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Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting a new Mac
« on: August 15, 2020, 06:53:00 pm »
Mac OS no longer runs 32-bit software, and I believe Word '08 was 32-bit software. But there are lots of ways to create Word files, including the already-mentioned Pages.

Whoops, yeah, I should have thought of that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why is this cover not a thriller?
« on: August 15, 2020, 06:50:19 pm »
Hi Cassie. Thanks. Will post new version soon.

Me too! I've learned a lot, and I'm sure others are too. I appreciate Gregg sticking his neck out to ask these questions.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting a new Mac
« on: August 15, 2020, 03:09:45 pm »
Your older version of Word should work. I have a 2011 version on my relatively new macBookPro. You may already know, but Mac's come with a wordprocessor caled Pages. And, if you don't want to purchase a new version of Word, there are some free open source office suites available that will run on your new Mac too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writer's Cafe Link
« on: August 13, 2020, 11:55:22 am »
Nope, just went to the main page to check, it's there for me.

You sure you've not clicked the little " - " button under Unread Posts? It removes the link. Clicking the "+" button brings it back again.

You are correct. Silly me. I wasn't even aware of that feature. I must have brushed it by accident or something.
Thanks for your help.

btw, I now have the other forums minimized so that I don't have to scroll down so far to get to this one! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Writer's Cafe Link
« on: August 13, 2020, 11:18:27 am »
Has anyone else noticed that the Writer's Cafe link on the main forum page has vanished?
I haven't seen it in a couple of days. Had to pull it up a recent post and come in that way.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does this cover say "thriller"?
« on: August 11, 2020, 02:05:15 pm »
Maybe a couple of small helicopters silhouetted on the horizon, flying away...

If the silhouette in the foreground is too much black, maybe fill the shape with the colors of a target (i.e. target on his back).

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I donít know why this comes to mind, because itís probably not the feedback youíre looking for, but Iíd suggest swapping the words in the new title: Heroes Betrayed

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He bought them to sell on to overseas readers who had requested them.

As others have noted above, he could accomplish the same without buying them at retail.

Re. his intention, it's quoted in one of the earlier linked articles: "We'd like to get to the top 10 ... we've been trying to think of ways we can do that that would count those sales as sales for the chart," he said.

So, he purchased at retail so that his purchases would impact the chart.

By the way, if the "retail" side of each of these transactions was actually meant to be in the US, then the sales figures don't belong in the UK chart. Nielsen made this clear by removing them.


Anyway, the point of my earlier post was that people ought to be able to buy any number of books that they want to without privacy invasions designed to protect the integrity of a third party's list (although in retrospect I did not make that clear).

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If someone wants to buy 4 copies of a book, one for each grandkid, is that ok?

If someone wants to buy 20 copies of a book, one for each employee, is that ok?

If someone wants to buy 400 copies of a book, one for each client, is that ok?

If the list rank is meant to be indicative of a bookís quality, then each of those purchases would be legit, because the purchaser thought so highly of the book that she was willing to even buy them to give to others.

The issue here is not the quantity of books purchased, but the intent behind the purchase. Dawson didnít buy 400 because he thought it was a great book. He bought 400 to give other people the impression that it was selling better than it was (i.e. a better book).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: military thriller cover feedback
« on: July 07, 2020, 02:29:15 pm »
I know youíve written some comedic Navy books. If this is mean to be in that vein, I donít get it from the cover. At the same time, if itís truly meant to be a thriller, then I donít get that either. My dad was a Navy pilot, and I grew up around the Navy, so Iíd say the gold on blue colors work. But the helicopter doesnít look ďSealĒ to me. Maybe try a Blackhawk.

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Your son may already be aware of this, but there are online markets for composers to sell their work, similar to photos. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, https://www.premiumbeat.com/ is run by the shutterstock.com folks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Account Terminated, Think I found a solution?
« on: March 12, 2020, 11:08:12 pm »
Dastardly...
Nobody else saw the dastardly thread? Drat!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Account Terminated, Think I found a solution?
« on: March 12, 2020, 07:44:53 am »
Dastardly...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: need some feedback on my book 1st chapter
« on: March 04, 2020, 11:52:27 pm »
ďMary[,] can we try to hurry it up[?] I donít want to be late[. T]he carriage is waiting outside,Ē Claudia said annoyed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you read a novel about the People of Walmart?
« on: January 31, 2020, 07:23:46 am »
Wasnít there already a movie about a big box store?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I received a W-2 for $1.30.
« on: January 25, 2020, 06:32:12 pm »
I once wrote a check for 70 cents, for a single guitar string. That was back in the 1980s.

