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Writers' Cafe / Bad Lyrics
« on: September 23, 2020, 03:09:01 pm »
There are certain lyrics that always drive me crazy for various reasons. Every time I hear them, I want to take a time machine and travel back into the studio and say, "Please tweak that."

One is the Toto song Africa. "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti." So you're actually going to make a metaphor comparing one of the world's highest mountains to another mountain? And one that isn't even that tall?

She's Gone by Hall & Oates "Think I'll spend eternity in the city. Let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away" The carbon and monoxide? That's not how chemistry works.

Duran Duran, "Smell like I sound." Huh?

But the worst of all time, the one that gets me every single time it plays is Steve Miller Band: "Billy Mac is a detective down in Texas. Ya know he knows just exactly what the facts is. He ain't gonna let those two escape justice. He makes his livin' off the peoples' taxes."

There's just so much wrong there. The first sentence, mmmmmoookay. But that second sentence. Nevermind all the colloquial abbreviations (which I don't think are appropriate to Texas;) the "just exactly" kills me and then the subject/verb issue... Ugh! And I'll let the third sentence pass since we already established that we're using slang, even if maybe just a little too much. But the fourth sentence is just unnecessary information. And then there's the issue that none of it actually rhymes!

Anyway, as writers, what are your pet peeve lyrics? I'm curious.

EDITING TO ADD: Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the songs are bad. In fact, I like most of them very much and I even sing along, but those phrases, they just grate.

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Writers' Cafe / Ladies, let's trade for narration
« on: April 16, 2020, 10:44:13 am »
I have a mystery novel series written with a female narrator. Are you a woman with a book series written in a male voice? Let's make a deal.

I really want to publish my series as audio, but I can't afford to hire a narrator. Meanwhile, I have narrated a few other books and published through ACX and Findaway Voices. So I'm posting on the off-chance that somewhere there is a woman author out there with the reverse situation. Let me know. Let's see what we can work out.

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Writers' Cafe / Findaway Voices rejected by audible question
« on: February 05, 2020, 02:04:06 pm »
I submitted an audiobook to Findaway Voiced a little over a month ago in late December. It has yet to post to Audible. I realize that Audible can reject a book if the audio files don't meet a standard, but I can't find anywhere if that's what happened and if it is which chapter files it might be. I also understand that I can resubmit, but without knowing if that's what happened or which files might need adjusting, I don't know how to proceed.

Has anyone else had this issue, and if so how did you resolve it?

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Writers' Cafe / Questions for Narrators
« on: January 05, 2020, 10:12:54 pm »
I've been writing and publishing for several years, but for the past few years I've been podcasting, and I finally decided to publish my podcasted stories audiobook-style. Now I'm interested in branching out and narrating for other authors. Is there a forum I can check out to learn the etiquette and other incidentals as a beginning narrator? Thanks in advance for any help.

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I appreciate you all for your efforts and trust. We just wrapped the final promo for the year, and unfortunately I'm here to announce that it will be the final promo ever. I had chosen an entire calendar full of duel-genre themes and given them such clever hooklines as Kisses & Tells for romance and westerns, Gunsmoke & Mirrors for westerns and mystery, and Fun & Games for humor and horror; but alas those promos will never see the light of day. Interest and participation never rose to the level I had hoped. I'm not clear as to why. This kind of promo represents zero cost to participants. I mean ZERO. And inclusion only requires a bare minimum of effort. Yet for that minimal investment of time, authors potentially found new fans and made invaluable connections with fellow authors.

So I'm abandoning the idea. The domain will expire in December, so if anyone else wants to spend a year or so banging your head against a wall for nothing, feel free to pick up the ball where I'm dropping it.

On the bright side, now I'll have more free time to devote to my own work. Cheers and best of luck to everyone.

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The tag is Wit & Wisdom, and the genres are anything Humor and anything Legal. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are November 15 - 17 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

Who doesn't love a good lawyer joke? The law is not usually considered a funny thing, but the more serious a thing is, the more farcical it becomes; and what's more serious than jurisprudence? From The Bon Fire of the Vanities, to My Cousin Vinny, the humor in the law and its absurdities is always just under the surface.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99cents November 15 - 17 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight Nov 4th, 2019 US Eastern time.

