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Writers' Cafe / Re: First three words, last three words
« on: September 13, 2020, 06:12:39 pm »

Not first and last three, but four and six. Can I still play?

She was chain-smoking Camels; it was his turn to buy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is Your Genre and Why did you Choose it?
« on: September 13, 2020, 06:03:07 pm »
Two genres: Retro Aviation Thillers and Noir Mysteries. Not a business decision. It's what I enjoy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mystery Cover Opinions Needed
« on: September 03, 2020, 05:51:29 pm »
#4 says Golden Age Mystery Style to me. 1 and 2 don't suggest that as strongly...have a little bit of a thriller vibe. #3 is almost too creepy for what you're going for. I must say that all of them are well constructed and don't seem homemade at all. I'd say you're doing great.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Stigma of Self-Publishing - So What?
« on: January 19, 2020, 11:56:47 am »
The only stigma I ever feel is when people confuse indie publishing with vanity press. If your books are being read and you are operating in the black, then what is there to be stigmatized about?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you afford to advertise?
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:52:27 pm »
I apply up to 25% of royalties to advertising. That's a personal business decision. I would never consider spending more than I was earning in royalties as a long-term business plan. To me that's worse than giving your work away...you're paying for the privilege. Did a Fussy on a new release a few months back. The ROI was 50%. That's OK for a jump start, but not long term. My books are standalones.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: nervous about publishing
« on: November 26, 2019, 03:07:57 pm »
Always. By the time I'm ready to publish, I've re-read and edited so many times that I'm sick of the darn thing. That's when the doubts roll in. You have to trust your Betas to give you an honest opinion. They're doing you no favors by heaping praise on you. Once you've given it your best shot, all you can do is put your doubts aside and hit publish. I wonder how many manuscripts out there die with the author's finger poised over the publish button?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Questions About Amazon Kindle Quality Notice
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:36:44 pm »
I got a Kindle Quality Notice about six months ago. It was a legitimate spelling error. I corrected it and indicated it had been resolved. Every Monday since then, I get the same notice. Tried remedying this via email, but continue to get them. Oh well, at least I'll always know when its Monday.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm a standalone author. Any more out there?
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:35:45 pm »
My first two novels were meant to be the beginning of a series. I stalled early in my attempt to write the third. I was bored with the characters. My latest is a stand-alone. It was more fun to write, but is a tough slog from a marketing perspective. I'm another one who usually won't buy a series or a long novel. it's a bad idea to project your own preferences on to the market, but it's what I do. I just accept the consequences.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is Your Favorite Literary Trope?
« on: September 29, 2019, 04:04:17 pm »
Flawed protagonist prevails in spite of himself.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Business cards
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:41:17 pm »
I use them. Inexpensive item. Only takes a few sales for break-even ROI.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Many WIPs?
« on: July 12, 2019, 06:41:45 pm »
Two. Hit dead stop on number one, so switched to number two.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Goodreads vs. Amazon Reviews
« on: June 05, 2019, 02:26:27 pm »
Amazon, because that's where I sell (such as it is). When I see an author with nothing but 5 stars my skepticism needle pegs.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: POLL: POV and Tense
« on: June 05, 2019, 02:08:28 pm »
I prefer 3rd past and 1st present. Not sure why exactly, but those just usually feel the best to me. However, I've read good stuff that I enjoyed in pretty much all the options, so I guess it really comes down to a good story and the skill of the writer.

Agree with this. I find the latter much more difficult than the former.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Introducing myself and asking for advice.
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:26:50 pm »
As I have written in the genre that I primarily read, and I read a lot, I think that I know my genre pretty well. The problem is that true Noire fiction is rare nowadays, but it was still thriving at the time when I first started writing. I think that I need to keep the work in its original era if I want to keep it as Noire.

My WIP is my first attempt at Noire. It is set in the late 1940's. I think, with the exception of extremely egregious references, you shouldn't worry too much about being PC. You risk losing the flavor of the genre. In the U.S. we have a cable channel, Turner Classic Movies, dedicated exclusively to films from the 1930s-1940s.  Nobody seems offended by the dialogue or references.  Sterilized Noire seems like an oxymoron. My $.02 FWIW.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the most you are willing to pay per AMS click?
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:10:38 pm »
Right now it's $0.26 with an average CPC of $0.19. For a book priced at $2.99 that allows for 1 sale per 11 clicks to break even.  I usually do much better than that. KU is gravy. Still experimenting.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Renee's mystery/thriller promo thread - FINAL UPDATE
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:58:38 pm »
Enjoyed participation and netted some extra sales. Thank you, Renee and good luck!

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Average one thousand words per chapter. One scene per chapter usually with a setup for the next.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Paperback sales... Nothing to sneeze at.
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:51:35 am »
2016: 37 (Released first book in May)
2017: 80 (Released second book in May)
2018 so far: 20 (Released nothing)

There's a lesson in there somewhere.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any pilots in this forum?
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:09:08 am »
I'm writing a science fiction and my MC's have just crash-landed a small aircraft on compacted snow and ice. The landing gear is slightly damaged (not enough to prevent takeoff, but enough to make it difficult). I was thinking of bent torque links in the nose strut. Would that prevent them from steering? Would that even happen with a bumpy landing, or would it be more likely that something else breaks?

Hi, OP. You certainly can construct a reasonable scenario for the conditions you describe. Here's a couple of things to consider. If you Google "ski plane" images, you will see that most are tail-draggers.  They are much better on rough terrain than tricycle (nose gear) aircraft. If you elect to go the nose gear route, remember that will need a ski also. It is unlikely that you would damage the nose gear on landing, since the landing is made on the main gear with the nose elevated. It is lowered to the ground as the aircraft decelerates. As NotJohn correctly points out, it could be damaged by rough terrain from that point on.

Here's the bigger issue for your scenario...you don't need a steerable nose wheel to steer the aircraft. It's only necessary at low speeds such as taxi and the very early stages of the takeoff. Once there is enough airflow going over the rudder, that is what you steer with. In fact, that is the normal procedure. So, as long as the nose wheel is not restricted or cocked at an angle, it's not really a problem.

Here's a possible scenario. The nose gear ski is damaged beyond repair and must be removed. The takeoff must be attempted. Without the ski will the nose gear assembly hold up or collapse as the aircraft accelerates over rough terrain? Will the nose wheel hit a soft spot and bury in the snow flipping the plane? It's all tension until the aircraft is safely airborne.

Hope this helps. The story sounds exciting. Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I hit the big time!!
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:16:17 am »
My sales usually pay for two rounds of golf a month. So, I have one hobby I stink at enabling another. Maybe I'll get better at the former, the second is a lost cause. At least they're both fun.  :D

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Thanks, Renee. Promoting first thing Saturday. Page looks great. Nice selection!

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I'd like to reach as many readers as possible and hope they enjoy reading my stuff. It is gratifying to know someone is willing to plop down a few bucks and take a chance on an unknown author.

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Sorry I've been away. I had sinus surgery on Monday, and a hard drive crash Sunday. I hope the promo went well for everyone. We'll be back for 99 cent ebooks December 16-17.

Thanks!

Renee, Sold 8 where I would normally sell 2. Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Confessions...
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:41:20 pm »
Me, too - to the first three. Plus, I love "m" dashes. And ellipses. And sentence fragments beginning with a conjunction.  ;D

Oh, yes! I forgot about ellipses....love me some ellipses!!!
You should consider #4...your reviews are great!

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