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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman found dead at age 46
« on: February 02, 2014, 12:26:17 pm »
More recently he was Plutarch Heavensbee, the head Gamemaker in Catching Fire.

My middle daughter is quite distraught at the moment.

Mine too, wondering how they're going to work Mockingjay 1&2 now.
Early reports seem to suggest drug overdose. Tragic.

Oh, I really hope so.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SampleSunday Oct 21
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:48:54 am »
2 from me this week - one is mine and one is for a friend - but I'll be scheduling you all from both my accounts (8.5k followers across both) so that kinda balances. Feel free to tweet either, or both, as you see fit. I'm off to schedule those here so far, will be back for more later.

Lily; from The Portal Sundered by @UKSarahBarnard for #samplesunday #kindle #kobobooks

Dez meets Helen for the first time. Tea, with the Demon from @Osierpub #samplesunday #kindle #adult Pls #RT

Writers' Cafe / Re: SampleSunday OCT.14
« on: October 14, 2012, 01:57:49 pm »
Squeezed you into the schedule, Tammie.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SampleSunday OCT.14
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:50:55 pm »
and scheduled up to here, and that's me done for Sunday this week.
Good luck everyone.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SampleSunday OCT.14
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:47:43 pm »
Sarah, I'm going to have schedule yours for later--I don't have your @twitter name?

@OsierPub please.

RT: @OsierPub Dez meets Helen for the first time. Tea, with the Demon. #samplesunday #kindle #adult

Thank you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SampleSunday OCT.14
« on: October 14, 2012, 05:13:13 am »
Here's mine:
Dez meets Helen for the first time. Tea, with the Demon. #samplesunday #kindle #adult

Got some chores to get done but will be back to tweet you all later.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sample Sunday September 30th
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:40:04 am »
I'll be retweeting everyone from two accounts so please tweet both of mine. Thanks.

Same, each tweet scheduled will go from both my accounts scheduled at different times for maximum impact.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sample Sunday September 30th
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:33:46 am »
Here are mine:

RT @osierpub: A #Sample of Tea for #samplesunday A book with a secret. Dez is bored, until he meets Helen.


RT @uksarahbarnard: For younger readers, and for #samplesunday There's a Darkling on Rhys' bed and it needs his help.

Off to schedule you all now.... Have a fabulous day!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Initial Kobo Writing Life Impression
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:42:15 pm »
Liking the interface, especially the humour.
Had to email them over a few glitches but had fast and satisfactory replies - and issues sorted within a decent timescale.

Not liking the lack of Freebie reporting - apparently they're working on it.
Also the fact that the dashboard seems glitchy in terms of reporting - not sales, that looks fine - but the number of books available (that I've pubbed) only records those pubbed within the current month, so it looks like some are missing. Again, they're aware of this and are working on a fix.
They know about the "stuck book" issue and are working on that.

Biggest issue for me is the search thing on the main customer site. If ppl can't find the books then how can they buy them?

Overall I think it has lots of potential and if they carry on addressing issues and fixing things then it could be good.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A writer's life for me...
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:59:07 pm »
We're only 35 miles from home, by sea.  But by car, I have to drive all the way back up the the 'neck' of the view on my right, over the Forth Road Bridge (which I can see from here on a clear day) and all the way back down the line of lights I'm looking at now.  100 miles drive to do those 35 miles!

I was born within sight of that bridge. 

Osier was set up as a banner for a small group of authors I know to try and pool resources and get us all to a group payment threshold faster. The site and control is mine so it's not a co-operative, it's run as a business and the 10% I take is for accounting, admin and the time I take to convert, upload and whatever else I need to do with the books for the authors who choose to work with Osier. I process the group payments and we all get paid a bit faster - because there are more of us, with more books listed on the various sites we use.

It's not a proper publisher with all the bells and whistles but it does take some of the admin side for the authors under the banner, and I'm looking to add more to the business all the time.

With that in mind, if you don't want Osier on your list than that's fine.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Remittance but no advice?
« on: May 10, 2012, 04:48:24 am »
I was blaming the fact that I switched email addresses...... Money in the bank but no email here.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Short Story FREE today (Monday May 7th)
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:47:17 am »
Free again for a day - Monday May 7th.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thanks a lot Hugh...
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:30:26 am »
On a happier note, the kids are thrilled. They love frozen pizza for dinner. ;D

My kids prefer it cooked.....

Sire, sire, I bring news!

I have sire, perfected some dark magic good luck potions, and concoted a new potion that alloows you to sell a book and keep your rating the same!

Or, to be honest, my indie publisher is now selling ebooks on her site, and today I sold a book, but my ratings didn't move one jot!


Dark MagicGood Luck is now perfected!   

Sell books, avoid Amazon ratings increase!

The million may one day be mine!

And look at the new book.... Sales, money in the bank and NO Amazon sales rank AT ALL!!!

Oh dear, the King ain't gonna like that! 

The king will do as he's told.... he's a very naughty boy....

King? King?
Morgan you bad witch.... tis Queen, you numpty..... Queen I tell ya! Go straight to the dungeons.

For fiction, indented first lines (with no spaces between paragraphs) are a MUST. It's impossible to read dialogue-heavy scenes when the indents aren't there. To me, it screams I'm an amateur and I don't care!

I've given novels that don't follow this convention a one-star review. There's no reason that a novel published as an ebook should look inferior to its print equivalent. 

For non-fiction, either is acceptable, in my view.

Indents for me, I find it easier to read, more like a paperback. And, will add that to my checklist as I reformat some of my books.....

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Aquariums: What kind of fish do you have?
« on: May 02, 2012, 04:28:16 am »
My son has a small tank with 5 temperate danios - 1 has really long, swishy fins, a couple are stripy and a couple are spotty but they all seem to get along and he loves them. I think they're cute.

The tank and fish survived a 5 hours car journey to a new home, we're quite proud of that!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is your education?
« on: May 02, 2012, 04:19:23 am »
"But miss, his hands were nailed, so he didn't have to keep them up." 

That was my first thought..... but maybe, if you'd said it, they'd have nailed you to the wall or something?

I did school, normal state comprehensive filled with bullies - unpleasant in its own way but nothing major. I did A levels and went on to do a degree - Teacher training. I never finished it.

Beyond that... University of Life, and I haven't graduated yet.  ;)
That's it in a nutshell, and now back to arguing with the garage over the repairs to my car.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Raising Chickens and Poultry
« on: April 22, 2012, 05:09:40 am »
Lovely pics. I miss my hens...

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: April 22, 2012, 05:03:29 am »
Good Mor..... oh, afternoon, sorry. Chilly and wet here in Wales. I'm wallpapering the living room.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When your characters die . . .
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:58:59 am »
Hey, you can always write the character's back stories!

That's exactly what I did! Let one of my main characters die at the end of the series, another died part way through. But, then I went back to her earlier years and wrote that instead.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reviews after a promo.
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:55:34 am »

When people say "prepare yourself" they usually mean prepare for a low-star review from someone who doesn't normally read your genre but took it because it was free and didn't read the blurb.

Yep, my poor reviews have all been from freebies.

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