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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: I'm writing a book, but my editor says different.
« Last post by Joe Vasicek on October 15, 2019, 08:49:42 AM »
For the stuff I self-publish, I use beta readers and a copy editor. Most of their suggestions aren't on such a high level, but when they are, I take them seriously and implement between a half to a third of them. If one of them suggested turning the book into a trilogy, I'd consider it.

The only stuff I publish traditionally are short stories, and the editors usually just publish it as is.
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None of my books are in KU, so I am not familiar with all the technical ins-and-outs. If you can only change it in a few markets, that's fine.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: May I whine a bit about writing?
« Last post by BlueWren on October 15, 2019, 07:34:55 AM »
I haven't touched my WIP for three days now.  It's funny, because I posted a call for Alpha readers to my newsletter, got about 140 responses, and since then I've been consumed with not disappointing all those readers.

I'll get over it, I'm sure, and it's not just that. I've written two novels in two months now, and I need to recharge.

It's actually so helpful to hear someone with so many books still struggles with this, because I. Am. Going. Through. It.

Protip to anyone reading this: Don't promise yourself that your next series starter is a make-or-break for your career. You don't need the pressure. It'll just scare you to bits  :icon_rofl:
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: I'm writing a book, but my editor says different.
« Last post by Cobbah on October 15, 2019, 06:13:40 AM »

I would like to thank Bill Hiatt for actually reading the opening post and replying to the question.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: AMS Ads in Germany
« Last post by Shane on October 15, 2019, 06:03:34 AM »
Sorry, that's 0.08p (I corrected it)
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: May I whine a bit about writing?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 15, 2019, 05:36:14 AM »
Even after 26+ published novels, writing is still a confidence game. A bad review, a bit of self doubt and it can be next to impossible to sit down and just write. Instead of forcing myself I spent time with a good friend, watched some TV and just forgot all about my WIP for a little bit, and it definitely helped.

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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: May I whine a bit about writing?
« Last post by LilyBLily on October 15, 2019, 05:34:21 AM »
I haven't touched my WIP for three days now.  It's funny, because I posted a call for Alpha readers to my newsletter, got about 140 responses, and since then I've been consumed with not disappointing all those readers.

I'll get over it, I'm sure, and it's not just that. I've written two novels in two months now, and I need to recharge.
True that. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

And I just received some feedback from a beta reader that led me to do some minor editing and if there is one thing that makes me bleed more than writing it is editing.

ETA: The pain of writing usually goes away once I am 'in the flow' and that is what makes it all worthwhile, that feeling when you can barely type fast enough to keep up with the words. But getting there can be painful.

Yep. Currently avoiding both the major revision project and checking an edit pass and doing anything significant toward marketing the next book to release. The trifecta of procrastination. It will pass. 
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: May I whine a bit about writing?
« Last post by JRTomlin on October 15, 2019, 05:21:40 AM »
I haven't touched my WIP for three days now.  It's funny, because I posted a call for Alpha readers to my newsletter, got about 140 responses, and since then I've been consumed with not disappointing all those readers.

I'll get over it, I'm sure, and it's not just that. I've written two novels in two months now, and I need to recharge.
True that. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

And I just received some feedback from a beta reader that led me to do some minor editing and if there is one thing that makes me bleed more than writing it is editing.

ETA: The pain of writing usually goes away once I am 'in the flow' and that is what makes it all worthwhile, that feeling when you can barely type fast enough to keep up with the words. But getting there can be painful.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: I'm writing a book, but my editor says different.
« Last post by Dormouse on October 15, 2019, 03:37:58 AM »
my editor who has come back and said I should make it a trilogy.
I'd sack any editor who said that without explaining the reasons.
No way of implementing it without the reasoning.
I would not expect to have to ask.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: I'm writing a book, but my editor says different.
« Last post by LilyBLily on October 15, 2019, 03:14:12 AM »
I got told the same thing by an editor who did not seem to grasp that the story about three intertwined people could not be broken up into three separate books--not unless one was being very artsy-fartsy and essentially retelling the story each time from a different POV. (On the other hand, I believed another editor who told me my plot included the kitchen sink.)

I would ask the editor why s/he recommended a trilogy. It's perfectly okay to have created interesting secondary characters who might make wonderful leads characters in a follow-up book yet not write that second book, but it could be a missed opportunity.

Since we do so much fiddling with our prices and with loss leaders, creating a series gives us a chance to amortize ad costs and make a profit on the sell-through. If some characters or plot points are crying out for their own books, that's all to the good. We might be too close to the story to see it. I don't think the makers of the first superhero movie including Loki had any intention of turning Tom Hiddleston into a heartthrob; viewers did that, and the word of mouth got to the execs and now he's getting his own movies. Similarly, it might be that readers of your stand alone see potential you don't yet see.
No no no plz don't tell me they made Loki a heartthrob.... LALALALALA I cant hear you.

Don't you mean?  :lalala :lalala :lalala
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