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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Ace Fletcher on Today at 03:25:57 PM »
6 Underground on Netflix.

Action movie about a billionaire who faked his death and assembled an elite team to take out the evil dictators of the world.

Fantastic stunts, typical of Michael Bay films, but be prepared to suspend belief.

The opening scene car chase through Florence, Italy was outstanding.

A little gory in parts, but overall a fun movie.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: When to release
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 02:43:48 PM »
I'm not sure my readers would buy the Russian excuse.  :icon_rofl:

Since I have a couple of ARC readers emailing me, I have hopes of getting at least a couple, but of course, my hopes could be dashed.
When I was using Carbonite, it seemed to take forever to do new back-ups and I was never sure it was only backing up the new stuff. Plus, I never could figure out if my email was backed up.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: When to release
« Last post by LilyBLily on Today at 02:17:16 PM »
My experience with trying to get ARC reviews during the Christmas holidays: Not good. Very few came through.
My experience releasing a book immediately after Christmas Day: The book was mostly ignored.
My experience publishing the print edition first so ARC reviewers could post their reviews in advance of the book release: They couldn't figure out how to post their reviews even when I pointed them to the page, plus the U.S. Copyright Office demanded that I send print copies as part of my application since the print edition came out first.
This time around I'm releasing on January 2.

Tell your ARC readers you meant Russian Christmas, which is January 7.  grint
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: When to release
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 02:06:26 PM »
My experience is that in general sales start going up a few days after Christmas so I am thinking I may send out my newsletter on the 27th. I considered the 26th but as someone mentioned to me, that is almost as busy a shopping day as Black Friday, so I'll wait at least another day or two. I sent out my ARCs a week ago and two of my readers have finished and are asking when they can post reviews which is kind of pushing me to publish since I don't want them to lose interest in reviewing.

Honestly, I have never published this close to the holidays before, so I'm not sure quite what the best thing to do is. And I've never, for some reason, fretted so much over a release. I just re-wrote my blurb for about the 50th time. 🤦

ETA: Probably ideally, I would wait until around Jan. 3 but I kind of promised people they would have this one for Christmas, and I want to keep that promise.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: When to release
« Last post by alhawke on Today at 01:54:07 PM »
I was going to set up a thread for this exact same question. I'm about to release a book and was considering the holidays too.

My thought was to wait until the beginning of the new year to publish, but send out ARCs over the next couple weeks during the xmas holiday (sounds like you?). The question is: will people be interested in reading ARCs during the holidays? I have a handful of regular readers, but I'd like to try to capture people through review services as well like Booksprout and possibly Netgalley. I don't know if people will be too busy drinking egg nog.

If you're asking when to publish, JR, my thought is to wait until the new year (from what I've gathered scouring through other people's experiences, the holidays are a bad time for a new release). But, perhaps, with your experience you think otherwise?

I had planned to release the paperback first in order to have a place for reviews on Amazon, but there's a wrench in my paperback completion: I'm not sure exactly of the page count yet. I do have a lovely cover though and a polished novel, so I might just send out ARCs early.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Is it allowed now?
« Last post by PJ Post on Today at 10:32:08 AM »
First person, especially present tense, makes all of this a lot easier, and, snappy-ish.

As for literature...

I define 'literature' as having something to say. I don't really put much stock into how it gets said.
The question is pricing a shorter book......60-65k is average for me.

I'm getting $3.99 for these. If they go around 75k+, $4.99.
I use a program called Synchredible. I do a back up every night and it works perfectly for what I want. I have the same kind of setup you do. Two WD external drives, one serving as my main drive and the other is an exact copy.

Thanks. Doesn't it take quite a while to back up the whole computer?

The first time you use it, it will take some time. I have two 4TB drives and I remember the first time took over 24 hours to complete. Now, it takes less than ten minutes for it to backup only what's changed since the last back up.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Is it allowed now?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 10:13:10 AM »
"Where's John?" I asked, entering the room.
"The crocodile looks happy," said Mary.
There was a long pause.
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