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Writers' Cafe / Re: #4 In Kindle Free - 40K Freebies - Thanks BB
« on: August 06, 2014, 06:06:23 pm »
This post is great. Congrats and wishing you continued success!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who will champion the next 'Infinite Jest'?
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:48:19 pm »
To take a shot at the "Can't compete with a big publisher's advance" argument, I'll suggest crowdfunding as an alternative method that has had success...Which is all the same as saying, this big publisher vs indie argument is totally circular. The writer writes. The reader reads. Anything that happens in between is part of a constantly evolving process. Every method is new. Every method is old. Yet the writer will still write, and the reader will still read....

As an aside, can I just say, I freaking love Infinite Jest....

Writers' Cafe / Re: My 15th NY Times Bestseller
« on: June 04, 2014, 06:17:23 pm »
Congratulations Holly! It was a treat getting to say hello at BookCon/BEA on Saturday.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any KBoarders at BookCon?
« on: May 30, 2014, 05:21:19 pm »
Night before shout out -- anyone else I should be searching for? Looking forward to it!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any KBoarders at BookCon?
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:39:26 pm »

Dee- will you be there!?!?

Writers' Cafe / Any KBoarders at BookCon?
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:19:08 pm »
Apologies if this was already posted, but did not see a topic --

Will any KBoarders be at BookCon in New York on Saturday? Thinking of stopping by.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Embedding Music in an Ebook
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:33:03 pm »
I think this is a super cool idea to play with. My initial reaction agrees with the above post that while the hyperlinked prose looks clean, I'm not sure many devices would be caught up enough to use it (My basic Kindle, for example, wouldn't know what to do with it.). If every device had the capability, though, it definitely opens up a lot of room for creativity. I'm just thinking, imagine if David Foster Wallace had audio footnotes to go along with the regular footnotes in Infinite Jest (something tells me he would scoff at the idea, but it definitely adds a layer...or, good lord, imagine if Himself's videos were actually created and linked to...)...

If you have the time to put into it -- I'm thinking one of two routes to go:

One -- Just release a companion soundtrack to each book and put it on all the majors -- iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube. Seems to me like this would be great additional exposure.

Two -- Record a few audio only scenes. In essence, an audiobook but with higher production value (or, going back to pre-TV, the old radio theater). Literally, get yourself or some actors to act out a scene and then play your song within it. Again, post to YouTube or wherever fits. If you want to add video, that's just a plus. I love putting lyrics in my work and I can totally sympathize with how hard it is to do when all you really want is that melody spinning in the background as the characters come to a revelation -- if you act it out, you can cleanly do both.

Awesome stuff

Writers' Cafe / Congratulations Dee Ernst!!!
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:50:58 pm »
Congratulations to fellow KBoards member Dee Ernst!!!

#12 in the Store. As in, the entire Kindle store.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Apology
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:32:29 pm »
Thanks SWolf. Very helpful.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Apology
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:14:34 pm »
Here's a question, because I've heard mixed answers on this: What is the official policy on authors reviewing other authors' books on Amazon?

Writers' Cafe / Re: New York Meet Up
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:52:40 pm »
Great -- that's two! Who else is in?

Writers' Cafe / New York Meet Up
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:31:08 pm »
Hello All,

I've seen this idea bounced around several times without anything ever set firmly in stone. So what I'm going to do is toss out two dates, one Wednesday, one Friday, and see if anyone can make it/has a preference. I know there's a few of us in the surrounding area, would be fun to meet you all.

Wednesday, February 5th and Friday February 7th.

I live in Hoboken but am thinking somewhere in Manhattan would be easy.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for KBers based in New York City
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:56:13 am »
I was going to agree with eastern Brooklyn (Williamsburg is becoming very expensive) or deeper into Queens. Also, specifying what heritage of 'white' might help determining the right neighborhood, too (Italian, Irish, Russian, etc...). Here's a fairly good overview from Wikipedia:

Counting Crows
Eva Cassidy
The Beatles
Van Morrison
Bob Dylan

I'm going to post this now before I spend the next three hours thinking about it and rearranging 20 other bands/singers in here...Excellent question, though...

Writers' Cafe / Sharing the Love -- A Thank You
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:27:10 pm »
Without a doubt, the greatest feature of this forum has been the ability to interact with so many unbelievably talented writers. Quite literally, it is like stepping onto the field and talking to the star players. But to take a turn at playing a game with them? That would be nothing short of a privilege. Tonight it is my privilege to say I have collaborated with some of the very best. Sending a heartfelt thank you to Deanna Roy, Dee Ernst, Ashley-Mackler Paternostro, Liz Grace Davis, and other K'Boarders who will be participating in One Page Love Story this year. I am blown away by your talents and I am honored to share your work.

Much love,


Maybe play to the cafe/coffee theme...

"A Shot of Fiction" by The Cafe. Or, "Large Mocha with a Shot of Fiction" if you're not into that whole brevity thing.

That's a tough one Kay. No shame in replying back. Well done.

Congrats Russell. This scrolled up on my news feed at work and I was all excited to share it, looks like i'm 5 pages late! Great for Russell and great for kboards! Can't wait to see who's next!

Short recommendation for short stories --- Keep writing. I don't necessarily buy the argument that no one's watching shorts, but I do buy the argument that impressions are formed by time spent with an author. Short story authors have benefit of additional titles, but that does not equal additional time spent with the reader. The more you write, the more time readers have with you, the more of an impact that will be left. Keep writing, keep leaving an impression... For novelists, that could be two novels, ten hours .... for short story writers, that could be twenty stories for the same ten hours... don't fall into the title trap, keep hitting word limits. Keep giving them something to read...

Writers' Cafe / Re: The K. B. Cafe Anthology
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:26:38 pm »
In like flint.

Also, for a recommendation. You have 200+ authors. Which to me sounds a heck of a lot like 365 that can be rounded up.

Post a story a day, let people follow along all year long, giving each author a moment in the sun. Publish the anthology end of year rather than dumping it early. This will also tee you up really well for a following if you want a Year Two.

I can help help post on weekdays since I'm already doing this for another project. But yes, self proof-reading needs to be done thoroughly. I would also limit that word count to a hard 500 words. In my experience, 200 words is a beautiful average length.

Regarding theme -- one word theme. Love. Joy. Revenge. Wool, wait what....

Writers' Cafe / Re: Happy News, Milestones & Millions
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:43:31 pm »
Congrats on the brilliant year! Wishing you continued success and a healthy 2014.

Writers' Cafe / Re: John Cleese speaks on the subject of "creativity"
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:09:58 pm »
That was excellent. Thank you.

The Book Corner / Re: About to tackle Infinite Jest
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:50:20 pm »

The Book Corner / Re: Alas, Babylon
« on: November 30, 2013, 03:52:11 pm »
Excellent book that doesn't get mentioned much

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