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It depends on the section, and on the books. If everyone did that, I'd have a ton of crap faced-out in my section. God knows, I sometimes do.
But some places don't have anyone who knows scifi, to cater the section, so most likely in such places your face outs will remain in place longer.
Faceouts are picked up more often, but nothing beats a recommendation card.

Anyway, if you turned down my carefully selected face outs to put your fav author out, I'd change it back the minute I step back in the section. In my case a lot of thought (and sometimes effort) goes into choosing what I'm showing people. If I have faith in a book doing well I order bulk of it, and you'll find 4+ on the shelf, and then good luck making space for something else without making a multi shelf arrangement (if I caught you doing that in my section I'd ask you whatever the hell you think you're doing. If I don't want your face out, I'd promptly undo your work too).
But hey, the authors you listed are all faced out in my section already as it is, so you wouldn't have to do it :D
Cameron is face out too, and he did extremely well, selling all of the extra stock we had due to a cancelled event. Did so well the manager re-ordered bulk enough for a plump faceout. Now I just need to point out the second one is out, so if only we could have it...

We also don't have any Bodard, at all.

I've got an idea I like but I don't wth is going on with me and cursed couples atm.  ???


I'm somewhat disappointed. I read the title as 'singing'...

Likely to be a dirge if he does

Last time I saw him at a Waterstones signing was In Bristol on the last day of the Sharp Ends signing tour. He looked like a week of no sleep and decafinated coffee so look after him @Nora

BTW he is a Whiskey buff

Oh thanks for telling me that... May get him a little splash of something!!

[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: July 07, 2019, 01:45:08 PM »
Finish this story Matthew, but don't miss this month either!! I really liked your style, I'm curious to see more from you.

Now how do you guys feel about a critique thread for this month?

I’m for it! I was kind of thinking of doing a D_Bates and putting in a mini-crit for each story. Would you want to do that too?

It's a good idea. I can't easily do medium sized reviews, I'm usually a one liner or a line by line review...

[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: July 06, 2019, 09:41:50 PM »
Finish this story Matthew, but don't miss this month either!! I really liked your style, I'm curious to see more from you.

Now how do you guys feel about a critique thread for this month?

Was just wondering....have we had that many poetry submitted? Haven't seen any sice I joined.
A few entries, usually by @Alex Hormann or @The Gem Cutter, but I always felt that despite how good they were, stories/prose always have the upper hand, for me.
I once made second place with a poem. Must've been in '13 or so. ;)

But yeah, it's usually insignificant. Maybe it's time for a poetry month? ;)

Do this and watch your topic burn as I write in free style prose poem.

@Brand J Alexander congrats on being first to submit, but let me advise you on something : have a look at past months, you'll see everyone tries to format in a more readable way. Jump spaces around dialogue, etc.
Your text is one big chunk, and I know I'll hate it when I'm reading the stories on my phone. Don't loose points over presentation!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Abercrombie signing in Scotland
« on: July 04, 2019, 11:46:49 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm at work, so I'll be brief, but I just choked upon seeing that we will have an Abercrombie signing at MY SHOP!!!

It's for his new trilogy. So, I'll be sure to be there if I can...

...or I could just write the story I had in mind a few months back about a woman who left a kung fu monestary un China to be a cardio-kickboxing instructor at an awful chain gym in LA bc she's tired of being broke and battling evil but she's got competition with a pushy arrogant Uber powerful Zumba instructor with very strong chi that wants to push her out of her popular 6pm time slot

Or we could just call it the Underlings. They should not be the MC or his sidekicks. Just part of the supporting cast.

No. That's way too confusing. My MC is an MC because they're the hero of the story I'm telling. They can be a chimney sweep, it doesn't change they're the MC. Fantasy and Sci-fi are both chokeful of great characters that started or kept humble origins.

I don't mind writing the story of a low profile worker, but I don't want to have to implant fake "standard mc characters" just to highlight the low key aspects of my character.

I don't want my mc to be someone's underling. That's not what being employed means.

But then it has to be everyday employment, not just employment... Also I can come up with a world where everyday employment can be something ludicrous to us.  :P

My first thought was that this means the Minions in Despicable Me or the House Elves in Harry Potter...but then I thought I can extend this to slaves or even apprentices who often get the shit parts as a "learning curve". Are those ok too?

No, slaves should not count. The definition of employment is this :

the state of having paid work: a fall in the numbers in full-time employment.
• the action of giving work to someone. the employment of a full-time tutor.
• [ count noun ] a person's trade or profession. he travelled in a variety of employments.

Slavery is servitude :

the state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful. you've got thousands of years of peasant servitude to make up for.

Apprentices though ought to be in the employ of their masters of guild, so they count. I doubt minions receive wages though.

And I think it's a great topic, I just want it to be well defined! :D  Come on JR, you can write something from a tavern wench's pov!

That's a very misleading description and I shall call you out for it. Employment and small/low profile jobs are entirely different concepts.
The high profile mage who kills a dragon with hail can be just as lawfully employed by a king as the guys who fixes the damage. I think you've got to pick which concept you want to go for, and get a longer title if need be, but "employment" should suit a waitress just as well the emperor's master of assassins.
If their lives have good conflict and they act instead of passively reacting, any character in any employ should fit the theme. So a paladin employed by a local lord to clear a dungeon coming out of it exhausted and thinking "man, the shit I do for a living..." should be just as in theme as a waitress desperately trying to mop up the magic goo sticking to the floor after a brawl.

Please don't send confusing messages, especially when we've had months like TNotSSmbtoaFBbtSiathatdwtB  8)

Which is it, any employment or low profile, unusual jobs you don't often find MCs in?

[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:37:15 PM »
Wooh, thanks a lot everyone! I've been so busy this month I had forgotten about this!

Since I have won both Water and Earth, I proudly announce myself to be the official Mudcake writter!

I wanted to expand this story a lot more, cover what Mothers and initiate daughters are and all, and in the end I was too pressed for space, but I really enjoyed writing this, so i'm glad to see it was well liked!

It was a tough month for decisions. In the end my votes went to @Matthew and @Alex Hormann I liked the earth-bender ideas of one, and the creepiness of the other.
Jmack's story was very well written, but too uniformly grim for me this month, which is fucking rich coming from me, I KNOW.  ;D
But good uses of the elements all around. We should keep at it... we've done the basic ones but we could go with lightning/electricity and gravity and vacuum etc!

[MAY 2019] Earth / Re: [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:18:00 AM »
God, finally got the time to sneak in and vote.

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