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by kyle
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 250562

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

soulmirror wrote:I myself am quite worried that Amazon may not accurately count my millionth sale ... so if you guys can just help out and run it up to a million, that'd be, y'know, helpful!

No prob!

Uh, can you spot me $999,999?

wotf001
by kyle
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Connie Willis
Replies: 13
Views: 5632

Re: Connie Willis

Amen, Brad!
by kyle
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Connie Willis
Replies: 13
Views: 5632

Re: Connie Willis

And for those who haven't heard, Connie Willis has just been named the new SFWA Grand Master.
by kyle
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Selling my books to the Millions.
Replies: 26
Views: 9752

Re: Selling my books to the Millions.

s_c_baker wrote:I'm sure the frosting can handle 2pt fon(dan)t. I mean, it's not like they have to READ it.

I think that one actually hurt...
by kyle
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5657

Re: Battle of the Books

Robbed! ThomasKCarpenter's been robbed I tell you!

Oh, wait, this is completely subjective and a matter of personal taste, isn't it?...
wotf001

Anyway, kudos on putting the book out there, and I hope it generates sales for you.
by kyle
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897411

Re: Success!

Congratulations! Good reviews are a great feeling.
by kyle
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Replies: 26
Views: 10880

Re: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

I've never gotten advice back from them that I've agreed with for the story in question, but even that is invaluable information, nonetheless, because it tells me I missed the mark on what I thought they'd be interested in, and gives me a much better window on what they're looking for than the guide...
by kyle
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

What I was looking for was a picture of an asteroid violently striking the Moon. You mean something like this? http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/1362-ssc2005-01b-Massive-Smash-Up-at-Vega (The other great thing about NASA images -- no licensing fee. Browse around the site for lots of other great...
by kyle
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the forum, Akasha! And, yes, if you even might submit a story based on one of those ideas, don't mention it here. (As a general rule, I tend to believe in keeping ideas to oneself anyway, since there's no way to copyright an idea. If you share it, someone else might write and sell it firs...
by kyle
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

Strikes me as a contemporary fantasy, Kary, sort of Arabian Nights meets primetime television. If that would be a good description of the story, I'd say you're spot-on. Seconding the concerns about the aspect ratio, though. Do make sure it won't be squished or cropped oddly everyplace you're plannin...
by kyle
Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

Generally solid covers, but I wouldn't ever, under any circumstances, use the word "boring" in your cover copy. Readers can't help but associate the negative connotation of the word with the story, even after the next line has made the irony clear. I'd use "typical" or somesuch t...
by kyle
Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 5657

Re: Battle of the Books

vanaaron wrote:He has a major challenge out of the blocks, as the random bracketing process slotted him in opposite some guy name Orson Scott Card.

My money's on Thomas, actually, given Card's recent work...
by kyle
Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

I do think you want to find a way to work the selkie into the cover. Even if it's just a tail breaching the surface of the water, or just a seal-like face, superimposed, peering over the monk's shoulder. Something that tells me this isn't the story of a man coming to terms with the loss of his wife ...
by kyle
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, and good luck, Lucy!
by kyle
Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

Rebecca Birch wrote:Got my next cover ready for critiques! Any thoughts are appreciated.[/img]

What genre is this? This is a great cover for a contemporary contemplative drama.
by kyle
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897411

Re: Success!

Congrats, klaatu!

And, Annie, I should've congratulated you when it arrived in my inbox. I'd've never thought a story so dependent on a Chinese cultural reference would've sold, so I plan to use you as a shining example of why you shouldn't self-reject for years to come!
by kyle
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I've seen only one thing at all that might tip me off to your not being born to the language, and that was "We've got a long waiting ahead of us" -- the expression I'm familiar with is "We've got a long wait ahead of us." And bear in mind, too, that minor things like that, an ed...
by kyle
Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064429

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Also remember that even Standard Manuscript Format is a guideline, not a true standard. Even back in the dark ages when we all had to use these ridiculous machines called typewriters, the vagaries of each machine meant that things like margins, fonts, line spacing, etc. meant that each writer's manu...
by kyle
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I've actually been googling phrases to verify that they are often used and they are not "Greekisms"! I wouldn't worry about it. Remember, the primary reason we immerse ourselves in speculative fiction is to be transported to other places, other cultures. As long as you're not trying to wr...
by kyle
Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

The tone I'm after -- the best description I've been able to come up with for this story -- is "tall tale". The climax of the story is preposterous -- and humorous, I hope -- but just on the hairy edge of plausible. In that case, browns and rusty golds are your friend, which ties in nicel...
by kyle
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131802

Re: Cover Workshop

OK, I've got a cover plan for my next story, and I'd appreciate feedback. I actively dislike the use of "It's about" in your cover copy, because it sound very amateurish. I like the punch of the "and beer" but I don't think it makes up for the bad taste in my mouth. Even just &q...
by kyle
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064429

Re: Q1 Volume 29

There really should be an academy award for best spouse. I knew I'd found the right one many years ago, when I was cleaning the house for a party we were having that evening. We had ordered a new DVD player for the bedroom, and it had arrived early and was sitting in a box in the dining room because...
by kyle
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, george nik.!

I think you'll find that non-native speakers are generally well accepted in the American speculative fiction community, and I see no reason why you couldn't excel here. Good luck!
by kyle
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:48 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Selling my books to the Millions.
Replies: 26
Views: 9752

Re: Selling my books to the Millions.

I wouldn't say "wasted." There are plenty of other people wondering similar things, who will take the time to read the advice instead of wondering why the only copy of their game-changing novel that sold was to their mother...
by kyle
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064429

Re: Q1 Volume 29

E.CaimanSands wrote:No doubt, when she gets it she'll go, "Urggggh! Not more gator dung!"

Consider planting a nice flower in it next quarter. Nobody minds gator dung if you call it "potting soil." wotf001
by kyle
Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064429

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Good luck, Annie. I wouldn't mind losing to someone who's in her final quarter of eligibility.

And, just because I had my entry done so ridiculously early, on Saturday I did three illustrations and decided to waste the IOTF coordinating judge's time with them.
wotf001
by kyle
Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Selling my books to the Millions.
Replies: 26
Views: 9752

Re: Selling my books to the Millions.

The most important tool for the indie publisher is, ironically, quantity. You need to let go of this first novel, and immediately get to work on the second, and then the third, and then the fourth. Nobody becomes a runaway hit with only one title. The self-published success stories all have a common...
by kyle
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Um, hi! I'm new on this forum, heck, I'm new to the website, and I already find myself amazed by it all. I'm thinking maybe I'm too young for all of this, everyone's already an adult, and I'm a senior in high school. But I guess I can wait and continue to work on a story for a future quarter. Just ...
by kyle
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897411

Re: Success!

Congrats!
by kyle
Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 524803

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Lynette! Glad your entry is in. Good luck with it!

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