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  • So, Chris was arrested by the gendarmes today... Prize to the person who can give the most entertaining reason why. (No friends of mine from Facebook need apply).
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    Steve C
    Did he refuse to pay the fine for riding his bicycle the wrong way up a one-way street?
    Did he laugh at the size of the onions strung around the neck of the son of some local bigwig?
    No Idea. Please do tell :)
    Barbara
    Barbara
    Was he wandering the streets, reciting your book backwards?
    CageSage
    CageSage
    What if he was using big words in English and the person who heard them was insulted at not understanding - a case of 'I'm trying to explain to an idiot,' and 'I'm trying to understand a language with too many words!'

    Or, as has happened, being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, even if said vehicle is a horse or a donkey or a bicycle ... oh, hang on - do they have drink-driving rules?
    Surgeon confirmed thumb joint replacement and carpal tunnel surgery scheduled for 11 Sept, (hence need to get corrections to m/s done asap) I think I'll be in plaster a couple of months.
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    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    How the hell do they replace a wrist? I shudder to think.
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Bugger. A friend had her carpal tunnel done, which got infected and she lost a finger and part of her hand. I imagine the same goes for whatever metal joint they stick in me.
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Keep colloidal silver handy if you have it or can get it. That's what they used in hosp before antibiotics and it's coming back into use now. I decided against wrist replacement because they cut the lot out, and you get a straight bit of titanium put in. And if it gets infected you could lose your hand. I'm very mistrustful and preferred a ruined wrist to that tiny risk.
    Just had 2/3s of manuscript back from professional copy editor... OMG!
    Thank you for the birthday greetings.
    I've recently joined the Facebook group 20booksto50k because it seems full of good advice for self publishers. But is any one else stunned by the speed some of these writers are churning books out... and the sort of figures they are earning? I'm feeling slow, poor and inadequate. What sort of books/genres are they working in? (haven't found that out yet)
    Robinne Weiss
    Robinne Weiss
    There are writers out there who are cranking out a book every couple of weeks, and they have managed their marketing well. I listened to a talk by one author who has become quite wealthy--he writes action/thrillers. He writes a book and bangs it out there every couple of weeks with no editing.
    Robinne Weiss
    Robinne Weiss
    Not really my style, to be honest. I'd cringe if I sent work out into the world without editing.
    RK Capps
    RK Capps
    yes, I agree, Robinne, I'm not that confident!
    Over 45 degrees here, it is hard to do anything. Sitting quaffing iced water and dreaming of storms. The filming was completed yesterday (when it was only 41) but today they called off striking the set. Next week it's dropping to 37, they'll do it then.
    The local museum just ordered another 15 copies of my history book. It must be selling. Quite chuffed. (Of course it is pretty much guaranteed to sell as it is the only book about our town in English). But for years they wouldn't stock it and now they do, AND treat me with respect. :) WOW! (Now if only the family would).
    Filming glassblowing will be interesting. The set is being built in a glass sided hall hanging over a cliff. It is already more than 30c, next week, during filming, it will reach over 40. Our furnace and glory hole have combined temperatures of nearly 3000 degrees c. I predict cameramen falling like Horse Guards. (FYI no aircon) :)
    Cianz
    Cianz
    Thanks for the link Rachel. Yes, I've heard some say it's a good way to get out there. You can only do a 5 day free giveaway once every 3 months if you sign exclusively with KDP.
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    I'm just skimming the article now (I'll read it properly in a minute) but it seems if you are just starting out it can be a good thing.
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    "Note: I would NOT use Select if I only had one book. You might see increased sales but once readers read that title where are they going to go next?" Well, that answers me then.
    I am finally considering self-publishing... I have no idea where to start... I've just looked at the (quite scary) facebook group 20BooksTo50K as well as things like Googling 'How to self publish a book' and I'm more daunted and depressed than before. I'm not even sure I understand all the terms being used. I just don't know where to begin and have no money to begin it.
    Carol Rose
    Carol Rose
    As for covers, if you can't make your own, you'll need to pay someone to make one for you. Readers will be put off by amateurish-looking or bad covers.

    And of course, editing. There are already enough self-pubbed books out there that read like a five-year-old wrote them. Pay a good editor so there are no glaring mistakes in it. They're easy to miss because we're too close to our own work.
    Carol Rose
    Carol Rose
    Self publishing seems a daunting task at first, but tens of thousands of authors do it all the time, so there's no reason you can't as well. But bear in mind without some type of marketing, the book isn't going to sell.
