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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else have their series page deleted?
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:19:21 am »
Not mine, it's still there.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Harvey (update 9-25-2015)
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:37:44 am »
I just heard about this on Facebook and I'm so sorry. Harvey made this board very welcoming and easy to use. I'm glad his struggles are over. RIP and my condolences to his loved ones.

Looks interesting, especially as a person who isn't too savvy with Excel. Standalone, please.

The Book Corner / Re: Bertrice Small RIP
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:19:27 pm »
I was very sad to hear of this as well. She's been one of my favorite authors since I snuck off to read my mom's copies of her Skye O'Malley series. Her heroines were always great, as were those hot love scenes. She'll be missed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Survey
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:47:38 am »
I said I was unlikely to recommend as well; their new royalty structure just stinks. I'm sure my response will be trashed too.

This was very interesting, thanks to the OP for posting. I've heard "too difficult to read" from one reader before. Hasn't made me change my writing style.

Tested my WIP:

Flesch Reading Ease score: 63.4 (text scale)
Flesch Reading Ease scored your text: standard / average.

Gunning Fog: 9.5 (text scale)
Gunning Fog scored your text: fairly easy to read.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.4
Grade level: Eighth Grade.

The Coleman-Liau Index: 10
Grade level: Tenth Grade

The SMOG Index: 7.7
Grade level: Eighth grade

Automated Readability Index: 8.7
Grade level: 13-15 yrs. old (Eighth and Ninth graders)

Linsear Write Formula : 8.7
Grade level: Ninth Grade.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book cover, subtitles and series title
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:41:36 am »
I use a subtitle for my series as well and it's not on the cover.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Did Your January Go? What's Changing for February?
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:55:05 am »
First in four years where sales completely sucked  :( :o. All else was great. February will see me working steadily on finishing the next book in my series. Then I can happily say five down, one more to go.

I just got the beta invite as well and asked lots of questions of my writers' co-op, some of whom had seen Joanna Penn's writeup and other info. Checking it out; I have a great relationship with my current editor, but if there were someone with historical fiction experience, I'd be interested in knowing more about their services too.

To the OP

Misery loves company; I've felt like this in the past years as sales plummeted and then as I compared 2014's sales and income to last year's. I'd say as others did; evaluate where you are and think about where you want to be. Not tomorrow or a year from now, but the long view. If you publish more books, at some point you would have had to do this evaluation and perhaps re-invention, because as we've all seen, nothing in this business lasts forever. For every new buyer who discovers your existing thrillers, you have the opportunity with the number of books you have to potentially interest them in buying more. Is it time to pull away from all that or look at things from another approach? Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Nora Roberts on unsolicited criticism - "Bite Me"
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:36:52 am »
Wow. I guess she can, cause she's Nora Roberts.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you write on a Surface Pro 3?
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:31:43 am »
For anyone using Word 2013 on the Surface, do you have a problem with Word's autocorrect? It's great when it works, but more often than not, it changes certain words I use, e.g. Marinid Dynasty became Marinate Dynasty all throughout my manuscript. Is the only solution to specify what the word should be if the program changes it? Never had this problem in earlier versions of Word.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A Fictional Poisoning
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:38:55 am »
You might also try getting a copy of Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons; while it is over 20 years old, it's a good starting point for the type of character you're talking about. Includes reaction time, poison symptoms for plants and chemicals. Was my go-to guide for getting my villain to poison victims with honey.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Historical Fiction Writers Support Thread
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:23:56 am »
When the idea for my series came to me - Moorish Spain, 1482 - little did I know how few reliable research materials or source documents were around....

So pleased to see someone else writing about Moorish Spain.

Like others, I could lose myself in the research and I think that's key to creating a bygone era - otherwise, it's difficult to write with confidence so that the depictions "feel" real. But as fascinating as all those details are, any writer of historical fiction knows all of it shouldn't be dumped into a story. Since I write about historical figures, I've used my webpages to flesh out all that information; very cathartic.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:41:52 pm »
Last chance for participation in the NetGalley co-op. I have 7 slots left in a total of 25 available. If you're interested in details, please email me at lyarde1175 at gmail dot com ASAP.  Thanks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: "Smashwords Edition" not required at Smashwords
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:15:37 am »
Lisa, can you do me a favor and take a screen shot of the error message you're seeing and email it to me at [email protected] so I can take a look?  It's quite possible there's a glitch but when I look at your new release I don't see anything odd.  I don't see a copyright error or a "requires modification" error.  Thanks!

Thanks, Mark. I'll forward the email I received now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: "Smashwords Edition" not required at Smashwords
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:04:02 am »
This morning republishing titles I had delisted at Smashwords worked fine; adding a new title caused an AutoVetter error about the copyright page. Still a work in progress?

Writers' Cafe / Re: "Smashwords Edition" not required at Smashwords
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:43:23 pm »
Best news I've heard. Thanks, Mark.

Writers' Cafe / Re: NYC self publishing expo
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:50:52 pm »
I did last year and registered this year.  The session with Bowker on metadata was the standout,  and Kobo was informative (might have been more so if I was Kobo direct).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:17:51 am »
Hi Lisa,
Thanks for clarifying.  I think that's an awesome way of going about it.  My co-op was primarily composed of authors of a certain genre, and by the time I had joined, their list of auto-approves was enormous.

What did you think of the experience overall? Was it helpful for getting reviews? any other downsides to the process?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 26, 2014, 06:15:36 pm »
Hi, happy to answer all.

-Will each author get to do their own approvals?

I have three volunteers to consider review requests. I didn't intend to have authors do their own approvals. If that approach should change, I'll discuss it with the authors beforehand.
-How do you plan to handle auto-approves?

Since this is a new co-op, there won't be any auto-approves in the first year and the volunteers will be scrutinizing reviewers for the behavior you mentioned. Not going to offer any book up to be the sacrificial lamb to someone who clearly has issues with indies, never reviews the books they request, or any other pointless antics etc. No time for it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:41:51 pm »
Would we have the ability to swap out one book for another whenever we want, as long as we're paid up for the month?

Shayne, absolutely. The newer titles get the benefit of being on the New Releases list, but over time that effect does dwindle. So I'm encouraging authors with multiple titles to think of enrolling with the ability to swap their titles in a slot.   

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:42:46 pm »
If I can stick with my plan for 25 slots, there's a one-time set up fee that each author must pay towards upon signing up of $24. That's in addition to the first month of enrollment at $19.60 per slot. Thereafter, it's $19.60 per month per slot, again assuming every month I'll have 25 slots.

To those who've replied, I'm sending you a private message with access to the signup sheet. The last three columns are set to calculate the payment based on length of enrollment, so you can see exactly what you're signing up for.   

Writers' Cafe / Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:48:41 pm »

I'm putting together a NetGalley co-op, The Literary Quilt, for authors across genres seeking reviews. Ideally, I'm aiming to have 25 slots per month. There is a one-time set up fee and then a monthly listing fee that all authors enrolled would share. So far there are eight authors who have claimed 12 slots between them. If you are interested in access to NetGalley through this co-op please message me here or email me at lyarde1175 at gmail dot com.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is YOUR standard for success?
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:16:36 am »
Mine's still evolving. I had these mile markers I wanted to hit; get readers and reviews, get paid consistently, make first $10K. As I hit every goal, I'd make up a new one. Now I'm aiming for #10. Your writing sells enough for you to quit your day job, but #15 would be beyond amazing.

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