Your email address will be used ONLY for the purpose of this promo, and will not be shared. It will not be saved for future promos unless you specify that you wish to receive updates at the end of the form which can be found at this link - http://bit.ly/WandWNov2019

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Writers' Cafe / Findaway Voices Reporting question
« on: September 25, 2019, 10:58:48 pm »
Sorry to ask this here. I tried looking up the info on Findaway's help page and when that proved fruitless I searched for a forum dedicated to Findaway, but that bombed too. So I'm asking here. Hopefully somebody knows what the answer is.

I recently narrated and released a public domain audiobook through Findaway Voices as practice before releasing my own work. I've made a few sales, nothing major, which is no surprise since I'm not promoting it at all. However...

In the royalties reporting page there are two tabs below the lifetime royalties overview to let you see the current expected disbursement. One tab is table view, the other is chart view. Chart view is just a bar graph like Amazon's reporting page showing daily sales. Table view is more detailed with such items as territory, sales date, list price, partner (which is like Scribd or Chirp,) and royalty rate. Now this is where my question comes in.

On September 18, I noticed that I'd made a sale. No I don't have sales on this title everyday, and I wouldn't expect to. So I checked the chart to see the info and apparently it was in Japan and the sale was through Apple. Cool so far.

So I push the slide bar over to learn how much the title sells for in Japan and what the commission is, and under price it says 54,075.82 and the commission is 35,041.13.

Now, I don't get excited. I just assume that's yen and I have no idea what the exchange rate for yen is, but normally no matter where the sale is from, the report converts it to dollars, so it's weird. Meanwhile, I decide to check, and according to Google 54,075.82 yen is $502.21 in US dollars and my listed commission would be $321.45. So that can't be right.

Then I switched over to chart view, and I have a sale listed for that date but no commission and the sale doesn't show in my lifetime commission (which by the way is $40 since June.)

So now I'm figuring the high cost and commission set off some kind of red flag; so they are withholding verifying the sale? It's been over two weeks now.

Should I be concerned? Has anybody else had this issue with Japan sales? Might they somehow accuse me of gaming the system somehow? I haven't. Like I said, it was a practice book and I don't even promote it beyond mentioning it on my blog and in my newsletter.

Ideas? Suggestions?

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The tag is Monsters & Madmen, and the genres are anything Sci-fi and anything Horror. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are October 19 - 20 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

We all know Stephen King is the master of modern horror, but isn't "Under the Dome" a science fiction novel? Isn't "11/22/63" about time travel? If "War of the Worlds" isn't a horror story, then neither is "A Quiet Place." Science and scientific exploration are all about the unknown, and what's scarier than not knowing what's going to happen next?

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99cents October 18 to 20 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight Oct 7th, 2019 US Eastern time.

Your email address will be used ONLY for the purpose of this promo, and will not be shared. It will not be saved for future promos unless you specify that you wish to receive updates at the end of the form which can be found at this link - http://bit.ly/MandMOct2019

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Writers' Cafe / Issue regarding Audible via Findaway Voices
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:51:40 am »
As a test of the market, I recently recorded a public domain novel and published it via Findaway voices. I used their extended distribution, and priced very low. However, when the recording appeared on Audible, it was priced at almost $20.

Now, I'm not overly concerned, because as I said, it's a test. But if they charge $20 for a $5 file, I'm curious what happens to the money if anyone is stupid enough to buy it. Also is that something they only do as punishment for not using their service?

Anyone with experience of this, what say you?

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The tag is Cloaks & Daggers, and the genres are anything Fantasy and anything Thriller. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are September 21 - 23 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

George R.R. Martin writes fantastic thrillers. What did Alice have in Wonderland if not an adventure? Every epic fantasy is also an epic adventure, and every thrilling tale leads us to a world of imagination. Whether you fantasize about wizards and dragons or about spies and murder plots, you'll find your heart's desire in this promo.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99 Sep 21 23 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight Sep 9th, 2019 US Eastern time.

Your email address will be used ONLY for the purpose of this promo, and will not be shared. It will not be saved for future promos unless you specify that you wish to receive updates at the end of the form which can be found at this link - http://bit.ly/CandD2019

FTR

This promo bookends World Hobbit Day, Sep 22.

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Writers' Cafe / Quick email coding question re supplying unique codes
« on: July 01, 2019, 04:30:20 pm »
I have a basic mailchimp account. I sent an email asking who of my subs would like a free download code from Findaway Voices. I got 11 responses.

