:31:48 AM »
You may be right, Notjohn, about the paperback being available sooner. I don't get a ton of paperback orders anyway. I'm having some glitchy issues with kdp print with another book, so I might just need the extra time!  :)
I've found pre-ordering ebooks to be not as lucrative as it once was. There could be lots of reasons but I tend to think it's the 'I want it now' mentality that seems to reverberate through our society these days. No one really wants to wait for anything, especially an electronic download.

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