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Lol, Shane you don't want my two bits worth, but I inquired about writers' insurance the other year. The broker refused to give me a quote for journalist's insurance because they reckoned writers aren't journalists. (I also write for magazines, but they didn't ask about that...)

They also claimed writers aren't "artists" although according to the state Arts association, writers can join...

I've found you Lorri.  But just privately (on a public board, lol) are the "paid stories" the ones you most want to read?

I think I'll give it a try!  I have a few stories that are either low in ratings or first in a series.  How often do you usually publish a chapter?  Once a day, once a week, twice a week?

Let me know who you are over there. I'll follow. There is some gaming fiction I read. Getting readers for my stuff on there has been difficult though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Here's the Thing None of us Want to Admit
« on: August 24, 2020, 11:06:08 pm »
The world is becoming more politically correct. However, satire and allegory have been traditionally used to say things that society / the government doesn't want said openly. If your message is worthwhile, there will be a way.

Also in fiction, you may be able to say any number of things, so long as you make them entertaining and add the disclaimer...

Another option is comedy. Comedians are claiming the right to be more and more politically incorrect.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did you ever get a one-star review removed?
« on: August 20, 2020, 04:45:51 pm »
Even one star is a review and raises you in the Amazon ranks. Leaving it there shows your reviews are not fake.

I have a review on one platform that lifted a portion of my book and quoted -- that annoys me. But I doubt I could get it removed. It's not over the 10% for copyright. It has lost its formatting and looks silly & I don't think it was sporting to do it... I even suspect a certain Troll might be behind it, but I leave it alone.

I have academic, Christian, clean romance and horror all on the same account. I especially worry the horror and Christian communities will hate this - but I run the risk because I want all my works together.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm Going To Ask For Help Now.
« on: August 08, 2020, 05:39:12 pm »
Chris, I'm wondering whether your publisher might be a little less motivated because they have been forced to give you a decent royalties deal?

No sales sounds very strange... even with those covers and a weird pen name. (Some people have weird real life names and have to live with it.) Not even an accidental download - or anyone following Bk #1, with Bk #2?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm Going To Ask For Help Now.
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:39:17 pm »
I like your stuff, I think it all looks great. But I do not warm to the "Christy" pen name. I don't think it would be popular with the YA audience. It also sounds female - if it were on Blackmailed Bride I might just swallow it. The surname is weird too - just put all your marketing together into developing one solid brand.

@Shane. Fuzzy covers are a bit of a thing with trad publishers, it's one of my fav gripes. Many times I buy a book by a well known writer and hate the cover.

Writers' Cafe / Re: As Authors We're Blowing It - All of us
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:31:15 pm »
I would like to know how it is supposed to work. I'm not sharing my list of historical fiction readers with someone who writes sci-fi or fantasy or anything else. What's more, when they signed up, they were promised their email address would never be shared with anyone else.

I think the ap would need to garner it's own subscribers - or else what is the point?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Surprised by artist cover idea
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:28:11 pm »
As a design, its fine. But it does look a bit feminine. You use the name heart - but maybe want a more masculine vibe?

Writers' Cafe / Re: As Authors We're Blowing It - All of us
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:17:38 pm »
If you write the ap, some of us would even pay to join you. However - if you mean do it on Kboards - doesn't Kboards have an owner who would need to be onboard?

I like Betrayed or something along those lines.

I think if it's a thriller, darken the blue, to almost black using a filter. I don't really like the way the chopper blades almost touch the edges. Shrink the images, so there is more margin.

My arts & design training leads me to question a lot of mass produced covers. Final decisions are up to you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: unusual review(er) situation - what should I do?
« on: July 31, 2020, 04:11:45 pm »
It is possible this reader is a proofer / editor touting for work. I would let it go. Just make a note "Updated version available".

