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  1. Great info, thanks! I can add one more (small) suggestion. Apply to have your book reviewed at sites like BookLife (by Publishers Weekly), which is free. I wouldn't recommend paying for a review, but sometimes a strong Kirkus review helps (so I'm told). I scored a good PW review for one of my books and (at the time) my Createspace distribution channels lit up. This was particularly surprising since CS had no return policy that many bookstores require, but they (and many libraries) consult Publishers Weekly to decide what to stock. I never took it this far, but when contacting store buyers as Chris suggests, I think a recognized critical review would enhance your elevator pitch.
  2. I haven't really been able to steadily write in months either, and I've determined that it due to: Joking, but writers block is a common issue with writers. It can be caused by many things. For me it's addressing issues with a family member that has drained my time and energy. Nothing I can do about it. It's just a case of life getting in the way of things. I can only pray that one day soon, God will allow me to return to a productive writing output.
  3. Welcome to the party, Chris. Sorry, I haven't used IngramSpark, but I know several authors who have. They report that IS has superior distribution channels and a return policy - which is very important to bookstores. They generally won't stock titles if they can't return unsold units, although you need to be sort of an indie rock-star to get them to carry your book to begin with. I currently use KDP Print (absorbed through Createspace). I've always been interested in IS, but they charge a fee of $49 per title, and $25 each time you want to make changes (which also requires you to go through the whole publish set-up again). KDP has no fees and will even supply you with a free ISBN (under their name). I don't think IS gives you an ISBN (but it's probably a good idea to get your own, anyway). I generally sell many more eBooks than print books, so I'm sticking with KDP for now. But I check out IS from time to time to see if there have been any changes.
  4. Other than a change in terms, I don't see any real difference. I think they've always included both ratings and reviews in the total. Of course they always come up woefully short of any meaningful changes - like only allowing customers who have purchased the product to leave a rating/review. This would cut down on fake & predatory ratings.
  5. I have a feeling a stay in that hospital would be hazardous for reasons well beyond the coronavirus.
  6. I suppose it depends on what you're considering quitting. For example, if it's smoking, then reliable signs point to YESTERDAY.
  7. God created the world in six days (resting on the seventh), and now China wants to build a 1,000 bed hospital in six days: I hope they pulled all the permits and pass all the inspections. Yikes!
  8. Wait until your first 5-star review.
  9. Ah, so your intention is to score a gig through someone who is looking for manuscripts that went through the SG process. Makes perfect sense, then. My concern was that if you had intended to pitch your manuscript to agents (conventionally), then it would be to your benefit to find an editor (after the SG editor process) who isn't invested in any specific writing process. That way you have someone who isn't afraid to tell you if something didn't work, because they're only concerned about your manuscript, and not about any specific process it followed. Sounds like you're dialed in to a specific path. Hope it goes well for you!
  10. Okay, so if I understand this correctly, this type of editor will help guide you in relation to the story grid process. So (and I don't ask this to be critical) once this process is complete, would you then consider putting your manuscript in front of an (for lack of a better term) editor-at-large?
  11. Ha - I have a nephew who lives near this lake. They shorted the official name to lake Chaubunagungamaug, but the locals just call it Webster (Webstaah) lake. I try to avoid using words that challenge my spell checker, or sends my grammar checker into conniptions.
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