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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does inspiration sometimes come from your dreams?
« on: September 02, 2018, 09:41:30 am »
Yes

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A question for writers thinking about their senior years
« on: September 02, 2018, 09:40:52 am »
I paid into the Social Security fund for 52 years, but draw so little that we've had to be very careful about expenses, such as electricity, etc. This is due to me having worked at low paying community-based child welfare programs most of my career. Still, I donate half of author proceeds to one of the child welfare programs where I worked in the early '80s for its child abuse prevention components. While poor, I no longer dream about becoming a rich and famous author.   

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:17:35 am »
I agree. It is noteworthy, however, for me, I'm not spent any money and very little time so far. I'm not advocating for this program but, instead, wanted people to know about it in case they are interested in the 2019 competition.   

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 31, 2018, 02:21:58 am »
Seems like that would have happened by now if it was going to. Over 16,000 people reportedly watched the live announcement of finalists.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: amazing stories
« on: August 30, 2018, 12:54:31 pm »
This mag published a highly competent review of my novel. I later submitted a story but got no reply. It's a great mag, but the kinks are still getting worked out of the site.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 30, 2018, 08:28:48 am »
I'm sorry. I didn't intend to ignore your question about who was involved with this organization. It was listed via a link that I previously shared, so I thought that you had checked it out already. Here is a list of judges: https://authoracademyawards.com/judges/ Reportedly, other folks are involved in addition to the judges, but I didn't write down their names when watching the vids. Maybe the Watchdog will come up with a finding soon. With respect to impacting sales, there are no "previous winners" as this is the first year of this competition. It's prob too soon to tell if a book being named a finalist impacts sales, but that would be good info for someone considering entering the 2019 Author Academy Awards. Personally, I don't have much of a marketing plan since I have no budget, so not very many people know that my novel was named a finalist. Consequently, my book would not be representative of impact on sales.   

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:03:31 pm »
Today, I ordered my free ticket to attend the Author Academy Awards in Columbus, Ohio. The Watchdog Desk findings are still pending on this competition, although it has mainly focused on competitions that required entry fees, which this one did not. I specifically asked for a finding about the value of the rewards for winners and received an affirmative response that it will be looked into. I'll let you know. Thanks for your input.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The meaning of your stories
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:23:53 am »
Meaning flows mindlessly through tributaries to create great rivers into oceans of considerations.   

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The meaning of your stories
« on: August 28, 2018, 03:53:26 pm »
I sure don't want to  p*ss  anybody off, but I hope to never read a story that I find no meaning.

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Barry Hunter has been publishing the Baryon Review since 1976. Within the field of science fiction book reviews, it is one of the most highly regarded and one of the few original on-line review journals still standing. Mr. Hunter has been experiencing health issues related to his military service in Vietnam. I shared my best wishes with him on Facebook -- a truly great guy. Its reviews, like reviews by some other prominent journals, are not posted on Amazon. Here's a blurb from the review of my novel:

..Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.

-- The Baryon Review The review in its entirety is here: https://bit.ly/2LB9tJM

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Thanks, Elizabeth. I've been using a shortened link: 2018 Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LfzP84. Any eReader: https://bit.ly/2KNJkI2 Would that be clean? 

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Personally, I consider you posting reviews on Amazon to be an excellent practice as long as you have nothing vested in a particular book other than an honest review. I would trust your review of a book much more so than many that I've read. It appears that given the above link that I posted, and Amazon's specific approval that upholds the traditional practice of providing free copies of books to book reviewers, Amazon defines you and other book blog reviewers as customers. I'm sure that there are people who disagree with me and I don't want to get into anything negative. Thanks 

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Hi SP, When you review a book and post it on your blog, do you also post that review on Amazon?

