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Shameless Self-Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Flemming Hansen, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. NRuhwald

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    Just got my short story critiqued, the first time any writing of mine has been seen by professional eyes. Lots of work to do, of course, which is why I paid for the critique.

    But they liked it! The word "enthralled" was used.

    I would post the story but I want to try submitting it to magazines and contests first, once it's all shiny and polished.
     
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  2. NRuhwald

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    Update, this short story will be published in the next edition of Scare Street's Night Terrors Anthology!
     
  3. A. E. Lowan

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    Way to go! That is awesomesauce.
     
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  4. I've been through so much here lately...
    I have been going through depression, fighting with my parents, unemployment, financial instability, and no car... It's been one heck of a ride. But I'm still here standing and pushing onward nonetheless. And I continue to write evermore.
     
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  5. A. E. Lowan

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    Right there with you. We released our third book yesterday, and it's been a very long road to get here. I'm Team Lowan's drafter so when I go down in flames, which I did, everything grinds to an abrupt halt. This book was supposed to come out in 2019. But, with being multi-diagnosis mentally ill, and then losing both of my parents within 18 months, being diagnosed with renal cancer, my aunt dying from renal cancer, going through surgery to remove half a kidney, helping my sister handle our parents' estate, having all of my teeth out, being declared cancer free, buying a new house, moving, selling the old house, and then finishing the third book, I was a bit of a stress monkey - an autistic stress monkey, nonetheless - and stress monkeys have a hard time writing. You are doing great! Keep at it and someday you'll be someone's favorite author.

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  6. A. E. Lowan

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    This behemoth showed up on our doorstep yesterday. I think it may have eaten the first two. I posted this in another thread, but I can't stop squeeing about it.

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  7. Squee! indeed. I'm a physical book reader. Ebooks are nice to sell to other people, but I like having the copy in my hand. And that makes getting the real life version of a book special. It's better then seeing the ebook on Amazon (or elsewhere). Nothing beats holding a copy of your own book (well, writing wise that is...).

    Congrats! And the cover deserves a Squee!
     
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  8. A. E. Lowan

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    Totally agree. I'm a 'both ways' kind of girl when it comes to books. I love physical books, but I also love e-books, and for that my groaning bookcases thank me. lol The covers are all thanks to Deranged Doctor Design. They are amazing, brilliant, and a joy to work with.
     
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  9. skip.knox

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    >The covers are all thanks to Deranged Doctor Design
    My designer as well! And I fully concur. Anyone interested, though, be warned: they are booked for many months ahead. I got them for my Trouveres series last August or September and they are booked for the first of March. These artists types, so laaaazy! <g>
     
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  10. A. E. Lowan

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    We just in the past few hours moved the date for our next cover from the tail end of January to their next open slot: early June. So worth it.
     
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  11. Demesnedenoir

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    1000 Eve of Snows Audiobooks sold! Okay, this must've happened a while back while I wasn't paying attention. not a huge number, but considering the lack of direct promotion, I'll take the landmark! LMAO.
     
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  12. pmmg

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    More than most i would expect.
     
  13. Demesnedenoir

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    One major thing I'd change going back to the start, and that's having an audiobook on release with the books, but I had no idea at the time what the hell I was doing. If it would be worth it.

     
  14. skip.knox

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    Judging from folks I know, most of those audio sales would simply not exist otherwise. That is, a fair number of people want audio or nothing.

    But it is so expensive!
     
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  15. Demesnedenoir

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    I did a profit share on EoS, decent enough quality, and now have my own super cheap hole in the basement studio, LOL. My goal for future books is close to simultaneous release. The extra $2 per EoS Audible subscription would've been a big deal at the initial release, let alone $4 if recording it myself.

    Hindsight and all that, heh heh.

    From what I gather, Audio folks are not only dedicated Audio, but they are even more leery of Book 1s because even if books 2 & 3 are released, a % never make it to Audio.

     
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  16. congrats! That quite the landmark.

    And the good thing about publishing, especially indie, is that you can simply learn from what you've done and apply those lessons next time. :)
     
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  17. A. E. Lowan

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    We did a thing this weekend. We're already down a couple of notches, but it was so much fun to get here.

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  18. And it's by far the prettiest cover in the screenshot...

    it's an awesome achievement!
     
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  19. Demesnedenoir

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    Good fun! Congrats.
     
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  20. Demesnedenoir

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    Oooh, I was chosen as a panelist at the SFWA Nebula Awards on the topic of Fighting and Writing!

    Stabbing people while typing! I excel at that, which is why my family avoids me when I'm writing, heh heh.
     
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