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    It looks like an author would have to sell at least 500 EUR of product or subscriptions per year to make a webstore worthwhile, but if a group of authors with similar audiences teamed up.. how would such authors find one another?
    I was told that the Amazon POD prices are too high for India, so I looked into POD prices at pothi, an Indian POD company and for a book that Amazon charges 5.50 to print, they will do in bulk for <1.60 and individually for 3.20. For authors who want to sell to Indians through a webstore, this is important info. It might also be a good way to improve margins when selling locally.
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    AgentPete
    AgentPete
    India is also a great place to get your physical book converted to ebook. Excellent quality, great price.
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    Watching the OA is very strange for me because of all of the thematic overlaps with the story I wrote 2 years ago. You have "the Echo", the scientist/lab enslaving young people, and the one who breaks them free. Instead of a house, my story centers around a machine. Same story outline in many ways. Odd synergy. It is almost as though ideas float on the wind.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Best way to be :) Yesterday's magic is tomorrow's science. We're bound to discover that our gut is as much our mind as our brain is. God's a gut bag. How about that for a book title?Walking bags of sentient bacteria. Beeeoootifullll :)
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Every spring, pollen takes control of my mind and makes me sleepy. The trees are controlling my brain! Incompleteness theorem tells us we can never fully describe a system - just as we can't describe the behavior of a hole without knowing its surroundings and vice versa. If no theory can simultaneously describe the part and the whole, one must always be of two minds to understand anything!
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Very true. Two at least.
    Last night, I dreamed (oh, source of my fictions) that my imaginary boyfriend lost interest in me. Mid-life hormonal shifts are causing him to question his gender identity and he is infatuated with a beautiful, genius, six-foot-tall trans woman he saw on the internet. How can I compete with that? I must triangulate and make him jealous before I lose him forever! #howfictionisborn
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    It IS how fiction is born. But if he could prefer such a specimen to you, he must have exceedingly poor taste, and should be immediately awarded the Order of the Chuck. Though it could make for great, red hot topical novel material. I haven't done any illustrating for a while. Some part of me must think it is too long. I dreamt I was designing a new Tarot deck, the Tiny Owl Tarot Oracle. And I consider it TM'd.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    The life of an author: the universe rejected me and my imaginary boyfriend dumped me all in one day. Then again, maybe I've been misinterpreting. He didn't actually say he was dumping me, but before he left, he seemed really tired. I think he does eventually end up going out to dinner with the trans woman, but it is in a professional context and it doesn't lead to anything. It is mostly just curiosity.
    Novelist housewives are nobodies and I like that identity, but sometimes everything starts to push - wake up, be somebody, join someone's team, build their dream, re-engage, feel shame, exit the safe space between faith and delusion. After two rejections in one day, I feel like the universe just shouted,
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    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Who's they? I did miss structure when I got too ill to work. Not for a while, not at first, just too ill, but as time went on, I didn't like it. not having a working life. I did have to do something, and also explore ways to earn from home using previous skills. I needed to for me, not because anyone demanded it , and found it can be done. It doesn't have to be a binary choice.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    They? A spouse, but he isn't taking a hard line on this. He just thinks that what makes him happy will make me happy and he would rather be partnered with someone like himself. People like him like to get something in exchange for taking on responsibility and that something is usually the power to decide what is best for others. I don't think I'm missing structure, just acceptance.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    The wall. The Difference. Sooner or later it rises, And it can be a shocker for both parties, but I think it's far more natural than with those couples who run round in matching jim-jams, speaking as one. Not easy though. Meanwhile, there are the children, and you are no more free of responsibility than he is. You, his wife, are, amongst all the other many things, a writer- and a voice artist.
    One must praise the Internet gods for content like this.
    She dropped out of grad school in 2015, realized that she wasn't going to be the next Nabokov, started YouTubing and 4 years later, each of her videos gets a million views.
    How do I get my books into her hands? Would they appeal to her? Must research.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    It is still not a way to make a living purely through google ads. One million views pays 2 grand and most of her videos only get 500k views. But she has up to a thousand people on Patreon giving her 10 bucks per video. Not bad. Watching is like reading and I wonder if her words would still pack a punch in print. Does the spoken word have the same economical use of language as a punchy text?
