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Writers' Cafe / Re: Recommendations for a freelance YA editor?
« on: June 06, 2016, 06:57:28 pm »
Bev Katz Rosenbaum.

She knows a lot about the market and is a savvy meticulous editor.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The new KU, who's doing well?
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:12:33 pm »
Thanks for sharing everyone.  Love seeing the good numbers and the great numbers. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: The new KU, who's doing well?
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:14:31 pm »
Thank you guys for sharing!!  It really helps to see and I'm buoyed to see you doing so well. That it still can be done.

Writers' Cafe / The new KU, who's doing well?
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:54:07 am »
With all the stupidity going on with KU and the scammers working their magic in there...I'm wondering who is still making good money in KU?

If you would like to share, would love to know what genre you're writing in, how many books you have, and what promo you're doing if any?

Thanks to all who are always so generous with their information and advice.  :-*

Writers' Cafe / Re: COZY MYSTERY RECS: Write to Market
« on: March 15, 2016, 05:20:15 pm »

Congrats Alex!! That's awesome.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Shameless Plagiarism: Do Not Do This
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:04:13 am »
Just spit-balling a scenario. What if... what if this writer had a few books out and wanted to bulk up her backlist so she put out a call for ghost writers. One of the ghost writers sent her entire manuscripts that were plagiarized. She then - in good faith - reworked the manuscripts to fit the theme she wanted.

Not saying this is what happened, and if it is what happened she failed to double check her resource, but my point is we don't really know for sure yet.

There is/was no ghost writers.  She did this on her own. She knew perfectly well what she was doing.

That's so young.  Very sad.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Homeschooling Writers, Raise Your Hands
« on: September 19, 2015, 09:58:07 am »
I homeschooled my daughter (grade 1 to 9) and my niece (grade 5 to 9) while I wrote.  I actually wrote more I think then, then I do now. lol

They both went on to high school.  My niece graduated with stellar marks and my daughter is in a student lead high school, grade 12 now. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thank you, Harvey
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:24:34 pm »
All the love and support to you Harvey and to your family. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: August 20, 2015, 02:12:16 pm »
A FB group would be awesome.  We can brainstorm how to promo each other and support each other.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: August 17, 2015, 12:18:05 pm »
2015 goals:   I have a LGBT YA contemp going out on submission with my agent this week.   I am thinking about republishing Static and Electric with a cool new author co-operative.   I'm writing the 3rd book in my NA werebear serial, then I'm going to work on some more NA PNRs, and I'm also working on my next contemporary YA

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: August 16, 2015, 07:07:22 pm »
Anyone have YA books in KU?  I'm thinking about trying mine out there... I have two novels, Static and Electric.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which POV for Young Adult novel?
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:40:54 pm »
For my book Carnival World, it's told from 7 different POVs, and I used 3rd past.  I think if you used 1st for every different character it would get confusing, even if you labeled the chapter with their name.  That's just me though.  I have written books from dual 1st person present, but felt it more manageable with just two characters.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My Wattpad experience
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:35:28 pm »
I've been on Wattpad a couple of years now.  My YA book Static has over 2 million reads on it.  I have 10600 followers, 42000 fave votes and 1000s of comments.  This is the second time I've put Static up.  It was up before two years ago and Wattpad featured it, and I got over 3 million reads.  So the second time around has been pretty organic.  I am one of the "Wattpad Stars"  which is a cool program that can get you paid work with different brands and companies.    So I do recommend building a base over there especially if you write YA. 

Anna Todd sold her book After from Wattpad. She got a huge deal plus the movie deal.  I believe Wattpad may have facilitated it.  They are an innovative company with all kinds of things going on.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Seeking a New Blurb Writer!
« on: July 25, 2015, 09:31:09 am »
Deena Bright has started a blurb writing company and she's hella good. 


If  you contact her tell her Vivi Anna sent  you. :-)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Genre Question Young Adult
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:56:16 pm »
When you write about sex in YA, your focus is on the emotions and thoughts of the characters NOT the act itself.  I have a sex scene in my LGBT YA novel, and I don't describe this hand goes here, and this body part goes there, but about how the character feels about that soft caress, or that intimate touch.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Name that genre... covers!
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:00:52 pm »
They are pretty, but I think you should switch your name and the title.  The title is more important than your name.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:18:46 pm »
So I just started work on my next novel which will be a standalone UF YA novel called, "Of Dreams, Beauty and Rage" and I got a question, does anybody have any examples of great third person YA novels? I want to write it in first person but I kill my protag at the end ::) so I don't think it's right to write in that tense. I'm thinking of writing it in third person past but most of the YA fiction I see now and days are in first person. It's a very personal and intimate story but I worry I won't be able to portray that in third person.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Tithe, Ironside by Holly Black
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Soulless by Christopher Golden
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener - Overwhelming
« on: July 12, 2015, 06:04:10 pm »
Not trying to convince anyone here, just lay out where I think Scrivener has an advantage.

I was an early adopter and abandoner. I had to update to version 2.0 when I finally dragged it out of the computer closet again 2 months ago. I always outline my books, but until I took a project already 2/3 completed and broke it up into documents (Split function), I would have missed 3 very critical areas where rearranging scenes/adding to scenes made for a better narrative balance. It's an awesome developmental editing tool. I also like that I can label pieces in various states of DONENESS and add notes and not worry I'll forget something I meant to do later.

I do still write in Wordpress to share documents with my editor, I just copy and paste back and forth.

But Scrivener was also handy in formatting both ebooks and paperbacks in a click of a button. Now that I have my settings for Createspace saved, I can generate the paperback PDF with a click of a button. THAT is a lifesaver. I was bad about releasing paperbacks and ebooks at the same time, and now I won't be anymore.

that is one of the main reasons I finally bought it, plus I got a half off it's was a win/win for $20.   Now I just have to take some time off from writing to learn the darn thing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: July 10, 2015, 09:58:22 am »
You're right!  I'm one of the adult YA readers...I often prefer YA books as they are shorter, less violent and more lighthearted, perfect for a short evening off.

Oh me too Melody. YA is about all I read.  And as ebooks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Why I went all-in to KU
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:01:36 pm »
I wish you mega success Annie.  Very bold move and I really hope it pays off for you.

I've just today put another serial into KU.  I have one in already that's doing ok, but it's making more $$ than it ever did even wide for the past two years.  So I'm hoping that KU does the same thing for my next serial, which was out wide for a long time and did nothing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: July 08, 2015, 07:49:20 pm »
I guess mine could be considered romantic fantasy. I find it difficult to categorise my books, but the Emily Chambers & Freak House series are paranormals/fantasies with a lot of romance in them, set in Victorian times. They're my better selling series, beating out my historical romances. That's why I don't write the historical romances anymore :)

Thanks CJ.  I adore your covers!!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: July 08, 2015, 02:02:32 pm »
I wonder about the buying power of teens. Do they prefer to buy lots of books at 99c or a few at $3.99, or do they have KU subscriptions?

I'm pretty sure teens are not buying ebooks.  They are still in the bookstores buying print.  Or they are on Wattpad reading as much as they want for free.  I would hazard a guess that the majority of YA ebook readers are adult women.  Not all but the majority.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:26:46 am »
I think my Xoe series pretty much qualifies as YA romantic fantasy, though romance isn't the centerpiece of my stories. I'm doing pretty good :).

Thanks Sara.  Going to check out your books. :-)

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