Now I could just send 11 different emails each with a unique code, but I'm wondering if there's a way (and a tutorial) showing how I can simply insert some code to send one email to a segment I would create for the 11 subs. So they each get the same email but each get a unique code from the list Findaway sent to me.

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The tag is Law & Disorder, and the genres are anything Military and/or Historical and anything Crime and/or Noir. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are August 23 - 25 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

Was Bogey better in Casablanca or in The Maltese Falcon? Louis L'Amour could tell the same story set in 19th century Laredo, on the SS Lichenfield or in the mean streets of modern LA. War makes criminals of us all, and every criminal syndicate needs its foot soldiers.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c August 23 - 25 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight August 12th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/LandD082019

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I welcome any and all criticism or advice. I am attempting to use the Bryan Cohen formula.

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A legal loophole may be George Bond's ticket out of jail, unless local investigator, Lupa Schwartz, can independently establish Bond's motive in the execution-style murder of Bugler Slew councilman, Ed Soigne.

Shot and left for dead in a ditch after an evening meeting, Ed Soigne was a devoted husband, father, and public servant. Having spearheaded an initiative to keep fracking outside of the borders of the town he loves, Soigne has made more than a few enemies. The DA thinks he has an airtight case against a local farmer who stood to lose millions due to the ban; but that motive, and therefore that case seems to be slipping away. Now it's up to the headstrong investigator the county has hired to prove to the judge that the case holds water; but the PI seems unwilling to play by the court's rules for some reason.

Part legal thriller, part murder mystery, Testify is the first stand-alone novella-length story ever released in the Lupa Schwartz canon. If you enjoyed My Cousin Vinny and Runaway Jury, you'll love this exciting genre-bender.

Buy Testify to experience an unexpected take on justice today.

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Writers' Cafe / The importance of research
« on: May 25, 2019, 11:18:12 am »

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The tag is Free & Just, and the genres are anything Western and anything Legal Eagle. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are July 12 - 14 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

The Ox Bow Incident is clearly both a story about the law and the old west. But while every great western has a question of justice at its core, so too every great American legal thriller, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird thru Runaway Jury could be set in old Dodge City. What could be more American for Independence Day?

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99 July 12 - 14 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight July 1st, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/FandJ2019

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The tag is Love & Death, and the genres are anything Romance and anything War or Historical. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are June 21 - 23 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

From Here to Eternity, The English Patient, Dr. Zhivago, Memoirs of a Geisha, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gone With the Wind... Obviously love makes war tolerable, but maybe in literature, conflict makes love better?

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c/99p June 21 - 23 of 2019. It may also be a box set or an illustrated/graphic novel for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight June 10th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/LandD2019

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The tag is Questions & Answers, and the genres are anything Mystery and anything Sci-Fi. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are May 17 - 19 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

In 1953, Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man won the first Hugo award in science fiction, but at it's heart it was a howcatchem mystery novel. Dan Brown's recent Inferno is a detective story about a fictional genetically modified weapon at its heart. This promo explores science and all its mysteries, as well as the science of solving mysteries.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c/99p April 26 - 28 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight M̶a̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶t̶h̶ May 12th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/DCLQandA2019

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The tag is Mirth & Mischief, and the genres are anything Humor and anything Thriller. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are April 26 - 28 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com.

Laughter is the release of tension. Just ask Carl Hiassen or Janet Evanovich; and within the thriller genre, it can be subtle like the movie Ocean's Eleven to broad like Rush Hour. Whichever of these genres you come looking for, you'll find it in this promo.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c/99p April 26 - 28 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight April 15th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/DCLMandM2019

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Writers' Cafe / Fantasy & Horror authors - 99c promo March (PROMO OVER)
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:10:33 pm »
Maybe you've heard, I'm starting a new website dedicated to book sale cross-promos.

The tag is Daydreams and Nightmares, and the genres are anything Fantasy and anything Horror. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are March 8 - 10 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com. I'm still building the site, but the signup form is now open.

Every monster started as somebody's fantasy. Every fantastic beast is a monster to somebody. Were Dr. Moreau and his chimeras not a fantasy tale? Was Gulliver's journey not horrifying for him at times?

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c/99p March 8 - 10 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight February 25th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/DandN2019

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Writers' Cafe / Romance & Crime authors - Cross-Promo (FINAL DAY)
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:44:36 am »
Maybe you've heard, I'm starting a new website dedicated to book sale cross-promos.

