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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: People Scamming Goodreads Giveaways
« on: December 04, 2015, 08:00:34 PM »
I would be really happy to be wrong, Tebakutis. Maybe I have totally jumped to conclusions here. Thanks for taking the time to spell it out. When you go through the steps, I guess it doesn't make those people much money. I may have gotten all puffed up for no reason. :(

I would have to go check out all the offers I guess, but I don't have energy right now.

Self Publishing Discussion / People Scamming Goodreads Giveaways
« on: December 04, 2015, 06:02:46 PM »
In my last giveaway, 6 out of 10 people have sold their books to used books stores immediately upon receiving them.

I can tell because I haven't sold any print books in the USA and there are 6 available on Amazon thru 3rd party stores. I mailed the books 3 weeks ago. There are no reviews posted. So I suppose they could have read the books first, but I'm doubtful.

This is the 2nd time this has happened with a giveaway. The first time it was only 1 book out of 10 and I shrugged it off. I realize that you can't expect reviews, or even that it will be read, but this is very disappointing. Someone else is making money off my books. Looks like I won't be doing this again.

I will say that Amazon and other booksellers consider dystopian a genre. However, I think the lines are fairly blurred. To me, dystopia usually involves a dysfunctional government like in 1984 or A Brave New World. I think the the TV show Revolution might have fallen into that category.

My book has a failing/disappearing government, so I don't think it is a classic dystopia. A lot of post apocalyptic stories have labeled themselves as dystopian. And I think some people consider them interchangeable.

As a writer, I consider a genre to be a certain set of reader expectations. Epic fantasy will expect a quest or maybe magic. Steampunk will expect steam powered machinery. Post apocaylptic will expect that a disaster has created the world. So if you write a book and aren't sure of the genre, I would check with readers of a few genres to see their expectations. If it doesn't hit the proper notes, readers of those genres won't enjoy it.

Think of it like a romance where the couple doesn't get together. Or a mystery where the killer isn't captured. You need to satisfy the genre's needs.

But I don't mean you should force yourself to write in a certain box. Just make sure you find the correct box for what you love to write.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Self Published Author? EMAIL ME! :-)
« on: September 22, 2015, 05:59:02 PM »
Me, too. Just published my 5th novel. Still struggling with marketing. I sell a handful of books every month, now, but nothing to write home about!

Yes. This is the one I was asking for help with. However, that became a very small part of the story - a mention in passing.

Scattered Seeds is the 2nd book in A Changed World series.

It is $2.99 for presales and will go up to $4.99 after publication on 9/18.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Seeds-Changed-World-Book-ebook/dp/B014C3X642/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441912474&sr=1-1&keywords=alice+sabo

Small Press & Self-Published / Cover Reveal!
« on: July 27, 2015, 09:27:47 PM »
Please stop by Nonlocal Science Magazine to check out the wonderful cover created by Alex Storer for my upcoming apocalyptic book Scattered Seeds, book 2 of a trilogy. He's also written some lovely words about book 1.


Writers' Corner / Re: What's your take on italics?
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:14:58 PM »
An alternative I saw a long time ago for truly alien speech was to leave the text in normal font but change the quotation marks.


"What are you?" she asked.

*I'm a Spyder,* the beast replied.

I saw something similar. In one book they used colons and in another an "about" symbol that isn't on my keyboard. 

I read a book that had entire chapters in italics and it really annoyed me. The chapters were letters to the protagonist. I ended up skimming them because italics hurt my eyes.
Really interesting approach, we might have to give that a go. Thanks for bringing it up!  :D

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Person of Interest
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:09:30 PM »
I loved this show when it started. Finch and his relationship with John and Bear was so interesting. And the machine's relationship to Finch... But then the big bad took over and the premise changed. I missed a couple shows and then didn't feel like catching up.

It's the same with a lot of shows that I call "Traveling Angel" like Supernatural or the old Bill Bixby Hulk - A-Team was the epitome of it. They find someone to help and get in trouble to finally prevail. Then I think the writers get bored or something and an undefeatable adversary arrives and the monster-of-the-week episodes go out the window.

I felt the same way about the Borg.

Writers' Corner / Re: To Describe or Not To Describe
« on: July 14, 2015, 08:47:36 PM »
I'd like to throw in my 2 cents by saying the description should be flavored by the character. Joe might see a restaurant as a homey café that makes his favorite dish. Sue may see the same place as a greasy spoon with faded plastic flowers on the table and sticky floors in the ladies room. A cop or an accountant, warrior or royalty will all have their own unique take on something.

Seeing through the character's eyes makes it more interesting. Sue's bloodshot eyes might make Joe worry she'd been out late with another guy, but might tell Mary that Sue's mother is sick again. You can use description to drop backstory breadcrumbs, too. Maybe Sue's bloodshot eyes tells Bob that she's drinking again. Which gives the reader a new take on Mary in one sentence.

Writers' Corner / Re: Fantasy-Faction Writing Group
« on: July 13, 2015, 06:39:04 PM »
This looks interesting. Sorry I missed the original set up. Can I go on a waiting list?

I am finishing up my 5th novel, but only 2nd scif-fi. I've been in peer review and other online critique groups but have been avoiding them for awhile because they ate up too much time. I like the idea of small groups.


I am very jealous about your critique group. I have a lovely one here in Asheville, but it's for mystery writers. Luckily a few of us write other than mystery and have gotten together. I am hoping to find a few more spec fic writers in the area, but I haven't made a concerted effort to find them as yet.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Just how do you get reviews?
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:45:32 PM »
Michael I've seen you on a couple of forums and you are always so helpful! Thank you, but how do you have the time?

Conventions are fun, but like you say, cost money. Although the last one I went to - Dragoncon - very nearly gave me con-rage. Yikes. It has what, 20,000 people attending? I am a short person and big crowds are difficult for me. And I swear they were all in the lobby of that one hotel. Whew. Not the best experience, but I bought a great t-shirt!

I imagine as a presenter it's a little different. I might think about that after I finish book 2 in my trilogy. All my spare time and discretionary income is tied up in that right now. I can start researching what's near and appropriate. Thanks for the tip.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Dune, 50 Years On
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:14:37 PM »
I loved Dune up until
Spoiler for Hiden:
Paul became the worm
. It lost something for me after that.

I did not like the movie - Sting in a speedo notwithstanding - it didn't get a lot right. The Syfy mini-series was better, but different from the book. There is too much in those books to translate to film. And I had such strong feelings about certain characters. Might be time for a reread.

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