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Writers' Cafe / Re: No more cereals!
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:40:37 am »
Based on sales/feedback....I believe it best (for me) to release a complete story. I think the majority of readers do prefer a standalone complete story versus a story released in parts.

Ditto. Although, some do really well with cereal, I prefer bacon, and that is my experience as well:)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sagging confidence
« on: August 08, 2015, 10:40:35 am »

Hitting a wall is a great time to just pull back and re-evaluate. It doesn't mean your books are crap or that you can't write, but maybe there are some things you can do to re-orient your longterm trajectory. (BTW I have no idea what those things might be!) It's just that if you're hitting a will, maybe some part of you wants to change something about your approach. Maybe, possibly, a change that could be beneficial in the longterm. I recently coined a phrase: #AuthorShame:) My own evolution has been nothing to make a post about on the kboards! I first published in August 2012, and almost reached a 1000 sales. (That was my heyday!) However, my books just weren't getting the traction or the reviews I wanted. In December 2013, I took a step back and re-evaluated. With the help of an amazing team, everything has been revamped and revised. Was that a good "the business of publishing" decision? In the short term it was not:) Will things change/improve for my books in the future? I can only hope. But at least I feel really great about the books that are out there. I have worked really hard on the point of it almost being ridiculous, thus #AuthorShame = AMOUNT OF WORK vs. RESULTS, i.e. lots of work and no visible results!

I wouldn't advise anyone to take the path I've taken. It was emotionally painful and draining. But as of July 30th, I at least feel like I have a solid foundation to move forward. I love writing. I love my stories. I am one of those starry-eyed dreamers who will continue writing no matter what. But, yeah, sometimes it's just baffling when I see other books breakout from the get go. I've lurked on kboards, listened to podcasts, etc. I find I can't do that anymore. I'm writing my books, putting them out, and moving forward. Yes, I have #AuthorShame, but the bottom line is I am a teller of stories and I believe in that.

I wish you the best, and hope that out of this block you have some epiphany that reignites the fire within!

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you define Fantasy?
« on: August 08, 2015, 10:13:25 am »
One of the key tests is this: "If I remove the supernatural element, will it FUNDAMENTALLY change the story?" If instead of being a werewolf, he was a drug addict, would the characters' basic behavior be relatively the same? Is the supernatural element merely cosmetic to the story, or is it the central focus of the story?

Yes! This is critical.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you define Fantasy?
« on: August 07, 2015, 12:00:06 pm »
That could be a witch, a dragon, or a vampire, or a werehyena, correct?

Yes, it's a very comprehensive definition:)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for epic fantasy writers
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:54:57 am »
Like everyone else, I have multiple POVs in Daughter of Light. There is one main character and most of the story is told from her point of view. However, I like to consider whose POV will make whatever part of the story the most interesting/compelling, and go with that. I love reading multiple POVs myself, but I'm not a fan of repeating the same scene from alternate POVs. Tell it once, from the most dynamic perspective, and move on.

In the middle of re-reading The Stand.  I read the cut version when it was released... what, over thirty years ago? I'm reading the uncut version now. Tons of POVs. I thought Book One was really strong, as far as characterization. But now I'm in the middle of the second book and unfortunately all the voices are bleeding together: I suspect Stephen King's, lol. Frannie and Nadine and I think even Mother Abigail are all using car/auto metaphors and similes:D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone have an author logo?
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:42:08 am »
I love my logo:

Okay, maybe I'm a little biased :D


Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you define Fantasy?
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:38:51 am »
The story couldn't happen in "real life". It takes place outside of our daily reality.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dear Pantsers who outline, how do you do it?
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:41:43 am »
I've had Scrivener gathering dust in my Program Files for too long. I might start using it!

Ooh, yes, I love Scrivener. It's definitely a perfect tool for the pantser-plotter. Makes it really easy to shift scene order and follow subplot threads.

When I first started using it in 2012, there was a steep learning curve, but it was totally worth it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle.
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:37:43 am »
Sorry guys and gals, I haven't been around in a while, and this may already have been talked to death ... but is anyone here going to Sasquan next month? I'll be there and would love to meet up:D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dear Pantsers who outline, how do you do it?
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:30:05 am »
I start with the crux of the end in mind, then I go back to the beginning and list the major plot points/scenes that have to occur to arrive at that end.

