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Accord64

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  1. Well, who could argue with that? However... Yes, but you also have to contend with the suspension of disbelief (The temporary acceptance as believable of events or characters that would ordinarily be seen as incredible). If you put too much stain on this, then you'll risk losing the reader. That's a line we all have to contend with. Who doesn't like their weekly Gibbs fix? But after a few seasons, and some very strained story arcs, the producers needed a Gibbs slap.
  2. Crazy, yes, because it would never happen. Sorry to rain on your idea, but I think part of vetting ideas like this is to make sure they're grounded in reality. Could a serial killer have a prison conversion? Sure. Would one ever be called out of prison to help the cops solve a case? No, never. Maybe on TV shows like NCIS, but shows like that are so far away from reality that everyone I know who has served in the Navy roll their eyes and laugh at it. Perhaps law enforcement might (and that's a BIG maybe) consult a serial killer while in prison. But letting a convicted felon, and highly dangerous individual out of prison to partner with the police? That's a big nope.
  3. Watching coverage now. Just reported that a police officer has been shot. No details, but things are not going in a good direction. Praying that things don't spiral. Good that the NG was called. We had a large "protest" here in MA back in July near a police station. Pretty clear that they were trying to repeat what happened in Minneapolis. Watched the whole thing live, and the show of force by the police and NG working together was impressive. They had the whole thing cleared out within an hour. There was never an attempt to take a police station in our state again.
  4. I see your Operative (acted brilliantly by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and raise you another brilliantly portrayed (and acted) villain: In the end, besides making villains relatable, I think they should be equally intelligent, resourceful, and charismatic. It increases the peril, and generally makes a compelling character to engage the reader.
  5. Yeah, just watched live national news coverage. Now that the protesting is winding down, everyone seems to be waiting for the riots and looting to start. Although it seems like the PD is prepared. Was the National Guard called out? I thought I saw some Humvees in one of the live news feeds.
  6. Yikes! Praying, Also read an article from the Courier Journal. This quote from the mayor stood out: Reading between the lines, that's pretty much an open invitation for all sorts of problems.
  7. To be honest, I usually wander around YouTube, Facebook, here, check for new reviews on Goodreads, check on my book sales (usually a depressing exercise), get a laugh at lousybookcovers.com (while nervously checking to see if one of my covers made their list), and look over some writing blogs. When I'm really in a bad place, I re-read my past reviews to remind me that I'm not a terrible writer. 😏 But first I try to go back a chapter (or two) and read what I last wrote. This usually leads to some revisions and tweaks. By the time I get to where I left off, I'm back into the right frame of mind to take the story forward. It's sort of like backing up to get a running start.
  8. The report I read said no, and that McDonald's hadn't made any comment (yet). Probably spinning up their lawyers. It seems to be something that Burger King cooked up for the Finland market, but it could also be a fake. I couldn't find any reports from a larger (reputable) news outlet, so I'm trusting that the report I read was accurate. I also didn't spend too much time looking into it. Honestly, I feel like it's hardly worth the time I put into it already. Companies try to pull these types of PR stunts all the time. The more attention we give it, the more it succeeds.
  9. Three words: Corporate trademark infringement. From another account I read, McDonald's didn't give Burger King permission to use the likeness of Ronald McDonald for that ad. Large corporations are fiercely protective of their brand, particularly when used by their competition. Not sure of the trademark laws in Finland, but I think Burger King took a huge legal risk. They certainly wouldn't get away with this in America.
  10. Doubt it. Too many Mickey-Dee corporate lawyers chomping at the bit for that to happen. In fact, I wonder how long before the lawsuits start flying in Finland. Never underestimate the clout behind a corporate trademark infringement. Too much money on the line, which will even override gay pride.
  11. There's a prize? 😉 I'm in the same boat, although I haven't yet experienced the new Amazon process. Overall, there's a lot more involved in creating a print version. Formatting is far a more complex process (compared to eBook), with many interior design possibilities to choose from. Cover design is also complex, with spline and back cover involved. I got used to the Createspace process, so I'm curious if other vendors have been able streamline without sacrificing choice.
