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Shamrock

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  1. Problem. This couple do not look anything like your characters. Also, no hint of the cafe or troubles. Sorry.
  2. Sounds a really interesting project but not my field. I will pray that you are able to resolve the issues you are wrestling with though.
  3. Just seen your post Zee. Yep. That would work.
  4. I like this the one @lynmosher did. Spot on.
  5. I SP a YA novel in 2008. It was professionally edited, typeset and I got an artist to do the jacket. I gave some away to readers and asked them to review. Even managed to get a quote or two for the back jacket. It went on Amazon. BN & Waaterstones. What did I learn 1. Only do it if you are prepared to invest in a robust marketing plan - otherwise it is a waste of time and money because nobody knows you and you have to market it variously. You will need to build a reader-basis. 2. If you go down the tradition print a tone of copies route get extra jackets printed. They cost less in bulk and if you go into a second print run you can cut costs by using the spare jackets. 3. If I was ever to do it again I would do POD & Kindle.
  6. No no no hearts.🤩🤩 Who is your target audience? You need to be clear about that. Then produce a cover that fits them. Are you writing for Mills & Boons? Are you writing for the single 20 something? Are you writing for the discerning mature reader? Remember although your story is essentially a romance you do have a very interesting backdrop of a war turn city with a political power game going on.
  7. You could have a cafe scene with a man peering out the window to woman seated at a table. Do you know someone who is an art teacher or.good at art? Ask them to produce something. It can me worked into a cover or jacket design.
  8. Thank you everyone for pitching in with your comments. Funnily enough I find writing from the male POV is often my first port of call. I will 'hear' the male lead character before the female lead character. I suspect a phycologist would put it down to my childhood. My mother died when I was very young and I lived with three older brothers and a father who was pretty traditional in his attitude towards women. Nevertheless I do write female characters but they are strong and down to earth. So this time around I really want to see if I can develop a female character who are more rounded.
  9. That is really good news Johne. Well done. It is always so affirming when someone who does not know you personally is able to give such a positive feedback on work.
  10. Thank you Johne for the excellent Action Story guidelines. I read the Story Grid book section but couldn't get my head around it. Your version is so much easier to understand. Question I am using a version of the Story Grid Scene by Scene breakdown. The headings I have are Scene Chapter Word Count Location/Time POV Characters on Characters mentioned Essential Action Opening Line Inciting Incident Progressive Complication Turning Point Crisis Climax Resolution The issue I have is I am not clear on the relationship between Inciting Incident-Progressive Complication-Turning Point-Crisis. The rest I get. To me they sound almost the same but they are obviously not and I probably have each element in my long summary which I will transfer into the grid. Any one able to shed light. I
  11. I tend to check this site and other site using mobile or desktop (simply because I work from home using the desktop so easy to check notifications.) Mobile is used when out and about or in the evenings when otherwise occupied. As yet I don't have specific author platforms so it tends to be work or personal platforms such as twitter, WhatsApp or Facebook.
  12. Does anyone find themselves creating main characters of one gender than the other? I found I my main characters for my past two novel to be male. (although I also had female characters as well but they were secondary). I decided I wanted my main character to be female for my next WIP and found it difficult at first to settle on this. I now have a female main character and a solid male character but it was a bit touch and go at first who was going to have the starring role. Anyone else had this issue?
  13. Tomorrow is going to be a strange day for many Christians. Fellowship and collective prayer is often the bedrock of christian communities. As someone said on this site - online is no substitute. I have told my church I will be doing morning prayer at 10am and invited them to join me 'in spirit'. We launch a WhatsApp prayer thread on Monday. It's not enough and won’t help those who are not technologically savvy but it might help others feel less isolated. I am realising just how big this pandemic is globally. Any previous thoughts that the powers that be were over the top are gone. And it is going to be a long haul. Writing wise. I am settling down and be able to concentrate on outlining my new work. It is proving a hard one to do but is coming slowly together. I am being more of a planner this time around than previous so it is new disciple for me as well.
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