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Apr 01, 2012 11:25AM

37092 It's an honor to have my first book featured here, A.F.. I hope those that read it enjoy.

Feb 18, 2012 06:57AM

37092 Hello Lee!

You mentioned that you use social networking. Have you noticed an impact from those efforts?

Book Covers (11 new)
Dec 11, 2011 07:22PM

37092 Indie Designz: http://www.indiedesignz.com/. Tell Dafeenah that Splitter sent ya lol. She does some AMAZING work and has a few pieces up for best covers on fall/winter releases.

Eric Shoemaker. I know you don't know him but I have used him for a few pieces and he is awesome too. Happy to pass along his contact info. Very reasonable.

Dec 10, 2011 07:43PM

37092 For authors, I do not think it is necessarily bad right now. I know some are looking forward to the program as a means of exposure for new work.

For the industry, I am not participating in it. Not that my opinion or sales matter, but Amazon already has a healthy share of the market. I do not want to see B&N and Smashwords get knocked out. We have already lost Borders for all practical purposes.

I won't knock authors that go for it, it's just a business decision for them. I just see it as a power grab by Amazon and wonder what this will mean when there is no more competition for them.

There was a post on my blog about it a couple days ago: http://splittersworld.blogspot.com

Dec 05, 2011 08:08PM

37092 Thank for doing it, Chris! I had a couple questions but they were asked already.

Book Reviewers (64 new)
Dec 04, 2011 11:14AM

37092 Congrats Patricia! I like that, you need to do more reviews.

Brett J. Talley (3 new)
Dec 04, 2011 11:06AM

37092 Good to see you here Brett! See you Tuesday night :).

Taglines (44 new)
Dec 03, 2011 05:36PM

37092 Well, when I hear Carnivale, I think scantily clad Brazilian women (never far from my mind, but anyway...)

It might be good to use the full name if you want to use Carnivale. But do you need to use Carnivale? Is there something about any of those genres where people familiar with them would know?

Since one of the goals is brevity, maybe leave out that reference altogether.

A love triangle at the Masquerade Carnivale?

Dark past, mysterious future. The Masquerade Carnivale.

One woman, Two men. Many masks (or faces?)

Just spit balling here. I like Sullivan's rule of four word taglines. I can;t get there even with my books, but I know it works lol.

37092 In celebration of the release of my second book, I have made The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles #1) The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles) by C.S. Splitter FREE on GoodReads (ePub) and Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/528...

Hope you enjoy!

Obligatory blurb:

Action, adventure, suspense, and thriller in one story told with a liberal dose of humor.

Tom’s problems are not unique. His business is failing and his wife has to work too many hours to make ends meet. He is under some rather large financial pressures and wants more from his marriage and his life.

He finds his respite in the air as a private pilot. Unfortunately for Tom, he is behind on payments for his plane and is forced to take odd jobs from a local crime boss. Tom is no criminal, but the errands he is running are just slightly on the wrong side of the law.

Just as things begin to come under some semblance of control, he meets a woman who just might represent the adventure he seeks. He soon discovers that appearances, and beautiful women, can sometimes be deceiving.

“The Reluctant” is the first in the Crayder Chronicles series and yet is a stand alone story with a satisfying conclusion of its own.

Taglines (44 new)
Dec 03, 2011 11:03AM

37092 Thanks for the feedback, y'all (that's southern for "everyone" lol).

I REALLY need a better tag for The Reluctant.

A.F.: What about something like "Carnivale beckons..,should she answer?

One woman, two men, and Carnivale.

Maybe just: The past restrains her. (or her past restrains her)

Hey, don't listen to me, I'm just one for two on a good day. lol

Christmas Lites (10 new)
Dec 02, 2011 01:51PM

37092 Marianne,

It was just a suggestion that someone made that grew. Amy Eye asked if there was interest from the GoodReads group to do "something" for the upcoming holidays. The anthology concept just grew from there.

It really didn't sound difficult.

For the authors, we were just asked to submit "Christmas" stories, but they did not have to be "typical." Or they could be. We have writers in that group from many different genres and each put their own spin on their story.

The author's jobs were the easy part. I had never written a short story before but I wanted to be involved. I think others felt the same way.

