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George, this is great, thanks for pulling it together. I just requested your service for line edits on one story and hope to have a second story ready this week.

As far as titles go I like she-la-ti-da's Tidbits: Commuter Fiction

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I'm in too. Love this idea and looking forward to sharing all your awesome books with my humble mailing list.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ugh, big drop
« on: February 09, 2016, 05:11:51 am »
I seemed to have bottomed too with six consecutive days of zero pages read after months of 500+ a day consistency. I attributed it to what Lisa said about the Christmas kindles and their expiring 30 days of #FREE KU.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My 5 year anniversary
« on: February 06, 2016, 04:04:33 am »
Thanks for sharing and congratulations on five years!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: And...we're live with my first novel!
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:59:23 am »
Congratulations on both fronts!

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My editor just asked for two weeks to do copy edits on my 62k manuscript.

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My name over there is KDMcAdams http://nanowrimo.org/participants/kdmcadams

I'm trying to follow the Take Off Your Pants approach and hoping that helps me to crank out the words.

I writing a Thriller/Suspense called Harbinger Hawk which will be the third book in my Dylan Cold series.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Resident Country of Authors - Poll
« on: August 18, 2015, 03:23:47 am »
I'm a US Author living in the state of New Hampshire

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I am interested if there is still an opening. My perma-free first novel is YA Post apoc and not in any other anthologies or sets.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: School Appearance
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:41:21 am »
I think talking with whoever set it up is key. Do you know why they chose your book or what other works they might be reading for this subject?

I can't really comment on what to charge. The person who initiated the transaction may have an idea of what they have paid other offers to give to a ballpark.

I've spoken with local 6th grade classes (ages 11-12) and opened my talks with word count. I used Harry Potter as the baseline because many of the kids have read it. There were some HUGE fans in the classes but none of them knew how many words were in any of the books. The kids mostly think of books in terms of pages, but they were smart enough to jump through how different fonts and page sizes could influence page count. Once we were talking about books and they were thinking I spread out to planning a novel, writing habits, the importance of editing and then a little layout. We only went for 90-120 minutes but we could easily have talked for half the school day.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you feel about Amazon returns?
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:52:52 pm »
I get a few returns but I don't think about them much. I assume it's a mis-click or something. I'm glad people have the ability to return my books rather than be angry that they got 'stuck' with something from me that they didn't want. Who knows, maybe I'll get some name recognition for that person and they'll give me a shot in the future.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I don't want to do this
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:32:19 am »
You can do it. I've read many of your posts and you are an amazing professional.

Commit to making just one change, a simple word choice or something that will take seconds. When the manuscript is open and you're doing easy things they will snowball.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Isn't this just enormous fun?
« on: June 06, 2015, 03:42:05 am »
Totally agree!

There are so many different aspects to it that I learn something new every day (okay every couple of hours) but at the end of the day all I can think about are my stories and my characters.

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Marilyn, this sounds like a strategy I tried with my zombie series Metropolitan Zombie Survivors. I have 4 novellas ~20,000 words each and starting last August I released them about 26 days apart. I wrapped everything together in an 80,000 word novel and released that about 2 weeks after the fourth installment in early December.

To be honest my results weren't great. I fully take the blame as my launch skills were not up to snuff. One of the things I struggled with was finding places that would accept unreviewed novellas. They were in select and I was able to move hundreds of the first two on free days but sales never amounted to more than low double digits in a month.

I still don't have the first book perma-free. I've taken it to Kobo and Google where it is free but haven't done the work to get Zon to price match. That may change things and hopefully I can come back soon and share that it did.

I do believe that it's a good plan and what I intend to do differently/better next time is to have a solid 4 month launch plan with activities and promotions for days surrounding each launch date.

I hope your series goes way better than mine!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I did it!! Massive thank you to Kboards :)
« on: April 27, 2015, 10:48:00 am »
Very cool, way to go!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: getting to your goal word count
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:50:27 am »
To me it seems the general consensus is let the story be as long as it needs to be. I personally give a cheer when I finish a first draft it's kind of awesome to even accomplish that feat.

