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Writers' Cafe / Re: Plot Question: Thirds?
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:05:29 pm »
Does this seem like a good model to move forward with for my first work?

Unless you're some kind of prodigy, no. Structuring and plotting three novels that tie together into a unified story is a major task, even for an experienced writer. I don't mean to be discouraging, but I think it would be more discouraging to advise you to go for it, and you discovering after a lot of work that you're in over your head.

I know you're in a hurry to create this masterpiece, but I agree with others' recommendations to take your time and build your skill set before tackling a project like this.

Good luck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: An impromptu survey on mindset and success
« on: April 19, 2017, 07:54:58 pm »
This sort of implies that financial success somehow validates the writing, which it doesn't. Sales and "product quality" have a nebulous relationship at best, certainly not a one to one correlation.

Each person gets to determine for themselves what success means. To some, it's writing books that get praise from literary circles. To others, it's being able to support themselves and their families with their writing. Neither is right or wrong. Just a personal opinion.

The creators of Grown Ups 2 made a boatload of money, and I'm fairly sure they consider themselves successful even though some people look down upon their creation.

Sometimes, the artistic achievement validates the income.  ;)

If the author is satisfied with artistic achievement, they should be happy when they achieve it. More power to them.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: An impromptu survey on mindset and success
« on: April 19, 2017, 04:36:56 pm »
1) Yes

2) No. I gave my books away for free on Smashwords for a about a year to see if people liked my writing. Only after a bunch of positive reviews did I have enough confidence to start selling them.

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From an online pen name generator:

Margaux Martenis
Fifi Chiarotti
Nickey Kingdon
Suzanne Favazza
Karia Looney
Maddalena Monque
Barbabra Cleroux
Gwendolen Maguire
Lynette Ruyle
Gertruda Willwerth
Stacy Mattinson
Meta Castle
Clemente Denison
Sacha Saner
Mair Blumenthal
Nadiya Augustus
Filia Politi
Janifer Vacca
Marika Luongo
Carrol Bendele

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No, never comment. My advice would be to do some cyber-sleuthing and find out where she lives. Then show up at her door unannounced.

Readers love that stuff.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Craft question: Prologue?
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:34:18 am »
I love prologues. It's Chapter 3's I can't stand. Always skip them.

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So does that turn them into an epub file?

And what does it cost after the thirty days?

Are you saying I probably don't have a way to do this on my pc?

(sorry, I'm not very savvy at all this!)

Yes, an epub file is created. And it's $35 to buy.

There are other ways to do it, but I was looking for the simplest way, without having to deal with html.

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I use Atlantis Word Processor. It makes it easy peasy.

Just load up the doc, select 'Save Special' from the menu, then 'Save as ebook'.

You can try it for 30 days for free:

http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com

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Couldn't find any of my pen names on there.

I see how it is. I guess I'm not good enough to be pirated.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another gripe against Smashword's "meatgrinder"
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:24:13 pm »
Meatgrinder? Sounds painful. I'd hate to get my hand caught in that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb help for a suspense novel please?
« on: September 29, 2015, 03:33:52 pm »
It's a suspense novel titled Saving Baby. Thanks!

The biggest challenge facing seventeen-year-old high school student Annie Rebarchek is getting a summer job. It's a long shot but she interviews for a nanny position with billionaire Houston Monroe and is shocked when she gets the job--and even more shocked by what she finds.

Monroe's baby is terribly ill. It's yellow-ish, crying constantly. Monroe insists it's healthy but refuses to hold it and won't let Annie hold it either. He asserts he's only practicing a form of 'self-soothing' child-rearing, but Annie thinks something more sinister might be happening. Just as she discovers there is she's fired.

Up against Monroe's overwhelming money, power and influence can Annie summon the courage to heed the baby's cry?

I think it's pretty good, but there's a few weak spots:

"...and is shocked when she gets the job--and even more shocked by what she finds. "

'What she finds' is too vague, and should be more specific, such as something like 'what she discoverers in the Munroe household," or "what she discovers when she shows up for work."

Also, 'shocked' is used twice. You could switch it up with a synonym.

"Just as she discovers there is she's fired."

Sounds awkward to me. I think it depends too much on the previous sentence. Or maybe it needs a comma after 'is'.  You could be more descriptive with something like, "Just as she discovers a startling secret, she's fired."

And I agree with Marcus about revealing a little more to raise the stakes in the readers minds. Is this a novel about an investigation by Child Protective Services, or is it more 'gothic'?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Way to see page count without publishing?
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:15:19 pm »
What is 385? Where are you getting that? Why that number to divide your word count?

It's simple:


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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are all the hot-button topics on KBoards?
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:04:44 pm »
I think 'Joe Vasicek' should be added to the list of hot-button topics.



 ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are all the hot-button topics on KBoards?
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:02:42 pm »
I do the same thing when I come home from work and see a locked thread. I miss all the fun. I wish you all would behave yourselves until after 6:00 PM, PST. It makes it really hard on those of us who have "real jobs."  :P

I agree. They should have a 'peanut gallery' rule, where those who haven't yet commented on a closed thread have one post to get in their two-cents worth.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are all the hot-button topics on KBoards?
« on: September 29, 2015, 09:52:09 am »
If someone hates Pixar, I predict the minions will come get them.
The purple ones.  :D

Since the Minions are from Illumination Entertainment, they probably hate Pixar too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm thinking of submitting content.
« on: September 29, 2015, 09:07:09 am »
OK, here's the cover to my intended book. The stories are going to be funny, so I thought a simple and silly cover would do.


The title text is way too small for a book cover. Here's what it will look like in a thumbnail, which is how most readers will see it first:



Way too much white-space there.

It also seems to be a non-standard width-to-height ratio.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Woman fined $1,000 for online review
« on: September 29, 2015, 03:30:18 am »
I concede your point re: the woman who was fined, but her case remains as clear as mud to me since it has been fuzzed by her lawyer claiming she was covered under the First Amendment.

Sounds like the lawyer was doing their job, since that IS the standard defense in libel cases.  Once again, from the actual court decision:

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The defendant argues that she has a first amendment right to give her opinion of the plaintiffs. Courts are cognizant of the need to balance that cherished freedom of expression against the right of persons not to suffer damages as a result of defamatory comments.

In order to protect our prized First Amendment rights to free speech and press as well as debate on public issues, courts have insulated defendants from liability for stating opinions that another person was "immoral" and "unethical" (citations omitted) and for "lying, deceiving, [and] making false promises" (citations omitted).

And the truth is, the lawyer didn't even have to claim it for the court to take her First Amendment rights into consideration. That's the job of the courts, to protect our rights. Since libel is basically an exception to our right to free speech, that pretty much guarantees that the discussion of free speech is going to be part of the trial process.

One of the defenses against libel is proving you're just stating your opinion.  Apparently in this state, there's a slim exception to that rule, and the judge used it to find her guilty.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help! I Just Can't Push the Button. Fear of Piracy
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:49:35 pm »
Publish the book. I'd love to copy read it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Easy Is It To Find An Author's Pen Name?
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:47:39 pm »
I believe Amazon allows 3 names per account.

You can have as many pen names as you want on your KDP account.

The three pen-name limit is on your Author Central account, but you can have more than one Author Central account.

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Woohoo! Go Victorine!

'Not What She Seems' was the first ebook I ever bought.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are all the hot-button topics on KBoards?
« on: September 28, 2015, 03:11:15 pm »
One or two spaces after a period.


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Just finished it, and I loved it. Came away with a new respect for Patterson, and a firmer resolve to get the work done.  He convinced me that outlining is necessary, and made me realize I have to take a step back and learn this skill.

I don't agree that he talked about how great he is (as a matter of fact, he displays a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor), but he certainly does have self-confidence, and that comes across strong on the videos. And how can he not have confidence, with the sales he's put up?

His books aren't for everyone, and he admits that. But even if you don't like what he writes, you can still take the information he gives and use it for your own writing.  One thing that threw me was the amount of rewrites he does - sometimes five or six - while he still manages to put out a ton of books.

And his lesson on Hollywood was hilarious, about how even a writer of his stature has no sway when it comes to making films from his books. There was one scene where a woman had some dialogue with Alex Cross, and later Patterson asked Morgan Freeman who she was. Freeman informed him that was Alex Cross' sister. Patterson replied, "Oh, I didn't know Alex had a sister."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Woman fined $1,000 for online review
« on: September 26, 2015, 03:18:52 pm »
Okay fine, let hate speech be a wound that bleeds in this country due to free speech being a "negative right."  But there will be more massacres in this country inspired by hate speech, mark my words, so how many have to die in hate crime-related murders before hate speech gets a good hard look to see if the power of the law should be utilized to tone it down? 

(Note to moderator: perhaps this thread should now be moved elsewhere?)

The only way to overcome speech we don't like is more speech, presenting clear and cognitive arguments in opposition. Not only is legislating against certain speech a slippery slope, it's not going to change anyone's mind.  And in today's political climate, it seems that 'hate speech' is anything anyone disagrees with.

As for 'hate crime', I believe crimes should be prosecuted fully, regardless of what the criminal was thinking at the time.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Woman fined $1,000 for online review
« on: September 26, 2015, 02:09:12 pm »
I disagree.  Those people are living, breathing time bombs you can just hear ticking. Don't forget, the KKK was responsible for numerous hate crime-related murders once upon a time.  Nobody was laughing at them then. I predict members of the KKK or another one of those hate groups are going to get so stoked on their vile talk they are going to emulate Dylan Roof sooner rather than later, and the only laughter you will hear is their vile mirth as they blaze away killing innocents until they are cut off their feet by return fire from responding law enforcement and/or vigilantes.

Do you really think the answer is to use the power of the law to silence this kind of speech?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Ever Author Rank According to Author Central
« on: September 26, 2015, 06:13:22 am »
Would somebody please put me out of my misery and tell me where I can find this information. Pretty please :-*

In Author Central go to Sales Info, then a drop down menu offers Author Rank, Books over all.

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