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Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for a Developmental/Content Editor
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:16:34 AM »
Thanks for the reccs. I'll check them out.

Writers' Cafe / Looking for a Developmental/Content Editor
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:48:52 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a Dev/Content editor for a Young Adult Urban Fantasy (on the cusp of PNR) novel. First in a series. I'm looking for somebody who has worked in the UF and PNR genres, and with YA.

I'm looking to book late July--early august.

If you are an editor and feel you might be a good fit, or if you are an author who could recommend me an editor you've worked with, please post below.

Thanks guys!

Just wanted to vouch for the awesome that is NeoStock. I've been following for a while now. Dean is friendly, and very willing to listen to suggestions and ideas. The images speak for themselves. NeoStock is the resource the community has waited years for. I'm excited to see whats to come.

Writers' Cafe / Domain/Webspace Providers?
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:43:52 AM »
Hey all.
I hope it's okay to post here.

I'm looking for recommendations for domain and webspace providers. I am currently with one that gives 50GB webspace (not that I need that much), and is located in the UK, making easy acess for technical support.

Their prices are going up again, and their reliability can be flakey. For the second time in the last few months, there's been some days where my emails aren't getting through to people.

I was wondering if anyone could recc me any companies? Based in the UK would be helpful.

Edited: Typos. Ooops!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling fantasy authors with maps in their books
« on: August 13, 2017, 08:57:23 AM »
Thanks for all the replies everyone, much appreciated.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Calling fantasy authors with maps in their books
« on: August 06, 2017, 06:00:43 AM »
A couple questions for those who write High/Epic fantasy.

1) Iíve almost finished the first book in my new S&S Fantasy series, and soon Iíll be commissioning somebody to create me a map. Iím looking into that now. Thing is... I donít know how much of my world I should have on the map as standard. The first two books take place in the protagonistís home kingdom, the third takes place in the kingdom to the west, the fourth takes place in the snowy ďno-manís-landĒ to the north, the fifth takes place to the kingdom to the east and desert ďno-manís-landĒ to the south, and the sixth takes place in the protagonistís home kingdom, the kingdom to the east.

Iíve seen some series just have a map of the kingdom/area that book is set in. Iíve seen some series just have one complete map, with less detail. And Iíve seen some that have two maps per book.

The reason I was a little worried about having one single map of the three kingdoms and the north and south areas, is because I would have to have much less detail on them, because, well, obviously Iíve yet to write the rest of the series... if that makes sense?

Any advice?

2) On some maps, Iíve seen the protagonistís path/route marked out. Is this a good idea? Bad idea?

3) If you have any ďmap makerĒ recommendations, Iíd be very grateful.

Thanks for your time.

High Fantasy outfits!
Medieval tunics and pants. Males and females. With and without weapons: swords and bows/arrows, etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stock! Help?!
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:40:58 PM »
Thanks for the reccs. I will check them out.

More always welcome.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Stock! Help?!
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:08:39 AM »
Hey all,

Does anyone know where I might find some good stock images for Medieval times? Tunic and pants for both males and females?
Iíve checked the regular stock sites, and If anyone has any links, please feel free to share. Iím getting pretty desperate, lol.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thomas Shutt
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:49:44 PM »
Sad, sad news. He was my very good author friend's editor and cover designer. She spoke so very highly of him. I queried Tom's editing services early last year and he was on my short list for when I'm ready for edits. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: January 01, 2017, 05:41:56 AM »
Hi all.

I was wondering if YA Authors could share any YA Author related FB groups which they are members of? Hoping to connect with some like-minded people on FB.

Thought this would be helpfulful to others too. :0)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Print Only Deals
« on: June 15, 2016, 11:20:03 AM »
Congrats, Annie!

I'm getting closer to launching my YA PNR. So, thank you for this!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Reveal :)
« on: May 01, 2016, 03:44:49 AM »
Huge fan of Rebecca Frank's art. Awesome cover!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: April 16, 2016, 10:12:16 PM »
Hey all.

Can we talk SWAG?

What have you found is the most successful/asked for by YAs? Bookmarks, buttons, pens, tshirts, jwellery? Something else?


Ooh. I really like the last one! Much, much improved.

Just wanted to say, from the cover, this is something I would click on and be interested in reading.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The best cover you ever saw in your life!
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:52:46 PM »


I couldnt choose one cover ever, but THIS is my fave in a long, long time. Seriously, I love it so much. Talk about cover envy. Haha.

Yes, I admit to cover-stalking Rebecca. Sorry, Rebecca! *hug*

Writers' Cafe / Back Matter for Book 2?
« on: April 07, 2016, 01:48:11 PM »
Guys, I just wanted to ask what you do as far as back matter promo for the next book in the series?

Do you:

1) Have a title page with book 2's title and coming soon, etc, as text.
2) Image of book 2's cover.
3) Book 2's blurb.
4) A short excerpt. Maybe the first chapter of book 2.
5) None of the above.
Obviously, there's acknowledgements, about the author, mailing list, etc. But my question is regarding promo for the sequels and others in the series specifically.

Yep. I do this every so often, too.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: 6 X 9 ?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:22:04 AM »
You're not wrong, but maybe people who post things like that on YouTube and what not are the extremists. Probably regular readers don't care all that much. I've been a reader for years and don't have a huge preference, but ultimately I don't care if my books all line up on a bookshelf.

Here's a video like the ones you were talking about:

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Should I really worry about this person's peeves (which are really pretty extreme if you ask me)? Nah. I've got better things to do. :)

With YA, this isnt just a few on Youtube, its all over the web; blogs, reviews, twitter, authors facebook pages. With adult, not so much, if really at all.

As an author, I do care about what my readers want. Know your audiance, and all that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 6 X 9 ?
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:32:20 AM »
I buy TONS of print. So do many of my friends. I've never heard anyone complain about books being "different sizes" even in a series.

This is the sort of concern authors get themselves tied up in knots over but the average reader would never consider!

Not true if you write YA.

Teens are VERY particular about their books and their bookshelves matching. And they are very vocal about it when a series doesn't match up. Either in size, paperback to hardback, and cover change.

Seriously, Google it. Youtube it. Bookish Pet Peevs.

Edited To Add: Most of the books on my shelf are aprox 5x8. I personally think 6x9 is too large, and hurts my hands to hold. I like 5.25x8 best.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Book Cover Post :P
« on: March 06, 2016, 07:27:02 AM »

Ive booked with Rebecca in April. So excited!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Please, recommend a really good cover artist!
« on: January 30, 2016, 10:49:58 AM »
Rocking Book Covers might fit.

A good author friend worked with him for the first in her series. She said he was great to work with.

Just adding my thanks for the list, Emily!  ;D

Edited to add: Throwing this out there... Blog Tours/Blitz? Xpresso Book Tours, for example. Not sure how effective Blog Tours/Blitz are as I have yet to try, but food for thought? I hear genre can be a factor.

Take a look at Rocking Book Covers. He does some nice action genre covers.

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