I don't recall the smallest W2 I ever got. Probably not too small. I'm semi-retired as a software engineer and teach part-time at a local university, so I get a W2 now for about 30k each year (give or take).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Some Accents More Racist Than Others?
« on: October 13, 2019, 12:58:39 pm »
By all means use the variant on the 1920s/1930s "Confucius say" joke here if you have to have it, and if your character will use this sort of joke throughout the book.  But at least drop the part about it being an accent, which it most certainly isn't, and perhaps re-write to say something similar to: "I held up my finger. 'But Confucius say, kidnapping poor defenseless attorney easier than...'"  Eliminate "grasshopper" to keep from mixing a 1930s joke with a 1970s TV show.  The revised version also makes Nancy's comment about fortune cookies more believable.
^^ this ^^ And as Lessa has pointed out, what you wrote is not an accent. It also breaks the basic show don't tell rule. Don't tell your readers that he's using a Confucius accent (whatever that is), and just "show" him saying "Confucius say..." Readers who get  "Confucius accent" will also get "Confucius say...", and they'll hear it in whatever accent they want to.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for U.S. Authors, from a U.K. writer
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:52:00 pm »
Iíve owned many cars in many states over the years. I recently bought a new car in Virginia, and traded in my old one, and surprisingly they took the plate off my trade in and put it on the new car, and it even kept the same expiration date!

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If it worries you, just add a "bomb" scene. Maybe they trip over a dud or something.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Missing: Be the First to Write a Review
« on: August 17, 2019, 08:53:48 am »
I see it

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pros and Cons to 1st and 3rd Person?
« on: August 11, 2019, 08:39:42 pm »
I'm writing a short in the second person.

You have no idea why.

I didn't want to laugh at that, but I did anyway. :D

 :P

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This is basically a variant of, "if a tree falls in the woods..."

I was in the Army from '86 to '89. Libya is a desert almost the size of Western Europe, with only a handful of cities. The answer is, "it depends." Depends on where it crashed. Depends on who's wandering in the area.

I don't know how long it would have taken for them to notice or investigate. In the 80s Libya had a fairly sophisticated Air Force with various Russian aircraft, but were seriously out gunned by much more capable American aircraft, and in 1981 (?) the US easily shot down two Libyan aircraft after excessive provocation.

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Writers' Cafe / If you were starting today...?
« on: August 04, 2019, 04:29:20 pm »
Question: If you were starting today, what genre and sub-genre would you chose, and why? What are the pros and cons?

I'm bursting with all sorts of story ideas, in a variety of genres. My college-age daughters are home for the summer, so they're binge watching tons of stuff from the supernatural to dystopian. Sometimes I watch with them, so I get those sorts of ideas. And as I mentioned in my I'm back thread, my recent cancer battle followed by my wife's cancer battle and death sort of "color" a lot of things, but we also binge watched a lot of Hallmark in her last year, so I have a lot of Hallmark-y ideas.

I probably focus on the above, because I assume they're the most potentially viable, but that's not necessarily true, and I do have other ideas as well. Coming through a period of grief, I've definitely been in that mode where I "get" sad love songs and country music, but I don't want to let that overly impact my decision, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I'd appreciate everyone's insight. Thanks! :)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi! I'm back...
« on: August 04, 2019, 04:09:52 pm »
I just came back from a four-year break from KBoards, so I don't know you, but I'm also a cancer survivor, and dealing with a new diagnosis, so please accept a virtual hug and my sincere condolences for your loss. Writing has gotten me through some pretty terrible things. I hope getting back to your writing will be healing for you.

Thanks for the kind words and virtual hug, DawnLee. "Cancer survivor" is a club I had never planned to join, let alone widower. :(
I will keep my fingers crossed re. your current diagnosis. Please accept a virtual hug from me too. Hang in there. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Difference between Bing and Google?
« on: August 04, 2019, 11:25:08 am »
Does it just take Google longer to crawl new sites?
They each have their own algorithms and web crawling schedule.
They're owned by different companies.
They're just different.

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