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  1. You could look at real-world feral human cases, like the infamous Genie case in California (warning, it's a heartbreaking story): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genie_(feral_child)
  2. I use my real name everywhere, as you can see. For me, a big part of what I do is live events, speaking, etc. so a pen name just didn't seem like the way to go. Likewise, I'm in some other groups where I have heard horror stories about pen names and Amazon, or pen names on Facebook (like someone last week reported losing their FB page from their pen name). So if you're building platform or doing appearances, a pen name can be difficult.
  3. They're like Westbow Press and a few others out there. If you want to self-publish and would rather pay somebody a couple thousand dollars than have to figure out cover design, editing, eBook creation, etc. yourself, this is one way to go. Their marketing is not really worth anything, and there is a real downside that you don't control the price and can't run real promotions on a book published through them. At the end of the day there's nothing wrong with choosing them if that's the way you want to go. I used them the first time out, but I wouldn't do it again now that I know more about how t
  4. I'm in a Facebook group for wide authors and some of them just rave about Google Play and how it even surpasses Amazon some months. Whatever the secret sauce is, I haven't discovered it. I get random paperback sales around the country sometimes, so I thought I would stumble into at least one GP sale.
  5. I get the most eBook sales off Amazon far and away, but I have sold some on B&N and Apple. I think I've gotten maybe one sale ever off Kobo, and not even one off Google Play.
  6. The others covered all the fundamentals and then some, but I'll give you a couple of other self-editing tips: 1.) Do a search in your word processor for all the lazy and sloppy words like very, really, just, pretty, and whatever other poorly used adverbs you can think of. Unless you are an absolute phenom, your early drafts will have dozens if not hundreds of instances of these and other bad-habit words. Include your own personal bad habits too (mine is "of course"). 2.) To scan for typos and misspellings, read the words from right to left. It can feel painfully difficult to do, but it
  7. It mostly depends on you... An elder at my church was a high level black belt, but gave it up because he felt it brought out an ungodly anger in him when he competed. On the other hand, a friend and one of the subjects of my last book teaches martial arts and uses it as an outreach ministry with at-risk youth. I took just a little Aikido, and I remember the instructor talking about a bunch of eastern spiritual mumbo jumbo, then saying, "That's what the man who developed it said, but it's really just physics - momentum and leverage. If you don't want to bow at the mat or any of the
  8. Well this is not a thread I would normally chime in on, but... I just saw this at Kingdom Pen and she hits love triangles at the end: https://kingdompen.org/popular-romance-tropes/
  9. This reminded me of the Mark Batterson book Not Safe. I think we should all be a little bit dangerous.
  10. Oh I send it to my mother-in-law for THAT kind of reaction
  11. First, you have to know your beta readers. If they are your mom, your aunt Bertha, and your college roommate, they will be lame and probably just tell you how great you are. So this question really begins with you and who you have as beta readers. That doesn't mean you can't let aunt Bertha read it, you just won't put much weight on what she says. It's almost like a decision analysis - your beta readers' input should be weighted according to their value in this process. On the other hand, if you ask someone who normally reviews hard sci-fi to review your sweet romance story (and for whatever r
  12. This is a topic of great interest to me. In fact if I glance either direction from where I sit I will see a stack of apologetics books. So, I'll offer a few thoughts... I don't think of the Bible as a scientific document. However, there are portions of the Old Testament laws of cleanliness that western medicine didn't catch up to until the 19th century; there are mathematical references way ahead of their time, etc. So I find it undeniable that there is scientific truth in the Bible given some of these items. To be clear, when I say I don't see it as a scientific document, I mean
  13. I've been amazed how many times the Holy Spirit has used some connection built through my books to do something impactful. And those moments never have anything to do with promoting or selling - it's just relationships that lead to the right connection at the right time.
  14. I could have used a few more words there... When I say writing process, I mean fun stuff that will build rapport. For example, somebody on a blog said share a picture of your writing space. So I did that but made it a joke about what a mess my desk was. I wouldn't expect you to post something pretentious about the craft of writing, unless you are really writing high-brow literary fiction. But you can post stuff that lets your audience get to know you and have fun with you. Honestly my biggest problem with this is that my non-fiction has been on some very heavy topics, so there's a line to walk
  15. I started about 6 months before my first book came out. You can talk about your writing process, where you are in the publishing process, etc. You can share excerpts and any endorsements you're getting. And talk about tangentially related topics or other books that might be of interest.
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