Knowing that you want it to be a little longer I think you can revise with an eye towards maybe adding detail and depth but I wouldn't focus on word count.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo: Good luck!
« on: November 02, 2014, 06:12:50 pm »
I'm in too. Just over 4000 words after day two.

Good luck everyone and have fun in the process!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors, where do you host your website/blog?
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:47:36 pm »
That sounds like an awful experience. Site hacking is my worst fear, because I would have absolutely.no.clue. how to fix it.

Completely off topic: your covers look really cool!
Thanks for the note on my covers. They were three different designers and while I have their names I can't think of them off the top of my head!

Good luck picking your hosting provider. I'll be following the thread, there are some great comments already.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors, where do you host your website/blog?
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:44:44 am »
I use ixWebhosting for a self hosted wordpress site.

Up until August I would have recommended them based on price and flexibility. Since then I have been having nothing but trouble with hacking, DoS attacks and generally having Wordpress blow up. I'm sure the blame for my problems includes me (as well as wordpress) to an extent but after having my site blown up I followed their recommendations for wordpress security and still can't seem to keep my site working for more than a couple of days.

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Writers' Cafe / Thank You - My Writing Challenge to sixth graders
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:08:05 am »
This is a thank you note to everyone here whose posts include amazing variety and quality. I don't share often enough, but I come everyday and read and learn.

I was trying to get my daughter and some of her friends (ages 11-12) to do NaNoWriMo/young writers with me this year. It morphed into me running a creative writing challenge for the entire sixth grade at the kids school. Working with the school librarian on this optional challenge we expected 10-15 participants out of 100 students. So far we have between 50 and 60 kids expressing intention to write every day in November. Even if only half of those see the project through I will be thrilled.

This week I have been meeting with kids interested in writing a story but are struggling to get started or have other questions. In every single conversation I have thought back to threads and discussions on this forum as part of a response. You all know that in general the answer to most writing questions is 'it depends on what the story requires'. That can be a tough sell with sixth graders so the open dialogue here has helped me to have conversations about their questions and not try to spit back an 'answer.'

So, thank you to everyone who so openly shares the wealth of their knowledge and experience, it is truly appreciated.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Select for Middle Grade?
« on: October 13, 2014, 04:01:15 am »
I wasn't intentionally writing middle grade, but I think based on my reviews that's what I have.

I had all three of my Sci-fi series in select with book 1 at $0.99 and part of select from it's publication date in early 2013. Book 2 came out in March and went right into select, Book 3 came out in June also in select. I had some good traction on free runs (single digit free rankings) with book 1 and countdown deals on 2 & 3 but everything fell off a cliff as soon as book 1 came off free. Borrows and loans were always rare. In the beginning of September book 1 became perma-free and 2 & 3 are still in select. I average 8-10 free downloads a day and sales and borrows of books 2 & 3 have been consistently climbing though still in single digits per day. My perma-free moves almost no copies on other sites.

I know it's dicey to have book 1 available on multiple venues and not offer those readers books 2 & 3 but it kind of works okay for me right now. I am worried about my plan to not renew the select enrollment on books 2 & 3 but maybe I can make up for the loss of borrows with sales on other sites if all the books are available. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The littlest thing can change everything
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:45:57 am »
What a great story, thanks for sharing. I think it shows that readers are what make us feel like writers and that's really cool.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's your biggest challenge as a writer right now?
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:11:47 pm »
I'm in the reviews and traffic group. I've gotten really good at calculating the percentages of return on different actions, anything times 0 is 0.

But I get to write every day. At some point 0 will become 1 and then 1 will become 2 etc. Maybe staying positive could be H.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick Tweak to Increase Your Email List Through Twitter
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:34:20 am »
Thanks for sharing. I saw one of these for the first time yesterday and it was on my to-do list to figure out how to make it happen. I feel like it is a useful tool though I did not sign up for the list I saw mentioned...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finally going perma-free
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:33:27 pm »
I just put my book 1 up on Kobo for free and Amazon price matched before I was even notified that the Kobo version was published. I also added it to Google play just to be safe.

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