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« on: November 21, 2013, 08:13:32 am »
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Where am I going to click???  :'( :-X :o

 ;D :P

Writers' Cafe / Hugh make me feel
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:47:43 pm »
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Couldn't help it. Jiggin' on the couch this morning.


Writers' Cafe / The drive to write, I lost it
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:11:13 am »
I think I lost the ability to write.  :-X

I haven't been able to put out anything regularly for a few months now.

There was a time when I was capable of writing 500+words blog posts per day every day, on top of my writing. This is not the case anymore. I find myself wanting to do anything else but sit down and write, although I have 16 episodes all ready to edit, and I was looking forward to NaNoWriMo to get my groove back.

Every sentence is a struggle, I cannot find the will to write anymore, though my life plan was building my career and do this full time one day. I am beginning to fear this will never happen.

I feel a bit stupid saying this but... Some of you here know about my personal situation. What I wonder is, was repression pushing me forward with the writing thing? Have I completely lost it, now that I am free and happy?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Writers' Cafe / Logo designer?
« on: October 10, 2013, 09:12:41 am »
Do you have one to recommand?
I can do covers, but logo seem to be a whole other story!
If you are one, please include link to previous works.

Thanks!  :D

Writers' Cafe / My Writing Playlists
« on: October 10, 2013, 06:32:54 am »
I have a playlist of ten songs per episode in my series.
I write only to those songs, on repeat, when I write that series.
Are you also a freak like me?


How do you choose the playlists of your books?
How do you share them with your readers? (on the website, inside the books, on social media?)

I know we can't share lyrics in our books, but can we mention the songs we listened to while writing?
I've seen people like Amanda Hocking doing it so I suppose it's okay?

Just for fun, share your playlists too!  :D

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Writers' Cafe / Smashwords' motto---this is HILARIOUS!
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:10:27 pm »
"Your ebook your way."

I have a few e-mails of complaints saying otherwise.  ;D ;D ;D

Good thing they are allowing serials now.
About time, right?

Writers' Cafe / Where do you check if your book is in the adult dungeon?
« on: October 02, 2013, 12:21:55 pm »
I keep forgetting...  ???

Writers' Cafe / Street Teams: What Who Where How When?
« on: September 29, 2013, 01:30:17 am »
I've copycatted my authors idols, and created an Apocalypstreet Team for my Irma Geddon pen name.
Of course, for the moment, I'm the only one in there.
It gets lonely.

I wondered if people having success with their Street Teams would consider chiming in and giving me tips?


Writers' Cafe / Soon, a new tentacle book for SM Reine's enjoyment!
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:42:24 am »
Tentacle authors... wanna band together to cross promote?
I'll be adding to that kink again in a few days.  ;D ;D ;D

It's Writer Angst Monday here. Bad, bad day for the soul.
And now I'm in worrying mode.

We hear often how a lot of books out make money. Sure thing! No worries! A breeze!
Are there people around here who follow that idea that have dozens of books and make almost nothing?

Find, Read, Love

Find, Read, Love is a website about your books, for your current and future readers. It is meant to be a place for indie authors and readers to meet and share (although of course if you have a traditionally-published book you're welcome there anyway, but I will focus my efforts on promoting the website to the authors on KBoards only).

At the moment, I am actively looking for new authors and books to build a sufficiently-sized database, in order to have a great choice of books to offer to the readers. I am letting the readers come organically for now, since I need to have enough material to show before I focus my attention on getting more eyes on your stories.




When will your book appear?
This is manual work. I make sure everything is good, that tags are well-formatted, that your author name is the right one, and that your book is not missing crucial information. Then I schedule it on the website.

Your book promotion on the website depends on how many books are scheduled before yours. I will do a pass every morning (at least I'll try), and schedule all the books, one every hour.

Find, Read, Love needs your help!

Please help me promote your books by adding them to the database!
  • Register. I know you guys hate CAPTCHAs, but this is a one-time CAPTCHAs to avoid spam on the book list---it allows me to work on the promoting and the coding of the website instead on focusing on deleting the spam accounts.
  • Add your e-books. Don't be shy, add them all, I will promote each and every one of them (unless illegal, but that goes without saying!)