The tag is Love and Hate, and the genres are anything Romance and anything Crime or Crime-Noir. (Books do not have to feature both genre types, or they may. It's a spectrum thing.) The dates for the promo are February 22 to Feb 24 of 2019.

To see the site, visit doublecrosslit.com. I'm still building the site, but the signup form is now open.

What's a noir story without a femme fatale? What's a romance novel without a b7ad boy? Crime and romance go together like Bonnie and Clyde. And what better month to feature tales of twisted love than February? Happy Valentine's Day.

To join this promo, your book must be a novel, a novella, a collection of flash fiction or short stories at least three stories in length, or an anthology for which you are listed as curator or editor; and must be 99c/99p February 22 - 24 of 2019. It may also be a box set for which you are listed as author or author team, editor, or curator; and may cost up to $1.99 on the dates of the promo. By submitting a title, you agree to use your social media accounts and email list to promote the program. The book must be available on Amazon.com, but can also be available on other eBook platforms. This form closes at midnight February 11th, 2019 US Eastern time.

The form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlxxvuVZI2o1rABdMNH3wWwsqCE7yS35n1u2ct8ryrUMCimQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Writers' Cafe / (RESOLVED) Calling all graphic artists and cover designers!
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:06:26 pm »
Hi, I'm Dave, a poor struggling author here on kboards. Recently I came up with an idea for a website that is not - repeat NOT - going to make me a ton of money; but it will hopefully help a lot of authors find their audience. Rather than break down what the site is here, I'll just post a link to the conversation about it: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,306833.0.html

Anyways, I'm building the site myself, and I designed a placeholder graphic. I'll put that here too so you can see how laughably bad my design work is.



I'll be honest, I did a quick advanced image search with the filter set to "free to use and modify" for all the images, and slapped this together in GIMP. It's not great, but the site's in beta, so...

Here's the thing though, it's the best I can do, and I don't want that to be what visitors see when the page is rolled out as finished. So...

If you can design something better, MANY many authors will be very grateful. I can't offer you money, but what I will do is mention you as the creator on the website and in every newsletter for as long as we use your work - complete with a link to your website. I plan to use the image on most of the pages and as a header in all newsletters (you know, for branding purposes.)

I was thinking, if you already have some premades you put out with placeholder titles and author names, maybe we could use those. The site is about mashup genres, so maybe mashup genre titles.

"The Cop had Fangs"
"A Cowgirl on Mars"
"Ghostly Love"
"Stealing the Dragon"

Like that. We can work something out, I hope. It's a win/win, right?

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Writers' Cafe / An idea for a new FREE promo site.
« on: November 29, 2018, 10:05:16 am »
Some of you participated in the Black Friday 99c/99p short story collection I organized. At the end of that, I sent out a wrap up email in which I half-jokingly said my next promo would be two unrelated genres, but that quip got me thinking ...

There really is a lot of cross-over in genres. What if I created a website where every month there was a promo featuring two different genres. For example, if I put mystery and sci-fi together, writers might expect to find books that were strictly mystery; such as The Big Sleep, or strictly sci-fi; such as The Time Machine - but there are novels like The Demolished Man or Inferno by Dan Brown that are a little bit of both.

So I'm thinking about putting together a website featuring monthly promos that are a mixed bag. February would be Romance and Crime/Noir, July would be Western and Legal, etc.

Also, I'm thinking books could be novels, novellas, collections, anthologies, even box sets. (I'd probably let box-sets go for $1.99 though.)

Since the idea is cross promotion on cross genre books, I'm calling the site Double-Cross Lit. In the first comment below I'll post my ideas for the mash-ups and the themes. And I'm looking forward to your comments. Remember though, this is currently just an idea.

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Writers' Cafe / How would you go about finding writing partners?
« on: November 26, 2018, 12:03:39 pm »
So, in 2019 I have a few writing projects I want to begin, but I'm honestly not equipped for either. At least not on my own.

The first is a true-crime story. A local guy was convicted of murder and he is suspected of several others. As it turns out, he was a friend of my brother's in high school, and I know the family of his victim he was convicted of killing. I also know the local sheriff who caught him, and the local police chief is also somebody I went to school with.

