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One year ago there would not have been so many people on line at 02.10 am pacific. I'm sure of that. The forums have expanded and yet many people who were here a year ago are missing. I don't know if they are lurking or gone. I think some leave because they sell huge numbers and no longer feel they need kIndle boards. I think some just give up. Anyway I have to go to sleep so will not be issuing any more opinions on this subject tonight.
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I'm hoping the reason they aren't here anymore is because they are so successful, they don't have time to "visit with friends" because they are writing like crazy to keep the dream alive.

I really should be writing.  I get up early to write, and then spend too much time here and a few other places.  But I'm addicted to writers' boards and blogs.  :eek:
 

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The board does tend to get repetitive after a while -- same topics, same questions. While it's nice to check in from time to time, I'm working hard to get my next book out. If the board seemed as fresh to me now as it did a year ago, I'd still be participating as much as I was. :)
 

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One year ago I didn't even know these boards existed.  The idea of self pubbing my backlist wasn't even a twinkle. I had honestly never even held a Kindle or thought of buying one, and ebooks hadn't made much of a dent in the publishing world yet.  A year later...one little year...and look how much has changed!  Even the miserly giant (Harlequin) has bowed to pressure and is upping their royalties for ebooks...not enough to cause a hoopla, but at least they're moving in the right direction. Every day I see more and more names hopping on the wave...JK Rowling is probably the biggest and will make the most impact on ebook and e-reader sales.  If she's timing the Potter releases for Christmas...woo hoo...'nother big wave coming *s*  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm trying to get my new book finished in time for a December/January release straight to digital.
 

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kcmay said:
The board does tend to get repetitive after a while -- same topics, same questions. While it's nice to check in from time to time, I'm working hard to get my next book out. If the board seemed as fresh to me now as it did a year ago, I'd still be participating as much as I was. :)
I agree with KC plus I'm very busy with writing my next book, my blog and reviewing books now. I find I don't have time to come back to KB as much. So many of the questions are the same.

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As others have said, it does seem as if you're reading the same posts now as you did a year ago. Same topics, same questions. Plus, it's a real big time drain.

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I only joined here a few months ago, but even I'm see an awful lot of repetition at times. This, I suppose, is quite natural as more people discover self-publishing and have the same newbie questions we all had at some point.

Having said that, I still find this place a great resource, and I'm constantly finding new information and opportunities, not to mention helpful tips and tricks. And because of all that I've learned here from so many kind and generous people who took the time to help others, I like to stick around and give back wherever I'm able.

As for people disappearing, that's also quite natural. Some, I'm sure, have become so successful that they no longer need to spend time here anymore. But for others it may have been more of a fad, so they'll have uploaded that novel they wrote five years ago, got a few sales, enjoyed the experience, and moved on to something else. And this, I believe, is a trend that will continue - a lot of people trying it out but not in it for the long haul. After all, as wonderful, simple and easy as self-publishing on Amazon is, it still takes a lot of time and commitment in following through with marketing your work if its to rise from the pack. A lot of people aren't going to want to do the grunt work that goes along with it.

One other thing about these boards, as someone mentioned, is that they can be addictive and consequently a huge drain on time that you should be spending on your next  book or WIP. So, like most things in life, a healthy balance will do you the most good.
 

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kcmay said:
The board does tend to get repetitive after a while -- same topics, same questions. While it's nice to check in from time to time, I'm working hard to get my next book out. If the board seemed as fresh to me now as it did a year ago, I'd still be participating as much as I was. :)
This!

However, that doesn't mean the boards aren't important - both for new writers and authors with a book or two or many more out. I still cruise through the KB every day, and it's hard to keep my mouth shut when something piques my interest.
 

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Andrew Biss said:
I only joined here a few months ago, but even I'm see an awful lot of repetition at times. This, I suppose, is quite natural as more people discover self-publishing and have the same newbie questions we all had at some point.

Having said that, I still find this place a great resource, and I'm constantly finding new information and opportunities, not to mention helpful tips and tricks. And because of all that I've learned here from so many kind and generous people who took the time to help others, I like to stick around and give back wherever I'm able.
This. Sounds very familiar to my experience thus far.
 

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I suspect a lot of Kboard members are like me: I might practically disappear for months on end while I'm actually researching/writing/editing/prepping books for publication. But I'll likely be back.

As for repetitive content, it's probably a cyclic thing, like much else in life. There'll be times when Kboards is bursting with new and interesting content, and other times it's not; this is true for practically all the best online forums, so far as I can tell (and I've been online since before web browsers existed).

I didn't notice anyone mention this, either: Kboards is simply a much more pleasant place than many other online forums. So some of us are bound to return sooner or later for that reason alone.
 

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I've been thinking about this lately too.  I've been here a few months and have enjoyed it very much and have also learned so much. 

I planned to take time away, but ultimately, I just enjoy all your fine people too much.  So, I've worked out a way to pop in and out and still get my work done. :)

There are some people missing and it is noticed.  Some were such great people, that one misses them. 

I hope it isn't going to be a case of someone gets successful and dumps the boards and friends.  I have heard of at least one person who hit it big and never stepped foot in here again.  I can't imagine doing that.

But then, I'm a bit strange and get attached easily.  :)
 

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P.A. Woodburn said:
One year ago there would not have been so many people on line at 02.10 am pacific. I'm sure of that. The forums have expanded and yet many people who were here a year ago are missing. I don't know if they are lurking or gone. I think some leave because they sell huge numbers and no longer feel they need kIndle boards. I think some just give up. Anyway I have to go to sleep so will not be issuing any more opinions on this subject tonight.
Ann
Should have left us donuts to cheer us up.
 
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