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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by OfficialEthanJ on July 12, 2019, 01:05:55 PM »
Not easier for me. None of my titles have 20+ reviews, despite my efforts.

Another argument for building and maintaining an ARC list.

It's the difference between waiting a year (or longer) to accrue 20+ reviews and having them posted at launch (technically, pre-launch).

Maybe in my next life, I guess. Since I don't promote titles beyond the first in the series, and being that I'm in KU, the A in ARC would mean "After the Fact". I'm not super worried about it re: my existing slate of offerings. If people have something to say about it, they will, but overall they seem to read my stuff into the ground and I get paid. Maybe my next series I'll do the ARC thing before I gum it up with KU.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on July 12, 2019, 12:58:06 PM »
3254 words today on the main book. Still haven't touched the short story with the cat pirates/merkitties this week, really need to make time for that because it's due at the end of the month and I want time to polish it.

You must be feeling better.  Grin
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by Maggie Ann on July 12, 2019, 12:56:57 PM »
It's the same company as Freebooksy, and I've never had a problem. I think 10,000 is an estimate because it's new? For only $25.00 it's worth taking a chance for me.

Me, too.

I think they just rounded their subscriber figures, probably up but that's okay.

Freebooksy is way too expensive for me with little results. I've tried Bargainbooksy for 99c books and the results were absolutely dismal.

Let us know how it goes.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by JRTomlin on July 12, 2019, 12:36:04 PM »
I use original sources for the most part only supplemented with stuff by modern historians. And if you are writing medieval HF they are certainly not in modern English. They are rarely translated (and if they are you would worry about the accuracy of the translation because most people would be amazed at the amount of bias in academic history). It can indeed be painful. I am rereading an original source right now that is in Early Scots and 14,000 lines long. Fascinating but still...

I definitely sympathize with not wanting to do it. As I said ditch digging is looking REAL tempting.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by LilyBLily on July 12, 2019, 12:26:43 PM »
I did a ton of research for a Tudor novel about a decade ago, and the resultant ms. was a mess. I haven't seriously gone back to it since; I know I'll have to do the research all over again. Although I've been a huge fan of the era since I was a teenager, and I think I have a cute idea that will make for fun historical fiction with a dash of romance--rather than historical romance with a dash of history--I'm daunted by all the work involved in getting the history right.

One thing I did learn from the research was just how hard it is to be a good historian. They read the original sources and then they pick and choose what to present in their biographies or histories. If they have a bias, often they pick the original sources that seem to prove that bias and don't mention the ones that don't. It's a good reason to go to the original sources, but, frankly, that's hard work I don't want to do.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by Marti Talbott on July 12, 2019, 11:58:14 AM »
It's the same company as Freebooksy, and I've never had a problem. I think 10,000 is an estimate because it's new? For only $25.00 it's worth taking a chance for me.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by Marti Talbott on July 12, 2019, 11:55:56 AM »
Well, I'm on their list for the 25th, so I'll let you know.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 12, 2019, 11:39:51 AM »
Doesn't anyone else find their list size of exactly 10,000 suspicious?

Make me thing they email spam.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Kristen.s.walker on July 12, 2019, 11:39:00 AM »
3254 words today on the main book. Still haven't touched the short story with the cat pirates/merkitties this week, really need to make time for that because it's due at the end of the month and I want time to polish it.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on July 12, 2019, 08:47:18 AM »
With 1277 added today, I'm up to 20.5K total. It's getting there.

Now to work some more on those covers and edit a few more pages.
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