As normally happens, the REAL work got done by the little elves behind the scenes. Amy and Cambria and Jenn and Tricia and Cassie and others. They worked hard to get this thing out in time and to make it so professional.

I think the book is like 113K words and they had to edit and proof all of them. Then they had to get it ready for print and ebook. That involved formatting and artwork (Dafenah from Indie Designz) and organization.

Then they had to interface with NCADV to get their bank account attached to the book so we didn't have any tax issues. They had to get releases from authors. A ton of "who would have thought about that?" situations came up that they worked through. Lingering issues made it a last minute scramble but they pulled it off.

Really, it was a community effort all the way around. I would not have expected it from some internet forum, so it's pretty incredible.

Dec 02, 2011 10:39AM

37092 Eggcellent!

I swear, sometimes the reviews are better than the books. Is it ok to post a negative review that was quirky or amusing? I have read some that totally blew me away with their originality.

Dec 01, 2011 09:18PM

37092 Name: C.S. Splitter

Place: North of Washington, DC

Reader/Writer: Reader & Writer

Later Release: The Willing

Guilty Pleasure: Fantasy. I have had the same favorite genre since I was 9 years old.

Favorite Book: The one I remember most fondly was Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings.

Currently reading: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Twitter: @SplitterCS
Blog: http://splittersworld.blogspot.com

Dec 01, 2011 09:07PM

37092 In these types of books (not my normal genre to read, btw), pace is extremely important to me. Grab me early, give me the set up, and then make me stay up too reading as the end comes into view.

When I think of all the books I have loved, the characters are what come to mind. Give me good characters and I'll let a lot of other stuff slide.

The pay-off is still critical, though. A story needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. Don't leave me hanging on too many huge plot points while you write the next book. I know me, I will forget why I cared while you write lol.

Dec 01, 2011 09:01PM

37092 I know I have written characters who use words I never would. In one instance, I was in a groove and was two sentences past a certain word when I realized what I had written.

In thinking about changing it, I realized that the character said it, not me. And it was something he would have said naturally. As a matter of fact, it would have been strange if he had not used the word.

It just depends on the characters and the target audience. Inserting something for shock value is wrong as is "cleaning something up" when the character calls for foul language.

I hate seeing those things on TV and they pop out to me in books too.

Just my humble opinion.

Dec 01, 2011 07:52PM

37092 Ah, but when the reviews come....

Good reviews do not equal sales. Don't get me wrong, I think you need good reviews to get sales. But, unless you have a large amount of reviews, no one notices.

Yes, you work hard on your writing, get an editor (mandatory), get a cover artist, and STILL the key is marketing. And marketing is the hardest part...writing is easy in comparison.

I feel like I have to work for every book I give away. It's three times the work for every sale.

I've had one three star review with all the rest being four and five stars. Still, it's a struggle. I wish I had the answer for everyone, but I am searching too.

The answer may be in experimentation. Different social mediums, different price points, different...something. There has to be a critical mass that once reached, the numbers start to pile up.

Let you know if I ever get there lol.

Dec 01, 2011 07:04PM

37092 In celebration of the release of my second book, I have made The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles #1) by C.S. Splitter FREE on GoodReads (ePub) and Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

Hope you enjoy!

Taglines (44 new)
Dec 01, 2011 06:48PM

37092 The Willing (Crayder Chronicles #2) by C.S. Splitter

True friends help you hide the bodies.

For The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles) by C.S. Splitter it was:
There's love and there's justice.

C.S. Splitter (2 new)
Dec 01, 2011 05:44PM

37092 Two quick updates:

The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles) by C.S. Splitter is now FREE on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/... and GoodReads (ePub, just follow the link).

The second book, The Willing (Crayder Chronicles #2) by C.S. Splitter , has been released and is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Willing-Cra...

and Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

Christmas Lites (10 new)
Dec 01, 2011 11:42AM

37092 Thank you for featuring this book! The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a wonderful cause and one we all were honored to support.

I should preface this by saying that I have a story in there (for full disclosure).

The variety in this book is wonderful and not something readers see every day. Ghosts, vampires, romance, zombies, ninja elves, there is something for everyone. All the stories I have read have ranged from good to fantastic.

I hope everyone enjoys!

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