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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by notthatamanda on July 11, 2019, 08:31:10 PM »
I was planning on my next mystery series being set in Victorian England and you are now giving me serious doubt!

 :icon_eek:
If I had it to do over again I would do a lot of research ahead of time because fitting in the time line as you go or after (I wrote one character's POV first) was tough.  Live and learn.  And weep.
Now I'm writing a contemporary novel and my biggest problem is my hand hurts from writing so much.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Last post by Rinelle on July 11, 2019, 07:15:26 PM »
ACX:

Does anyone know how to go about getting in ITIN number for US Tax purposes? When you sign up to ACX they make you tick a box saying that you have a US tax number and I don't want to tick it if I don't have one. I want to jump into ACX but I need this first. There is an agent here who will do it all for me but they charge $299 and the whole procedure seems like a pain. If anyone knows any easier route please let me know! Thank you.

I thought ACX wasn’t available for Australian authors?

There used to be a detailed walk through for getting an EIN, which was what we used for Amazon before they started accepting Australian TFN’s. Not sure if that would work in this case?
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by VanessaC on July 11, 2019, 06:20:41 PM »
Like Michelle, this is one (of many) reasons why I write fantasy.

Although, I have spent many hours researching weird and odd little details, many of which didn't make it to the final cut. Like: how to put on snow chains, do wolves have whites of their eyes, what could a river barge look like? The internet is amazing.

And I'm paranoid about getting some internal facts wrong - I am only on my second series just now, and am trying to stick to one series / world at a time to limit the potential for messing things up.

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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 11, 2019, 06:15:11 PM »
When I wrote the second novel in my fantasy trilogy, I had a couple of dragons flying somewhere together, taking their riders somewhere deep into the enemy's territory. I had just about finished the novel and was doing some editing when something about that scene began to bug me, but I couldn't figure out what it was, so I marked the scene in red. My editor (my daughter) read it and asked, "Didn't Jorath die in the first book?"

I had a similar thing happen. At the end of series 1, I had a whole heap of characters move to another galaxy and the door closed permanently behind them. In series 2, I used a lot of them.

In series 4, I went looking for secondary characters to use, and assumed because one of the main characters didnt do the move, the 2nd level character also didn't.

WRONG.

I picked up the error 3 books into series 4, when I did a re-badge on series 2, and found I'd now used the same character in 2 different galaxies at the same time.

Since I was editing in the series 2 books at the time, I did a very fast retcon, and replaced the character used in series 4 with 2 other characters not used at all since series 1.

It is so easy to do something like this, even with documentation in place.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by Michelle Louring on July 11, 2019, 05:25:25 PM »
I got a huge amount of respect for people who can write historical novels without going insane.
I write high fantasy where I basically just make up stuff, and yet I still end up spending 7 hours on Google, researching some small thing. If I actually wrote a genre where I had to get real facts right, I would never get anything done!

You still have to keep track of things. When I wrote the second novel in my fantasy trilogy, I had a couple of dragons flying somewhere together, taking their riders somewhere deep into the enemy's territory. I had just about finished the novel and was doing some editing when something about that scene began to bug me, but I couldn't figure out what it was, so I marked the scene in red. My editor (my daughter) read it and asked, "Didn't Jorath die in the first book?"

Oh good grief.

It was an easy fix, but we still have to keep things straight from book to book.

Oh yes. I'm rereading my entire series right now, because I made the mistake of not making too many notes about what happened in the earlier books and now I have forgotten half of it. I'm just saying I'm glad I don't have to keep track of both that AND real historical facts.

And it's not like I haven't spent days researching whether a human adult with martial arts training could actually break someone's shoulder with a well-placed kick.
There's still plenty of room to mess up.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by Mysterywriter on July 11, 2019, 04:53:57 PM »
Starting a new historical novel, even set in a period that you've written about a lot, is f*cking HARD.  :writethink:

Every bit of research I did before has to be rechecked because I might not remember exactly when Lord whoever was born and when battle whatsit took place.  :dizzy Not to mention a new family tree. And hundreds of details all mapped out. Yikes.

There has got to be an easier way to make a living. I may take up ditch digging.

(Through whining now. As you were.)

I was planning on my next mystery series being set in Victorian England and you are now giving me serious doubt!

 :icon_eek:
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by dgcasey on July 11, 2019, 04:25:05 PM »
I got a huge amount of respect for people who can write historical novels without going insane.
I write high fantasy where I basically just make up stuff, and yet I still end up spending 7 hours on Google, researching some small thing. If I actually wrote a genre where I had to get real facts right, I would never get anything done!

You still have to keep track of things. When I wrote the second novel in my fantasy trilogy, I had a couple of dragons flying somewhere together, taking their riders somewhere deep into the enemy's territory. I had just about finished the novel and was doing some editing when something about that scene began to bug me, but I couldn't figure out what it was, so I marked the scene in red. My editor (my daughter) read it and asked, "Didn't Jorath die in the first book?"

Oh good grief.

It was an easy fix, but we still have to keep things straight from book to book.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by cecilia_writer on July 11, 2019, 04:16:12 PM »
Yes. This is why I can write at least three mysteries set in the present day in the time it takes to do any one novel set in the past. And then there's the danger of being sucked into the research and hardly even coming up for air...
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I'm just here to whine
« Last post by Michelle Louring on July 11, 2019, 03:31:09 PM »
I got a huge amount of respect for people who can write historical novels without going insane.
I write high fantasy where I basically just make up stuff, and yet I still end up spending 7 hours on Google, researching some small thing. If I actually wrote a genre where I had to get real facts right, I would never get anything done!
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / I'm just here to whine
« Last post by JRTomlin on July 11, 2019, 01:49:24 PM »
Starting a new historical novel, even set in a period that you've written about a lot, is f*cking HARD.  :writethink:

Every bit of research I did before has to be rechecked because I might not remember exactly when Lord whoever was born and when battle whatsit took place.  :dizzy Not to mention a new family tree. And hundreds of details all mapped out. Yikes.

There has got to be an easier way to make a living. I may take up ditch digging.

(Through whining now. As you were.)
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