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Messages - Amanda Brice

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Writers' Cafe / Looking for non-fiction cover artist
« on: March 05, 2017, 02:27:52 pm »
I'm publishing a series of DIY legal guides, and we need covers.

Specifically we need both ebook and print versions. We have 4 books contracted, and they need to all be designed in the same style to clearly look branded as a series. We would like to publish the first book by the end of March, but the final 2 books won't be until this summer.

If you make non-fiction covers, or know someone who can help, please let me know.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 1st pervon POV authors - advice needed please
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:01:53 am »
What they said. There's a fine line between adding character and annoying your reader and making him/her think you're ignorant.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:00:56 am »
Here's the direct link to today's post!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/fangirl-friday-5-29-2015/

Come on over and gab about your books!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:33:40 pm »
Bump!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 15, 2015, 07:53:10 am »
No problem!

This is a standing invitation for every Friday!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 15, 2015, 06:37:34 am »
Bump!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 15, 2015, 05:35:44 am »
Today is Fangirl Friday again, so come on over and comment on the post with your new releases or discounted books!

Standing invitation every Friday!!!!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:58:31 pm »
Bump! Come on over and gab about books!

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Writers' Cafe / Come self-promote at Fangirl Friday today!
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:53:51 am »
Do you have a new release? A book that is discounted or free this weekend?

Or maybe you just read something that blew your mind.

Tell us about it!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/

All we ask in return is that you are courteous, you don't mention the same book twice, and that you help spread the word!

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Sure, no problem. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Creatives create. Besides writing?
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:15:37 am »
I dance (ballet, ballroom, flamenco, tap), and cook.

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Definitely post those in the comments and give the links!

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Thanks, Michael! We're pretty proud of the site. :)

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Thanks!

Please feel free to share about anything -- even a book you read recently and loved. Fangirl Friday is all about books...books we love, books we're reading, and books we wrote! Hopefully people can find some great weekend reads!

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Come on over to the Ruby blog and brag about your books!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/fangirl-friday-4-17-15/

Have a new release? A great review? Running a sale? Have a free book? Let us know!

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Writers' Cafe / ISO editing and formatting for a cookbook
« on: March 18, 2015, 01:18:27 pm »
I've been tasked to put together a proposal to self-publish a Junior League cookbook. This particular Junior League last did a cookbook in 1999, and they used Wimmer as their "publisher" but my friend in the League is convinced that they can do much better by self-publishing and I am pretty certain she's right.

But before she can convince the rest of the committee, she needs to put together a proposal, so she needs numbers. So of course, she asked me, her only friend who self-publishes.  ;D

The package they need to compare is a 288-page cookbook. She doesn't know how many recipes that works out to, or really anything at all. Just that the proposal they got from the vanity publisher is for a 288-page book.

So....if you have self-published a cookbook or if you offer editing and/or formatting services for non-fiction, cookbooks in particular, I need to know the following:

What should they expect to pay for--
* editing
* print layout
* ebook formatting

If they go this route, the committee would select the recipes and would do the necessary due diligence to determine that they actually are good and work. I also advised that they would put together a "template" for members to use when submitting their recipes, so they're all in the same format and so could basically be cut-and-pasted into the final thing, once the committee has engaged in the necessary selection and arrangement, along with any supplemental writing and descriptions.

So they really do just need editing and format.

Can anyone help? What have you paid for this? Or if you offer these services, what do you charge?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come blatantly self-promote at Fangirl Friday!
« on: March 13, 2015, 01:02:12 pm »
Bump! Come share your book news!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does APub ever accept submissions??
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:44:59 am »
I think they might take agented submissions, but maybe not. Mostly I think, as Nykki said, it's invitation only.

They do take agented submissions, as well as by invitation. I have been contracted for a couple of short projects, and both times it was by invitation only (and really because of "who you know" -- I know they didn't just discover me in the vast sea of Amazon).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone here voiced their own audio book?
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:42:14 am »
Many authors narrate their own books. Few actually do it well.

This. There's a reason audio book narrators referred to as voice actors. It's not just reading. It's a true skill to become all those different characters.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come blatantly self-promote at Fangirl Friday!
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:37:27 am »
It's Friday, so you know what that means!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/fangirl-friday-3-13-15/

Come chat with the Rubies and our readers all about books! Is there a book you're currently reading that is great? Did you recently read something amazing? Are you an author who had a new release this week? Or maybe your books are free or discounted today? Tell us!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come blatantly self-promote at Fangirl Friday!
« on: March 06, 2015, 05:12:06 pm »
Keep 'em coming!

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Longer doesn't mean bloated. I don't describe clothes nearly as much as many authors of novellas. Scenery descriptions bore me. It's more about secondary characters and the duration of the storyline, I find. But I write quite zippily. Lots of dialogue.

Pride and Prejudice would be a good example of a long book that is a quick read. My favorite kind of book: humor, dialogue, interesting characters and story line beyond the romance. Yet it's much longer and more complex than even a long current romance. It just doesn't "read long." But you can happily dive in there and stay a while.

Which isn't to say that the only good books are long. Just that long doesn't necessarily mean bloated.

THIS. I was actually *shocked* to discover that Pride & Prejudice is as long as it is, because it has always felt like a quick read to me. I'd never call it "short" but it certainly didn't read long because of the pacing, dialogue and characters. At 122,000-ish words, that's WAY longer than the average book I read (I generally top out at about 100,000 words when I read and love the 70-85K range). Those 500,000-word doorstoppers aren't even on my radar. I will NEVER read one.

Anyway, what I love about ebooks is that if readers aren't actually picking up a physical, tangible printed copy, length is no longer an absolute. I've read plenty of novellas that are much more satisfying reads than full-length novels, whereas in a print world I would likely never even consider buying a novella. What matters is whether a story FEELS big, satisfying, and complete.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Make Them Kids WORK! :)
« on: March 06, 2015, 02:13:24 pm »
$100?  He probably would have done it for Taco Tuesdays and extra bacon.  ;)
Ha!

I love this, and dream of the day that my kids are old enough. (I have a 5-yr-old and a 3-yr-old.) Hmmmm...maybe I can chitchat with my 14-yr-old niece and nephew and see what skills they might be willing to learn in exchange for Aunt Amanda giving them money...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come blatantly self-promote at Fangirl Friday!
« on: March 06, 2015, 01:09:49 pm »
Keep those comments coming! Have you read anything good lately? Any news about your own books? Share!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Come blatantly self-promote at Fangirl Friday!
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:05:22 am »
Remember, this is a STANDING INVITATION for every Friday!

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