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The cost of advertising

Started this discussion. Last reply by diane solomon Feb 24, 2014. 11 Replies

I  have my author friends who sell their books for less than $5...but pay $20 or $10 a day to have their books advertised on several sites. And I am like...really?  Do you understand what you are…Continue

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Show, Don't Tell

Started this discussion. Last reply by J.M. McDole Nov 25, 2013. 7 Replies

This is so important for every single author out there. And while many say they understand it, I don't know how many really do. It seems easy in theory, but it really isn't. It takes practice to…Continue

When the leading character is the author himself

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Capps Nov 24, 2013. 14 Replies

When you read about a leading character who..1) Is oh so great, and oh so wonderful, and oh so charming and oh so smart 2) Has done absolutely nothing wrong. 3) Is always a victim of someone. Or…Continue

What kind of endings do you prefer in stories and why? Ambiguous? Realistic? Romantic?

Started this discussion. Last reply by karen kati Jul 19, 2014. 14 Replies

I was wondering what kind of endings do you generally prefer for  stories, both as readers and as writers. Continue

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Fresh From The Oven!

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 22:06 0 Comments

My new single short story ''The Wannabe Author'' is ready and live on Amazon!  

She works at an office. 

She hates her job. Her boss. Her colleages. She dreams of becoming a best selling author and writes her first novel during her work hours. 

She thinks all she needs is talent and makes one mistake after the other...come and meet...

The Wannabe Author....only aty $0.99!   …

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About Free Books

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 19:12 0 Comments

Many authors choose to give their books for free. There are several reasons for that. Others do it because they want to give readers the chance to get familiar with their work before purchasing from them. Others do it because it gives them the chance to promote their work to many readers. And there are others who do it because they are not sure their work is good enough to be paid.

I have personally offered my book …

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Honey, I am home! (short story)

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 13:42 0 Comments

  I sit on the couch, but I don't feel it welcoming me.   Photos everywhere of people I used to love in another lifetime. No photos of me, of course.  Makes sense. Why look at the face of the man who left you every day? 

It has been a year. More than a year actually. This is something I never did before. It shocked even me, guess I didn't know myself that well. 

My lips form her name but no sound is made. I hope she will…

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New Book!

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 13:33 0 Comments

Happy to announce that very soon, (early December) my new book will be ready and published in Amazon! 

Hint 1: It will be a single short story (a sequel may follow).

Hint 2: It will be about a wannabe writer. I will show why and how the character decided to become a writer.

Hint 3: The story will be presented  in a Bridget Jone's diary form. 

Hint 4: It will be…

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

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Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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