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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:15:34 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!
 
Authors, come over and tell the world about your books!  Readers, stop on by and discover great new writers!
 
This week, we're talking about inspiration - why do you write the particular stories you do?
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-tell-me-why/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: March 02, 2016, 05:03:30 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!
 
Authors, come on by and tell the world about your books!  Readers, stop on over and discover great new writers!
 
This week, we're talking about how you do (or don't) use popular cuitlre & references to the real world in your books...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-popular-culture/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: February 24, 2016, 05:12:53 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, come on over and tell the world about yourself and your books!  Readers, take a look and discover some great new writers!
 
This week, we're talking about the rules that authors sometimes break, and why...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-breaking-rules/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesday
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:07:24 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  Authors, stop by and tell us about your books.  Readers, visit and discover great new writers!
 
This week, since it was just President's Say, and we're in the midst of the 2016 campaign, we're talking about politics and how you do (or don't) feature that topic on your books.
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-getting-political/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo op: Weekly Welcome Wednesday
« on: February 10, 2016, 04:38:27 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  Authors, please stop by and tell the world about your books!  Readers, take a look and discover great new authors!
 
With Valentine's Day coming up this weekend, we're naturally talking about romance today.
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-a-little-romance/

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Writers' Cafe / Rude Britishisms - can any UK folks help me?
« on: February 03, 2016, 01:00:54 pm »
My WIP has a couple of British characters, and I need a little help with some expressions:

Let's start with "shagging".  Is that equivalent to the f-word, or is it not quite as strong as that?  The context is, the character is thinking about a girl, and if he were American, I'd use "screw" for the scene I'm writing now.

How about "wanker" ?  How bad is that?  If you use it in conversation about someone you hate, is it as bad/offensive as calling them an m-f'er?  Or an a-hole?  Or just a jerk?

Finally, what would be a derogatory term that an Englishman (the character is well-educated but working class and in a foul mood at this point in the story) would use to insult someone who's Irish? 

This is a more lighthearted book, and I want to be sure I'm not unknowingly throwing around offensive language without meaning to.

Thanks in advance!


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Writers' Cafe / Promo op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:18:03 am »
Good morning!  My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, come on over and tell the world all about your books.  Readers, take a look and discover great new authors!
 
Today we're talking about and sharing book covers, so check it out!
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-judging-books-by-their-covers/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo op: Weeekly Welcome Wednesday
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:27:50 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  Authors, stop by and tell the world about yourself!  Readers, come on over and discover great new authors!
 
This week, we're talking about lessons we've learned as authors - advice you'd pass on to your younger, pre-published self...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-lessons-learned/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesday
« on: January 20, 2016, 04:37:27 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, come on by and tell the world about your books!  Readers, drop on in and discover great new authors!
 
Today we're talking about all the cruel and horrible things we authors do to out poor characters...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesdays-youve-got-to-be-cruel-to-be-kind/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: January 13, 2016, 04:59:54 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!
 
Authors, come on over and share your books. Readers, stop on by and discover new authors!
 
Today we're talking about humor - authors, share something funny from, or about, one of your books...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesdays-funny-business/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo op: Weekly Welcome Wesnesdays
« on: January 06, 2016, 04:15:00 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, come on by and tell the world all about yourself!  Readers, stop on and discover some great new writers!
 
This week, I'm asking authors to do something. Little different - share something about another author, a fellow writer who deserves a little more attention, a little more love...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-sharing-is-caring/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op - Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: December 30, 2015, 05:18:32 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  If you're an author, hop on over to my blog and share something about your newest project, to help ring in the new year.  If you're a reader, come on over and discover some great new writers!

http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-something-new/

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Writers' Cafe / Thinking of making book #2 in the series free
« on: December 28, 2015, 06:15:11 am »
So I've been wondering about the wisdom of making the second book in my Dream Series perma-free the last few days.

Right now, book #1 is free, book #2 is $0.99, #3 is $2.99 and the rest (4-10) are $3.99. 

The reviews are better than book #1, and it starts faster (all the setup work for the character, her family, etc is already done).  And I've had enough readers pick it up first and say that they were able to get right into the story and understand what was going on despite not having read the first one.

Any thoughts/advice on this?  I feel like there's probably a downside I'm not seeing to doing this.

If I did make #2 free, would I be better off leaving #3 at $2.99 or lowering it to $0.99?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!

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Writers' Cafe / Help with a book in KU?
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:02:30 pm »
I'm posting this for a good friend who's not into basically any social media.  I helped her get her book up on KDP, and I've been doing what I can to help with promotion, but since I'm not in KU myself, I'm at a loss about what the next steps should be.

