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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.

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 / Marketing with other authors - what do you write?
« on: July 02, 2015, 07:38:27 PM »
I read a lot of marketing advice. The newest buzz is to link up with other authors that write similar works. Then you go about promoting each other's work and supposedly that increases the number of eyes on your own.

So I am starting this topic as a sorting device for those of us that might be interested in getting in touch with other authors on this forum to link our marketing endeavors.

List your genre and anything else important, subgenre, twists, whatever, so that you can find any possible matches.

I write:
1. Near future, post-apocalyptic, no zombies, survivors rebuilding with a touch of paranormal (one bioengineered character is an empath)

2. Cozy mysteries with an ex-addict actor as the amateur detective.

General Discussion / Need help with dead meat
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:53:57 PM »
My post-apocalyptic story has a dead cow in it. I am a vegetarian. I am looking for someone to give me some very specific information.

Here's the scenario. A milk cow was shot by bandits. The owner of the cow gifted it to another settlement. That settlement will now butcher it. This isn't a gory scene, more of a comment on lost skills.

Here are my questions/worries:
How long before dead cow becomes rotten cow? I need a timeline - the other settlement isn't very close.

I read about blood sausages - if the cow is not freshly dead is the blood bad? I know dead people stop bleeding, so I assume dead cows will do the same. Would the meat bleed as the cow is butchered? Should/could that blood be collected?

They will want to use everything - hide, intestines, whatever - anything unusual I should/could mention?

Thanks in advance for any help!

General Discussion / Tell me about satellites
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:05:19 PM »
Can anyone give me a layman's rundown on satellites? I need some basic facts for extrapolation into my novel. If the earth-based facilities were unmanned, what would happen to them? Do they stay up there indefinitely? Will they keep sending images? Or do they need orders sent on a regular basis?

Can the facilities be run by 1, 2 10, 50 people?

I am specifically thinking of weather satellites, but any info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Small Press & Self-Published / 99cent sale on Apocalyptic Scifi
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:05:24 PM »
Lethal Seasons will be on sale for 99 cents thru Nov 1. Here's a link to various retailers:


Self Publishing Discussion / Floundering in marketing - a rant
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:27:41 PM »
I really need to blow off some steam before I can roll my sleeves up and get back into it. I am not good at marketing and I have been trying sooo hard.

Yesterday I spent the whole day checking through websites that I might want to advertise on for an upcoming sale. I made a spreadsheet of how much advance notice required, price, what I get for my money. It was time consuming and overwhelming, but it needed to be done.

At the same time I was feeling guilty because I did no writing and I am falling behind my self-imposed deadlines.

And then I found another bad review. Ugh. This one said I used too many declarative sentences. Really? Okay, good to know.

Everyone says you have to get reviews, so I research reviewers and send out queries and hear nothing. Still sending out queries... I did a giveaway and got a couple bad reviews out of it. But I think it boiled down to them not being my target audience. (So why did they request it?) But the reviewers that appear to be my target audience are drowning in requests. So I end up reaching out to people I don't have that much information on and it's a disaster.

And the good reviews are all spread out 1 in B&N, 1 on Amazon, 1 on GoodReads which doesn't add up to enough to qualify for the better ads.

And it is so hard to fail at something you know you aren't good at (marketing) when you know you have a good product (the book). I read all the tips and try to follow them. I have a limited budget and I am trying to stretch it and...sheesh. It's just a hell of a lot of work.

I learned awhile ago that if I can say out loud "I hate this!" It's a lot easier to get back to work at it. So here's my whiny rant of how hard it all is...and I will go back to doing it all.

Please chime in with your own complaints. Get it off your chest!

General Discussion / How heavy is chainmail?
« on: August 29, 2014, 12:08:13 AM »
I am looking for some input from people who have worn chainmail. I'm writing a story in which an actor is wearing it. I started to say how heavy and hot it was and realized I hadn't a clue. Can anyone set me straight? And give me a few details on what it feels like, smells like...does it impede movement at all? I think he will be training in it for some sword fights. Appreciate any info!