    I just watched a wrenching scene from Sophie's Choice and added 20k words to my 100k novel so that it can be cleanly split into two novels of equal length. This also allowed the novel to be directly connected to a collection of short stories. My head is throbbing, even though I've had coffee and do not have a virus. Is this what constructing a tragedy does to the body? I'm a spider caught in my own web.
    On Quora yesterday, I caught the attention of 40k teens from India, but I don't know how to hold it. They are extremely interested in what 'foreigners' think about India's education system. If I were smarter and more ruthless, I would find a way to convince them that my books answer their questions. I'm feeling rather stupid, though. Thinking about this makes me tired.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Quickest, easiest. Could you edit your answer credentials, and in the credential write 'Author of....) and a book title. Then edit the answer, reference the book somewhere in your answer.
    Question: I've heard tales of a woman who wrote about a world in which mice were the smartest creatures on the planet and it had several other themes which Douglas Adams used in his famous book. I can't find her name via google. Do any of you know it?
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Peter Macey's Stationary Orbit had superintelligent alien dolphins 3 years before Hitchhiker's Guide, but that isn't the one I'm thinking of. There was a book featuring mice.
    The earliest science fiction novel was not written by Voltaire, Margaret Cavendish, or even Johannes Kepler (1600 AD). It was written in 200 AD by someone named Lucian. It features robots, space travel, alien lifeforms, and interplanetary warfare. It was written as a satire of supposedly historical writings. A True Story - Wikipedia
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Would the medics have it, that cholera was carried in water, and not as a miasma? No they would not. WOULD NOT re-examine that idea. Idee fixe. The enduring problem with establishments. God bless Dr John Snow. He had to prove it with private means, but they gave him a terrible time.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    I remember that movie about the scientist (Dr Snow?) who took his wife into a cholera-infested village. I didn't finish it, but the beginning was good.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Ah? I don't know that film, but Dr Snow never married, and died alone on his sofa, quite young, poor lamb.
    A good day. Someone translated some of my Quora answers into Spanish and 3 agents liked my pitches on Twitter. A hilarious day: My daughter painted a mural on her wall. Sweat Dreams? English is her second language. A bad day: She didn't put the lid back on the paint properly and when I picked up the bucket, I dropped it. A typical day: pizza
    My mind has been hijacked by Netflix and I now have two imaginary boyfriends duking it out: the murderous stalker from ‘You’ and the jealous pageant coach from ‘Insatiable’. I actually prefer the stalker in theory, but in practice, since I don’t have a death wish, the pageant coach’s inaccessibility makes him much more my style. I’m drawn to deep weakness. How fiction is born: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
    I've set aside fiction to work on my non-fiction, turning my brain off and ordering the 400 pages I've written over the past year and a half. All I have to do is sort it, stitch it, decorate it, and weave in a running theme to give it structure. I'm 200 pages in and still have faith that this will be readable! Ha. Did I mention that many of the 400 pages sound maniacal? Meh. I can always tone it down. This will work.
    We've just adopted a little tomcat, 12 weeks old, and our dog is spending every waking moment staring at this creature with such intensity that my head is threatening to explode. I'm absorbing our dog's anxiety and the kids have gone similarly nuts. They've even started waking up early to do their chores, just so that they can spend an extra five minutes staring at the kitten. This situation is not fostering writing.
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Pet births and deaths are always dramatic. I'm sorry about your kitty, Emily. I will definitely try to find a camera tomorrow. I am actually quite bad at taking photos!
    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    While investigating the camera situation, I discovered that my kids had downloaded an app which posted their pictures and videos to 400 "followers" that they had quickly accumulated. Damn internet. Now I'm trying to figure out how to erase the account, but they want more personal information to erase everything!! I had planned to email myself a photo from the camera, but now I'm stuck worrying about that app!
    Rainbird
    Rainbird
    All the "eeek"s, Kirsten... Terrifying.
    Hi Kristen,
    I have some free time this weekend if you want me to take a look at some of your work.
    Just PM ME and apologies I haven't been on here properly for some time.
    Kindest Regards,
    Alix :)
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    Kirsten
    Kirsten
    Thanks Alix, there is a bit posted in the forum, but it is all rather incomplete.
    Nice to see your face pop up in my Quora Feed, answering the question 'What is a good, entertaining novel to read? Good luck with your book.
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