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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Hello from Aus and welcome to the Forum,  @NedMarcus. ;D

Thanks. I'm in the same time zone as you (well, if you live in Western Australia!) in Taiwan.

December 30, 2017, 10:25:32 AM
Michael Moorcock's Rules for Writers Not new, but quite a nice guide to how Michael Moorcock created his fantasy stories: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers
January 04, 2018, 12:12:12 AM
Re: Short Stories for Marketing (and fun!) My mailing list is very small—about 70. I got it mostly by giving away a novelette and short story in exchange for a sign-up. I used a little FB advertising, too, but kept my budget small. Now, it's mostly sign-ups from my website.

When my first novel came out quite a few of the readers on my list bought, which was good. I plan to expand my list before I publish my second novel this summer.

January 06, 2018, 01:59:35 AM
Re: Why I don't generally recommend self-publishing.

If you're looking to promote books that are free or .99 there are a lot of sites out there that are much cheaper than Goodreads. A lot of them let you target readers of your genre only. Below is a sample list.

Fussy Librarian
eReader News Today
Bargain Booksy
Free Booksy

And Book Barbarian which specializes in fantasy and sci-fi.

The big one that will place tens of thousands of free books (or hundreds of .99 books) is BookBub, but it's pretty expensive.

And very hard to get one of their deals. Even their ads have a waiting list months long to use.

January 14, 2018, 02:16:13 AM
Is it worth using Goodreads? I've heard very mixed reports about Goodreads, including hostility to writers. Does anyone here use or recommend it? What are the best ways for authors to use it?

January 14, 2018, 02:21:37 AM
Re: Do you need to know how to use a crossbow? You Tube's good for this. I watched videos there when I decided on a sling as a weapon.
January 18, 2018, 10:27:26 AM
Re: Why I don't generally recommend self-publishing.

I'm still out of pocket for my editors and cover designer... but even selling one book means I'm making more than nothing, which was the traditional model.

I think the traditional model is a dinosaur.  It'll still stomp on a lot of us little mammals before it lumbers off into the tar pits, but I think in the future indie is the way most stuff will begin.

I'm in the same position—still working on recovering the outlay on editors and cover designer. Intrigued by your cover and the 'look inside' on Amazon, I bought a copy of your first novel. Probably be a month before I read it with all the other books I'm reading.

How did you get a copy of your cover in your signature? Perhaps I should do the same.

January 19, 2018, 12:18:46 AM
Re: Why I don't generally recommend self-publishing. I like the mantra and enjoy many of things about self-publishing you mention.

And using a banner looks better than a book cover image. I'll have to play around with Canva and see what I can come up with.

January 20, 2018, 02:21:27 AM
Re: What is the best place to build you marketing platform as a fantasy writer?
I have found Twitter to be the best social media platform for me and I use it to direct traffic to my book on Amazon, my website and blog platforms. It's quick and easy to use and it's a great place for creative and fun posts. And unlike Facebook, where your posts hang around like a bad smell, you can tweet daily without pissing people off. There are also lots of specific hashtags to help you target your audience.

Disclaimer: Lots of writers completely disagree with the above :)

LOL. I believe you, and I've met other writers who say the same. But I don't really understand how it can work  :-\

What do you tweet about?

January 30, 2018, 10:49:28 AM
Re: What did you read in January 2018 I finished the Farseer Trilogy:
Royal Assassin
Assassin's Quest

And I read the Liveships Trilogy:
Ship of Magic
Mad Ship
Ship of Destiny

Really enjoyed them! I've just begun the Tawny Man trilogy.

February 03, 2018, 01:18:49 AM