Small Press & Self-Published / What are you doing right?
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:44:34 PM »
This seems to have morphed into a promotion folder, so I thought I would ask an actual question. For all those new writers out there who have managed to rise another step up the ladder - what worked for you? I would love to hear about marketing sources, social media, forums that clicked for you. It might not work for others, but we might give each other some ideas.

I'm still stuck on the bottom wrung, but I'm reaching for the next one. My new novel, released 8/8 has sold 18 copies (ebook & print combined). This is the best I've done on a release month, so I have made some progress. I posted a book trailer, posted a press release at New Book Journal, did a giveaway at Goodreads, blogged, queried reviewers (haven't heard back from any of them), bought an ad on Goodkindles. I am learning Twitter now (no snickering!).

I am considering a Rafflecopter giveaway. Don't have an advertising budget right now, but might be able to swing some advertising in the fall.

What are some things that you have done to get some attention? Please share!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Blightborn by Chuck Wendig
« on: August 24, 2014, 04:00:06 PM »
I guess I'm not the right audience for this. I liked the first book, but this one felt choppy. The chapters are very short and to me too abrupt. It seemed like it took 5 chapters to complete an action with other POV chapters interspersed to charge up the tension so everything is cut up into small cliff-hanging chunks.

The world building is great, very unique. The characters feel a little flat, and I think that might be because they are constantly trying to complete their actions in short, tense bursts.

Wendig has a tremendous flair for wacky description, but I felt like it got a little heavy handed toward the end of Blightborn. It was a little too over the top for the really tense parts. I didn't need a ten word metaphor for how big something was while the character was about to die.

The story started right after the first one ended, but it had been awhile since I'd read it so I was lost. It took me awhile to get back into the book, because there wasn't any thing to act as recapping. Not sure what could have done it, but it would have helped.

But I'd like to hear from people that loved the stuff that didn't work for me.

Lethal Seasons is now available in ebook and print.

In the near future, a virus has whittled down the human race. The remaining population struggles to survive in a world ravaged by extreme weather. A reticent government provides food, vaccines and keeps the ultra-fast trains running. Cities are empty, farms deserted, factories abandoned. The world is running on a skeleton crew.

Nick lives at High Meadow med center. The people there stay hopeful as they work toward self-sufficiency. He counts survivors for Angus’s research. He wants his life to stay as normal as possible in a world he barely understands.

Wisp is a fugitive biobot. He lives off the land, moving from town to town, hiding his extrasensory skills. He is a Finder and will accept the right kind of job. Silence and subterfuge keep him alive.

Lily is a young girl with long brown hair and eyes the color of ripe cherries. She is searching for her brother. They were separated while fleeing armed men. She is part of something that started before her birth.

When these three lives intersect, a chain reaction of death and violence will change the course of the future and impact the very survival of the human race.

Go here for a variety of retailers: http://allthereisandtherestofit.blogspot.com/p/lethal-seasons.html

Small Press & Self-Published / Goodreads Giveaway - Apocalyptic Scifi
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:31:41 PM »
Giveaway runs June 26 - July 18. I'm doing the giveaway prior to publication on 8/8 and will give away 8 books in US and Canada. If you are interested, here is the link.


Writers' Corner / How many is too many people?
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:37:54 PM »
I sent out my space opera-y novel to beta readers and got the response - too many people. OK. I have given that critique on others' work. You don't need to give me the waitress' backstory or the random eye witness doesn't need a name. I was pretty sure I had weeded out all those superfluous characters. I am left with a group of people that I think are essential to the story. It's a big story that will arc over several books (or so I believe at this point). So how do I make that work?

There are big series out there with a lot of characters by authors like Robert Jordan or G R R Martin. Can anyone tell me how they make it work? I have some ideas but I'd love your opinions.

General Discussion / I need a word for a car
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:31:58 PM »
Hey all you Scifi readers, I need a good word.

I'm writing a space opera-y type of story and I realized I kept saying "ground car" for a car. Boring.

So I would love any suggestions on what to call cars in the future. My protag rents one at the spaceport to drive into the city. (The method of propulsion doesn't really play a part)

And also - how do you feel about things like that? Should cars just be cars? Do you hate it when it isn't renamed in that world? Or isn't important?


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