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Postby soulmirror » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:57 pm

Yayyy Annie and Ryan! Those both (all) sound like fascinating reads AND obviously utterly beautiful cover art!

I've said it elsewhere too, Ryan, but I luv'd the glimpse into your world from WotF 27's Black Spires (the concept of "the sorrow" is just such a creative and instantly captivating dramatic brushstroke) and Fred Jordan has painted up a vision as cool as all the Dinotopia things imo (well, actually, moodier and more subtle)

May ALL the worldcreators here have great and continuing success capturing the imaginations of readers in our world!
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:58 pm

Congratulations, Patty, Annie, and Ryan! I'm looking them over now.
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Postby izanobu » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:36 pm

That looks awesome, Ryan.

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:50 pm

Hey, somebody dropped the ball on self-promotion! Look what I just found on Kindle: The Land of OCKT and the Adventures of Peeje, the Kat Herder!

You'd think Meghan would tell us, but noooooo...
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:18 pm

Meanwhile, Amazon sent me email saying that "Sense of Wonder" is now for sale here; but an hour later, that page is still 404 for me. Maybe it'll work for you...

If you try this story, be warned: it's quiet and introspective and not for everyone. Maybe not for anyone but me! At a surface plot level, nothing much happens. It's just a guy talking about his life story and his three jobs past and present. But underneath, I like to think it's a story of determination in the face of adversity, the prices we pay and the choices we make to pursue our dreams, and the never-ending nature of those dreams.
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Postby izanobu » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:44 pm

Link doesn't work for me, Martin.

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Postby RyanHarvey » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:00 am

Agree with you Scott on how Fred capture the moodiness of the setting; Dinotopia is all clear, sharp, beautiful. But Ahn-Tarqa is soaked in regret and "autumn light," and Fred completely nailed it. I couldn't be happier with the illustration. When the novel Turn over the Moon gets published, I'm going to beg the publisher to hire Fred for the cover. (Yeah, I know I don't have much control over that, but I can try.)

The story is already selling well, and got into two "Top 100" lists on Amazon in the first day. It's all new and somewhat scary . . . I'll have to see how the next few months go. I already have a new ebook project in the works, three whimsical fantasy stories set in a "Halloween Castle." A nice change from Ahn-Tarqa's grimness.
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Postby Strycher » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:50 am

"Sense of Wonder" link is working now (and the cover still looks great!)

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Postby Dustin Adams » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:21 am

I'm going to remember this bit of promotion.

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:24 am

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm going to remember this bit of promotion.

"Oh, I do declare, my link doesn't seem to be working... Can you click it for me?" wotf019


Heh. My secret is revealed?
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Postby soulmirror » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:05 pm

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! wotf007

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Whut? wotf017
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Postby kyle » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:15 pm

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?

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Postby Strycher » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:15 am

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:I'm going to remember this bit of promotion.

"Oh, I do declare, my link doesn't seem to be working... Can you click it for me?" wotf019


Heh. My secret is revealed?


Oh noes, I'm a dupe!

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! wotf007

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scott+frederick+hargrave&sprefix=scott+frederick%2Caps%2C191

Whut? wotf017


wotf005 Well . . . If it's to help a friend . . .

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Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:22 am

You're not a dupe, Strycher.
I am. I tested the link, then bought the book!
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:28 am

Dustin Adams wrote:You're not a dupe, Strycher.
I am. I tested the link, then bought the book!


Oh, you're the one, eh? My caveat stands: the story's not for everyone, but it is for me.

Actually, there have been two purchases so far. So my thanks to you and to (I assume) someone else around here.
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Postby izanobu » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Well, it isn't e-published in the regular sense yet, but my serialized cyberpunk novel has a new cover and I am showing it off everywhere I can think of:
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Postby Strycher » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:32 pm

izanobu wrote:Well, it isn't e-published in the regular sense yet, but my serialized cyberpunk novel has a new cover and I am showing it off everywhere I can think of:
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(the book is free to read and updates on Mondays, resuming this next Monday: http://overactive.wordpress.com/read-my ... ial-novel/)


Wow. I love that!

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Postby Alex Kane » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:39 pm

^ That... IS. AWESOME. wotf022
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:43 pm

Oooh, pretty...
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Postby Kary English » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:46 pm

RyanHarvey wrote:Agree with you Scott on how Fred capture the moodiness of the setting; Dinotopia is all clear, sharp, beautiful. But Ahn-Tarqa is soaked in regret and "autumn light," and Fred completely nailed it. I couldn't be happier with the illustration. When the novel Turn over the Moon gets published, I'm going to beg the publisher to hire Fred for the cover. (Yeah, I know I don't have much control over that, but I can try.)

