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Writers' Cafe / MailerLite - physical address
« on: October 12, 2020, 09:29:19 am »
Hi,
For anyone currently using MailerLite...it appears that I need to furnish a physical address (or PO Box) to use  the paid services- to stay in compliance with anti-spam laws. How do most of you do this? PO Box?
Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I bought my first mechanical keyboard.
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:54:01 pm »
I use my IBM model M keyboard for writing- bought it in 1990.

I'm sure you've seen one before. It was modeled after the IBM Selectric typewriter.

I put the keys in the dishwasher and open up the frame to clean it every year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXJzmky2DaI


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mystery Cover Opinions Needed
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:29:36 pm »
#1 is great, but the font needs to be changed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long does it take you to finish a book?
« on: August 28, 2020, 11:41:56 am »
I have a full-time job, so one book every 3 months is my speed.
If I ever leave the 8-5 job, I'm sure I could double my output.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Here's the Thing None of us Want to Admit
« on: August 24, 2020, 04:56:58 pm »
Freedom of speech doesn't necessarily mean freedom from consequences.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help from people who remember 1987
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:15:38 pm »
I was working for AT&T in 1993. I got one of the first handheld cell phones (AT&T 3810).
It was about the size of a smartphone, but looked more like a cordless phone.

I was attending UCLA and I remember how embarrassed I was to even take it out in front of people. I didn't want the attention. I used to go outside to make the occasional call.

Oh, how times have changed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trilogy
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:58:28 am »
Thanks for the responses.
I'll keep it as two separate books.   :)

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Writers' Cafe / Trilogy
« on: May 10, 2020, 07:36:28 pm »
Hi everyone,

I recently wrote the first book of a trilogy and am just about done with the second.
As it turns out, I'm not all that thrilled about writing the third book, and if I do, my lack of enthusiasm will probably show.

So here's my question. Do I release the books individually(each about 300 pages), or do I combine the books and release them as a single 600 page book?

To me, it makes sense to release as one book, since a second book might suggest a series.

What do you think?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Website design: professional, or amateurish?
« on: May 07, 2020, 07:34:22 am »
I'd say Professional.

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HA!
Well by backward, I meant I started in February 2014 and worked forward:D

Backward?
Ah, man. I ended up a broke truck driver.

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I appreciate Wayne being open with his posts also.
A few months back, I read through ALL of his posts...backward...so I could see how things unfolded.
It was really interesting and motivating to read.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Natasha Snow Designs
« on: April 03, 2020, 04:21:44 pm »
Checked out your website.
Not my genre, but those covers are amazing!

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With the toilet paper shortage, my books are selling like hot cakes...doing double-duty so to speak.   :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any opinions on the American Dirt controversy?
« on: February 02, 2020, 09:43:23 am »
My view is pretty simple. It's a novel. It's fiction. The author can write it however he/she wants.

If you're a reader, and you don't like it, don't recommend it, or bad-mouth it- it's your prerogative.

In my job, over the course of a year, I'll work with a ton of people in 20 or 30 different states, and you REALLY have no idea how different people are. I mean REALLY different. Just look at the the state of politics- totally divided, so many different people, thoughts, and opinions.

With SO many different views, even if I wrote the the next great novel, someone's going to hate it, or have a problem with it. It's all a numbers game. You can't please all of the people, all of the time. Like George Carlin once said (paraphrasing)...if a  purple alien landed on the earth, some group would quickly find a reason to hate it.

Social media and the Internet have given a voice to the individual. This is something relatively new in our history. But let's be honest, not everyone needs to be heard. You don't have to spout an opinion on EVERYTHING.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's your favorite keyboard?
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:05:58 pm »
I'm a computer guy, but when it comes to keyboards, I'm still using 31 year old technology.

I've got an IBM model M keyboard- all mechanical.

I love it, and even have a spare.

Once a year it gets a thorough cleaning, including popping the keys and key caps go into the dishwasher.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover help
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:26:01 am »
When you create the PDF from the PhotoShop image, make sure the PDF settings aren't shrinking your document down to letter size.

Check the properties of the PDF and make sure the size matches the PhotoShop size.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Motivation to Write
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:18:08 am »
Annnd .. finished it. Hey, it's a great book. I'll be looking forward to your new endeavours.

So - which way DID the time line turn? :-)

HA! Up and right from 2019.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Motivation to Write
« on: January 23, 2020, 08:56:55 pm »
Based on your cover and blurb, I just KU your book. If I'm anything to count, I'd say you have a pretty good shot. You seem to have some great reviews, and quite a few of them.

Thanks! I appreciate the support.

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Writers' Cafe / Motivation to Write
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:48:52 pm »
I want to be a writer. Always have.

I released two books a few years back, and the writing kinda died on the vine. I think one of the reasons I lack motivation is I have a job I enjoy, that pays well. If I hated my job, I think I'd be a lot more motivated.  :D

For my New Year's resolution, I decided I would spend January motivating myself, and then try to start writing again in February. I'd like to rewrite my novel, and finish the trilogy I had originally planned- maybe expand the series after that.

I really enjoy Wayne Stinnett's books (I'm currently on Rising Storm), and I like the fact that he just put his nose to the grindstone and wrote.

So, for the past 24 days, I went back and read all of his posts. Yep, 162 pages worth, and I read them backwards so I could read them in order. It's fascinating to watch his success. And certainly well-earned.

Anyway, it helped do the trick. I'm motivated again, and I'm going to give writing another shot.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Release schedule
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:21:37 am »
Thanks C. Gold and Ivan Brave.
I am leaning toward releasing every 3 months.
I will definitely let the group know how it works out.

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Writers' Cafe / Release schedule
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:01:16 pm »
Hi,

I have a non-fiction book that I published a few years back that is doing very nicely. I followed it up with a novel, book one of what was going to be a trilogy. Life got in the way and I never finished the final two novels. Needless to say, while my novel got some good reviews, it hasn't sold very well at all. I kinda just abandoned it.

Last year, I decided to take my writing more seriously and I went back and rewrote book one, and I should have book three completed in April. I will have new covers created for the trilogy, and will brand them in such a way that the series can be expanded.

My questions is...how should I release the three books? Should I publish them all in May? Or should I space them out to every three months, the publishing schedule I'd like to stick to in the future?

If I release them every three months, and continue writing, I'll always have two books ready to go at any given time, which would really be great.

What do you think?
Thanks.

 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ebook with Graphics?
« on: January 01, 2020, 01:43:53 pm »
I created my paperback by hand- I didn't convert it.

Here's something to think about though.

My Toaster book has a ton of graphics...color graphics, and while both the eBook and the paperback are formatted nicely, the printed book costs a fortune because the book is considered a color book.

So even though I'm selling the printed book at the lowest price allowed, it's still really expensive.

I'm not sure I would do a paperback version again if it had color graphics inside.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: "Successful" Self-Publishing
« on: December 06, 2019, 07:22:58 am »
My criteria is simple.
When I can leave my current job, and make the same income as a writer, I will consider myself a successful writer.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Much has Writing Spoiled Your Reading?
« on: November 30, 2019, 08:12:39 am »
Okay, so it may be mostly age related.

It's not age related. You're an author. You now read books with the mindset of a writer- which destroys the story immersion.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Dictation for writing
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:23:34 am »
I don't use dictation software, but I assume for dialog you have to actually say things like "open quote", "close quote", and "new paragraph"?

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