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Writers' Cafe / Seeking authors for a NetGalley co-op
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:48:41 pm »
Hello,

I'm putting together a NetGalley co-op, The Literary Quilt, for authors across genres seeking reviews. Ideally, I'm aiming to have 25 slots per month. There is a one-time set up fee and then a monthly listing fee that all authors enrolled would share. So far there are eight authors who have claimed 12 slots between them. If you are interested in access to NetGalley through this co-op please message me here or email me at lyarde1175 at gmail dot com.

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I've loved Charlaine Harris' series for some time, but the last two books have been disappointing. Almost makes me happy True Blood doesn't go the same route as the series. Still, I keep reading because I need to know what happens to certain characters. If this news is true, what a cop out. Spoiler ahead: http://ericandsookielovers.com/2013/04/24/spoiler-alert-deas-hea-revealed/   

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Writers' Cafe / Dilemma: Hate ACX narrator's voice
« on: April 19, 2013, 02:12:35 pm »
I hope for some advice on how to handle when the narrator gets the voice wrong during production.

I decided to go with an ACX narrator after she delivered a killer sample. Everything was perfect; names, setting, voice, including style and tone. Then issues occurred, least of all being the deadline keeps being pushed back. She's 12 chapters into a 30 chapter book. I'm fine, not happy, with the progress. Better right than rushed. Except, it's not right. The intonation she adopts for my childhood heroine is horrible! It seriously sounds like a cat being strangled. I don't know what that sounds like, but it could be the worst sound on this earth. I've tried to bear it, but as she submits new chapters, the voice is just grating. >:( I keep asking myself why is she making the heroine sound like this?

Do I ask her to rerecord my heroine in these earlier instances? Honestly, I wish I could just cancel and get another narrator. I'm spoiled by a stellar experience with a person who got everything pitch perfect for another title.  

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Do you admire strong female historical figures? Do you write historical fiction? Short stories/flash fiction for Women's History Month needed for an anthology to be published in March with Pagan Writer's Press. Each story needs to be historical, any era, time. No more than 3K words a piece. Flash fiction/shorties is a brief look into someone's life. The story can be about an ancestor of yours, a woman in history who did something awesome, a woman you make up. Perhaps she's standing up for herself, arguing an issue, rebelling against society. She can fight with a sword or her words or her silence. A woman's strength comes in many forms. She may be trying to improve her life or that of her children. She may be fighting for women's or civil rights.

Romance is fine, but no sex scenes. Author bios will be at the end of each story. This will be published as an ebook and print if it reaches 50K. Royalties will be paid. Authors share 40% of print royalties, 50% of ebook royalties.  I shall update information as I receive it, but get writing! I'd like to have all these stories no later than the first week of February.

Send stories to Tara at tchevrestt (at) yahoo (dot) com for consideration. Thank you. *Original work only, please. These are not to be excerpts from previously published or about to be published material.

Learn more at HerStory http://herstoryanthology.blogspot.com/

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Writers' Cafe / Help with cover and blurb
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:34:48 am »
I hope to publish my next this summer, but could use some held picking the right blurb:

Version 1: Willful. Passionate. Scandalous. Isabel de Vermandois, the spirited descendant of French kings and Russian grand princes, becomes the wife of Comte Robert de Beaumont in the eleventh century. He is a hero of the Norman victory at Hastings and a loyal counselor to successive English kings. As his young bride, Isabel enters the decadent court of  King Henry I. Long-buried secrets in Robert's past threaten to shatter her world, as does the passionate interest of William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey. 

Based on the life of a remarkable woman, the ancestress of medieval Scottish royalty and English nobility, with a legion of living descendants, The Burning Candle is a story of duty and honor, love and betrayal.
   
Version 2: Wife. Mother. Lover. In eleventh-century France on the eve of the First Crusade, Isabel de Vermandois becomes a bride. Her marriage to Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan offers a desperate escape from her cruel parents. But is the match the key to her salvation or damnation?

When Isabel discovers Robert is hiding terrible secrets that could destroy their marriage, she must learn painful truths and gain the strength to survive. Can she also find the courage to love again?
Based on the life of a remarkable medieval woman, The Burning Candle is a story of duty and honor, love and betrayal.

Version 3: Love is for women who have choices. She has none. In eleventh-century France on the eve of the First Crusade, Isabel de Vermandois becomes the wife of a man old enough to be her father. He is Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan. A hero of the Norman victory at Hastings and loyal counselor to successive English kings, Robert is not all Isabel had expected. Cruel and kind by contrast, he draws her into the decadent court of King Henry I. As Robert's secrets are unraveled, Isabel finds her heart torn in two. Her duties as a wife and mother compel her, but an undeniable attraction to the young William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, tempts her. In a kingdom where love holds no sway over marital alliances, Isabel must choose where her loyalties and her heart lie.