For the moment, there are more than 300 people on the main Facebook page. It is still growing organically as time passes, and I will fund ads in the future when possible.

Spread the book love!
If you appreciate me promoting your books, please consider:
  • Letting your fans know about Find, Read, Love by sharing the website's URL, relevant Facebook pages, or Twitter account.
  • Sharing or re-tweeting when your book is promoted (or the ones of your friends).
  • Letting your author friends know that they can register and add their books information for free on the website.

Thanks a lot to every one of you encouraging me and helping me every day.  :D
This project is fun, I feel I can give back a little to my indie community and the great fellows at KBoards.

How does the promotion work?

Every day, I'll do this routine:
  • I'll schedule the new books on the website. An automatic tweet from the @findreadlove account should follow. I'll then schedule them on the main Facebook page and each of its genre pages.
  • I'll promote the 8 Popular Books displayed on the home page. Those depend on how much they have been consulted on the website the last few days.
  • I'll then choose 8 random books in each genre and will promote each of them.

I intend to also share Author Interviews, Author pages, and Book Promotion Dates as soon as they will be available on the website (it's schedule for the new version).

How much does it cost?

It's frakking free, for frakking's sake!  :D

I am an Amazon Affiliate, and I will be getting a percentage of the sale each time an e-book is sold after a reader clicked on my link. It does not cost more for the reader, and it does not detract from the royalties the author is getting. It's just one more place readers can discover and be enticed to buy your books. It's a win/win/win situation, in my opinion.

Previous topic titles

[Find, Read, Love] Open Beta, Welcoming All Authors/Genres
[Find, Read, Love] Boring and uncapslocked subject that won't get me in trouble
[Find, Read, Love] Calling Romance authors: next on promotion wagon!

What am I doing these days?

October, 5th, 2013
Advertising has begun, we're almost at 700 fans as of today. I gain around 60+ likes per day on the main page.
As soon as I'll reach 1k fans there, I'll switch the advertising to the Romance page, which is the next one on the list (51 fans for the moment).
I NEED YOUR BOOKS, I need to have enough to promote around and lure readers in.
So if you haven't registered and added your books yet, now's the time to do it! Fine tune your covers, descriptions, reviews, let everything shine!

September, 14th, 2013
Okay, I've been working some more on the categories!

There are brand new Facebook pages to promote on, specifically for YOUR books.  :D
They are, of course, related to brand new categories, so make sure your book doesn't belong to one of them!

New Adults
Short Stories
Speculative Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adults/Teen

Some of those categories are "free" categories, which means they don't count as one in the three categories you can choose from for your book: LGBTQ, New Adults, Short Stories, Vampires, Werewolves, Young Adults/Teens and Zombies.

Let me know if you're in dire need of another kind of genre, I'll be happy to add it!  :D

Oh, and by the way, here is a quick way to check if you've hit all the pages you're interested in: head over to FRL's About page (in construction) and click on the ones you want to be a part of!  ;D

September 12th, 2013
I DESPERATELY need more books to promote, please please please!  :-* ;)

I am going to invest money to drive traffic to the Facebook pages in October, but I cannot do this if I only have the same ten books to promote each day because people are going to mob-pitchfork me to the volcano!

 ;D ;D ;D

I'd really appreciate it if you all could find some time to add your books, and then tell your author friends about the website and how it rocks bears in tutus with tentacles on top.

Here are the categories I have so far:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Animal Books
  • Children Books
  • Erotica
  • Fantasy
  • History
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Literary Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Non-Fiction
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller

September 1st, 2013
I have been working on the Find, Read, Love website these last few days, trying to fix the last bugs and better the look and feel.