Sometimes the plot point is as general as: Such and such has to have a conflict about this with that outcome. If the details are more clear, I write a 1-3 sentence summary. Each of these plot points is usually a chapter. I look at it like a map. i.e. a map can't show you what you will actually see when you take your journey, just some of the points you will reach/stop at along the way. I usually will hit all my plot points, but sometimes I take a turn and hit something different along the way. I really love the combination of structure and flexibilty. It allows for the freedom of the unknown but helps me to build to a finale.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For me, writing is like...
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:23:23 am »
It's like an epic adventure!

Writers' Cafe / Re: How I made $40k in 10 days
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:35:06 pm »
Just an fyi...The thread is 9 months old and OP hasn't been back since.

I didn't notice that either!

Writers' Cafe / Re: How I made $40k in 10 days
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:27:47 am »

I did a lot of things differently with this book, the main one being that I promoted it BEFORE it was out.

I really think pre-promotion can be key, as I've seen it work really well for many authors. It's also very challenging and something I've not mastered! So thank you for sharing this. I'm currently in the midst of writing/publishing a fantasy trilogy. The second book will release on July 30th. I'm planning to use the time between the release date of the second back and the release date of the third and final book, for pre-promotion of the final book. It's a long-range strategy, that I'm hoping will build some slow and steady momentum:)

BTW, congratulation on your success, that is truly awesome!

Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Not A Marathon
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:17:17 am »
If you work hard you are more likely to be in a position to take advantage of opportunities that come your way. If you have self belief or even confidence because you've worked so hard you will be more likely see the opportunities when they arise.
Others then look at you and call it "luck".

That's different from random chance. IMO  :D

Totally agree! I don't think any writer has ever had great success without a lot of hard work! But as to the timing and even the manner of the "breakout" there are so many variables.

Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Not A Marathon
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:12:35 am »
If I did that, I wouldn't read ANYTHING on this site.

hehe. This one made me laugh, thanks:)

Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Not A Marathon
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:33:08 pm »

As for Dune, it's a rare example.

 I don't disagree in the least. And yet, life is replete with rare examples. They're as real as the mean in a bell curve;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you stay positive?
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:30:17 pm »
Treat yourself with kindness and dig deep for self-confidence. You got this, you know you do. Find the joy in what you're doing and focus on that. We live in the best possible world for writers that has ever existed. We can publish anything we want and make it available worldwide. Have fun!

Yep, for me:

Dig deep. Find the joy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Not A Marathon
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:20:23 pm »
I apologize if someone has already mentioned this or a similar situation (I've only read part of this long thread):

Though Dune won the Nebula and Hugo awards, the two most prestigious science fiction prizes, it was not an overnight commercial success. Its fanbase built through the 60s and 70s, circulating in squats, communes, labs and studios, anywhere where the idea of global transformation seemed attractive. Fifty years later it is considered by many to be the greatest novel in the SF canon, and has sold in millions around the world.

The rest of the fabulous article can be found here:

Also, one of the dictionary definitions of marathon is: any contest, event, or the like, of great, or greater than normal, length or duration or requiring exceptional endurance

That particular definition doesn't include a finish line.

Writers probably do best working at their own pace, fast or slow.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Why I Quit Reading About Writing.
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:40:04 am »
I've read/studied a lot about self-publishing and writing from a variety of sources: kboards, print books, ebooks, blogs, conferences on- and off-line. I reached a point where I felt mentally saturated with all the information. Now, I read much less on those topics... but I doubt I ever will completely stop! I'm very curious about things.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A thank you to KBoards authors
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:28:14 am »
I noticed that feature in the email yesterday and thought: Very Cool! Thanks, Harvey!


Yet, I've decided to slow down.

I need to stroll down this writer's path, smell the roses and enjoy the view like I used to.

I've decided to slow down too:) I have absolutely no beef with fast writers. I admire their ability to crank it out. If I could do that, I would. But I've realizedówith much encouragement from my husbandóthat it's important for me to enjoy the journey. I love the simmer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Signing your books, with a personal comment
« on: May 19, 2015, 01:10:57 pm »
I use: Peace, Love & Enchantment

Writers' Cafe / Re: Proofreading and Developmental Editing
« on: May 05, 2015, 01:42:23 pm »
Vince, thank you again for all your help with Daughter of Light to-date!!!! So exciting to be moving forward with this series!

Belated thank you to Sheila and Adam for all their help with my Daughter of Light trilogy. Sheila has been such a wonderful reader.

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