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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do I love Scrivener? Let me count the ways...
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:57:26 am »
Scrivener saved my bacon recently. I stupidly deleted dropbox off my computer, thinking everything would be backed up online. It wasn't. Lost two novels-in-progress, both with substantial wordcounts.

Flipped out, cried, started trying a 'file recovery' program... and then discovered Scrivener has an 'auto-backup' feature, which had neatly saved all my work in zip-files elsewhere on my computer. SO USEFUL.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My fellow writers, I need your help.
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:52:51 am »
I've taken breaks from writing, and I don't regret them.

It depends on what you want from your writing. If you want it to be your main career, then yeah, you need to write A LOT OF BOOKS and the only way to do that is to write consistently.

But writing for me fulfills other needs, and whilst I hope I'll make pocket money from writing, it isn't a 'job'. So if you need to stop writing to focus on other parts of your life, like your relationship, then do that. And probably, over time, you will find the motivation to write again -- without needing the pain. It will happen organically.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How much did you pay for your ebook cover?
« on: October 10, 2014, 12:12:47 am »
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone for replying :) Ignoring the really-cheap $1-5 type covers, and the ones who've done it themselves or got friends to do it, it looks like it ranges from around $60 - 300 for stockphoto / photo manip covers and then $300 - $800 for custom artwork.

There are some great covers on display in sigs as well, I gotta say.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Opinions on Covers, please!
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:05:55 pm »
3 and 4 have the nicest looking fonts (the others look distorted) but they are also the two where the title is almost unreadable :/

Writers' Cafe / Re: How much did you pay for your ebook cover?
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:04:50 pm »
I actually really like your covers Kyokominamino -- they look really fun, and I would definitely read a book with a cover like that.

Writers' Cafe / How much did you pay for your ebook cover?
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:50:38 pm »
Just trying to get a sense of pricing... I know you can get some for very cheap (or do it yourself) but just wondering if people have invested more money into their covers, and if that was a worthwhile investment for them?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors! Can you help me out?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:57:23 am »
That's a great point. So you'd upload a file and it would get automatically converted into .mobi, .epub, etc etc. Makes it really easy and people don't have to worry about installing calibre and the like.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors! Can you help me out?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:36:33 am »
i.e to build your website. So think of it being like Wordpress or any other website builder, except it is specifically for authors; it has built in book selling tools, review sections, amazon affiliate store etc etc. and the theme selections would be built around the idea of selling books, promoting books.

At the moment you can do this, but it usually requires finding/installing good plug-ins, experimenting with themes, spending time and effort on customising the site so it works well.

It's in a really conceptual stage right now, it could look completely different, but I just want to see if there's an audience for it.

Writers' Cafe / Authors! Can you help me out?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:30:41 am »
Hi all,

I'm looking at the feasibility of developing a web-platform specifically for authors/writers. I think this could be really useful, however I would like to get the opinions of lots of other authors first :)

Would you be able to fill out a survey (just six questions!)

If there's any interest in the breakdown of results, I will post them up on request -- assuming I get enough answers to be statistically relevant!

Thank you so much for the help!!

Also feel free to discuss the idea here. In a dream world, what would your ideal web platform look like? What would it do? How would it work?

Writers' Cafe / A year of sales
« on: August 17, 2013, 09:25:19 am »
I'm hoping this doesn't count as self-promotion, but if it does, feel free to delete.

When I self-published, I was fascinated by sales data, and loved reading about other people's success -and- failures. As such, I've shared my spreadsheet of sales/royalties for the first year that my novella has been out in the world. No, I still haven't published my second book. It's coming!

In the hope that someone finds it interesting!

I didn't change the spelling, but I did get a US editor to go through and let me know if there was anything I said that he just plain didn't understand. He did find one thing (I can't remember what it was now -- but I rewrote the sentence using the original word but providing slightly more context)

One of the best parts of growing up and reading is finding out about all the different worlds and cultures. I fell in love with some American authors ... because they wrote and spoke so differently. I also loved my Enid Blyton, because it took me back in time. As a writer you evoke an atmosphere, and part of that is word choice, whether you used the slightly different spelling, or if you scatter your fantasy novel with elvish.

Kids are going to get exposed to lots of different spellings for words. This is the time of the internet! Everybody apart from Americans got used to that fact a long time ago - I regularly have to reverse dates to fill out a form, for example. It doesn't take very long to figure out that 'colour' is 'color'!

And 'average' and 'struggling' readers in countries other than the United States ALSO grow up with alternative spellings, it really really isn't the thing that is going to make the difference between finishing a book or not.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where is this going??
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:53:24 am »
My own theory is that it is going to lead to more author loyalty. As readers find the authors they enjoy, they'll stick with them over the course of their writing career. I'm not basing that theory on any particular evidence, other than the tendency of names to sell books (Stephen King, JK Rowling)

Otherwise... people find the books they enjoy by talking to their friends. Social sites like Goodreads help. Facebook helps. But I never bought a book because an author told me to, only because a friend suggested it to me or because we read it at my book club. Sometimes I find good ones, and I make a note to read more of their stuff. That keeps my exposure to badly written samples to a minimum.

