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Writers' Cafe / Re: Rejection, live.
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:01:58 am »
I'd go nuts if I was getting a thousand submissions a week! no wonder they reject so quickly.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Rejection, live.
« on: June 07, 2014, 04:56:28 am »
Most things in life one makes a snap judgement on.
you see someone walking towards you on a street, you judge them. you meet a new employee for the first time, you judge them. you pick up a book and read the first paragraph... you judge it.

It sucks sometimes but that's what people do. That's why it's so important to get that first impression perfect in writing. You get first chapter polished till it shines. Make sure your cover letter stands out in a good way.

But we have to persevere. Got rejected? good, try again, change something- anything! get better. Don't quit because one person said "no" to you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub promo today, sharing the info
« on: June 06, 2014, 11:14:16 am »
How are your other books selling? any upward trends? Or maybe you'll see those when they finish the first book?

What would you change? I think the page you link to looks very good. it's clear and easy to see what the books are in order?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub promo today, sharing the info
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:47:16 am »
this is like watching election night polls come in!
It's a lot of fun, thanks for giving us all the updates!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thank you all! First time published.
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:38:00 pm »
Awesome! Who did your cover? I think it's perfect!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Novella or push to get it to novel length?
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:41:02 pm »
Sorry I didn't reply quickly!
Thank you everyone for your input. Just to be clear I was not trying to "pad" to get a higher word count. I was only thinking of continuing the story.
Right now my plan is to finish up some rewriting and simple edits. then have a few beta readers read it and see what they think about the ending. If they think it's not too abrupt or "cliffhangy" (yeah I invented a new word!) I'll polish up what I have then work on the next book.

thanks again!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover reveal and release of my first novel
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:17:46 pm »
looks good!

Writers' Cafe / Novella or push to get it to novel length?
« on: May 24, 2014, 02:08:05 pm »
I'm nearing the end of my fist book. What started out as a short story turned into a novella... that I thought would be a novel.
BUT I found what I think is a good place to end it.

 I'm at around 37,000 words and will probably a little over 40,000 when I'm done editing.
I've set up the start of a major arc for the next part. this will either be the second book or  I could just keep going until the story is done.

I'll admit as the first book I've done I'm still learning and I need to find and editor and book cover for it still. I look at it as a lot of baby steps at this point. I'm really leaning towards stopping the story where I am and working on finding an editor and cover for it.

Can anyone think of a good reason to push on and either aim for 50,000 words OR to finish the story arc I've set up. it might end up at 80,000 words then.


I'm pretty sure you do. You made money in the US through your EIN, therefore the gov wants their cut.
Consult an accountant.


This is like The Price is Right...right? closest without going over?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you routinely watch/listen to podcasts?
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:56:11 am »
Mur Lafferty's podcast: I Should Be Writing is great and she's been doing it for years.

Are you able to see that those sales came from people that clicked on a link from the ad or are those just your sales for the day?
thanks for posting this!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Aldiko Free Reading App for Android Devices
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:41:59 pm »
Alidiko used to be my favorite. Lately I have been using Moon+ reader. There are several other reader apps that are similar. they almost all read PDF and EPUB.
I don't know of any that have their own stores though. They usually have external stores, like smash words, feed books, and project gutenberg, etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for all you firearms guys
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:30:59 am »
there is no "Glock 9" call it by the model number like a glock 17, or say a glock 9mm. Gun people will jump all over you of you just day glock 9

The Glock has no manual safety to be put "on". refernce what Steven linked to above me for more info.

If you want the gun to go bang, the trigger has to be pulled. if you could create a scene where the holster had a hard piece sticking out just enough to catch the trigger, that could be one way.

a more realistic way that happens in real life is someone in a tense situation (like a gun fight) forgets to take their finger off the trigger while holstering it. As they push the gun into the holster, the holster pushes on their finger and bang.
Hopefully an FBI agent wouldn't do that :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tax deductions that IRS has allowed you to claim
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:19:03 am »
For most people that won't be the case. You paid them for a product (cover) or a service (editing). You don't send a 1099 to your plumber do you? or a 1099 to Best buy for the TV you bought?

It's their job to report their income to the IRS.

before I posted this I read the link.
It is confusing like most things IRS related. but it says a t the top
Trade or business reporting only.  Report on Form 1099-MISC only when payments are made in the course of your trade or business.  Personal payments are not reported on Form 1099-MISC.
So if you aren't a corporation I don't think it applys.

I always say, find a good accountant and LISTEN to them

Writers' Cafe / Re: What are your favourite-sounding words?
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:14:54 am »
idiopathic hypersomnolence

Writers' Cafe / Re: When should I introduce my antagonist/ adversary
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:03:05 pm »
thanks everyone! I have some thinking and writing to do!

Writers' Cafe / When should I introduce my antagonist/ adversary
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:35:41 pm »
I'm working on my first book. I was planning on novella length but we will see where it ends up.
It's a near future thriller, a little cyberpunkish I think.
I've written about 25k so far. My main character is a private bodyguard/mercenary type. I have yet to have a main adversary or antagonist. I've had him doing some short jobs leading up to where i am going to have the next job be the major part of the book. I'll definitely have a main bad guy for him then. There has been one minor adversary who ended up dead.

I'm wondering if I should somehow introduce the main bad guy earlier. maybe some foreshadowing?

This thought came to me last night as I was thinking of my writing and I realized, "what is my conflict in the book?" So far it's been little minor scenes of conflict but no major arc.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Scrivener on sale!
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:06:34 am »

Saw this on Simon Whistler's twitter feed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Betas With Medical Research Background
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:35:18 am »
I'm a sleep tech who's been a research coordinator on many projects.  For about 10 years the Doctor who's my medical director has done a lot of research with both medicine and devices seeking FDA approval. So I'm not a doctor, I'm working with the subjects, giving them meds, paperwork etc.
If you think I can help send me a message!

Sounds like a cool book idea. Makes me think of Khan from Star Trek. :D

Writers' Cafe / KDP and your Amazon account question
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:30:10 pm »
I haven't signed up with KDP yet. I see that they want you to login with your regular amazon account.
My wife and I have separate amazon accounts but her's has Amazon Prime, so when I order something it's usually through her account.

Should I have a special amazon/KDP account for Publishing?
I'm wondering if there is a pitfall or issue with what account you linked with KDP?


Writers' Cafe / Re:
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:54:11 pm »
My advice for anyone with a small business is find a good accountant. A good one will pay for itself in time and money saved.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone want a short story edited for free?
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:47:58 pm »
I'd love for you to look at something I've written!
 :-[ it's not very good but if you want something to look at....

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you break up your writing?
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:43:36 pm »
Thanks for the feedback! :)

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