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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.
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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On today's Pop-Ups… "A Moment in Time" by David; "Stiletto Heels And Ankle Socks" by Eva Ulian; "The Keeper Of The Past" by Marianna Raye; "Food, Recipe for Superstition" by Kim Kaur; "Psycho-Mortem" by James Baker. Join us live at 5pm UK!
...[emerge from burrow, blinking]...
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.
New literary agent Sinead Henghan is open for submissions, after being closed for a while to clear her slush pile. She uses an online submission form: Sinead Heneghan Literary Agency
Webbwalker
Webbwalker
Hmmm. Looking for crime, thrillers, psychological suspense, high-concept novels, romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction and reading group fiction... Not sure if I could call my novel any of those, unfortunately.
Eva Ulian
Eva Ulian
Thank you @Paul Whybrow- I'll add her to my list even though I'm not in a querying phase because I've think the present WIP will stand a better change of acceptance, but it's only 1/3 done. However she will take even if you've only done the first 50 pages - so I don't know whether to or not query now. What says thou? ;)
E G Logan
E G Logan
I did it. I claim the credit: I emailed and asked her to take my ms. out of her pile because I'd decided to rework it.
I thought she sounded like too nice a girl to have to wade through it for nothing.
Three more weeks, then off comes the plaster cast.
If I could drum my fingers effectively, I would be.
Stunning evening last night watching the live relay of La Forza del Destino from Covent Garden… I hope you were lucky enough to catch it, too, at your local cinema.. I love live events such as this. Anna Netrebko is in the same league as Callas.
E G Logan
E G Logan
Also he has a history with her, from their Tosca, where she left him alone on stage, embarrassingly filling in time, before she chose to make her entrance. He must have done something that she thought justified it, though. She's a flake, but one with a good heart.

I saw her Lady Macbeth last year, and she was very good in what is a very big role.
AgentPete
AgentPete
Ha – how very diva! Didn’t know that! Spices up the publicity, that’s for sure. I’d say she’s at the peak of her career now. But the whole show was strong, including an excellent (and large) chorus, hence the rave reviews. For me, weakest was set design, but the 4 hrs+ passed so quickly there was very little time to pick it apart.
E G Logan
E G Logan
My opera friend also didn't like the production, saying something about "unnecessary dancing getting in the way". That might be what other people thought was the good chorus work, though!
Submission Surgery was an eye-opener, so I'm spending this week refocusing my writing creativity.
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.
Strong line-up for Sunday’s Pop-Ups… "Journey to the Heart of the Sun" by Jeremy Kuper; "The Bluehorn Experiment" by MacNeal Kent; "The Caliph of Qasbat Al Noor" by Elena Scialtiel; "Trouble in Paradise" by Racine Hiet; "Raw Sexuality, or A Year of Indiscretion" by Michael Fleischer. Join us live at 5pm UK
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.
Join us for the Submission Surgery tomorrow (Saturday) 6pm UK time.
georginaK
georginaK
So should a tag line specifically compare two existing works?
AgentPete
AgentPete
If it's appropriate, yes. Sometimes authors. Sometimes a wider cultural way point.
georginaK
georginaK
Okay--think I've got a good one: Jimmy Buffet meets Cormac McCarthy!
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?
Reworking a submission to follow up with an agent query. Grinding myself into a neurotic wreck in the process.
Eva Ulian
Eva Ulian
Aw... take it in your stride, so if it comes to nothing we won't need to resuscitate you! :D Good Luck.
My keyboard is covered in dust. I'm either writing too slowly, or not enough.
Rich.
Rich.
Or you are disintegrating. This storytelling lark can be really stressful, you know?
Barbara
Barbara
Ah, yes, you're right, in which case maybe I should hit the keyboard a few times, stress sorted, no more disintegrating. The accompanied shouting will blow any remaining dust out of vicinity.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
The pollen of decayed butterfly souls. Again *sigh* Needs Windex.
On today's Pop-Ups... "Russian Spring" by Ben Dymott; "The Moon Field" by Diane Doona; "Bad People" by Max Morpheus; "Perpetuus Island" by Matt Kenny; "Raven" by Tim Pearsall.
Today’s special guest is RC Bridgestock, crime novelist & storyline consultant on BAFTA winning BBC One police drama Happy Valley and series 3 of ITV’s Scott & Bailey.
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.
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.
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