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SERIOUS WRITERS is a team of authors who collectively encourage positive attitudes and strive for growth, regardless of their current level of experience. But wherever you are on your writing journey, we will make the trip as fun and enjoyable as possible. Join us and work with like minded members who share the goal of continuously improving their writing craft.

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ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS By: J.C. Laird
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If you discover interesting articles on writing or related subjects, you can post them here.

We will post informative and helpful information from experts in the writing field -- topics that should appeal to those who are really serious about writing. Whenever possible, each author/writer will be given credit for their work and a link posted to their blog or website. Posts from BEFORE the BookRix changeover have been archived... Show more

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Adlin T.

J.C., thank you very much for your advice on 'Too Much Telling' and 'Not Showing'. I welcome it and found it useful.
AdlinT

Tuti Von Zehren

My utmost gratitude! Invaluable advice for a beginner like myself.

shalomy

Am grateful for that advice for people like me

PROMOTIONS and ADVERTISING This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. ... By: J.C. Laird
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PROMOTIONS and ADVERTISING

This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. Tell us about your books, old or new, post links, pictures, blurbs and video promos.

Also use this link to post samples of your work and request comments/reviews. In short, put your work here; make it interesting and try to grab the visitor's attention. Get some publicity for that hard work of yours.

If you advertise books with adult... Show more

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https://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-zaimat-b-living-to-survive/

I just posted the first chapter, can you please check it out and comment if there is any mistake or grammer error??

Michael Peters

I've just recently published my third short story through BookRix, and I am very excited about it. Entitled THE DESOLATE JOURNEY, it's a story inspired by The Dark Tower, Jonah Hex, and The Talking Heads (to name just a few). Here is the link to the page, and if anyone is... Show more

S. J. Crona

I have decided to re-publish my fantasy novel in progress, Akata: Whispers of the Past (with a new book cover). Eventually, I intend to illustrate the book, especially since it is a prequel to my webcomic, Callous. I would really love some feedback. Feel free to give it a... Show more

Akata. Whispers of the Past https://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-s-j-crona-akata/ Battling Our Demons   Prince Izrekiel and Ryukou Kitsura are more than just brothers.   War rages on with the neighboring country of Demali, and turmoil spreads within Akata's borders...
Downloads By: S. J. Crona
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Why do I feel like there are a disproportionate amount of people downloading my books, while I'm receiving almost no favorites or comments? I just posted a story with only one, short chapter so far, and it's already recieved 4 downloads and 5 views—but zero favorites or comments. Hmm... strange...

Does anyone else notice this with their work?

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S. J. Crona

Yeah... I think it might be difficult to convert an epub into text though. The format is really weird and almost theft-proof. But that would be frustrating nonetheless >.<

judycolella

I removed the download option on my books because I, too, was finding them on other sites without my authorization. That's plagiarism and piracy, and is against the law, but it costs a lot to go after these creeps. So I just made them available to BookRix members.

Another reason... Show more

S. J. Crona

I keep looking my own books up on Google now, but I can't seem to find anything weird ^^;

It's the same with my art: other artists keep complaining about people stealing their art online, but I've yet to experience such a thing. On one hand, I'm not sure whether I should be glad... Show more

The Writing Industry Has Changed By: felixthecat
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And will probably continue to change as the months and years roll onward.

When I first began to seriously write years ago, there was little activity online. No Amazonbooks, no sites such as this for writers to have community or publish. If you aspired to get published, you had two avenues: Vanity Presses, or submissions to agents or houses The latter was extremely difficult to get a foot into. Many of us wrote and queried... Show more

How We Got 10 Million Teens to Read Fiction on Their Phones https://medium.com/@prernagupta/how-we-got-10-million-teens-to-read-fiction-on-their-phones-19a2a475084c The story of Hooked
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jake wilhelm

I also remember the pre-Internet fiction days. Lots of submissions, even more rejection letters (makes me think people heard about me and sent pre-emptive letters!) I also considered the vanity press deal, and found it too expensive. I dig the Internet publishing, even if I... Show more

felixthecat

Well said, Jake. The very first "novel" I began...years ago...was written on a legal pad, using a pencil (so that I could correct misspellings more easily). Never owned a word processor per se. When I discovered Word, the writing experience exploded inside me.

