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I try for 75K every time, and when I run over 90K, I start to groan. I know it'll be a bear to revise, and it will need some revision, whereas a 70K book seems to follow the outline obediently and can go straight to line editing because my outlines are solid when I start drafting. But it's when some minor character gets very interesting and I start weaving in his/her subplot on the fly that the things get away from me. Perhaps next time that happens, I'll deus ex machina them to death right in that chapter. "And then a piano fell on his head and it was very sad, but they had to soldier on."

Ah, that would've been wonderful  grint
My latest book was 130K, such a disaster, I had to revise it twice. Cut it down to 107K. The editing nearly killed me. I told myself I would never, ever again write a book over 90K. Compared to a 60K standalone romance novel I once wrote, my fantasy series feels like a huge weight on my shoulders. The only way to stay sane is to keep those books short-ish. It's difficult enough to keep track of all the layers, meta plot, character arcs, etc.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Anyone notice the .99 cent boxsets
« Last post by dgcasey on January 29, 2020, 05:13:47 PM »
I do know that one of the box sets I picked up was Amy Cross' Grave Girl trilogy. I love it. I'm just starting the third book in the trilogy and can't wait to see how Sam handles Satan walking around her little town. I picked up three Amy Cross box sets for three dollars, so after Grave Girl, who knows?
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Good insults about Hollywood?
« Last post by lea_owens on January 29, 2020, 04:11:25 PM »
My new book, out earlier this week, has lots of Hollywood insults in it. It's sort of an enemies-to-lovers romance about a Hollywood star who'd rather be a rancher and an Australian writer who'd rather be at home with her books, but she has to interview him. A decade earlier, she served a stint in Hollywood as a scriptwriter and has lots to say about the misogynistic culture of talent vampires who suck the creative juices of others until they are empty husks to be tossed aside.

There are lines like, Once home, she saw everything in perspective and knew she had been drowning in California, and the men around her held her under the water. and, when her final script The Future Of Emptiness was produced and directed by women because the woman who financed it knew the men of Hollywood wouldn't touch it -   The men who controlled the industry shunned the film because they recognized themselves in the predators who hunted talented women, and in the vultures who feasted on their carcasses.

So, my insults might be a tad 'cranky women don't like the men with big egos and small man-bits' for what you want. Ricky Gervais is always disturbingly close to the truth with his insults.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Anyone notice the .99 cent boxsets
« Last post by Hopscotch on January 29, 2020, 03:07:43 PM »
I don't know what to make of cheap box sets but I've an older series that's going nowhere anymore and thought, why not give it a try?  Rather than a series lying dead on my author page, a cheap box set could spark interest in my other serieses.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Lulu's Title Scorer
« Last post by Laughing Elephant on January 29, 2020, 02:35:49 PM »
My Results:


Title: The Toilet Bowl

The title The Toilet Bowl has a 10.2% chance of being a bestselling title!

1st choice: Literal
2nd Choice: Grammatical Complete Phrase
3rd Choice: Preposition, Article
4th Choice: Proper Noun

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The title The Toilet Bowl has a 35.9% chance of being a bestselling title!

With These Changes:

2nd Choice: Noun with Noun
4th Choice: Proper Noun

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The title The Toilet Bowl has a 63.7% chance of being a bestselling title!

With These Changes:

1st Choice: Figurative
2nd Choice: Noun Modified by Noun
4th Choice: Other

#

So I guess I should go write about being a fish trapped in a toilet bowl filled with water but not connected - such is life.



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I wish I trusted them more, but they have so much power over our incomes.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: KKR on walking away from negotiations
« Last post by elleoco on January 29, 2020, 12:38:52 PM »
Thanks, Mammasan. Hope you like it. I'll take a look at the blurb. It's been a while, and the 10th anniversary of its publication will be in February.

Edit: Ah, well, here I am on the computer. I can just go take the look, can't I? And I did. The Kindle locations reference is kind of "old fashioned" these days. It's an indication of the length of the book for Kindle readers. I will take it off.
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Well today was my first sale in three days. I swear they know when I'm about to lose it and then throw me a bone.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: KKR on walking away from negotiations
« Last post by Mammasan on January 29, 2020, 11:31:28 AM »
Ellen, I just bought your Rottweiler Rescue, am looking forward to reading it. Just a note: your blurb says something about Kindle location. Is that supposed to be there?
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I had this same problem for several hours today for all my books. I checked because my sales were way below their normal range. I wrote to Amazon but haven't heard anything back yet. The problem, though, seems to have resolved itself. But I took a bath today with far lower sales than normal matched against a normal-level ad spend that sent clicks to pages with NO buy box. Maddening  :HB

Actually I think something like this happens to every single page on a regular basis. And has been for years.

There are always unexplainable days when your sales and reads drop like a switch was turned off, and when you look, it's like most of your books were not actually there for most of the day.

It happens regular as clockwork (but the clock is broken), and never fails to knock your momentum off it's stride when you get some.

I swear it's a deliberate thing Amazon does in order to stop people getting too many up days in a row.

That it might be a bug which mutilates the product pages for an author for a few hours a day, every week or so, has occurred to me. If so, it's something that's been around for donkeys years and they've never fixed.
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