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Writers' Cafe / Wholesale
« on: December 09, 2019, 01:58:38 pm »
My husband and I recently wrote a book, and have had several online stores and companies, write to us asking to have it for their store.
I'm familiar with templates, formatting, editing and kdp - but feel like a deer in the headlights when they all asked "are they available at wholesale price?".

I've only posted the paperback and ebook to amazon, so the only way of acquiring my paperback is through amazon at the moment. Is there another way of doing this that I'm unaware of?

Writers' Cafe / Query Letter Help?
« on: August 27, 2018, 04:17:50 pm »
I'm in need of some help with writing a good "query" letter.
I'm not too sure where to start, and the websites I find are all contradicting of one another.
Are there any general templates, or tips/tricks to it that may help an author get noticed? Anyone who had a successful encounter with one of their query letters?

Thank you,

Writers' Cafe / Re: British Phrases and Slang
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:09:35 am »
Btw, above where it says jerk =

That word was W.A.N.K.E.R

Writers' Cafe / Re: British Phrases and Slang
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:08:36 am »
Mate = friend
Bird = girl
Bloke = guy
Cheers = Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Re: British Phrases and Slang
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:07:34 am »
It depends what part of London.
My husband was from Brixton, so he's very "cockney", My Fair Lady type talk ;)

If your character lives near Kensington or high end, the accent will be much more posh.

Cockney slang:
Dog and Bone = Phone
Taking the Mickey,  p*ss  Taking = making fun of
Lovely Jubbly = great, fantastic, ectÖ
Wanker = A person who "masturb***s", but it's often used as a "YOU JERK!" type of yell. Said 100% all the time in England.
Tenner = 10 Pound Note
What we call dollars are "Notes" in England.
Knackered = Tired
Fags = Cigarettes
Knickers = Underwear
Arse (self explanatory)
Rosie Lee = Tea.   My husband always says "Gonna go have a cup of rosie lee". However it's said more "rosa" then Rosie.

Hope some of these help.

Knickers. Fags and Arse are common all over the country. So those ones don't pertain to region really.

Writers' Cafe / Urgent Warning for all Authors!
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:10:29 pm »
As most authors on here know, there is a cover artist who is no longer mentioned due to her unprofessionalism, theft, and money stealing ways. We all know her as Anna Fagarazzi.

Unfortunately, today, she was founded out again, as a "new artist" named Anna V Rossen.


Anyone who wants to keep their money and their sanity, please do NOT refer to this cover artist. She is a scam and I hate to see people's hard earned work and money being wasted. I can't even begin to describe the horror stories of certain authors who have paid anywhere from $50 to $500 and never saw a dime back and no cover art either. If she DID end up doing them for you, she took weeks (sometimes months) and most never made their release date for the book.

Worst case was when she did covers, and they ended up being copyrighted images. Instead of the artist being blackballed, the author was instead, and these authors ended up having to take down their work due to the amount of hate mail received over "image theft" that they had no idea about in the first place.

Spread the word, please!

The Book Bazaar / Free E-book
« on: June 24, 2013, 07:45:31 am »
Hey guys!
I just wanted to let all my pals here on KB's to know my book is free today! :)
If you wanna take a gander, come on over!

Catriona Crehan

I'd love to be included, my book is a YA fantasy/adventure... but I'm not sure if it's something you'd call extreme fantasy...
If it fits, that's great!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Title Help, please?
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:39:16 pm »
I was going to say Bridges of Seven Stones until I saw it's a children's book :) I think more kids/parents would be inclined to pick up something with "The Tooth Troll" rather than something that sounds like a fantasy/adventure YA title.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a rant!
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:53:32 pm »
@ Selina - Thank you so much, that's very sweet of you! I hope you enjoy it!
And thank you to everyone else! I was feeling pretty down about it, but I never realized what a great support system it is over here on KB :)

I once got a one star review on it as well.. it was in turkish and I had to use a translator, but it was apparently something like... "I only read half and hated it. I dislike fantasy stories"

Why read a fantasy story if you don't like them ???  LOL

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a rant!
« on: May 21, 2013, 04:34:32 am »
I'm thinking it was an adult. At one point in the review she said she couldn't get past how lovesick the young teenager acted over her crush, and how her moodiness ruined the story. Not sure if she's even ever been a teenager, but most of them are moody and lovesick at the same time LOL

Writers' Cafe / Just a rant!
« on: May 20, 2013, 03:40:20 pm »
Got several reviews since my book has come out! Most of them good (4 stars average) which I'm pretty excited about!
However, I recently got a semi-okay review that sounded like they didn't even read the book. They got the names of my characters wrong, (spelled wrong). James was Jamie, Emily was Emilia, ect...
Then they went on to criticize how teenagery the heroine acted... when I clearly state the book is a young teen read. The heroine IS a teenager! Anyone else have any reviews that just don't make sense??