The story is already selling well, and got into two "Top 100" lists on Amazon in the first day. It's all new and somewhat scary . . . I'll have to see how the next few months go. I already have a new ebook project in the works, three whimsical fantasy stories set in a "Halloween Castle." A nice change from Ahn-Tarqa's grimness.


I just bought this, and I'm having sent to my son's Kindle as well as my phone. Before I tell the kid it's there, do you think it's too dark/moody or otherwise not appropriate for a 12 yr old?

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Postby AMcCarter » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:49 pm

Such a pretty cover, Nobu. I'm still drooling over it.
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Postby morshana » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:31 pm

I love the cover, Annie!
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Postby RyanHarvey » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:00 pm

Kary James wrote:I just bought this, and I'm having sent to my son's Kindle as well as my phone. Before I tell the kid it's there, do you think it's too dark/moody or otherwise not appropriate for a 12 yr old?


No, not too dark for a 12-year-old. It's a lead in to a young adult novel. The main violent moment happens "off-screen" and is not given in detail. It does deal with painful loss issues, but nothing more horrific than what you would find in standard YA works.

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Postby Kary English » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:13 pm

Cool. :) I enjoyed your story in the anthology, so I was happy to see more.

And not to ignite the ol' "how should I price my ebooks" debate, but I'd have paid $2.99 for it without hesitating. (It irks me that Amazon takes 2/3 of that buck.)

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Kary James wrote:I just bought this, and I'm having sent to my son's Kindle as well as my phone. Before I tell the kid it's there, do you think it's too dark/moody or otherwise not appropriate for a 12 yr old?


No, not too dark for a 12-year-old. It's a lead in to a young adult novel. The main violent moment happens "off-screen" and is not given in detail. It does deal with painful loss issues, but nothing more horrific than what you would find in standard YA works.

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Postby soulmirror » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:46 pm

That's definitely an UBER-COOL cover, Annie! wotf007

There is an amazing depth to that image, rich in so many ways. It really suggests a WORLD inside your book, not just "oh, here's a genre image" Real characters will be alive inside, etc.


Uh, can you spot me $999,999?


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Postby RyanHarvey » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:06 pm

Kary James wrote:And not to ignite the ol' "how should I price my ebooks" debate, but I'd have paid $2.99 for it without hesitating. (It irks me that Amazon takes 2/3 of that buck.)

Wow, you're the third person today who has told me about the $2.99 possibility. I really have to debate this. Life is sooo confusing.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:15 pm

Ryan,

For whatever it's worth, I'm following Dean's suggested pricing. So 99 cents is how I would price a 9,000 word story.
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Postby izanobu » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:20 pm

I'd personally price a 9k story at 1.99 or possibly just go for 2.99.

Thanks, soulmirror. Hopefully this trilogy will turn out as awesome as the covers are going to be. I've re-drafted the first book from scratch three times since 2006. I think this final time is the charm. I had to wait until my skills caught up to the kind of book I wanted to write. wotf008

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Postby soulmirror » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:03 am

Here's one that's not exactly sci-fi or fantasy genre ... but a little ditty of a comix from years ago ...

(A sample of my goofy cartoony style ... I coloured it in anew, and added the borders to fit an e-reader using the grunge-band-flyer tradition of under the rug/fast-and-dirty google/copy/filter/collage)

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LYSISTRATA IN GANGLAND ...

Make Love, Not War ... or else!

We've all heard the story of the Ancient Greek women who decided the only way to keep their men from making war year after year ... was to unite and agree that there would be NO LOVEMAKING unless an END came to Man's endless WAR MAKING!

Here's a short SEXY, MODERN TWIST on that ancient story -- updated to the year 2012 and told in the streets (and bedrooms) of America's gang-infested big cities!


Huh. Maybe it is 'fantasy' after all! wotf008

I was planning to post it for FREE (it's only 17 panels long) ... but does the price ALLOW a no price number?

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I just mentioned it over in the "HOW TO E-PUBLISH" thread ... in this case it's a "How NOT to ..."

Remember that if you lay out anything on its side so you can benefit from the "landscape" format (wider-than-tall) that the Amazon "Look Inside" window will mangle it sideways. I'll keep it as an example of the format (I've read other authors advising readers of the "sideways" lay-out ... is there a reason that needs to be said though? anyway, folks will see what they're buying. I sometimes worry about that because I add things in the pop-ups that aren't always in the item they're buying ... but a friend commented that if I'm giving it for FREE in the pop-up, it's given, it's not like they didn't get what they paid for, they got EXTRA)
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Postby kyle » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:14 am

So many great new e-books, so little time!

Congratulations, everyone!


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