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Writers' Cafe / Re: Scenes with non-POV characters
« on: Yesterday at 10:50:03 am »
The narrative is 3rd person, non-omniscient, and alternating chapters with two main characters POV.
One of subplots is a crime a suspect of which is a person MCs care about and I want to add the scene of interrogation in prison. My idea is that the investigator shares this scene with one of MCs in informal way, but it's shown as a flashback rather than investigator's direct speech.

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Writers' Cafe / Scenes with non-POV characters
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:05:11 pm »
I have two POV characters in my psychological drama / crime mystery novel.
How can I handle the scenes where none of the main characters are present? These scenes are important in terms of information and also to let important side characters have their say.

Can it be written as a "camera POV" i.e. simply describing what's happening without getting in any of the character's head?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Takeover
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:19:55 pm »
What is Author Takeover?

It's basically when one author invites others to guest post on their page.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Takeover
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:38:14 am »
I also write in many different genres, and that's one reason I do these takeovers. I think I'm more known for teacups and dresses than my books, but as long as they know I also write books...I think that's progress.

Best of luck with your author takeover! And have fun. :)

Thank you!  :-*

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Takeover
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:35:57 pm »

ETA:  It also depends on why you're doing the takeover.  Is it to sell books, build your brand, or both?  I use them mainly for brand awareness, so the book sales are secondary.

I would say mostly for sales and to get some following, I'm planning on writing several books in different genres, I believe brand building is more relatable to writing series of books.

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Writers' Cafe / Author Takeover
« on: October 20, 2020, 02:19:41 pm »
Does anyone have experience doing AT on social media platforms? How does it usually look like?

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Are you sure it's not a glitch on your end? Because, quite frankly, I would love it if they made it so Canadians had to buy from the .com store, because then maybe I could get a KU account without switching over to the .ca site. But seeing as they literally just came out with AMS ads for .ca and .au sites, it seems kind of strange that they would then start forcing people back to the .com site.
Yes, probably it's the case, I switched account and now I can see Kindle books :/

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Just noticed this change. Now if you use Canadian or Australian account you need to create an additional account on Amzn.com in order to get access to Kindle books.
Looks inconvenient to me as I'm in Canada. >:(
On other hand, from the author's perspective, it will help to have all reviews in one place, if only this changes won't turn off e-book readers at all making them use other sources like Kobo.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5000 sales in 1 Year as a new author ... Realistic?
« on: October 14, 2020, 07:16:32 pm »
Based on my VERY limited experience, I'd say 5,000 would be extremely difficult to achieve.

I published my first book a month ago. In those 4 weeks I've managed 58 sales and just over 7000 page reads. I'm actually pleasantly surprised by those numbers, despite their modest size!


That sound very good to me! What kind of book is it and what marketing tools did you use, if you don't mind me asking?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Greetings! I just published my first book on Amazon
« on: October 10, 2020, 03:26:25 pm »
I added my book to a few lists at Goodreads for my genre.

Never heard of such option, how do you do it?
Is it Listopedia? Thanks for mentioning, I haven't heard of this option before!!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 09, 2020, 10:58:21 am »
Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but if she is in Europe, how can she find out who is after causing her harm in Brazil which is 6000 miles away. Is it that she's still targeted while in the Europe or does she return to Brazil? Or does she stay in Brazil?

She never leaves Brazil, she escapes her parents custody.

Why give away that it's likely someone close to the family? Surely that's part of the discovery when reading and a twist when from what you say it could be some political enemy of her dad, revenge for a business deal gone wrong, or knowing Brazil, a kidnap attempt to extort money, or anyone really.

It's not the main twist of the story, so I thought that it's fine to give it away just to make it more intriguing.

What are they Trying to do, kidnap her, kill her, stalk her, or what? Not sure what "targeted" means.

That's what I prefer not to give away.

What raises the stakes if she doesn't resolve the situation ?

While she is mostly safe away from hometown, her friends and family are still targeted--something is going on the reason of which remains unknown.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 08, 2020, 11:01:09 am »
A few issues with this one.

Thank you again, commas are my headache!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 08, 2020, 10:26:57 am »
After I tried to share this blurb in a message, I realised how long it is!  :o

So I came up with much shorter version:

18 years old Amelia del Atore, the only child in an affluent Brazilian family has everything others can only dream about.
However, when Amelia's father Robert stands for election to the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, Amelia becomes a target of his unknown enemy. All signs show that it's someone who is close to their family.
While her disturbed parents want to send her to England, away from the danger, but Amelia is tired of being overprotected. She wants to find her own way to deal with the problem and regain her footing. 
Trying to find the answers with the help of her only trusted friend, she stirs the hornet's nest.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 08, 2020, 10:14:03 am »
I've rewritten this based on U.S./Texas spelling and English. I haven't commented previously but will address a bit now. Your reference to in the crosshairs needs the plural s. Scopes have crosshairs, one horizontal and one vertical, not a crosshair. With a single hair it does not work. I bolded one section above that definitely needs revision, at least for the American market. There are a few punctuation changes here and there. Here it is.


Thank you! With crosshairs, it's my obvious mistake  :-[

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 07, 2020, 11:06:50 am »
3rd iteration, hope it's more clear now:

Many people would envy Amelia del Atore. The only child in an affluent Brazilian family, at her 18 years she has everything others can only dream about. Alas, all these perks come bundled with risks and life in the crosshair of the numerous rivals.

After Amelia's father Robert stands for election to the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil stakes are getting higher. Somebody attempts a series of attacks on their family, one of which targets Amelia. Disturbed father suggest her to leave to England, away from the danger. But Amelia is tired of having her life controlled by her parents while being unaware of what's going on. Moreover, a resent shocking revelation of her family past makes her question everything she hears from them.

