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Jul 01, 2015 11:39AM

26989 How is this going to work for short stories - some of mine are very short, around 4000 words or so (Twelve Kindle pages)?
26989 This sounds like a lot of fun! I'm a YA writer, what do you need?
Apr 24, 2013 11:57PM

26989 Ken wrote: "My original title for an upcoming rogue cop thriller is:

'A Dish Served Cold'. It didn't score well so I tried another 'Misdemeanor Murders'.

I'm asking for a vote here. whatcha think?"

I like "A Dish Served Cold"
Apr 23, 2013 12:54AM

26989 Wow! "Eight Mile Island" only has a 14% chance. Good job I don't take these things too seriously. :-)

Now I feel better: "A Casual Vacancy" only has a 10% chance of being a bestseller, and "Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers" 8.6%
26989 Dean wrote: "I've started writing a new novel, but something else has been taking up my time: reading. Writing takes up a lot of my time but I also spend hours here is my two questions:

1/ Should ..."

I found I couldn't read at all when I wrote my first book. Like my head couldn't handle it. Then I realised if I was going to write more often, I'd miss reading too much, and managed to do both from then on. Just a mental adjustment, I think. I don't find my writing style changing when I'm writing and reading at the same time.
Mar 29, 2013 03:59AM

26989 I downloaded the soundtrack for "Tron Legacy" by Daft Punk and discovered the music is better to write to than actually listen to!
Mar 28, 2013 12:56PM

26989 Christmas music is one of the strangest I've heard of, but if it works, it works!
Mar 28, 2013 03:13AM

26989 This is quite a fun one as an alternative to silence or music. Ambient coffee shop sound.
Mar 06, 2013 11:19AM

26989 Sweepstone...squirrels? Can't think of a mascot animal that starts with S...

Ooo! Sweepstone Sharks!
Mar 06, 2013 11:12AM

26989 Shipton Clippers!
Mar 05, 2013 05:49AM

26989 Let us know how it goes, sounds like an interesting book!
Mar 04, 2013 11:26AM

26989 Havenbridge. Harborbridge.

What about parts of a ship? Jibport. Port Orlop.

Any rivers run near the town? Any famous fictious people, or major geographical features? :-)
Mar 04, 2013 09:16AM

26989 What sort of place is it? Warm and friendly or cold and forbidding? What names have you tried that you didn't like? Are you going for a particular mood for the name - is it connected to the story - or is it just something reasonably random?

I like the Kittery suggestion mentioned above.

Check these out.

Blight Falls
West Lameham

Here's another:

My random thoughts...
Upper Downham. Lower Ham. Sweepstone. Ravensbridge.
Smashwords help (32 new)
Feb 28, 2013 02:20PM

26989 OT, but my last book, I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why Smashwords was rejecting the formatting.

I kept uploading parts of the book, and they'd work, then I'd add three words and try and upload it again....and it wouldn't work. I'd take out the three words and it STILL wouldn't work, even though it had before.

Twenty-four hours of this (not all at once!) and I figured out it was because I had paragraph spacing turned on...after the paragraph. It was complaining about white space after the full stop {rolls eyes}.

Apart from that, ditto to what Sharon said, I've not really had any issues with Smashwords.
Feb 21, 2013 08:58AM

26989 Abstract for me!
Feb 07, 2013 09:07AM

26989 Sounds neat, doesn't it? I'd like to do it just to hear it read out!
Feb 07, 2013 08:36AM

26989 At the minute, Peggy, it looks seriously expensive. The only one I've found starts at £1400 ($800) for a 40k book...

I don't feel qualified as an actor to do it myself, and I don't have the recording equipment to even try it!
Feb 07, 2013 02:44AM

26989 Apologies if this has been asked before.

Amazon have just started a partnership with ACX to convert ebooks into audiobooks and then list them on Amazon and Audible. Unfortunately, it's only available to US authors.

Anyone know of an equivalent service in the UK? It's something I'm interested in doing. The more outlets, the more readers!
Jan 16, 2013 03:48AM

26989 The thing for me was to join a writing group. It made such a world of difference to my confidence to have people honestly comment on my stories and tell me they liked them.

It also forced me to write something every week and to be creative every week whether I wanted to or not. And write things outside my genre and stretch myself.
Jan 10, 2013 02:07AM

26989 Alex wrote: "I once read a comment by someone - possibly Joe Konrath - that you should determine your main character's greatest goal or desire, and then throw every obstacle you can think of in their path to pr..."

Yeah, that's the cool adage from one of the guys who wrote hard-boiled detective fiction (Hammett?):

"When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand."
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