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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #300 on: April 19, 2018, 10:22:25 AM »
Goodness, no, I can't give away all my secrets! TWO wagons break in mine.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #301 on: April 23, 2018, 06:16:25 PM »
Hmh, not sure where I should put this, so I'm kind of dumping this here.

A lot of people have complimented that my actions scenes are pretty good, but the scenes between could be rather dull. Does anyone have any tips/ pointers on what should I do/ add to improve these scenes?  ???

The biggest thing you can do is inject more conflict into those scenes. It doesn't have to be an action-scene type of conflict. Instead of a simple conversation, write a conversation where characters are at odds with one another.

I've also found injecting a bit of mystery can help. Or you can have some great revelations during these quieter times.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #302 on: June 03, 2018, 10:07:43 PM »
Finished the first draft of my next Supremacy novel last night. I'm pretty happy with it. Next onto the writer's group and then I start collecting agent rejections!

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #303 on: June 03, 2018, 10:08:53 PM »
Good stuff, T.

I finally hit 40k on Book 1 today. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get there one day!

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #304 on: June 04, 2018, 08:54:57 AM »
Good luck with the agent merrygoround @tebakutis I hope it gets snapped up.

@JRTroughton - 40k is nothing to be sniffed at! If you are wanting to write a 100k novel then that means you are ONLY 10k away from 50k, which is half a novel. Then you are ONLY 13k away from 66k which is 2/3 of a novel. Then you are ONLY a mere 9k away from 3/4 of a novel! Then you are on the home stretch and the finish line is in sight.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #305 on: June 04, 2018, 08:30:14 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement. It's most certainly needed!

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #306 on: June 08, 2018, 04:28:31 PM »
Cameron is quoting the "How do you eat an elephant?" riddle - one bite at a time.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #307 on: June 20, 2018, 01:50:24 PM »
So things are still roaring along for me at the moment.

In Hungary the translation rights to the Traitor God have been acquired by F?nix Könyvm?hely, with the book being published sometime within the next year. Czech folks will see the translation published by Euromedia Group sometime within the next two.

Book 2 of the duology has been greenlit and is being frantically written!

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #308 on: June 20, 2018, 05:11:37 PM »
So things are still roaring along for me at the moment.

In Hungary the translation rights to the Traitor God have been acquired by F?nix Könyvm?hely, with the book being published sometime within the next year. Czech folks will see the translation published by Euromedia Group sometime within the next two.

Book 2 of the duology has been greenlit and is being frantically written!

Do you have a sense for sales yet? Just curious.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #309 on: June 21, 2018, 10:51:17 AM »
Haven't the faintest idea I'm afraid. Not badly, I think, though also not OMG!!! I suppose as a debut author things tend to pick up a bit when it starts (hopefully) getting more decent reviews up on Amazon.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #310 on: June 21, 2018, 01:46:45 PM »
Haven't the faintest idea I'm afraid. Not badly, I think, though also not OMG!!! I suppose as a debut author things tend to pick up a bit when it starts (hopefully) getting more decent reviews up on Amazon.

Speaking of... just submitted mine, and it should post shortly.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #311 on: June 21, 2018, 08:12:11 PM »
Haven't the faintest idea I'm afraid. Not badly, I think, though also not OMG!!! I suppose as a debut author things tend to pick up a bit when it starts (hopefully) getting more decent reviews up on Amazon.

That reminds me I need to post a shortened version of my Fantasy-Hive review on Amazon and Goodreads. Will try to remember to do that tonight!

EDIT: And done! Reviews up on Amazon and Goodreads.
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Offline CameronJohnston

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #312 on: June 22, 2018, 08:37:29 AM »
Oh wow, thanks so much for the reviews @tebakutis and @JMack that really does help :D

Offline Rostum

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #313 on: June 22, 2018, 10:24:09 AM »
If memory serves the money is in the tail not initial sales. That said congrats on translation that is a risky step for foreign publishers to take on a debut. Take heart in that they consider you worth the risk your domestic sales cannot be disappointing

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #314 on: June 22, 2018, 01:11:45 PM »
I rarely use Goodreads. @CameronJohnston, would it help much for to post a review there?
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