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  1. Rebecca, I'm not sure why there was a change, but now I don't have a problem reading or posting. I guess something decided I was an established member after all. Maybe because I posted in other parts of the forums.
  2. I'm planning on purchasing Scrivener today. I just bought an on-line course to learn to use it, as I've heard there is a serious learning curve problem.
  3. I got Calibre last night. Fair warning to those considering it: pay attention to the ebook designation when googling it. Calibre is a word processing program costing $15000. The ebook program is free. However, although it can do dome conversion, it is primarily a book management program. I don't need that aspect, but being able to convert the kindle and Nook versions back and forth promises to be helpful.
  4. Following this post. I also get the message that I must me an established member, but there is nothing I can find which explains who is an established member. If I can't get in, I can't give critiques so that later I can receive a critique.
  5. I have it as a word.doc now, I'm in the process of trying to select the best affordable program for e-book conversion.
  6. I need to get some good software to convert my Word.doc to e book form (mobi and epub. ) I tried the freeware Icecream, but it only converts a limited number of pages. I looked at another - not cheap - but it only lets me include 10 images and I have about 20 in my current book. My funds are limited and I can't afford to buy the wrong one. Does anyone have a recommendation?
  7. With my husband being a news junkie, the TV is always on, blaring the latest repetition of "news". sound canceling headphones in the back room have helped, but I'm creating a new solution. I am refinishing a shed we brought in to be my writing studio. Now that it is starting to warm up, I can finish the interior painting and get the flooring down, then it's a matter of hauling in the bookshelves. books and other stuff. I'l move my computer over there and keep my laptop in the house for non-writing stuff. .
  8. I've been gone forever it seems - just before Christmas my computer died and the data transfer didn't include websites or e-mails. I'm slowly recovering the important ones. I finished the second edition of my book "Me, Ruby, and God" and hope to release it soon. I still have a few details to work through - updating the front matter, for one. The real change since the first edition is adding an epilogue. So I don't know if I should keep the "Praise for" reviews in the front written for the 1st edition or try to find new ones for the second edition. I love the cover for the fist, but don't know if I should make some changes for the second edition. I'll be posting some more questions, too. But I have to say, I'm happy to be back!
  9. Since I feel equally strongly that Nanowrimo is a tool and you need to use it the way that works best for you, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
  10. Nicholas, Yes it is about doing an entire first draft in 30 days, but as you say, it's also about building/reinforcing good writing habits.While in an ideal world, I might plan on starting and finishing in one month, it is also logical to work with realistic goals. There is nothing wrong with setting your own goals - hopefully ones that push you but aren't so high that you give up. Set your sights on it and go for it. Better that way than giving up on one that's not do-able. That will just teach you failure is excusable. It's a wonderful feeling to say "I did it! I met the challenge!" So if 50,000 words isn't a viable goal for you, consider setting one that has a chance of working and go for it. (But do make it enough of a challenge that you'll have to stretch a bit.) There is a lot to be gained with even the smaller goals. Who knows. Maybe next year you will be able to go after "the big one."
  11. I love Camp Nanowrimo (April and June) but I usually do the main one in November, too. I know it's a bad month, and I won't finish, just like I l know I'm SUPPOSED to do a new project from scratch. But no one checks up on you or says "Nope, can't do that" so I take advantage of the time and support group to tackle my WIP. It made the difference the first year in finally completing the project I had been working on for 10 years. This year I'm working on the same story I've been doing for a couple of years. During camp, I wrote it out, the next time I worked on it even more, nearly completing the first draft. No happy with it, the following Nano, I rewrote it from the view point of the secondary character in order to make her stronger. This year I scrape both versions and will try to take my newly learned plotting skills and rewrite the story incorporating what I learned/developed from previous tries. It is an MG story, so even when finished it won't hit 50,000 words, but the real point of Nanowrimo is BICHOK (Butt in chair, hands on keyboard.) For that, it is super.
  12. Digital copies on my computers (laptop and desktop) and paper copies are in a plastic storage bin that can be shelved in another area (if completed.) Stories I'm working on have their bins kept shelved by my desk.
  13. I just finished an on-line course from UDEMY - "Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher" taught by Jessica Brody. It does a great job of explaining the role of agents and all about contracts. (It goes on sale often, so watch for a great price.) The information it offered helped me a lot when I got offered a 2 book deal before I had even finished the course.
  14. Not family, but when I asked our bishop about getting the church's stamp of approval, he said it wasn't necessary. "Nobody will read it anyway." At that time he had not seen the book or heard about it before.
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