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  1. TCSimpson

    Douglas Hulick: Tales of the Kin

    Don't know how many have seen it. I feel for the guy. And I can relate. https://twitter.com/DougHulick/status/819654223226761216
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    It's January 2017. What fantasy book(s) are you reading?

    Larry Correia's Son of the Black Sword. Loving it so far.
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    I want to make a mailing list

    I use mailchimp until the day I reach the subscriber limit.
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    May 2015: Which Fantasy Books Were We Reading?

    Back to reading the Crimson Campaign. So many books I started and can't find time to get around to.
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    January 2015: What are you reading?

    Red Seas Under Red Skies by Lynch then the Broken Eye by Weeks.
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    Do most readers love or hate long sentences?

    I have it on my desktop and try to use it in my writing as a tool when I can. I understand your sentiments with very long sentences, even if I disagree with a need for them. You never know your potential unless you push yourself. Who knows, you may become a master of them that people wish to...
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    Do most readers love or hate long sentences?

    I didn't put a limit on anything. I spoke on how overly long hundred word or more sentences make me, (emphasis on me) feel as a reader. I get bored with it and stop reading, not to mention some of it can come off as confusing. Balance doesn't require a hundred word sentence. I personally don't...
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    Do most readers love or hate long sentences?

    Overly long sentences (in the 100 word range) make me cry and stop reading. I'm a fan of this, by Gary Provost: “This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting...
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    Okay so now I have a webpage

    Also at some point it will do well to purchase GeraldBond.com if that will be your pen name and have the site with that, and also getting rid of the wordpress.com at the end at some point.
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    Okay so now I have a webpage

    Did you arrange the menu portions and saved them? That's where adding more tabs automatically happens. What would fix your home page issue is controlling how much of the opening text appears. There should be a setting that allows you to only have X amount show rather than the whole thing. Like...
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    A better rejection system

    You quoted my post a little while up back there where I said the books were getting beat up over a lack of editing. I never specified grammar only, but your reply seemed to take it as such, which is why I responded. Again the books I'm speaking on (and I won't mention the titles) had more than...
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    Okay so now I have a webpage

    And don't forget, newsletter for a mailing list. Mailing list, mailing list, mailing list. One of the most important things you can do in building your readership.
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    Okay so now I have a webpage

    I like it. Could still use some tweaks but it's a start. You might need to hit return twice between paragraphs for that extra separation if you don't know how to tweak the settings. SO it looks more like: Hi all, I have written a new medieval fantasy novel at 250 000 words long and early signs...
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    A better rejection system

    You DO realize there are OTHER facets to EDITING besides grammar right? You DO realize that there is substantive and developmental editing etc that fine tunes story, plot, character, voice et al. And yes and several of the books I'm speaking of have flat main characters, poor story lines, bad...
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    A better rejection system

    The problem is that the same way the aspiring singer looks at a star and imagines that to be them when they set about their career, the indie/SPA most often does the same. We see that guy who is hitting major sales, and that's what we want. Nevermind that he isn't the norm. We tend to ignore the...
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    A better rejection system

    Sorry for the typos in my post. Was doing it on my phone while traveling and didn't see what was happening. Having a marketing plan is very important. This is a business, whether self publishing or not. I firmly believe in the value of first impression. I also understand that not everyone will...
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    A better rejection system

    Sorry, but a lot of said market is dictated more by luck than much else. Sales are not a reflection of quality. There's a book right now that's sitting at number 1 in a couple of fantasy categories that makes me cringe. It's selling thousands of copies and many many readers are beating it up...
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    Self-Publishing Thoughts...

    The issue with the sample being acknowledgments or whatever comes down to formatting. For an ebook, I take a minimalist approach with front matter so that the reader can get to a chapter to two or more of my actual story. Not seeing at least a chapter or two or more in that sample is usually...
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    Self-Publishing Thoughts...

    Self-pubbed authors like myself normally refer to ourselves as indie the same way a music artist might refer to himself as indie. We're independent of anyone. Also, I would hope that some realize that there are self-published/indie authors out there who use the SAME artists, editors...
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    Sales numbers and advertising

    Word of advice from a guy doing it for a bit now. Twitter, Facebook et al are "mostly" useless if you're looking at generating sales. Those should be more directed toward making a connection as should be forums etc for the most part. If you want a place to post a freebie AFTER you've integrated...