Writers' Cafe / Re: Using Pseudonym with copyright
« on: July 31, 2020, 03:51:40 pm »
In the application, it asks for legal name & pseudonym. I use a hyphenated version of my name as a pen name, it's not exactly the same as my legal name, so I listed this as the "pseudonym" - although it's not really. I didn't see any note about length of copyright.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
« on: July 20, 2020, 01:41:39 pm »
You can call the fictional cat Salvador Dali.

You can call it Warhol. You can call it Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo or Donatello. Hell, you can even call it Donald Trump. My real-life cat's name is Bela Lugosi. We call him Bels.

My cat's name is Mandarine. I call her "Mandy" most times. My earlier point was - the cat's name is easily personalised. "Sal" or "Dals" or any other combination, which refers to the original, but makes it unique to the story.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
« on: July 19, 2020, 06:49:50 pm »
I assume your cat is named for the famous, deceased painter and has nothing to do with a fragrance also named after the painter? The products and concepts are very different, so I doubt that trademark would have relevance. However, safety, safety, safety. Find another cool name for the cat, or even spell it differently.

According to Wikipedia, (the amateurs go to) Dali's real name was "Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech". Surely something to adapt from that?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ads on reddit?
« on: July 16, 2020, 03:55:39 pm »
I joined Nosleep, but honestly, I don't have the time. Just read a few good ones.

Interesting point Gareth. The Indians who told me that are people who still spend one month a year back in India. I believe nationalism and resentment of the British occupation is growing.

Probably off the topic for your current novel, but some Indian friends tell me they are not sure they want their country to be continued to be called "India" because that is the name the British gave it. There is another name in their own language, and a reversion is being considered.

A similar thing can apply to "Native American". I did some research once and found that while politically correct, it is not liked. (America is what the settlers called the country.) Some people would prefer to go back to the name they called themselves, even if it sounds funny to us.

@NikOK - are you sure the writer meant disrespect trying to use "Hood" language? I've been led to understand, that some people are very proud of their unique identity? In fact, in my TESOL studies, I read scholarly articles that advocated having "Black English" recognised as a dialect -- not just assumed to be poor grammar.

Depends on country and point of view.

If you are writing from the character's point of view their ethnicity would be shown in how they think about themselves - not from a label. African American is only correct for persons born in America. British blacks may call themselves "Black", but culturally are as British as anybody else, from the ones I have met.

In Australia, Aboriginals are considered "Indigenous" regardless of skin tone, and immigrants from all other backgrounds are not.  Australia is multi-cultural and immigrants take a certain pride in retaining their heritage, although this also leads to some conflict.

Religious freedom generally goes hand in hand with freedom of speech and some other human rights, so churches generally accept some criticism/representation in fiction or media as the price of being well known.

That said, if I was to have a villainous organisation, or even a congregation harbouring a villain, I might give it a generic name.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AuthorUpRoar
« on: July 05, 2020, 06:36:27 pm »
The website is a little retro - but it matches the styling of the "new" Facebook that I keep turning off. Web appearances seem to be going backwards, on a few sites. The print is getting larger, less fits & menus are clunkier than say -- ten years ago.

I am confused by the monthly subscriptions & the one off amount. I might consider splashing out on one-off permanent listing as I have on other sites on the principle that the web is so populated, getting visited is a numbers game. Just so long as their payment method is safe and secure.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What are your writing tics?
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:21:22 pm »
I'm always weeding "pretty" and "quite" out of my descriptions. I think I've realised that "pretty awful"  means more than awful to me, but probably means nothing to the reader. The same as "quite" big, or small or "quite a lot". Descriptive to me, but not to anybody else.

My prices look fine, but I suddenly notice they are in pounds, not euros any more. depends on the exchange rate between pounds and euros I guess. I made some equal, the pound & euro are still close in value.

It is difficult to sort out, because they don't specify if my account has the problem and neither currency is familiar to me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I gonna get sued? Careful What You Dash For
« on: June 22, 2020, 06:26:24 pm »
Unless the food is poison, the company is only a device in the plot. However, that said, it certainly isn't worth running the risk of using a registered trade mark. Make up your own business name and google it to make sure you haven't accidentally named another franchise.

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