So her book is science fiction, 80,000 words, a series of interconnected stories.  Professional cover, well-written (I think so, anyway).  She chose to go Select partly just because it was easier than going wide to begin with.  She only has the one book, and she won't have anything else ready to go for at least 4-6 months (or maybe 8-10). 

I've done some tweeting and posting on FB groups for her, and I've done a couple of ads (Bknights, etc), etc, but no results at all.  Zero pages read.

I haven't advised her to use any of the KDP promo options yet (Countdown, free days), partly because I haven't used them myself and so I don't know how best to use them; partly because she doesn't want to run a sale or give it away for free (which I've tried to get her to do, just to get some traction, but no luck so far).

It's priced at $2.99 right now. 

Any advice on where/how to promote the book to get some borrows and pages read in KU?  Any other general advice?  The book is: "Posh Bytes: BeautyWorld Tales of Whimsey & Woe" by C. Rose"

Thanks in advance!  And merry christmas!

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:31:45 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesdays post is up.  Authors, come on by and tell everyone about your books!  Readers, stop on by and discover great new books and authors!
 
Today we're wishing everyone a Merry christmas, and asking authors to share an excerpt or talk about one of their books that's set at Christmastime or otherwise features the holiday season (or any other holiday, if they don't have any Christmas-set or themed books)
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-merry-christmas/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:14:46 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, come on over and tell the world about yourself!  Readers, discover some great new authors!
 
This week, we're going into the past - I'm asking authors to share a couple of paragraphs from the oldest story of theirs that they can dig up.  Not their first published story, but something from before that, something unpublished, something from high school, something from 20 years ago if you've got it!
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesdays-begin-at-the-beginning-2/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: December 09, 2015, 05:26:45 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  authors, come on over and talk about your books.  Readers, sto on by and discover great new authors.
 
Today I'm asking authors to brag about their books - share your favorite review of one of your books with us!
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4316

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op - Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:30:55 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up, and today it's very simple - tell everyone what you're thankful for (and also, authors, tell everyone about one of your books, too!)
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4284

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: November 18, 2015, 05:05:05 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Today we're talking about languages - using foreign languages in your fiction.
 
Authors, come on by and tell the world about your books!  Readers, stop on in and discover great new authors!
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4258

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: November 11, 2015, 04:19:55 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  Authors, come on over and tell us about your books!  Readers, come on over and discover great new authors!

Last week we talked about music in your writing process.  This week, we're talking about music in your books...

http://writingdreams.net/?p=4214

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:01:28 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  Authors, stop on by my website and tell the world about your books!  Readers, come over and discover some great new authors!
 
This week we're talking about music - specifically, how music helps you write or inspires your stories...
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4212

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Writers' Cafe / What Do I Do With a 40,000 Word Story?
« on: November 02, 2015, 08:04:59 am »
I was picturing my new WIP as a novel that would come in somewhere around my previous novels (80-100K words), but as I write it, I'm realizing there's not enough in this story/idea to get there.  I think that at 35-40K words, it'll end up being a quick, fun, satisfying read (I hope so, anyway!), but I can't see any good way to get it to novel length.  I'd have to do a lot of padding, which won't be satisfying to readers (or to me), or make some major changes to the story (which would weaken it; I think what I've got works very well as it is).

So if I have a (again, hopefully!) good, engaging story that's 40,000 words long, what do I do with it?  How do I pitch it to readers?  It's not a serial (there's a definite ending, no cliffhanger), and it's not a short story, but it's not a novel, either.  There's plenty of room for the MC to have further adventures at the end of this story, so I can write more about her, but at the moment I don't have any ideas at all for what happens to her next.  If I did, I'd just plow ahead with that and put a second story together with this one and I'd have a novel-length book.

So what's the best approach here?

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: October 28, 2015, 05:04:23 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  All authors are invited to come talk about themselves and their books.  And all readers are invited to come discover great new authors!
 
Today, though, we're talking about other people's books.  Specifically, I'm asking everyone to comment their favorite book ever, and why they picked that particular book...
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4188

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: October 21, 2015, 05:17:16 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesdays post is up. Authors, please stop by and tell us about your books! Readers, come on over and discover some new authors!
 
Today we're talking about the most recent book you've written, so authors tell us about that latest new release!
 
http://writingdreams.net/?p=4162

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: October 14, 2015, 05:11:36 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesdays post is up! We're talking about audiobooks today.
 
Authors, please drop in and let us know about your books - they don't have to be on audio for you to post today (but if any of them are, do be sure to mention it!).
 
Readers, come on by and discover some great new authors!
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesdays-adventures-in-audio/

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