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by Margo
October 19th, 2012, 3:28 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Quill Publishes on Amazon
Replies: 24
Views: 3958

Re: Quill Publishes on Amazon

How does writing in itself do it? Every new release increases your visibility in two ways. It provides the opportunity to hit a New Releases list (much much easier than hitting a bestseller list), and it provides a backlist for readers who find they like your work. Almost ALL my sales come from wor...
by Margo
October 19th, 2012, 3:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Free or $.99 for Teaser Short Story
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Free or $.99 for Teaser Short Story

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by Margo
October 18th, 2012, 1:09 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Quill Publishes on Amazon
Replies: 24
Views: 3958

Re: Quill Publishes on Amazon

As far as promos, the occasional free day on Kindle Select has done a bit for me. I think getting more releases is key, too. I just put out another short story, I'm putting out a novel on Sunday, and a novella next month. So yeah, you need both quality and quantity. Most of the writers I network wi...
by Margo
October 17th, 2012, 12:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Authors are wacko: Swedish study
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

Re: Authors are wacko: Swedish study

The problem with doing so...indeed the problem with doing so for any person...is the tendency of people to then indulge their own disgnosis. I got the impression from the press release (linked above) that another problem is treating the disorders: "the doctor and patient must come to an agreement o...
by Margo
October 16th, 2012, 8:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Authors are wacko: Swedish study
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

Re: Authors are wacko: Swedish study

Kay Redfield Jamison looked at this in Touched With Fire. It segmented poets out from general "writers" and found poets to be the most disturbed among creatives and architects and other more graphic artists types to be the least. Fascinating for the forensic work it looks at as well as being written...
by Margo
October 16th, 2012, 1:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER
Replies: 28
Views: 3333

Re: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER

Thanks for the kind words, Sommer. As to questions... I do almost exclusively novella-length. That's why I can do "regular" releases over the course of a year with 400,000 words. Still, had I written four 100,000-word novels, I think that still would have counted as regular releases. Readers would p...
by Margo
October 12th, 2012, 2:04 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Quill Publishes on Amazon
Replies: 24
Views: 3958

Re: Quill Publishes on Amazon

Oh, wait, actually, I can give you one more piece of advice. Learn to incorporate SEO into your titles and tags.
by Margo
October 12th, 2012, 2:03 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Quill Publishes on Amazon
Replies: 24
Views: 3958

Re: Quill Publishes on Amazon

Been thinkin' about this since you posted it. And maybe you can speak from experience: How do books and authors get found if not by promo? What lets readers find them in the little cubicles they inhabit at Amazon or wherever? Sure word of mouth can clue others to one's books, once the first people ...
by Margo
October 11th, 2012, 1:24 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 3013

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

Yeah, pretty much what Sommer said. I've compared this issue before to intellectual masturbation. Are we as writers just there to wank off for our own amusement (OUR vision, OUR story, OUR ego, etc) or are we trying to make it good for the reader, too? We tend to forget there has been a rhythm to st...
by Margo
October 11th, 2012, 1:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER
Replies: 28
Views: 3333

Re: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER

And then I go and write in the personalization section of my third query: "I enjoying reading your blog" *Double facepalm* NO!!! This never, ever, ever fails to happen. Right fater the first time I posted my first 500 words for an agent critique thing I noticed I'd left out the word "the" in a sent...
by Margo
October 9th, 2012, 2:38 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 63545

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Oooh, shiny new toy! Amazon just made it possible for authors to see their author rank (versus book rank). I'm pleasantly surprised to see my pen name is in the top 5000 (about 4750) for all authors on Amazon (that includes trad authors, by the way), the top 2000 (about 1880) for all fiction authors...
by Margo
October 9th, 2012, 2:27 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 63545

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

I'm so pleased to finally be able to announce CARNIEPUNK, an anthology "which combines the carnival setting with the world of urban fantasy, a place of deception where monsters wait silently in the dark". My short story Recession of the Divine will be in it, alongside authors such as Rachel Caine, ...
by Margo
October 8th, 2012, 2:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm

Oops, I forgot to close with.. But listen to your muse go with your heart this is your story not the readers' your perfect vision don't worry about word count or story structure or research or outlining as long as you follow you heart it will be great singing of angels crying of puppies agents and e...
by Margo
October 8th, 2012, 2:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm

Reposted from another thread... I recommend reading up on ancient and social history. If you pick up a good, weighty volume on any ancient culture--the Romans, the Greeks, the Irish, the Norse--check out the table of contents for the kinds of topics covered, to give you an idea of how values and bel...
by Margo
October 8th, 2012, 2:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are there classes for,
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: Are there classes for,

I recommend reading up on ancient and social history. If you pick up a good, weighty volume on any ancient culture--the Romans, the Greeks, the Irish, the Norse--check out the table of contents for the kinds of topics covered, to give you an idea of how values and beliefs and social constructs both ...