Problem is, I have no experience writing this kind of thing. I write murder mysteries and crime stories, but I do all my research from my chair online. I've never interviewed law enforcement or victim families or (obviously) a convicted killer, but if I had a partner who had ...

Honestly, I wouldn't even know how to go about approaching any of these people, or promoting the book when it's done. How would I go about finding a writing partner to teach me? What should I even offer such a partner up front? Shared by-line? Top billing? Cash?

The second book is a sci-fi/horror story idea. Like I said, I usually write mysteries and crime stories, but I have a unique idea for a speculative tale, but I don't know how to write the science-ie parts necessarily. Should I write a treatment and then ask in forums? Should I send the treatment cold, directly to potential partners I find on my own? Should I tease the idea in forums? Should I approach agents and when I find one ask him/her to hook me up with a fellow client?

I'm not asking for anyone to volunteer here. I'm just asking how y'all think I should go about introducing the idea to potential partners, and how you think I should find those partners in the first place. And if you have had experience doing something like this - even in some other genres - your input will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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We have all seen the genre promos. On a given weekend everyone involved discounts their book to 99 cents and cross promotes on social media, blogs, and newsletters. Normally it's full length novels in a given genre. But I have a short story collection that no matter what I do I can't seem to get reviews on.

So here's what I want to do. If I can get at least 15 other authors to get on board with a cross-promotion, I'll host and take care of the graphics. This is a one-time-deal for now, but if it goes well, we'll see.

If you're interested message me or post here with questions or advice. Once I have 15 interested authors, I'll create a google doc for submissions.

For the time being, I am thinking any genre other than erotica. The book must be a collection with at least three stories. Some poetry is fine, but it cannot be a poetry collection. It must include some stories. Poetry collections are a different animal.

Note: this is about collections, not anthologies. Each collection should be one author or writing team.

Tentative Date: I'm thinking of Thanksgiving; a Black Friday, long weekend thing. Thursday through Monday.

Okay, whatcha think?

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EDIT:

Wow, the response to this has been fantastic, so I'm going to go ahead and run with it. Here is the Google .doc form for the sign up. bit.ly/BlkFri99ceBk

Feel free to share the link in your writer groups, but please make clear the following stipulations. It must be available on Amazon, but it can also be wide. I'll generate a Universal Book Link (https://www.draft2digital.com/blog/introducing-universal-book-links-next-level-discoverability-for-authors/) for every one who informs me that the book is in wide distribution. The book must be a COLLECTION at least three stories in length, not an anthology and not a box set and not a stand-alone novel or novella. I will reject any title that does not fit the parameters. No erotica.

On the form it asks for genre and gives several options. Since we are dealing with collections, some may cover several sub-genres. Select the genre that most closely fits the overall feel for your title. Titles will be grouped by genre on the landing page. You may use the "other" option to suggest additional genre options, however unless I get a few submissions suggesting the same option it is unlikely I will add it.

You may submit multiple titles, but must initiate a new submission form for each entry.

DATES: Nov 22 - 26

I may continue to add new "rules" to this space as the need for them arises.

Good luck, everyone.

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The Thrills and Mystery Podcast will be wrapping up season five of our fiction/audiobook-style series at the end of June, and I once again plan on a biweekly hiatus series of interviews with authors.

This hiatus will last through the end of the year, so if you have a release planned for anytime between July 16 and January 15, I'll be happy to schedule you in. Dates are first claim first serve, and you can either IM me or post on this thread. So far, only October 29 is claimed. If you claim a spot, I'll message you to confirm, but if I don't hear back from you within three days, the spot may go to somebody else. In the past, authors have requested a slot, and then I never heard from them again leaving me to scramble to refill their slot before posting the schedule. That's not fair to me or other authors who could use the spot. Don't do that.

Also, DO NOT request a spot on behalf of a third party. (VA's, if you see this post, have your author request the spot ASAP.)

All genres are welcome, but the author must write fiction, and the stories must contain an element of suspense. They can be suspenseful humor, suspenseful romance, sci-fi, adventure, military, sword and sorcerer, zombies, anything.

I would really like to interview a team, a hybrid, a cross-genre writer ... All are welcome. The interview will focus more on promoting your stories and less on craft. I don't do scripted questions, it's a conversation. The interviews are pre-recorded. Nothing is put out live. Also interviews are voice only. No video.

So who wants to volunteer?

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