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Top Amazon Customer Reviewers (some have book blogs): https://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers/

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Writers' Cafe / Surpassed 118 Reviews for a short minute
« on: August 26, 2018, 07:16:38 am »
118 may be my Amazon limit. Dozens of reviews have been deleted for unknown reasons, all legit and never a friend or family. My novel hit 119 reviews last night. My bet is that another one will be deleted to bring it down to 118. We'll see. Take care.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:25:23 am »
James Cameron's Avatar was kinda a novelization, most impressive for its special effects, but what got to me was the analogy to U.S. exploitation of the world.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:49:08 am »
Contact by Carl Sagan

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:41:15 am »
Minor Update: My inquiry about Author Academy Awards has been forwarded to the above organization's Watchdog Desk. Personally, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the finding is that it is a legit competition. Regardless, it is still cool that my novel for whatever reasons, and I'm sure that it had nothing to do with money, was named in the Top Ten out of hundreds of submissions. Wishing everybody the best, Robert

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:17:18 pm »
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:17:56 pm »
Yes, there are a bunch of awards that usually charge money to apply. Some of them have been rated: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/allis-self-publishing-service-directory/award-and-contest-ratings-reviews/ I've previously communicated with this association and have just asked them about the Author Academy Awards. I'll let folks know if I get a reply. Thanks 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:51:57 am »
Nobody can get much money out of me. lol I'm a retired children's psychotherapist with a long history of working for very low paying nonprofit agencies, now barely getting by on Social Security that I paid into for 52 years. The admission to the awards is free and only lasts for a couple of hours. You don't have to go to the entire conference. I'm still thinking about it, but if I go it would be by Greyhound because I'm not confident that our ancient Subaru would make it, although Columbus would not be very far for me. Except for recently paying for one proof copy from Lulu, I've never spend a penny on this novel, so this would be a first for me. Thanks for your concern. BTW, since you shared, I remember driving our 1961 VW bus across country in 1974. There was this deal advertised on billboards as we approached Vegas -- coupons for free meals and gambling if you listened to a two hour sales pitch about land. The presentation took place in an air conditioned conference room (the bus didn't have AC) and we lived it up in Vegas for free for a couple of days. So..... lol

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:12:13 am »
I just received an email with this link to the finalists in each category: https://authoracademyawards.com/finalists2018/?inf_contact_key=957c82da1020ecd66878d1ca558c6ed737e75747d40605f89c2389e41e6eb28a

In addition to a free ticket to the Author Academy Awards, the 2018 Winners receive (could be different for 2019): 
 
1.   The Author Academy Boon of Merit Award
2.   Press release and media story presented to their hometown press by a professional PR firm.
3.   Their name and book highlighted on the Read to Lead Podcast (over 2 million downloads).
4.   A Private Group Coaching Session for all First Prize Winners with YouTube© Consultant Brad Burke on how to leverage your book with video.
5.   Traditional Media and Social Media press including features on select podcasts, shows, vlogs, blogs, and articles.
6.   Lifetime access to ©30 Days to a Bigger Stage Experience, an online program helping authors get publicity for their book.
7.   The opportunity of presenting their book synopsis on the Igniting Souls Conference Main Stage in front of a global audience for those finalists registered as conference attendees.



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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:20:52 am »
Thanks, Alexa, You may want to look a little closer. The 2019 competition has either already opened or will be opening soon, so it could be a good fit for one of your books. A lot of high power people in the literary world are involved, and within their respective fields, apply a stringent literary criteria -- it's not a popularity contest if that was what you were thinking. A very small proportion of nominations are accepted, but it's a free competition with great prizes for winners. This was the second huge cut to get to the finalists last night. I posted the info here because I figured that a lot of Kboard members might be interested in participation in this competition now or in the future. I didn't post about the program before because the 2019 competition was not yet active. My book has been under consideration for several months.     

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:48:41 am »
The finalists were announced beginning at 8:00 P.M. EST on a podcast that lasts for a while. The link still works: https://www.facebook.com/karyoberbrunnerauthor/videos/939319039585852

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Writers' Cafe / Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 06:52:59 am »
Here's a link that lists the Finalists in the Science Fiction category of the Author Academy Awards: https://twitter.com/roberteggleton1/status/1032070607104602112




I've added the image from the link.  See also the link to the podcast posted upthread.  --Betsy

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