Writers' Cafe / Re: I did it!
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:55:24 pm »
Thanks guys!

Writers' Cafe / I did it!
« on: May 01, 2013, 02:21:12 pm »
Hey guys!
Today was the day and I finally published my book! I previously released it last year, making the mistake of rushing things... but I took down and did a big rework and I'm finally 100% happy with it! I'm so excited I could scream!  :P 
Thank you guys all so much for the help over the last few weeks (you know who you are!)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else having issues on KDP?
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:29:44 am »
So weird... I put in a contact message to KDP... hopefully they'll respond in time as later today is my book release blast. Figures. Just my luck! Good luck with yours as well...

Writers' Cafe / Anyone else having issues on KDP?
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:14:49 am »
Hey guys -
I hit the big button last night. I had my email this morning telling me that it was live, published and available for sale.
I went to click the link they sent me and the page says "Not functional". I went to my bookshelf, all states that it's live.
I asked the question on the Kindle community and my question was deleted.
Sorry if this question is super obvious to others, but I'm new to all this!
Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is Your Novel About?
« on: April 23, 2013, 02:47:14 pm »
My upcoming book "The Color Keepers" is truly about how important it is to let others be there for you.
It's a story of romance, adventure, fantasy, and friendship. More importantly though, how a young girl comes out of her shell to become the hero. :)

Here's the synopsis:

Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.
Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she canít believe this is happening to her.
Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.
Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.
With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good Book Bloggers?
« on: April 23, 2013, 02:16:04 pm »
Yes, I am aware of them... I might write them, thank you! Anyone else???

Writers' Cafe / Good Book Bloggers?
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:19:12 am »
Hi Guys!
So, here's my question.
I had a huge blitz,tour,ect... all ready to go with someone relatively big, and I haven't heard back.
Now with my debuted release date closing in, I need to find some REALLY well known book bloggers or people who can get me around the others. Anyone know of some good bloggers, with equally good exposure?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just another Cover design thread!
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:43:45 am »
The background is "okay" - but the typography needs to be reworked. The color and font is off and it doesn't work with the book. :)

Writers' Cafe / Publishing?
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:08:40 pm »
Hey guys!
Here's my dilemma. I'm re-releasing my book quite soon, and everything seems to be in order. The only thing I'm scared about is the publishing. I first published my book on Amazon KDP - the disclaimer read that I cannot post anywhere else. I'm assuming they mean Nook, Smashwords and other competitors. What do you think? Do you go with amazon kdp and nowhere else or do you put your book everywhere? If so, how do you go about it? I've heard about createspace and am not really sure what that's about.
I literally have no help my way, and I'm trying to figure stuff out all on my own. Any help would be appreciated. If I'm sounding like a dunce, be kind please. HAHA.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi New Authors! Will you be my friend?
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:34:27 am »
Hi Johi!
Welcome to the boards!
I'm 20 and I write mostly YA Fantasy/Adventure, currently writing a horror vampire novel :)
Nice to meet you!

Writers' Cafe / Formatting your ebooks?
« on: April 05, 2013, 03:18:01 pm »
Hey guys!
So - here's a question. My laptop doesn't have Word, or any fancy typing thing, except for text edit.
I write all my books through there. However, with my first one coming out soon, I'm trying to figure out formatting. Can someone explain which ones would be necessary and how I would go about doing that? I've heard of epub and others, and I'm clueless. I'm very new to the game, so help is greatly appreciated.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Support Thread
« on: April 05, 2013, 03:16:10 pm »
MY goal is to try and actually focus on my upcoming sequel. I'm having major writers block.

Writers' Cafe / Re: That's it! I've finally snapped...
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:21:38 pm »
This happened to me as well. I had ONE word in my book *da*n* and I got complaints that it wasn't suitable for the age group I was writing for, age 12-15. I got news for ya, they all use worse words than THAT! However, in my re-release I have toned it down to a nice (darn). People like to pick at ANYTHING to make themselves feel better. Don't let em get you down!

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