Based on the life of a remarkable medieval woman forgotten by time, The Burning Candle is a story of duty and honor, love and betrayal.

Here's the preliminary cover, which I've already requested changes on (my name smaller, the title font larger or centered on an opaque line rather than the yellow scroll work, and "A Medieval Novel" instead of a medieval. If anyone else has any suggestions for improvement, let me know.


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Writers' Cafe / For those who opted into Casa del Libro through XinXii
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:25:40 am »
Are you seeing your titles? Are the covers being displayed? Mine are showing without covers. Just wondered if anyone else was seeing the same.


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Writers' Cafe / Problems with Calibre and ePub versions
« on: November 28, 2011, 10:45:16 pm »
Since upgrading to Calibre 0.8.26, every conversion of my ePub documents has failed to pass validation or the fonts in the document no longer show correctly. I've tried the last two versions, .27 and .28, hoping they would provide a fix, but nothing has worked. Is anyone seeing anything similar? Is there a Calibre guru who can help? I'll even take another method for generating an epub. Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Experience with QR codes in Kindle uploads?
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:06:25 am »
For my next historical, my cover artist has designed a color and black & white version of a QR code. Readers with a smartphone can take a snapshot of the code. It takes them to a bonus content section of my website with maps, family trees, photos related to the book. Has anyone inserted a QR code into your Kindle upload? Any problems?

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Writers' Cafe / John Locke signs with Simon & Schuster
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:04:15 am »
Interestingly, he seems to be keeping control of the ebook editions, while S&S does the paperbacks and hardcovers. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/08/another-self-publishing-phenomenon-goes-traditional-john-locke.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Writers' Cafe / Revised historical fiction blurb
« on: August 19, 2011, 08:34:05 am »
Super excited that the cover of my next historical is done. Well almost. The more I stare at it, the title and name on the spine should be centered, yes? Also, would some symbol between the title and name be too much?


Also, I would appreciate some blurb feedback. Thanks:

How far will one woman go to avenge terrible losses? Can love survive the test of divided loyalties?
In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the kingdom of Granada faces a bleak future. A tyrant has seized the throne. His reign brings years of peace and prosperity to a violent end.

Now, Fatima risks everything to preserve the legacy of her forefathers, including the love and trust of her husband, Faraj. Yet, even her greatest achievement cannot prepare her the most shocking betrayal of all.

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Writers' Cafe / Confused about author "royalties" on freebies
« on: June 08, 2011, 10:50:16 am »
This past Friday, Amazon price matched my first book on, making it one of the Kindle freebies. Now I'm confused by that looks like a royalty being paid. KDP shows 10K freebies downloaded for the week ending 6/4; 9 units earning at the 35% royalty and the rest at 70%. Last I checked, 70 or 35% of zero is still zero. Not  sure how Amazon has arrived at their royalties calculation, especially since last month, other authors doing similar promotions said they hadn't earned anything. Has the policy changed?

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Writers' Cafe / Author Central links
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:50:44 am »
In case anyone is having the same difficulty I was in trying to setup your author central account for Germany, the URL is: https://authorcentral.amazon.de/

If you don't know German, be very grateful for google toolbar which allows you to translate each page as you go through the setup process. I was able to quickly add my photo, bio, twitter link. Still sorting out how to add the latest book trailer. Doesn't look like there's the ability to add more than one video or blogs (same with Author Central UK).

Also, I love the fact that I've only sold one copy on the German site, yet my bestseller rank is #865 and my book is number 15 in Kindle Store > eBooks > eBooks foreign language > English > Fiction > Popular Fiction > Historical. If only it were so easy in the US  ;D

Author Central UK: https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk
Author Central: https://authorcentral.amazon.com    

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Writers' Cafe / Looking to promote new authors on my blog
« on: April 18, 2011, 09:14:48 am »
Hi all,

The community of authors has been very good to me and I'm looking to give back. Each month, I host a spot on my blog, http://thebrooklynscribbler.blogspot.com/ featuring guest posts from new authors looking to promote their work. If anyone is interested in doing a guest post of less that 500 words, related to your writing, please PM me.