    Carol Rose
    Carol Rose
    You're competing with a lot of books already out there by marketing savvy authors who spend big bucks to get the word out. I'd strongly suggest you also research the marketing side of this. Good luck.
    I've finally impressed my son. I told him about the time I served tea to the then Prince Akihito during my time working for a Japanese company based in the Swiss Centre in London in the early 80s.
    Feeling mighty sorry for myself. According to the physiotherapist who looked at my new x-rays, Lumbar decompression surgery is the only treatment. He also didn't hold up much hope for my neck, and my doctor tut-tutted when she looked at xrays of my hands and recommended a surgeon.
    Wondering how much detail for medical procedures is acceptable in YA fiction. Thinking lobotomies here.
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    Barbara
    Barbara
    No idea. What sort of biology stuff do they lean at school at that age; how much detail? I learnt all sorts aged 14 plus (anatomy, physiology) but that was back in Switzers, no idea how the UK compares. How much can be seen on TV? I suspect YA have seen all sorts. But like I said, I have no idea. It might depend on how you handle it.
    Trying very hard to concentrate on finishing WIP... trying very hard to avoid thinking about re-writing (completely) my last book... trying very hard to get some sleep... But Brexit worries are stopping everything!
    KateESal
    KateESal
    Ach, know the feeling. Watching it all with mingled horror and wonder from Spain... It's really interfering with my creativity (that and the broken wrist!)
    When Unbound rejects you, can you really sink any lower?
    Barbara
    Barbara
    They're a crowd funder, am I right? Maybe they're looking for stuff with mass-appeal for an adult readership. After all it'll be the adults who will be parting with £ for funding it. Did they give you a reason? ... Either way, dust yourself off (you CAN write!!!), and move on. Maybe a new novel tickles your imagination?
    Is anyone else suffering from writer's block because of worries about the state of the world?
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    Robinne Weiss
    Robinne Weiss
    For me, writing is a good escape from it. Sometimes, though, I find myself sucked into reading news for too long, ignoring my writing to depress myself with one more article ... I try to save news reading for after writing.
    Carol Rose
    Carol Rose
    The messed-up state of the world is such a constant that my answer also is no. If I suffer from writer's block at all (still not sure I've actually ever been blocked, more like simply not motivated for the moment), it's due to other things in my day-to-day life. The closer I am to whatever is going on, the more that takes precedence over things like writing. :)
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    When my mum and brother were terminally ill I wrote like anything - couldn't stop. It was the only way to block the pain and my sense of powerlessness. The powerless in the face of the inevitable (nature/god), just has to be lived through, but the powerlessness in the face of mankind's stupidity and foolishness is not. Different emotional reaction and one that is blocking me.
    My husband's theory about why my M/S hasn't found an agent yet is because in my 'world' telepathic communication between species is the norm. He thinks, if only the main protagonist has this power, agents might like it more. Sounds clichéd to me.
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    Quillwitch
    Quillwitch
    Makes sense when you think of it, because then, where is the challenge if everyone has it? And you have to understand that childrenś and YA books thrive on clichés.
    Leonora
    Leonora
    But my sense was that your novel is a political allegory, so to change that might spoil it. Unless you can do it in a way to bring more cowbell to your idea?
    Leonora
    Leonora
    But my sense was that your novel is a political allegory, so to change that might spoil it. Unless you can do it in a way to bring more cowbell to your idea?
    I finally have the house to myself... so I can write undisturbed... and I can't think of a thing I want to write! It all seems pointless and I'm feeling talentless and sorry for myself... I know this feeling is temporary and all writers suffer from this self doubt dis-ease from time to time... but it feels HORRID!
    No creative writing (since a flurry after Pete's input the other day), but I have produced a 10cm high pile of photocopies & original documents to support my application for French residency. (Just mine, 3 more to go) that's nearly one ream of paper = 6% of a tree.
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    E G Logan
    E G Logan
    I do sympathise. I spent an hour this morning sitting on a grey plastic chair in the comune trying to progress my residenza with the local police... Then trying to avoid explaining Brexit to them. (Explaining to an Italian bureaucrat how Britain can't organise itself out of the mess?)
    Sounds like you got the same advice I did. And fortunately I do have utility bills going back to 2000.
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
    I still have my old Italian residency papers - sadly expired - but overall I found the Italian bureaucracy easier to deal with than the French. Good luck with Brexit. Let's hope we can all get back to being creative, positive people again.
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