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by Sommer Leigh
October 16th, 2012, 8:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER
Replies: 28
Views: 5495

Re: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER

Hi Margo, Congrats as well...I'd be curious as to how you marketed your writing endeavors with specific concentration on all things internet. Hope you get another 60,000 and beyond... Matthew Matthew- I know one of the things she talks about in other posts is that she does not do any marketing. She...
by Sommer Leigh
October 15th, 2012, 11:43 am
Forum: Books
Topic: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy
Replies: 34
Views: 11892

Re: J.K. Rowling's new book - The Casual Vacancy

I was spoiled to the book the week it came out and normally that would drive me nuts, but in this case I'm grateful and my friend knew she needed to warn me before I broke down and bought it. It is very, very, very dark. I like dark stories, don't get me wrong. I especially like dark endings. What I...
by Sommer Leigh
October 11th, 2012, 10:59 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER
Replies: 28
Views: 5495

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 Sommer Leigh
October 11th, 2012, 8:51 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4623

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

While I ponder splitting the story up, I wonder if it is the publishing world and those who abide by centuries old writing concepts that holds back the writer who wants to do something out of the norm. There may be wisdom in a serial, but that is not what this particular author had in mind. Those t...
by Sommer Leigh
October 11th, 2012, 8:21 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: My first full!
Replies: 3
Views: 8862

Re: My first full!

Congrats on the request!! That's awesome!
by Sommer Leigh
October 10th, 2012, 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The art of the one sentence synopsis
Replies: 20
Views: 3637

Re: The art of the one sentence synopsis

In my rush to post today I forgot to include my one sentence synopsis monster. It's not great. Once my beta readers tear through it I'm going to pick their brains for help smooshing it into not being so stretched out. When an unknown enemy outs sixteen year old hero Leah Kelley to a world that hates...
by Sommer Leigh
October 10th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The art of the one sentence synopsis
Replies: 20
Views: 3637

The art of the one sentence synopsis

This is something I do not have. Trixie and I were chatting by email recently about this phenomenon of being completely brain dead when it comes to boiling down an entire story into one sentence. I'm very awful at it. Are any of you very good? It feels so impossible when you're staring at 100,000 wo...
by Sommer Leigh
October 8th, 2012, 8:35 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Where have all the Review Bloggers gone?
Replies: 8
Views: 5283

Re: Where have all the Review Bloggers gone?

There are still plenty of review bloggers out there, particularly in YA, Fantasy, and Romance. That being said, almost no one will review a self-published work. There are bloggers out there that specialize in self-pubbed and indie books, but the bigger review blogs won't touch them. There are a numb...
by Sommer Leigh
October 5th, 2012, 2:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm
Replies: 9
Views: 2090

Re: When You Have to Create a Whole New Realm

Keep it simple. Figure out what that ONE thing is that has an importance to the story, a feeling, a look, a sensation, an emotion, a color, a shape whatever it may be that the characters experience in this location and concentrate on building off that. Too many rules and locations and complicated de...
by Sommer Leigh
October 5th, 2012, 12:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER
Replies: 28
Views: 5495

Re: The Coffee Shop - OCTOBER

My first year self-publishing under my pen name is almost over. Last year: 400,000 words roughly 60,000 copies sold (I lost some data when my thumbdrive broke and don't have time to go through my records right now) ummm...more than twice the average family income for my area. Let's put it that way....
by Sommer Leigh
October 3rd, 2012, 1:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNoWriMo 2012 - Prep
Replies: 21
Views: 7690

NaNoWriMo 2012 - Prep

So we are slightly less than a month away from NaNo 2012. Who will be participating this year? Have you already started outlining or are you going dive in cold and go wild? I am going to be working on a short story project that I expect to be at least 50,000 words. What's interesting is that after w...
by Sommer Leigh
October 3rd, 2012, 12:57 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 4864

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

Margo wrote: Until the conversation this morning, I didn't know how common it is to SELL spots on bestseller lists.
That really doesn't surprise me. They sell top display spots in bookstores, why not their lists? (sort of defeats the purpose of calling it a bestseller list, of course.)
by Sommer Leigh
October 3rd, 2012, 12:27 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 4864

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

I agree, but what makes this particularly pathetic is that these are NOT her erotica titles. She writes those under a different name . These are her erotic romance (I know you know the difference even if B&N does not). I think the first issue is that the connection between the two names is well-kno...
by Sommer Leigh
October 3rd, 2012, 8:37 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Quill Publishes on Amazon
Replies: 24
Views: 6045

Re: Quill Publishes on Amazon

Congrats Quill! This is such wonderful news :-) I'm glad we can be a tiny part of your big day!
by Sommer Leigh
October 3rd, 2012, 8:34 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 4864

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

In case anyone was wondering how this turned out... One of the two authors hit with this in September indicated her sales never recovered. The other received an apology from B&N, who tried to make it sound like an accident despite the fact they were caught doing this intentionally once before. When...