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  1. Riding on the coat tails of those who are successful

    You didn't do nothing. You gave them financing when they needed it the most. Heck, you BELIEVED in them when others didn't. Never discount that. If you feel guilty about doing nothing, then do something. NOT with these companies. They seem to be prospering without you and you shouldn't mess up...
  2. One Thing All Sidewalkers/Slowlaners Have In Common...

    I'm with Lights. I don't have the time or inclination to worry about what other people think or do (other than my prospects, of course). Heck, I don't even have time to do everything I want to do. (so many products to launch, so little time) The best way to change minds is to lead by example...
  3. PUBLISHING My Problem promoting a book: any help? (FASTLANE POTENTIAL)

    Also, if your mom is going it alone, that's tough anywhere but especially in the writing world. Writing, contrary to the myth, is a group sport. I can't imagine working without my writing chapter, my writing group, and my editors. That would be like wandering around blind. I highly recommend...
  4. PUBLISHING My Problem promoting a book: any help? (FASTLANE POTENTIAL)

    Price isn't usually a big hurdle for romance readers. I don't know about straight fantasy. The biggest issue is the blurb. Who is the hero? Who is the heroine? Why do I care about these characters? What is the GMC (goals, motivation, conflict)? There's too much information and not enough...
  5. PUBLISHING My Problem promoting a book: any help? (FASTLANE POTENTIAL)

    BTW... You do know the starving writer personae is just marketing, right? Many of us make quite a good living at fiction writing. But the readers don't like to hear that. And there are plenty of fastlane writers. Heck, James Patterson doesn't even write his own books. Plus you can work in your...
  6. PUBLISHING My Problem promoting a book: any help? (FASTLANE POTENTIAL)

    I write both sci fi romance and paranormal romance. Giving away a book no one wants doesn't work. I tried that with one of my first pen names. Disaster. The pirates had a field day (most pirated books are from contest wins/giveaways) and it told readers I felt the books weren't worth paying...
  7. FAILURE How to choose the right plan

    What I usually do with projects is set realistic benchmarks. I write romance novels. For a first story in a series, I have a sales target. If I miss that sales target by a wide margin, I won't write the next story. I 'quit' the series.
  8. Is going to college a waste of time?

    Okay, I'll try to post again, dang it. I apologize if this posts twice. What is your plan? 'Cause without a plan, you're simply wandering in the wilderness, hoping not to be eaten by bears. How does attending college or earning a college degree (two VERY different things) fit with your plan...
  9. Fiction Publishing

    Random House is now listing all their print books on scrbd for FREE. http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2009/03/30/piracy-and-legitimacy/ I'm not quite sure what they are doing but I do know that this will make it tougher for other folks to charge for eBooks and that this will speed up the...
  10. 6 Ways to Increase Your Business

    I LOVED #6. That was a slap on the forehead, why didn't I think of that? idea. Would be especially effective in today's economy.
  11. Beer & Pancakes 2010 info

    Yes, I will 'haunt' this site. (grinning) Too bad as we have quite a few writers on this loop now. We could do some marketing brainstorming. Perhaps folks will like to do that without me but share the notes?
  12. Beer & Pancakes 2010 info

    You guys are cruel. I find out Monday that Book #4 is set to release February 2010. I'm all happy, happy, happy because it is the absolute best month to have a romance out in (with Valentine's Day) And then you post this! (Sigh) I will not be attending because I'll be, once again, going...
  13. WEB/DIGITAL The "Luck Struck" Progress Thread

    Because most people buying non-fiction books don't actually read them. Sad but true. (This doesn't hold for romance novel buyers.)
  14. WEB/DIGITAL The Making Of An Online Pornography Company

    Awesome article! SO many business lessons in it, not only for those in the industry (I'm not) but for ANY industry.
  15. Fiction Publishing

    Okay, I lucked into Invisible being the freebie giveaway from my publisher to celebrate Read An eBook week. Normal cost of Invisible: $6 Cost last week: $0. I emailed over 4,000 people about the offer, got about 20 romance blog mentions, total downloads... as of the 12th: 644 Books...
  16. OFF-TOPIC My Book For FREE - Help Spread The Word

    Great news! My publisher is giving away two novels for free to celebrate eBook week and Invisible, my latest, is one of them! Woo hoo! To get a free copy of Invisible, go to eBookGuru.org and click on the first post (in blue). You can also get there from here Kimber Chin » Blog Archive »...
  17. Writing a book

    Great post PEERless. First draft is about 5% of the time spent on the book. Most of my novels have about 10 drafts and 3 different editors working on it. Editing is SO important because you may think your book makes perfect sense, but odds are it doesn't. Then there is marketing and...
  18. Action Takers - What Are You Up To?

    Goals For March - Finish my short (13 pages of the 20 already written) - Discourage another contract extension (I'm working til the end of April) - Draft a new game plan for the novel writing - The usual stock investing stuff - Tax season
  19. Would you walk away?

    What I think is interesting are the responses 'It would give me more money to spend.' That just about says it all.
  20. The 48 Laws of Power

    I agree with many of the laws but not with the reasoning behind them. For example Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark You keep it simple, not to 'catch a sucker' but because people don't buy from people who make them feel dumb. I was on a writer chat...
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