Also, I am really strict about what I put on my kindle, I don't trawl the bargain bins and I pay what the author asks if I think I am going to enjoy the book. I don't pay attention to genre... so clearly my understanding of marketing is pretty flawed :/

Writers' Cafe / Re: I sold my very first book on Amazon's kindle site!
« on: August 25, 2012, 01:08:48 pm »
I felt pretty darn good about the first sale that went to a stranger instead of to a friend/family member I have to say.

I celebrate each and every one. I might have to stop if I ever get to the stage where I am like, selling in actual numbers to make a difference. But the fact I could convince anyone to part with their hard-earned cash to spend time with something that came out of my head? Yeah, that is a HUGE achievement.


Just an FYI - the link in your signature doesn't work.

As for pricing, I have no idea, there are good arguments in both directions. But the USA market will be different to the UK market and you'll want to make a choice based on that fact.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ever dream of what you want to buy?
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:59:33 am »
I would want enough to buy a small boat capable of going from Europe to the USA. I suspect this isn't feasible, but I'm only on my first book so I've got lots of patience. :)

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Rising Wind (Smokey Days) free!
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:32:12 am »
Thanks for the reminder of the rules :)

Just wanted to let people know that The Rising Wind is temporarily free, to celebrate the long weekend (here in the UK anyway!) So if it rains (which it will) you've got something to do ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Indian Pricing
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:35:10 pm »
I've also dropped the price on my (one) book to 87. Will be interesting to see what the difference is.

There's probably an opportunity for anyone who can write in Hindi, or get their books translated...?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Rowling new book -- $18 ebook
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:51:16 am »
I like the cover. It is old fashioned, and the opposite of 'slick', but that's not a bad thing. It will stand-out and be instantly recognisable. I think they were trying to pull it as far away from children/fantasy/magic as possible.

Marketing a brand like JK Rowling is different from attracting attention to a new author. The cover and the blurb are going to get people talking, and she can afford to break the rules that most authors are still learning because people are going to give her book more than a 5 second glance before making a decision. She'll get blanket press coverage without trying. The challenge for her isn't attracting attention, it's breaking out of the Harry Potter box - so all the marketing choices are going to be about getting that message across. Not for children. Not magic. We're talking about death and politics in a backwater town.

I bet she still gets "I was expecting Harry Potter" reviews.  

I click on all the interesting covers!

So far I've only bought one book though, mostly because I am poor ;.;

There are some stunning covers on here though!

Writers' Cafe / Re: A milestone
« on: August 20, 2012, 01:47:25 pm »
Congratulations! Here's to 8000 more.


I'm writing two very different stories at the moment. I find when I hit a block on one, I can work on the other and let my subconscious unknot the other story.

I don't write massive epics with a huge cast of characters though...


I'm feeling very angsty today because I have a Women's Fic book out that got over 32k downloads in the last few days. And I'm terrified.

If the sales are good, that means I'll be switching over full-time to romance.

If the sales are bad ...  ???

I think a lot of authors used to write 'the books that paid the bills' under one name, and then the books they wanted to write under another name.

32k downloads - wow! o.o I think you should celebrate that!

Writers' Cafe / Re: An “Author by Accident” reaches a milestone!
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:07:13 pm »
Congratulations! That's brilliant news (I'm in Oxford too -- thought I heard some commotion this morning!)

And in just one year :) That's impressive!

Writers' Cafe / Re: RIP Harry Harrison
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:03:45 pm »
How sad. The Stainless Steel Rat books were some of my favourite as a kid. That and Bill the Galactic Hero!

A truly fantastic science fiction author.

The Book Bazaar / The Rising Wind (Smokey Days) free!
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:01:09 pm »
Magic was the way forward. Oro could not balance forever on this knife-edge of survival. Tabbi knew disaster approached. The suicides, the slow ceding of control to the Ludd corporation, and that nameless dread that lurked in everyone if you dug deep enough. The Gheists were the key. Would save them from themselves. Would save Denise.

Research scientist and historian Tabbi lives in the cruel city Oro, where suicide is just a fact-of-life and terminal illnesses are not worth worrying about.

Tabbi believes that if they can bring magic back to the world, humans will regain part of their souls. Her work is decried and met with skeptism, until disaster strikes the city and sends it tottering into chaos. Can Tabbi prove her theory right in time to save both Oro and the woman she loves?

The Rising Wind is the first published title set in the Smokey Days universe. The Smokey Days stories depict a world where humans are caught up in the battle between two great supernatural races that ultimately threaten to consume them. Struggling to preserve themselves, humans turn their backs on their deities–but in doing so, they lose the very essence of what it means to be human.

"... a fresh escape from the more mundane cyberpunk and magic worlds" - Josh Spears

"The characters are unique and well drawn, with real flaws and strengths that develop as the story progresses." - Matt Holland

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