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Chris Brown

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  1. Replying to my own warning Upon further review it looks like this is a credit card harvesting scam. They don't let you see the interior of a book until you create an account, which requires giving them a credit card number.
  2. One of my FB groups alerted me to this pirate site this morning: https://bibleandbookcenter.com/ My second book is up there. They have a whole host of self- and traditionally-published books.
  3. If you're on Facebook go check out the 20Booksto50K group. There are self-published authors making huge money in there, and a whole lot making their living through self-published books alone.
  4. So I do the same thing with long chapters but multiple scene breaks within a chapter... But if I make more chapters I have to come up with more clever chapter titles.
  5. The epic tale of Who Owns Jack Ryan continues: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-cant-figure-out-who-owns-rights-to-jack-ryan-character For the rest of us, if you ever hit it big, try to make your assignments of rights as clear as possible.
  6. Nope, because it's not a business for me. As I've said before, this is a ministry for me. When I heard last month that my books are getting passed around H-dorm at Limestone Correctional Facility and the men have been blessed by them, that's worth more to me than any income statement ever will be. I won a minor award with my first book and had a bunch of endorsements on my second book (only one on the first). If you're looking for validation, there are plenty of avenues to get that without having it come through a traditional publisher. If I had wanted to go traditional, assuming
  7. Is this honestly still being debated? Are people seriously still saying you can't make money self-publishing when there are self-published authors doing 7 figures yearly? Self-publishing is not what it was 30 years ago.
  8. I'm currently reading books about writing and books for classes I'm taking from Wheaton College's Prison Ministry Institute. I usually read nonfiction, but the next time I read fiction I was thinking some classic Sci-Fi like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. RE: To Kill a Mockingbird, I'm from Alabama and they don't let you grow up here without reading it. It really does live up to the hype though, as does the 1962 film.
  9. Blake Snyder and Syd Field... Dwight Swain and Derek Murphy and Craig Martelle for novels... The thing is there is always some tension between writing what you think is good and hopefully fresh versus writing to spec like all the write-to-market gurus tell you. The spec got to be what it is for a reason, because apparently it sells, but I think there is plenty of room to depart from it when you think that would make the story better.
  10. FWIW, the spec writing books will tell you to start a subplot at the beginning of Act 2, or about 25% through the novel. The screenplay books say the same.
  11. Thanks, I actually skimmed the transcript of that just last week. If you'd rather read it you can get that here: https://www.theindyauthor.com/061---google-play.html
  12. Something about thirteen-year-olds actually being shallow? Kidding, of course... I think the typical advice would be add something tragic/traumatic/amazing to her back story; add some unusual quirk, habit, or obsession; consider making her non-neurotypical (very careful with this one); or simply make the low point for her harsher/more traumatic/more difficult. Bottom line, if there's not enough conflict for the main character, readers may not stick with it.
  13. This is what a lot of authors are saying about any platform. Making a first book in a series permafree or at least perma-99 seems to be en vogue everywhere.
  14. Any sales I get there will be good. There's a growing swell of authors saying Google Play has quietly become their second-best platform behind Amazon.
  15. After hearing some other groups go on and on about Google Play Books, I decided to upload Testimonies of Grace and see what happens. Are you guys selling on Google Play? How's it working for you?
  16. I was just reading in Derek Murphy's Book Craft that you want to save flashback/memory scenes for the middle of the book and not do them too early. I don't know whether that's good advice or not. I don't think chapter length matters a whole lot, but personally I like them to be somewhat even. It usually bothers me more the other direction, like chapters are 1,000 words then suddenly there's a 3,000 word chapter and I don't know when it's going to end. A shorter one doesn't bother me so much, and I'd say better a short chapter than adding filler that isn't doing much. Fr
  17. I can tell you what I did when I wrote a screenplay - I used a second desktop on Win10, and used PowerPoint. You can size slides in PowerPoint to be basically index card sized, then use grid view, and you can actually see all 40 cards at once and it makes a very nice storyboard. Related to that, I recommend Blake Snyder's Save The Cat as an easy short read on screenplays. Syd Field's Screenplay is sort of the classic text on it, but longer and denser than Snyder's book.
  18. I say no, but I don't think any Apple product is worth the premium. I'm sure someone from the iCult will be along any second now to say otherwise.
  19. And... I've gotten my rejection notice on the ad. They do not accept ads that "depict a life event" for the lockscreen promotion. That raises the question of how they even have a memoir/biography section, but who am I to question the mighty Zon?
  20. Has anyone here done a Kindle lockscreen ad? I am looking at doing one, but I'm really struggling with the (lack of) categories. There is no Christian category at all, not even a generic religious/spiritual category. Anyone else run into this?
  21. I've tried to add character dialogue into the travel scenes, so it becomes more about them interacting with each other and with the setting than just a description of the setting.
  22. Some of you might find this interesting: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/the-top-ten-publishing-trends-every-author-needs-to-know-in-2021/
  23. I first said I was going to write a narrative nonfiction in 2003, and only 15 years later I actually got it released! I did just really quickly bang out a short novel during NaNo with no planning at all, and based on the last couple of weeks I'll be fixing it for at least the next year and it may never be worth releasing. I've had a fiction trilogy in mind for at least 3 years, and other than reading 3 textbooks on the history of the setting for it, I haven't done anything for that, so maybe in a decade or two I'll get that out as well.
  24. Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place is another one worth reading.
  25. I've got a "Why I Write" story today. A guy I have been ministering to in prison ministry the last few years got out today, and he doesn't have any family so I picked him up and took him to his halfway house. I had given a few copies of my first book to the chaplain last year, and today the guy who got released told me that it is being passed around and read by a lot of the inmates and is really having an impact with them. When we got to the halfway house I left a few copies there, and the formerly incarcerated man managing the desk said he had read it. That was all v
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