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by Shipple
November 19th, 2012, 8:30 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Major Blunder with New E-Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4624

Re: Major Blunder with New E-Book

I think Sommer made some very perceptive comments, and I don't think it's fair to blame the publishing industry here. I don't think readers are going to pick up a book that long, especially from an unknown, self-published author. They have no idea what they're getting into, and for $5 why bother whe...
by Shipple
November 19th, 2012, 8:20 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Critique My Covers
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: Critique My Covers

Oh! Fantasy and supernatural?

I thought these were really cool covers but I did not get a fantasy or supernatural vibe at all. Sort of comic book/gritty/noir as well. Although really cool for that. Maybe a bit mystery as well.
by Shipple
November 19th, 2012, 8:16 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Has it gotten you yet?
Replies: 18
Views: 7468

Re: Has it gotten you yet?

I didn't realize there was a particularly nasty strain this year. I've never gotten a flu shot on the theory that I'd build up my immune system as much as I could while I was still young & relatively healthy. I was sick a lot as a kid, so I too am a compulsive hand washer, but not hand sanitizer. Th...
by Shipple
November 19th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's the Best and Worst Feedback You've Ever Gotten?
Replies: 11
Views: 3408

Re: What's the Best and Worst Feedback You've Ever Gotten?

Oddly, I'd say some of my best feedback had/has me re-writing for months (or possibly just weeks). It was a critique (or a few critiques, really) that had me delving back into my world with new energy thinking "I could do this here and that there!" My worst feedback had me saying, "That is just a ba...
by Shipple
November 6th, 2012, 7:47 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 14 Tips for better cover design
Replies: 5
Views: 3256

Re: 14 Tips for better cover design

This is really cool, and, of course, is very similar to some of the things I hear about designing the look of your website.
by Shipple
November 6th, 2012, 7:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I need a fake story idea...
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: I need a fake story idea...

I'd say just do a zombie/vampire/mythic creature slash classic. You know, Sprites in Hamlet. Huck Fin with Merpeople. Anne of Green Gables in Fairyland. Heck, just a new Peter Pan. Choose a favorite and then you've got your basic plot. Maybe you'll even interest someone in one of your favorite class...
by Shipple
November 3rd, 2012, 7:57 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What T.V. shows are you watching?
Replies: 27
Views: 16118

Re: What T.V. shows are you watching?

Just saw someone mentioned Elementary. Just watched the first few episodes of it last week, and I am really loving that as well. At first I was just like, "Oh, the BBC already did that present day Sherlock thing" but then I found out it had Johnny Lee Miller (I'm still a little obsessed with Hackers...
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 11:24 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How and when to 'nudge' an agent...?
Replies: 4
Views: 9667

Re: How and when to 'nudge' an agent...?

Is it weird that I am extremely entertained that the first half of that blog post on following up with an agent is about The Hills? Because I am very entertained. In fact, I can definitely say that made my day better.
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 11:18 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Animation Character
Replies: 16
Views: 5587

Re: Favorite Animation Character

Agree with Rick. Bugs Bunny. When I was about five, Bugs Bunny was the best thing ever & I dressed up as him for Halloween. Today, my husband was telling me that he got lost finding his friend's house, and I told him, "You should have taken that left at Albuquerque." Bugs Bunny will forever be relev...
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 11:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?

Note the title is evolving/changing. I am not a fan of titles. They befuddle me.
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 11:11 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: MG: Under Sentinel Guard - Which Query Do You Like?

All of you had wonderfully helpful things to say, but, as you've seen, I've been a bit all over the place with possibilities. I've refined one single query letter that takes at least some of what many of you have told me & puts it all together in a query that is hopefully fun(ish), easy to read and ...
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 4:57 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Till the Sun Comes Up (Adult Fiction)
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Query for Till the Sun Comes Up (Adult Fiction)

It's been a long time since I wrote a query and I remember that one being not very good at all. Any and all feedback is very much appreciated. Thanks! Dear (Agent) (Customized tag line on why I'm querying) Martin’s gambling addiction costs him his girlfriend, his job, and every last penny to his na...
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 4:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Word Count/Writing Challenge - OCTOBER
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Word Count/Writing Challenge - OCTOBER

I thought of this post just the other day b/c I realized that part of my goal for this month was actually to decrease my word count (actually, it was to "cull" the first few chapters). So, I am quite proud of the fact that I have successfully decreased my word count by almost 6k.
by Shipple
October 28th, 2012, 4:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Should queries,
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Should queries,

I am not very familiar with the short story market, but I do not know of many books of short stories that sold as straight up books. The only example that came to mind was The Girl's Guide To Hunting and Fishing. From what I could find, it looked like Melissa Bank (the author) had very successful sh...
by Shipple
October 20th, 2012, 2:21 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What T.V. shows are you watching?
Replies: 27
Views: 16118

Re: What T.V. shows are you watching?

Supernatural is straight up YA paranormal eye candy. Oh, man, I have a Tumblr account, and you are so right. There are some seriously obsessed teenaged fans out there for this show. Now I personally cannot get over the fact that Sam is Dean from the Gilmore Girls and yet the other guy's called Dean...