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Ever drop an ebook in the bathtub?

I did once sit on a Kindle.

If the book is good enough there's no difference once you've become accustomed to it. There is even one definite advantage: you can enjoy an ebook containing photographs, works of art, and so on, far more if you view it on an ipad, or other similar device, because you can enlarge sections and get a better view of them in a way that is impossible with even the most beautifully-printed book. The problem is that it is too easy to buy a pig in a poke--which could even include my own work--when buying an ebook.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Mouthwash--a short story collection
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:23:10 am »
Hi Shane.
If I understand correctly, the third image along in my signature IS the link, taking you directly to my Amazon page.

The Book Bazaar / Mouthwash--a short story collection
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:05:34 pm »
Try  a sample of 'Mouthwash', a collection of weird and ghostly tales. It's only a click away. My peculiar sense of humour may suit you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Banner ads
« on: May 18, 2013, 04:16:37 am »
Hi, Anthony.

728--90. I need a simple banner like the one at the top of this page, where I've booked a spot for next month.

Writers' Cafe / Banner ads
« on: May 18, 2013, 01:48:54 am »
Does anyone know of someone who can create a professional-looking banner ad for me?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quote Your Character
« on: May 17, 2013, 10:07:17 pm »
I am usually a serious writer, but I sometimes write idiotic vampire stories just for fun. The following little gem caused one story--The Vampire's Night Out--to be turned down flat by the first editor I sent it to. (It's  about a vampire who takes a mortal wife, then discovers she's addicted to Garlic.)

    "Why, oh why did I marry a vampire?" my wife sighed. "I can't take you anywhere. I should have listened to my mother, I really should."
    "I know why," I said, and smiled at her. "It's because I bite. You like being bitten, don't you?"

Perhaps editors really do know what they're talking about.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me chose between two covers
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:32:34 pm »
Definitely the first.

The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ALSO-BOUGHTS how do you know?
« on: May 17, 2013, 04:31:20 am »
I have a short story which hasn't sold a single copy. On the other hand, I have a story which has sold. In the list of also-boughts appears that very story which hasn't sold a single copy!

I'm afraid I've never read Harlan Cohen, but I can recommend two British female authors: Ruth Rendell and Barbara Nadel. Barbara Nadel is particularly interesting because she writes--and writes very well--about a Turkish detective named Inspector Ikmen, and his adventures in Istanbul. Having spent some time in Turkey myself it's obvious that the author knows the country very well, so the reader gets some insight into a most fascinating culture, as well as the chance to read some excellent thrillers. 

The Book Corner / Re: Do you ever go back and read classics?
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:15:55 pm »
  I recently read A Tale of Two Cities again, a book I hadn't even thought of in years. I know that Dickens' style is thought to be long-winded, but it's not. Every single word is like another bit of colour added to a canvas to make it brighter.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do/can shy ebook authors exist?
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:44:08 pm »
Does it matter if an author is shy or not? I myself am totally unimpressed by some brash person trying to make an impression on me in order to sell me something. What I do is read a post and, if the way the writer expresses himself/herself interests me, I may take a look at a couple of samples of that person's work, and even buy it if I like it. I expect no more for myself: the links to some of my own work, or samples of it (most of which is already published in various magazines), are offered here, so you can read a sample if you wish and decide for yourselves. If you think my work is awful, I can't think of any way of getting you to buy it. All I can hope for is that you take a look and make up your own minds. I don't think trying to turn people into my new Internet best friends before I offer them something they don't want is going to work at all. Only one thing really counts: do we, the readers, like an author's work?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hemingway's Tips on Writing
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:19:44 pm »
You can also find Hemingway books about writing on kindle. Also try same for Stephen King. And I very much agree about the delete key. I myself have been publishing short stories in magazines for several years and I came up with this little short story formula some time ago:
1) Write the story
2) Pat yourself on the back.
3) Throw half of it out.
4) Re-write what's left.
5) Throw THAT out.
6) Repeat the process until you're blue in the face and wonder why you bother.
7) Send it to an editor who, if he/she likes it, will probably ask for a leetle bit of a re-write.

(Incidentally--and I know this is off-topic--it's a very good idea for new and emerging Indie writers to try submitting their work to editors as well. Some editors--if they have the time--can be very helpful, and a writer can learn a lot from them.) 

The text in the second cover conceals too much of the picture, so I prefer the first. Even there I think the title could be slightly reduced in size.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need work on my blurb for a murder mystery
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:02:03 pm »
Has it got anything to with 'Odd Job' from the James Bond film--I forget which--the assassin who killed his victims with a steel-plated bowler hat?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Designers
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:03:12 am »
Don't forget Miss Mae. Inexpensive and very good.

I have not used the site for some time, but I appear to have deleted my old contact information, so I simply registered again as a new user. This works fine with regard to posts, but I am unable to download covers from my Amazon page to use as signatures. Is it because I have another code name still in the system?
Arthur Mackeown

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you make your ebook?
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:29:37 am »
I found the whole thing rather complicated so I turned to Miss Mae. Easy to find her online and the covers are cheap and very well done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free short story on Amazon
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:20:28 am »
Thanks very much, ElleCasey. I'll do that.

Writers' Cafe / Free short story on Amazon
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:50:45 pm »
How do I publish a short story free on Amazon? I know it can be done because Amazon has arbitrarily priced one of my stories Free, anyway. Unfortunately, they chose a rather silly vampire story that I wrote mainly for fun, rather than something I would have chosen, myself. (By the way, I am not new to this forum. I simply haven't used it for a while, and I also managed to lose my old password, and other contact information, which meant I had to register as a new user.)
Thanks in advance. A.M.

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