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Writers' Cafe / Re: MilSciFi jargon help: Coms! Comms? Arghhh!
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:34:26 pm »
I use "comm" and "wrist comm" in my Atlantis Grail series.

Never used it as a verb, comm'ed sounds odd, forced, like it's trying too hard to be military jargon.

However you can probably use either comm or com, just choose one and stick to it. As long as it's consistent across all the relevant books in your series, it will be fine.

Jeanne is making good progress with recovery, from day to day, slow but steady.

She still has blurry vision so can't read for too long, but is improving.

She is getting rest, plus has a visiting nurse come in, and is getting some help with daily tasks. Overall, good news! :)

Yes, he calls it cycling - where you go back over your work and add/change things. The key component I believe he makes is state of mind. 

If you are making changes while in the creative mind set  that's NOT rewriting. 

However, if you go back over your work from the critical mindset than that IS rewriting and he believes doing so will hurt your writing.

I believe each writer should do what works for them.  And usually learning your writing process takes trial and error PLUS time.

Good Luck.

Wow, that's a great insight! Thanks for saying it!

I tend to write near-final first drafts, but with every writing session I do a rolling edit of last day's work and then continue onward with new material, so the whole process is a create-edit hybrid.  I also write pretty slowly (even more so lately due to medical issues).

However when the first draft is done, I set it aside for a few days, and then do a light edit mostly to add things, the takes me just a few days. So, the bulk of work happens in the first draft portion.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free Promo For Your Book on Amazon Alexa
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:21:12 am »
Wow, what an original and fun idea, welcome and thanks! :)

It would be great if you might feature my science fiction novel QUALIFY (The Atlantis Grail, Book One) with plenty of reviews!

Thanks for doing this!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread. Oct promo now LIVE
« on: October 01, 2016, 04:05:06 pm »
I posted about the promo on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and in my TAG series fan forum. :)

Oh, and I don't seem to remember or know if I am in the secret group, so Patty, please add/invite me?

Added more resources to the Author Utilities page, including useful info on "going wide:"

Enjoy! :)

CS used to offer author hard covers (no distribution), but they discontinued that some time ago (at least a year ago, I believe).

Very interesting, good to know, thanks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What does your excel spreadsheet look like?
« on: July 01, 2016, 02:36:15 am »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Rosalind James in the latest Publishers Weekly
« on: July 01, 2016, 02:14:57 am »
Fantastic congratulations, Rosalind! :)

Cloth hardcovers? Nice!

Yes, Lighting Source (and now its indie spinoff IngramSpark) has been offering trade hardcover editions for years, both case bound and cloth with dust jackets.

All my books are in trade hardcover and paperback.

Wait, you mean Createspace does not? Wow, I didn't know... since I don't use them.  Okay, then that's another reason in favor of using LSI.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did anyone else get SIX payment emails from Nook?
« on: July 01, 2016, 12:05:09 am »
Yup, same here.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KWL Dashboard showing freebie sales on the map
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:20:12 pm »
Under the "All Time" column, there's 3 rows "ebooks sold," "estimated earnings," and "free downloads." At least that is what I see on my dashboard.

Oh, thank you!!

So, turns out, I'm a complete idiot, because it's been staring me in the face! And I've been clicking all over, looking for a sub-menu or something! Argh!

*Jeez* I am getting old.

Yes! Just happened here a second ago!

Writers' Cafe / Re: KWL Dashboard showing freebie sales on the map
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:08:39 pm »
Okay, how do you see freebie downloads on the KWL dashboard? Because I can't seem to find anything about free, only paid sales.

How do you see freebies?

Got 353 downloads on the 3rd, rank was in the 500's, excellent results, thank you Patty and everyone! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The 'bub's still got it
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:43:22 pm »
Patty, HUGE congratulations, and your advice is spot-on! :)

And heck yes, the 'Bub's still got it!

Writers' Cafe / Re: what's instagram and why should I use it?
« on: November 03, 2015, 02:14:05 pm »
Okay, is Instagram really an option for those of us who can't afford smartphones with cameras?

Because I don't really see what I can do there with no quick ability to take pics and upload...

At least with Pinterest you go to a website and re-pin something like your book cover.  Here it looks like you have to generate all your own photos (at least if you want to do any promo).

Writers' Cafe / Re: NO US PAYMENT
« on: October 30, 2015, 08:57:53 am »
Didn't get mine either. It was only 14 darned dollars, but I needed it desperately. This all helps me to make a decision that writing isn't for me. Sick of going hungry...

Jeanne, I am so sorry, I know about your situation! BUG HUGS!!! :(  Please, hang in there!

Writers' Cafe / Re: NO US PAYMENT
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:07:44 pm »
Well, it's after midnight (EST) here, and the 30th, but still no US payment.

I did receive all the foreign payments early yesterday.

Announce your new book release to your mailing list and make a few basic social media posts (all free promo).

But put all your real resources and efforts into promoting book one!  It's your income funnel! 

Assuming you have all the necessary buy links and mailing list signups in your front and back matter of each successive book in the series, plus a sufficiently compelling hook at the end of each book, it's all you need to do.

Congratulations and way to go, Jim! :)

Wow, very helpful, thanks for pointing this out! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you write 4 novels in a year?
« on: October 16, 2015, 08:21:32 am »
I have no doubt there are many writers who can (and do) produce 4 or more GOOD novels a year.

So far, I am not one of them. :-)

For example, last year it took me a whole year to write one novel, but t it was 230,000 words and 600+ pages.

This year I wrote and released a 176,000 word novel from January to August, plus about 10,000 words of other fiction material. Currently working on my second novel for this year, which will be completed and released next year, in February.

I know my limits: 1,000 - 2,000 words a day (not counting the end-of-novel sprint week when I can do about 4,000 a day).  If I try for more than that on a regular daily basis, the quality suffers.  I get brain fog, and even if I know what to write next, I have no emotional strength to write it properly...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo error
« on: October 14, 2015, 11:50:21 am »
Is anyone else getting this error when trying to upload an epub file to Kobo?

I don't know what's wrong with it. I checked the file with every validator I could find and everything works perfectly. I tried renaming the file, but that didn't help either. I can upload a doc and mobi, but then the book converts and looks like crap. Did anyone else get this error? Do you have any ideas how to fix it?

I had that error too, using Firefox, but it seems to have uploaded anyway, because when I checked the file on the site it was my new file.  Basically sounds like yet another annoying glitch with Kobo.

It's bad enough it corrupts all MS Word doc file uploads so that each paragraph ends up on its own separate page, and the only workaround is to upload the MS Word file to D2D which generates an epub, then upload that epub to Kobo.

And now this...  I am beginning to hate Kobo file uploading so much that I might stop going direct there.

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