Confused and overwhelmed, she breaks all bonds with her old life and starts a brand new one, trying to regain her footing.

However, the unresolved mystery continues haunting her no matter how far she runs. Trying to find the answers with the help of her only trusted friend, Amelia stirs the hornet's nest.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:35:37 am »
You did a good job. Even great job. Now, try shortening sentences. That's very important. I know - silly, you might think - but apparently the readers these days (though I suspect it's always been that way) don't have the patience to read through compound sentences. Try FOG-index 6 - as in readable by 6th graders - and sentences no longer than 10-12 words. Then you will have a powerful blurb. Just sharing what cost me thousands of dollars to hear and learn.

Thank you, I appreciate it a lot!!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 01, 2020, 01:56:18 pm »
My earlier post, and this one, are not just c/p yours but edited within as I see it.


Now I see it, thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any ideas for ways to learn Adobe Illustrator?
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:52:49 am »
I'm a little familiar with Photoshop but not Illustrator.

I need to use Illustrator in a project, it'll be ongoing. Vector drawings mostly. I don't need expert status, just enough know-how to get by.

Any suggestions? I'm open to courses, books, etc. Thanks!

Youtube tutorials are the best way to quickly get your hands on it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:50:52 am »
Here is a slim edit after removing the too numerous cliches.

Thank you, I see that I need to make it more clear.

Here is the second edit:

Many people would envy Amelia del Atore. The only child in an affluent Brazilian family, at the age of 18 years she has unlimited possibilities others can only dream about. However, all these perks come bundled with risks and life in the crosshair of the countless detractors.

After her father stands for election to the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, stakes get even higher. Somebody who obviously doesn't want him to succeed attempts a series of attacks, one of which targets Amelia. Disturbed parents suggest her to leave to Europe, away from the danger, while Amelia begins to suspect that they are not being sincere with her regarding the events of the present as well as the past that cast a shadow to their family.

Confused and overwhelmed, she decides to break all bonds with her old life and start a brand new one in order to gain back the ground under her feet.

However, the unresolved mystery continues haunting her no matter how far she runs. In an attempt to find the answers with the help of her only trusted friend, Amelia stirs the hornet's nest.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:08:36 am »
It feels like a lot of time passes between the betrayal and the investigation, so the loyal friend at the end is likely someone new. But using names would definitely help to make that clearer. The switching from second pov to third pov is something I found annoying. Choose one and stick with it. It sounds like it could be an interesting story though. :)

Thank you, and it's a good point about POV!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:07:03 am »
Blurb writing can be such a pain, can't it? Trying to distill the essence of the story without giving anything away and at the same time drawing in the readers ... it's a lot. This is a great first effort! I would tighten up the first part and add a bit more to the final paragraph, as the teaser line at top seems to be referring more to what's happening in that final paragraph rather than the previous two. Does that make sense? So it would look something more like this:

Obviously you don't have to write it exactly like this, but this will give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Good luck!

Yes, definitely! Thank you!

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Forget about the 'holes' in your story. Write it. You probably have enough of an outline to get the plot moving, and get the characters doing their thing. Once you're into the book, a lot of it writes itself.

I second to this, some things you can figure out only in the process.

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Writers' Cafe / Feedback for a book blurb is needed
« on: September 30, 2020, 10:45:24 am »
A blurb for a mystery/adventure novel, all kinds of feedback are welcome  :)

What can you do when an unknown enemy is threatening you, your friend seems to be in league with them and the only person you can trust is yourself?

Amelia del Atore, 18 years old girl from an affluent Brazilian family is looking forward to graduate high school and take a trip to Europe, away from the battleground of her politician father. However, if you are a daughter of one of the major entrepreneurs and politicians in the country, quiet life is not for you. Before Amelia knows, she gets targeted by one of her fatherís enemies.

Her entire world falls apart, even her family seems to be hiding something from her, and she doesnít know anymore who is her friend and who is foe. To gain back the ground under her feet, she decides to break all bonds with her old life and start a brand new one.

However, the unresolved mystery continues haunting her no matter how far she runs. Assisted by her loyal friend, Amelia starts her own investigation leading to shocking revelations.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Reviews from book clubs
« on: September 12, 2020, 02:31:29 pm »
I consider Reading Deals a good company and use them from time to time for book promotions--sometimes paid, sometimes lucking out with a free feature.

I tried one of my books a while ago with their review service. It didn't fare well. But the book was not a new title and didn't garner a ton of reviews elsewhere at the time either. And, the best gift (showing you the sort of company they are) is that they refunded me all my money back.

I don't know about onlinebookclub.

Thanks for reply, good to know!

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First reply from entering your question into google:
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200798990
"Make your Kindle book exclusive to the Kindle Store for the KDP Select enrollment period (90-days). You can continue to distribute your paperback (or any other format you may have)."

Real question: are your readers willing to pay the extra needed for hard cover options and how much work will it for you for what result. Take a close look at if this is rather for vanity and judge for yourself if you want to spend the money / work here or work on your next book.

When choosing options it is important that you have enough control to link them back to your kindle book in the stores properly over going somewhere cheap. I am sure if you search this forum for ingram you should find tons of information.

So basically, only kindle edition should be exclusively on Amazon, while I can distribute physical books through other retailers?

I do have ISBN for hardcopy edition, as a Canadian I can have them assigned for free by the Library and Archives of Canada, and I'm aiming to get my book in physical stores, probably after I get more reviews on Amazon.

I personally prefer hardcover books and would like to at least be able to get one for myself and as a gift to my friend.

Thanks everybody for answers!  :)

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