When I mentioned... Show more

S. J. Crona

Hmmm... I don't know if I like this new chat-based story telling...

SORT OF.

Let me reiterate:

I don't consider that to be literature, but a game. And I do respect games as gateways for storytelling. It reminds me of visual novel games (which are games, but they utilize images,... Show more

My writing just got rejected for the first time... By: S. J. Crona
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Well, what a day.

I have been fairly impartial toward my writing in recent years, and by that, I mean that I haven't been focusing on it very much, and I haven't had the passion to try and do anything with it. However, I recently submitted an excerpt of one of my novels-in-progress to an online publisher.

I'll be honest, I haven't really considered myself very ambitious when I comes to my writing. Maybe when I was younger I... Show more

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k.p.hansen

I did it.

Well sometimes you just need to articulate and write down things like this. Either to ease the damper which you mentioned and/or to share your thoughts.

To read it and to emphasize what’s going on, that’s what friends are for and one of the purposes of our community on this side.

bubbles83

Feels good to let it all out doesn't it? :) I know what you are talking about, I have never had realistic aspirations of making it as a famous writer, just a fools hope that I might get lucky one day, but so far I haven't felt that my work is good enough for publishing. Still I... Show more

felixthecat

Sabrina,

Don't you feel the least bit defeated. We are all little fish in a big, BIG pond. All equal in that no one sees us at first. I could give many, many examples of famous writers who wallpapered their office with rejection letters...Stephen King for one. Keep this in mind,... Show more

Chris-Jean

Your artwork is brilliant, Sabrina, and no one can take that away from you. You also put lots of care and attention into your writing, & take time to painstakingly edit it so that it is as near perfect as possible. You also make sure to use lots of metaphors and action-packed... Show more

S. J. Crona

k.p. - Yeah, that was the main reason for posting this. Thanks for reading it. I feel better already, having gotten that weight off my chest. I had talked to my mom about the rejection, but she really doesn't seem to care about things like that. That's not to say that she's... Show more

Proper Use Of The Comma Is More Serious Than You May Think By: judycolella
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I read an article by Kelly Gurnett, a writer for "The Write Life" that highlighted a law suit settled by the way a comma was used. For real! Kelly wrote the following:

“'Who gives a $#%& about an Oxford comma?'

"So goes one of my favorite lyrics by Vampire Weekend, and the answer to date has largely been: grammar nerds, Strunk & White and those who follow the infamous Chicago vs. AP style debate.

"Now, we can add dairy driver to... Show more

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judycolella

The saga of William Strunk and E.B, White - ah, where to begin...okay. Mr. Strunk was a fanatic for using good, proper English, and he taught about it at Cornell University, I believe. Anyway, he did a little 48-page book called "The Elements of Style" which he inflicted on his... Show more

The Cambridge comma http://lavengro.typepad.com/peter_harvey_linguist/2013/04/the-cambridge-comma.html Louise at Glossophilia describes the Cambridge comma. It is an April Fool’s Day joke, 1 April being the day when people in Britain and some other countries play practical jokes, and newspapers and blogs join in. The joke is based on the Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma, which is a well-established aspect of English punctuation. It is the comma placed before the last item in a list; it takes its name from Oxford University Press, where it is the house style. It is also an extraordinarily controversial matter for reasons that I totally fail to understand. In...
felixthecat

Long live Judy!

judycolella

[Takes a bow, Cheshire-grinning]

Changing how we write Christian Fiction By: ladyknight26
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Why are the majority of Christian literature is centered around romance? There are so many topics that need to be explored. Of course its fine that the hero meets the heroine and vise versa. One believes in a higher power, but the other doesn't. They fall in love blah, blah, blah. But doesn't it sound cliche? There are so many topics we need to discover in religion, which is why the genre itself seems dead. I actually enjoy... Show more

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judycolella

Agreed. My longest book series deals with making the right choices, bullying, the power of belief, and the importance of understanding the words of the Bible - and their power in our lives. It's a fantasy adventure that I wrote as a counterbalance to the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" books.

