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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by PJ Post on Today at 10:34:09 PM »
I get to the first line in lots of different ways, but yeah, unless I'm unprepared and bored at an airport, the opening is 90% of it.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What is all this editing anyway?
« Last post by PJ Post on Today at 10:28:43 PM »
"Narrative consistency and flow from scene to scene."

As a longtime professional copyeditor, I dispute the definition above...

When I say narrative consistency and flow, I mean the flow of words (how the writer is communicating), which includes most everything you mentioned, except, none of the editors I've worked with proofread.

It's also my understanding that copy editing and line editing are often used interchangeable these days. However, in my experience, line editing is mostly worried about individual 'line' clarity and copy editing is mostly worried about all of the other word stuff. Perhaps it might be better to say that line editors worry about accurate/better communication at the granular level and copy editors worry about non-story beat mechanics.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by Hopscotch on Today at 03:15:18 PM »
I take w/a pound of salt any come-hither offered by cover, blurb, book critics, star ratings, etc. All that counts for me is the first line of text. I'll buy a good first line, any genre. After all, who could resist Faulkner's opener "And me on a buckskin pony with eyes like blue electricity and a mane like tangled fire, galloping up the hill and right off into the high heaven of the world"? Or the fellow who wrote, "Later, he made soup"?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Draft2Digital Daily Sales Data
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 11:58:38 AM »
I also set up custom reports by book, by channel, and paid and free for both of them.


I do this also.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by Al Stevens on Today at 08:47:20 AM »
Author. I usually buy works by the classic oldtimers--Vonnegut, Steinbeck, Lewis, Uris, Rawlings, etc. I also buy current non-fiction works as promoted on political talk shows and anything by Woodward.
And sometimes I buy works by members here.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What is all this editing anyway?
« Last post by elleoco on Today at 08:32:52 AM »
Alpha reader - someone who reads and gives feedback on a first draft or at least very early draft of a work.

Beta reader - someone who reads and gives feedback on the final draft of a work, or at least what was the final draft before that feedback. Grin

Critique partner - someone you exchange pieces of a work with as it's written, say a given number of pages per week. IME this started out as first draft stuff but then often progressed to revisions of what the partner already saw.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Draft2Digital Daily Sales Data
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 06:25:37 AM »
I also set up custom reports by book, by channel, and paid and free for both of them.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Draft2Digital Daily Sales Data
« Last post by alhawke on Today at 03:44:57 AM »
 :doh: I figured there was some way. Thank you! :cheers
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Draft2Digital Daily Sales Data
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 03:35:40 AM »
Yes, go to my reports and then click on popular. There is a whole list of reports to choose from. However they do not do the current day and you have to choose yesterday.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Draft2Digital Daily Sales Data
« Last post by alhawke on Today at 12:22:28 AM »
Anyone know a way to access sales data on a day to day basis on D2D? I only see last month's monthly report. I don't think it's possible, but I wanted to check if there's a way. It's very hard to work ads without knowing which book is selling and when. (hoping I've overlooked something).
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