All bugs you found about the book description form should be okay now, so please check if you need to resubmit the description one last time. It's easy to find your books:

  • Login
  • Go to your Author Dashboard
  • Click on the covers of your books to check out if everything works, and if it doesn't, just go back to your Author Dashboard page, and click on the Edit link located just in front of the book you want to modify

Next on the roadmap, for the David Adams version, I will be working on Author Pages (displaying your books and info), Author Interviews and Book Promotion Dates. If you have ideas on what you would like to see on the website after that, or find any bug, let me know!

Writers' Cafe / Need a few beta-testers for my FRL forms!
« on: August 17, 2013, 05:00:05 am »
Ideally, I'd need two or three persons max willing to put their book(s) on the website and let me know if there are issues or missing things.

Who's in?  :D

Writers' Cafe / Third Person Thursday: Nathalie rhymes with lazy
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:40:22 am »
Nathalie is so lazy she could put a hibernating bear to shame.
Actually, sloths deserted France because they couldn't take the competition.

Nathalie also has a mere half-neuron, which makes her do crazy things. Like eating a whole watermelon for diner (and having to get up to pee every hour for the whole night). Like welcoming a new kitten at her home, because a writer NEEDS a cat, right? And forgetting that kitties like to jump on her feet ten times during the night, disturbing her when she already lacks sleep with her [crap]lings.

Nathalie has ten thousand projects, and only a few hours everyday to work on them. So she has decided she has to work extra hard to automatize her latest fun project, Find, Read, Love.
She has rebuilt the website from scratch, and is gnawing on her keyboard because some of the things she wants to change are lost into a bazillion lines of code.
But she is happy, because she will soon be able to both help her fellow indies (and herself) by continuing building a community for readers and authors both, but she also won't have to format anyone else's posts, EVER AGAIN.

 ;D ;D ;D

Writers' Cafe / Today's my day! \o/
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:37:00 pm »
Today's my day, moving day!
I'll be gone a while.
Send me ten thousand thoughts, hugs, prayers...
I love you all, I'll be back soon.

 :-* :-* :-*

Writers' Cafe / Third Person Thursday: Nathalie has a plan
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:32:28 pm »
Nathalie is fed up with the heat.
She hates it with a passion.
She hates it even more when she has things to do, and is almost unable to move from her flabby state on the couch.

Nathalie has decided that, when (not if) her books sell by bazillions, she will move around Earth to always be where the winter is.
"Up yours, summer!" she says, throwing the calendar right into the trash can.

Writers' Cafe / OFFICIAL KB JARGON THREAD -- add your own!
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:30:16 am »
Pulling an Elle Casey ---- Writing way, way too much. Probably on drugs of some sort, or superhuman.
     "Next month, I need to write 75k words. I will have to pull an Elle Casey, or I won't be able to buy myself my Lionheart pony with my Zon royalties."

Dalyaing ---- The constant changing of covers, preferrably ones with birds on them.

To Tomlin something ---- the wrong but endearing use of French swear words in a novel.
     "Mange du merde," she tomlined.

To Hugh oneself ---- strange tactic consisting on using Hugh Howey's name in a thread to generate sales.
     "Hugh Howey", hughed himself David Adams, clicking on the refresh button of his browser to check his KDP account.

Being Betsyfied ---- getting punished with a cattle prod after being naughty on a KB thread.
     "She was making a fun jargon thread just before she got betsyfied for using the term 'merde'."

Being Julied ---- getting the wrath of ten thousand Siths.
    "He was trying to sell review when BAM, he got julied."

To Atunah ---- gushing over novels in PM.
    They compared their reading lists and atunahed for a while on their favourites.

To Cross ---- to get thrusted right in the bestseller lists with one's first novel. Also known as: to Maya.
     A few days after publications, she had already [crossed/mayaed] her way in the Top Ten.

To Bilinda ----- to rock a series.
     She Bilindaed her way into the hearts of her readers.

To Adamsify ---- to fanboy or fangirl to the extreme.
     He was so adamsified that he had thirty Wool novels signed, one from each convention Hugh went to.

Joenobodier ---- Target of a gigantic organization trying to steal your WiP by one of the following tactics: theft, DDOS, zombie invasion OR sharknadoes.
     "I've had it with these Joenobodier agents on that Joenobodier parking lot!"

