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  1. Ha! Sorry for the miscommunication. I was responding to your bit Zee, about "saying goodbye for good" to your series. I meant that at the point when the series is completed, you can still write short stories about the characters or side plots. So it may not be "for good." I agree--take time away from your series if you are feeling bogged down. There is no rush to get books out unless you have a contractual deadline. Writing something completely different in the meantime can keep you productive while refreshing your mind.
  2. Don't forget Zee that you can write short stories related to your series and post them on your website; offer them for free to folks to garner interest in your series. Paul--I write fiction/nonfiction, too. One reason I always have 6-8 projects running at the same time is so I can alternate between them and never quite get to the point of being tired with any of them!
  3. Suggest you use a POD company. Then you can either just have folks buy them from the source. That way you do not have to collect, report and pay sales tax to your state. If, purchasing copies of the books to use in studies or to sell at live events, the author's copy cost is generally very small. Many folks like Amazon's Kindle Direct Printing. It is very user friendly although of course there will always be a learning curve for us non-technical folks.
  4. If you submit to a publishing house, you do not need any sort of software. If you publish through a vanity publisher where you pay them to print books and you buy a box of books to sell on your own, you do not need software. You basically pay them and they do it all and then send you a box. If you self-publish via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you do not need any sort of software other than Word doc because you can use Word to save the file as a pdf and then upload onto their platform with that. You can also create a book cover, using their platform--you do
  5. It all depends on who you write for. Books in different genres follow different style guides as to magazine/newspaper articles. Pick what you write for mostly and adopt that style--my advice! Or drink lots of coffee as you pick your way through the style guides.
  6. Yes, you can order a print copy of your book if it is published through Amazon. The new thing, however is that if you don't want to publish it but just order a proof copy, it now will have a band across the front, spine and back that says, "Not for Resale." You can, of course, hit "publish," order an author copy (not a proof) and then immediately take it back out from publication. All depends what sort of copy you want.
  7. I don't write horror but love books about zombies, paranormal, and general creepy stuff. Evil exists and is a great subject for Christians to address in their books! I appreciated your Derrickson quote. Adding to it though, I never want to relinquish a healthy fear of evil--just place my trust in Jesus to fight those spiritual battles we can't. Do you write horror Terribz1?
  8. You've already gotten some great advice. With Jared's question about animal forms in mind, basically you could break scenes when your protagonist switches animals (similarly to switching character POV). Alternately, from what you've told us, I see natural scene breaks as follows: >storm the palace; the main group heads down to the dungeons >protag fights while 2 friends leave to release prisoner >regroup with prisoner and head back out >exit battles and regroup with the friends back at the guard station Best wishes
  9. KM Weiland is an awesome resource for writers. She's been on Christianwriters.com forever!
  10. Beta Readers are different from critique partners. They don't necessarily need to know about the craft of writing; they mostly need to love reading. Feedback you will value from them will be places in your book that are unclear or slow paced; where things got exciting; what might be lacking from a nonfiction book. Friends who have your best interests at heart can be very helpful. Less helpful are friends who respond "wonderful" to everything you write!
  11. Hi folks--I've been gone from CW for nearly 5 years, so I'm back at the Meet and Greet section to say Hi again. I write books for kids, books on writing, character studies of women in Scripture, and other nonfiction books about Christianity. VERY HAPPY to be back. Looking forward to new friends and re-upping with friends never forgotten here.
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