Ingeborg Kazek

My book deal with the resurrection of Jesus: Easter Reloaded

angamonkey

Everyone should read Judy's work if they haven't already. A refreshing take on a lot of topics. And I agree... if it's all "hey we like each other" the story just becomes dull.

judycolella

Wow, Angely - thank you! You're absolutely right about the importance of moving away from the cliche romance thing. You and Latonya have made excellent points.

Ingeborg - I've take a look at your fascinating book, but haven't had a chance to finish or leave a comment. I promise... Show more

For those of you who have printed your books... By: S. J. Crona
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I know most of you have probably only been publishing novels and storiess as eBooks, but I'm curious to know more about printing: costs, PDF layouts, bleeds (especially for illustrated books), printers, page-counts, distribution, and selling prices when taking all of this into account.

I've already researched this a great deal, but there really is no set answer. When it comes from CreateSpace, Lulu, Blurb, and other printing... Show more

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L. Avery Brown

The only experience I've had is...none - however, I've had several friends who use sites like CreateSpace to do a POD type thing. I will say - the one person I know of who has had the most 'luck' with the service has done full color illustrated children's books in paperback... Show more

Chris-Jean

I have used FeedARead for my paperback version of Speedy Reads, Sabrina & I believe the quality of the books are superb.

However, if you use their service it is important to remember that they are an independent publishing company, funded by the Arts Council. This means you can... Show more

FAQs: How To Get Started and General Publishing Questions https://www.feedaread.com/FAQs/Getting-Started.aspx
S. J. Crona

Oh wow, so much info... Thank you guys ^^

I was considering creating my book via Lulu, but the biggest issue when it comes to that is that, yes, color printing is expensive. Originally, I wanted to print my graphic novel in 200-250 page volumes, but that's simply way to expensive... Show more

Story Openings By: judycolella
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It seem that nearly every story I read by one of our new members start with "It's the first day of school..." or some variation of that. I was honestly beginning to despair of finding a story opening with at least a little originality, and was about to post a sarcastic rant in The Coffee Shop about it, but decided to give it some thought before insulting half the members on this site, lol.

I'd had a problem with this before,... Show more

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Reta West

I have to laugh at this. I am sure you are correct in what you are saying, but I am laughing because of how my grandmother used to start every letter.

She always started her letters, "Hello. I am fine. How are you? The weather.....

I guess this was her writing prompt. We used to... Show more

judycolella

@Reta West: Her opening almost sounds like a song lyric, lol. It could go on:

Hello. I'm fine. How are you?
The weather is beautiful, too.
How I wish you were here
To lend me an ear,
Share a nice cup of tea,
Take a walk by the sea,
And brighten the days with your cheer.
So hello. I'm... Show more

S. J. Crona

Honestly, a lot of the main characters of my webcomic are arguably "clichés," but I hope to bring more depth (and some humor) to them. Clichés are difficult to avoid, but in a way, necessary. Again, it's not necessarily the cliché's existence that is so abhorrent, but the predictable use of them. :/

"Up" By: J.C. Laird
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Never thought about this before, wonder who thought this UP????


A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition.

UP

Read until the end ... You'll laugh.


This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv.], [prep.], [adj.], [n] or [v].


It's easy to understand... Show more

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Bobby

This is the beauty of this chapter. there is a great wealth of knowledge here. Great.

k.p.hansen

right, we should keep up this Spirit!

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