  12. Do they allow you to order proof (or author) copies?
  13. If the changes are minor, simply revise the current edition. If anyone purchased the original edition, they should have access to revised edition at no cost to them.
  14. There are numerous YouTube videos on dealing with airports. Here are a couple I found right away:
  15. Yes and no. It's true the self-publishing revolution opened up a volcano of,...um,.. crap (not the word commonly used 😉), but it has also created an avenue for high quality work that would likely be sitting on agent slush-piles (under the old publishing paradigm). Now that the gatekeepers are gone, it's like a fire hydrant has been opened up. I respectfully disagree. Yes, trad-pubs (the larger ones) still hold some advantages, but not nearly as many as they'd like you to think. Particularly in marketing. The dirty little secret in trad-pub marketing is most authors have to do the majority of their own marketing! Only top-tier authors in the Big-5 get the royal treatment, and by some accounts I've recently read, even that is drying up. As far a distribution channels go, as a self-pub author I have access to all the same heavy hitters that a trad-press would (Apple, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, B&N, Kobo, Library Direct, and a number of print book distribution channels through KDP Print). Some will likely have better in-roads to bookstores, or genre-specific outlets, but keep in mind that bookstore presence is a shadow of what it used to be 10 years ago. On-line purchasing has long since surpassed them. Self-published authors have an advantage here. We don't have to worry about inventory with POD (Print on Demand). And this isn't some small operation - we can choose vendors like Amazon, B&N Press, Ingram Spark, etc. to handle the printing and distribution - at no out-of-pocket cost to us. Well, I've self-published five books and didn't come anywhere near these costs. Sure, it's possible to spend that much, if you contract out everything at top dollar. But you can save a lot of money by learning to do some things yourself, or find people who charge far more reasonable rates. The self-pub ecosystem has gown dramatically over the past few years. There are numerous quality vendors out there., and many of these people used to work for the trad-pubs. Also, not sure what you mean by "buying in volume for distribution." If you're talking about print books, well, self-pubs don't work that way. We don't do print runs and carry inventory, aside from whatever copies we had printed for ourselves. Overall, it depends on what a trad-pub offers if they want to sign you. It also further depends on the size of the publisher. If you're dealing with a small-press, then you'll likely have to do a lot of your own marketing.
  16. Tough and convicting questions for me. After publishing five books, I feel like I've run five marathons. You'd think that would make marathon number six that much easier. On the contrary, I found it to be much harder. Maybe it's because I took too long of a breather after number five? Life also got in the way. I've got two books in what seems to be perpetual "in-progress." I'm looking to get myself back in marathon training so I can take them to competition. Not sure what that involves, but a renewed writing discipline is sorely needed.
  17. I think there's another, overriding factor in all of this. The traditional publishing industry has been in steep decline over the past decade. The reinvention of self-publishing that Amazon spearheaded in 2007, when they rolled out Kindle Direct Publishing, transformed the publishing industry. Since then, many mid-list trad-pub authors came to the realization that they could self-publish through all the major outlets, with equal quality, but make far more for themselves in royalties (with an audience they already have). This kicked-off a significant ripple effect on the industry. Many mid-list publishing houses either folded or merged with larger publishers. Even the "Big 6" shrank to the "Big 5." So my long-winded point is this: While you feel your manuscript is at a disadvantage due to the factors you stated, don't beat yourself up over it. I think there's bigger issue that everyone faces when going through the query process. There's simply far fewer trad-pub options out there, and they're all dealing with a perpetual avalanche of queries.
  18. While they open submissions in October, they should have their publishing model clearly spelled out on their website. This would let you know royalty rates, what they do for you as a publisher, what retailers they sell through, and most importantly, if they have any "fees" (which would be a red flag). At this point, they basically force you to go through all the work to make a submission before you know if they're even a publisher you want to deal with. Again, not a bad sign, but I'd be very careful in absence of basic information.
  19. I couldn't find anything bad, either. Their website doesn't give me a "vanity" feel, but they don't really share much about their submission/publishing process. So I suppose you'd have to reach out to them, or join their mailing list, to get more info. Or perhaps contact one of their authors? Maybe you can find one on Goodreads and reach out?
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