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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: October 13, 2019, 12:24:46 PM »
I'm a True Plantster with a Lawful Leaning 8)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 12, 2019, 03:30:50 AM »
Just started Magician: Apprentice, by Raymond E. Feist.

One of the classics.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:11:04 AM »

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:25:55 AM »
Congrats to @Jonathan Ryan for winning this month. I enjoyed your story.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:32:03 AM »

Oh yeah, I'm reading A Collection of Essays by George Orwell. So far fantastic (on curiosity on some topics and daily life in England of that time).

There's a very curious essay on bookshops that I'm thinking on quoting in it's entirety here just to see what our book workers here in the forum think.

I've enjoyed reading his essays. Feel free to quote. I'm not sure I remember that one.

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[SEP 2019] School / Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« on: September 28, 2019, 03:47:02 PM »
School just isn't a theme that excites me.

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Writers' Corner / Re: "She said"
« on: September 22, 2019, 12:09:41 PM »
There's a school of thought that says you should only use 'he/she said.' I think that's too much, but 'he/she said' is good at blending into the background. He groaned/she muttered etc can sometimes call too much attention to themselves.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:58:36 AM »
Yet print books are remarkably tenacious. It really looks like the future will be print books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

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What I really want is Star Wars without lasers and space ships.  8)
But how do you get between the stars?

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... a lot of Joe Abercrombie's latest work. It feels embarrassed to be labelled as fantasy. Every book he writes since the First Law trilogy has fewer overt fantasy elements in it. Red Country feels less like a fantasy novel and more like a mainstream novel set in a fantasy world. The YA trilogy he did isn't really fantasy at all, it's post apocalyptic. Joe's writing is fantastic, and I'll pick up the new trilogy in a heartbeat, but I pick up these books to read about weird and impossible things. When I want reality I just read a history book.

It might be Game of Thrones influencing other fantasy, but I think this stage of fantasy will pass.

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Amazon Changing Free Books to 99c
« on: September 15, 2019, 05:08:19 AM »
All respect to Mark Coker for his work setting it up, but it's become dated. I go direct where I can (Kobo, Amazon, Google Play)
How are Kobo, Amazon or Google Play "direct"? They B&N (Nook) or Apple are no more direct than Smashwords.

I'm not sure I completely understand this. What I mean is that I upload my books directly on these platforms. They provide the data, and they pay me directly for sales.

With B&N and Apple, I'm unable to do this, therefore I use D2D. As with all aggregators, they take a cut (about 10%) but are quite a good company.

I agree that Google's attitude to privacy is terrible.

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Amazon Changing Free Books to 99c
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:15:30 AM »
I've been in the top 20 free short sci-fi and fantasy reads for the last week.

I've had similar results with my permafree novelette usually being somewhere in the Amazon top 100. But I was surprised that I've had much better results on Kobo. Not for paid books, but for the permafree.

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:36:12 AM »
Voted.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: September 05, 2019, 01:14:53 PM »
Come on guys! We can do this. Let's keep the fantasy possibility of writing success alive 8)

The possibility starts with knowing what is feasible so one doesn't get crushed by false hope, or puts ones self into a bad life position by relying on a longshot gamble.

Actually, I agree with what's been said. It often takes 5, 7, 9, or more novels for writers to start making money. Sometimes a lot more than that. When I released my first novel I expected the world to notice—but of course it didn't. It was similar with my second, though not as extreme.

That said, we all need a fantasy :)

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: September 05, 2019, 12:20:36 PM »
Come on guys! We can do this. Let's keep the fantasy possibility of writing success alive 8)

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