Writers' Cafe / Made me smile today, needed it so much
« on: July 23, 2013, 12:34:26 pm »
I always joke with my friend how when I'm in the Top 10 at Amazon I'll buy an island and we'll all go there to live together forever happy.  :D

I was amazed when my friend told me that she and her husband were convinced that I could make at least a living writing books---and those are people that haven't read them, they don't read in English, but they know how much it matters to me.

In September, I'm pulling an Elle Casey. I'll be finally out of my constant pain and misery, and I want to work at editing and releasing the next 16 episodes that I've already written. I want to write more. I want to work hard and enjoy myself in this path I have chosen for myself.

Thanks a lot to all the wonderful people here who show me the way, who encourage me, who stand by me and say kind things to me.  :-*

What made YOU smile today?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Argl, Kindle Paperwhite not working!
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:17:57 am »
I cannot for the life of me get my Kindle Paperwhite to work. It stays on the picture page, and does not boot to show my books whether I open the lid (which is sufficient, generally), or wheter I push the "on" button. I read with it yesterday night, it worked fine then. I am actually trying to charge it, though I've charged it not long ago, just in case. Does anyone here have had the same problem?


The Book Corner / After Stardust and Shine Not Burn...?
« on: July 18, 2013, 10:09:26 pm »
I just understood the crazy appeal of NA Romances...
I never knew I'd enjoy those stories, being a big fan of horror, but here I am.

What should I read next, in the same genre?
Please recommend some books just like those two!

Writers' Cafe / Find, Read, Love needs a *little* help
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:56:13 am »
I'm posting regularly all new books on the FRL Facebook pages and Twitter account: (on the right of that page are links to all the other pages, like Romance, Mystery, Erotica, Science-Fiction, etc.)

I'm also re-posting randomly all previously submitted books.

It would help, if you submit your books to FRL, that you like and share the FB statuses with your fans, or retweet.

Thanks a lot for any help.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Elle, Mimi and Lady O killed me -- my three Goddesses
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:58:07 pm »
I loved Stardust, I just want to die while waiting for the next book.  >:(
I'm plotting to hike to Canada to roll around crying on Mimi's doorstep, because the constant whining for the sequel has to be helping, right?

I loved Learning curves. Gimme the damn sequel or I'll chew a kitten to death (probably mine first, because of all the fur).  >:(

I'm only at 29% of Shine not Burn, but I'm already crazy, unevoqually in love with that book. I'm already angry this is a standalone (yes, I'm wavery like that).  >:(

I am immensely proud to have such talented friends, and amazed at how they can even friend a mere mortal like me!  ;D

I now understand and acknowledge the full extent of my turdness!
There's a long way to go until I achieve such great stories.
You gals are my inspiration.

Love you, ladies. A lot!  :-*

Writers' Cafe / Permafree numbers up?
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:37:54 am »
Not complaining, of course, but is there any reason my permafree book is downloaded a lot today?
I generally have one or two downloads per day, and since this morning it has been downloaded more than ten times that.

Writers' Cafe / I hate Dalya. I do. I really do.
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:33:45 am »
I've started to read We Are Made of Stardust.
Now I don't want to CampNaNo, I just want to sit there and read all day.
And I can't, because that's unreasonable, isn't it?

*throws flaming Pomeranians on Dalya*  >:(

I wonder if I should do some short recipes.
You know, to profit from my ANCESTRAL ex-boyfriends old grandma's secret LEGENDARY recipes.
Plus, Lady O made me want to do it with her last book.
What do you think? How would that sell? How much for a bunch of 3 recipes?

 ;D ;D ;D

Writers' Cafe / Yup, I'm happy about my two stars review!
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:35:43 am »
I got a two stars review saying basically that they loved the book but it was too short.
I don't care if it's two stars, the reader f*cking loved my book! So much that when it ended after 12k+ words, which is my episodes average, he wanted MOAR MOAR MOAR!

Yeah, I'm happy. Sue me.  :P

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