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Writers' Cafe / Anyone else having problems adjusting Kindle price?
« on: April 05, 2011, 09:07:25 am »
In March, I dropped the price on my first book from $2.99 to 99 cents, saw more sales but not enough to justify the very low royalty. I raised it back to $2.99 last Wednesday, still waiting to see the change reflected on Amazon. I wrote to KDP Support yesterday and they said there was some glitch and someone would contact me in a few days, which is meaningless. Has anyone had a similar issue?

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After answering the earlier post about March sales, I'm thinking of how many sales I've had compared to the reviews. I'm guessing that 8-10% of the people who've bought my books have reviewed them. I find it frustrating because I know firsthand how potential readers make judgments about books based on reviews. A blogger who reviewed my latest last month told me she'd seen the book on SW but because it didn't have any reviews, she didn't buy it at first. Then another blogger's review convinced she should. Begs the question of how writers get further sales and reviews, if few who buy the book bother to review it. I'd like to know how others feel about reviews; is it worse to have a bunch of bad reviews, none at all or very few? Do you ignore a book that seems interesting because it has few reviews?

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The Book Bazaar / Historical Fiction by Lisa J. Yarde
« on: March 21, 2011, 05:52:36 pm »

In fourteenth-century Spain, former friends vie for a man's heart and the future of his kingdom. Both women are captives sold into the harem of Sultan Yusuf I of Moorish Granada.

A young girl with a hidden heritage, Esperanza Peralta, forges a new identity as Butayna and becomes the mother of Yusuf's firstborn son. The Jewess Miriam Alubel takes the name Maryam and also bears Yusuf several children, including two sons.  

The clash between former friends is inevitable, as each finds diverging paths in a dizzying rise to power beside their husband. Both remain aware of the struggle ahead of them, for only one heir may inherit Yusuf's throne and only one woman can claim the revered title of Mother of the Sultan.


Love is for women who have choices. She has none.

In eleventh-century France on the eve of the First Crusade, Isabel de Vermandois becomes the wife of a man old enough to be her father. He is Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan. A hero of the Norman victory at Hastings and loyal counselor to successive English kings, Robert is not all Isabel had expected. Cruel and kind by contrast, he draws her into the decadent court of King Henry I. As Robert's secrets are unraveled, Isabel finds her heart divided. Her duties as a wife and mother compel her, but an undeniable attraction to the young William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, tempts her. In a kingdom where love holds no sway over marital relations, Isabel must choose where her loyalties and her heart lie.

Based on the life of a remarkable medieval woman forgotten by time, The Burning Candle is a story of duty and honor, love and betrayal.


In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the Sultanate of Granada faces a bleak future, as a tyrant seizes control.

Fatima, the daughter of a Sultan, and her devoted husband Faraj have enjoyed years of peace and prosperity. Now, a power-hungry madman claims the throne. He murders almost everyone Fatima holds dear. His reign fractures a weakened Sultanate, under siege from Christian kingdoms to the north and Moorish dynasties in the south.

Fatima must preserve the legacy of her forefathers at all costs. She risks everything, even the love and trust of her husband. Amidst treachery and intrigue, she stands alone against her adversaries, determined to avenge terrible losses. Can she survive the test of divided loyalties and shocking betrayals?


In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultanís nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Farajís lives.

All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she soon learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents and discovered how affluence and power offers little protection against indomitable enemies. Guilt and fears plague him. Determined to carve his own destiny, Faraj struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered family.

Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues. They unite against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty. While Fatima and Faraj establish a powerful bond, the atmosphere of deceit creates opportunities for mistrust and tests their love.


Love united them. Destiny drove them apart.

When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage.

Swept away in the arms of another, Avicia enters the treacherous court of Duke William of Normandy. Through the years, Edric and Avicia reunite in a timeless, forbidden love, but a bitter rivalry for the English throne divides them. In a world forever altered in the aftermath of Hastings, hope rises and the chance to love again.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Still haven't bought a Kindle
« on: August 04, 2010, 03:02:58 pm »
I'm outing myself as someone who hasn't bought a Kindle yet. I read Kindle books, downloaded to my Blackberry or PC with the Kindle app. The latest Kindles have finally made me consider buying one for the first time, because the price is reasonable. Is there anyone who has recently moved from using the applications for a handheld or PC to owning the device? I'd like some feedback as I try to decide whether to make the purchase. Thanks.

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Introductions & Welcomes / Hi from Lisa
« on: July 14, 2010, 07:56:07 pm »
Hi, I'm Lisa, from New York.

I just started selling on Kindle last month, and a fellow author recommended kindleboards. Looking forward to interacting with the community.

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