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Luckily Amazon Sales are a little better, but I got my first royalty statement from Smashwords... 3$87. The big time!
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Amazon is different. 10 kindles and around 40 books plus the 12 copies I have sold myself. And this weekend I am on an Authors' table at a Xmas fair.... So not bad. I admit for the first month. But Smashwords, for me, is a joke. Probably it works if you spend on publicity (which I can't do).
CageSage
CageSage
Ooooooh, sorry. I misread. Maybe wishful thinking. Good luck with the fair - they can do okay (better if you can bundle with another book or author, apparently).
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Heehee. I thought it was funny. Clearly you misread the figures. It is too easy to get fixated on sales figures with your first book. Especially when you stupidly join a FB group with other writers posting about how much money they are making - quitting day job, paying off mortgage, buying their kids cars etc...
So, I re-injured my foot, writing. Fine. Whatever.
Ah, the bizarre world of the aspiring historical novelist. My last three web searches have been "Elizabethan bawdy song lyrics", "period pain symptoms" and "Are all angels male?"
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
'Celia the wanton and fair,' was s sexy song featured in Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Of the 4 most famous archangels, Uriel,Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, Gabriel was possibly 'female'.
Andrew Okey
Andrew Okey
Thanks Katie-Ellen, will check that out. For now I've decided to go with a "landscape imagery / coy yet bleedin' obvious" vibe. Something like...
Andrew Okey
Andrew Okey
A Ferraran girl
All shy and blushing
Showed me her ankle.
Her land is gorgeous, lush and fertile
And I had rather seen
The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!

A Milanese girl
Sweetly condescending
Showed me her nape.
Her land is fulsome, rich with sugars
And I had rather seen

The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!
Just checked out one of Erica Verillo's wonderful blog updates of agents seeking writers. Every single agent that even vaguely fit my genres has rejected me in the past. I am literally running out of agents on this planet that have not turned me down before. :(
On next Sunday's Pop-Ups..."Water" - ya sci-fi from Andy Dickenson; "Blue Shift" - science fiction from Dan Payne; "love and care" - personal narrative/memoir from shaun deeney; "Pay the Premium" - historical fiction from Joanna Beresford; "The Life and Death of Harry Peace" - crime / thriller from David McKeown. Join us in Litopia's chatroom, 5pm UK
I'm up to Chapter 6 :) An enjoyable read! Off to bed now...
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Barbara
Barbara
Oh, wow!! I'm really glad you're enjoying it so far. I hope your decision to go to bed has nothing to do with tedium in chapter 7. He he he. :D Good night, and sleep well. I hope you don't dream of the Russian Mafia.
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Hey how come I'm not reading it??
On today's show... urban fantasy by Jeff Fulmer; adventure chapter book by Sarah Wynne;
horror by Marc McGowan; autobiography/urban drama by George Ofurum; urban fantasy satire by Rob Stoakes. Join us in the chatroom @ 5pm UK
I've long been troubled by a phlegmy cough. Researching natural cures, I saw pineapple juice mixed with grated ginger recommended. It works! Throat feels totally different.
S
Steve C
Living in rural Thailand I am surrounded by natural cures. The local witch doctor lives across the road and cooks up a rather good tea which I suspect is made mostly from the leaves of the marijuana plant. Ginger is a favourite and cures most things from flatulence to cancer. The Thai word for it is 'King.' I tell my wife beer, a natural product is good for my disposition but being tea total she doesn't believe me.
Have you ever wanted to scrumple up your life, throw it in the bin and start all over?
RK Capps
RK Capps
Nothing worse than the sting of not doing enough for our kids :( Feel for you xx R
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
It's tough in France for young people, isn't it. Lots of zero hours, They have got to get jobs, temporary, seasonal, whatever. My daughter did 19 zero hours jobs in her 3 years after graduating, and acting work on the side. Now doing teacher training. Her acting, like your daughter's art, will never go away, meantime, gotta render unto Caesar, the bottom line. They can do it.
Ancora Imparo
Ancora Imparo
No wise words to offer, @Rachel Caldecott-Thornton to magically make you feel better. It's almost a rite of passage for kids to hit rock bottom before rising to better things. I agree with the others – it is tough medicine but it'll make them more resilient (and often it makes for nicer, more compassionate people). That said, I hope things improve for them soon, and that you feel better too.
SORRY!!! I have inadvertently just forced all members to re-accept the Terms & Rules. My mistake! They haven’t changed! See, I'm overtired :(
Glory be! The BBC & HBO have done a great job of adapting Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials:
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Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Although for people that hadn't read the book it might have been a tad confusing. Also, perhaps it is our tv, but I found the sound levels all over the place. But otherwise, pretty splendid.
On Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions: crime/psychological thriller by Andy Duffin; thriller by D.E. Toft; crime by Dean Baxter; literary fiction by Dienye Asita; non-fiction by Adam Meadows, MD. Join us!
Raging fires in Sonoma and LA, homeless people sleeping on sidewalks and in parks, politics that we won't discuss--the world feels dystopian. The feeling that I should do something--what I don't know--makes it hard to concentrate on writing.
Dan Payne
Dan Payne
Your fiction might not be as effective as a polemic, but perhaps it will plant seeds in people who otherwise would never allow such heretic ideas past the gates...
Patricia D
Patricia D
Thank you, Dan. I usually write mysteries, but my just begun WIP is linked short stories set in a destroyed environment. Yours is just the thought I needed. I will hold it tight.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Just terrible. LA haunts me. 5 years ago, was in touch with homeless agencies in LA. I had heard from a homeless lady a musician. classically trained, but damaged by drugs, now begging for money for 1 night stays in cheap hotels. B and B and shower. Hopeless. No hostel to take her that could also take her Staffie terrier, whom, quite rightly, she would not abandon.
Me, sitting at the comp: UGH. I feel quite sick.
Himself: Why? I thought you're happily editing your book thingy.
Me: I am. But one of my scenes is so disturbing, it's made me feel quite sick.
Himself: Well, change it then.
Hi Carol, sorry to bother you with this, but quick question: I just filled out a priority form for pop-up submissions, but didn't get any kind of notification. Is there any way I can check that it has been received? Thanks in advance x
Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "Broken Soldier" - non fiction by Robert Brown; "The Puzzling Tale of Jigsaw the Giraffe" - middle-grade fiction by Sally McKenna; "The Cheesemongers of Moisy-le-Grand" - middle-grade fiction by Chris Yugay; "Free Me" - mystery/crime by Megan A. Dell and "The Only Road" - historical fiction by Mike Durell. Live at 5pm UK!
My subconscious is winning! What I thought I’d written where detectives are attacked by fugitive killers: “He came to and called-in again, just as the ambulance arrived. No sign of the attackers, but I’ve thrown a one-mile cordon around the area.” What I actually typed: “He came to and called-in again, just as the ambulance arrived. No sign of the attackers, but I’ve thrown a one-mile condom around the area.” D’oh!
What I thought I’d written: 'Three bikers entered the bank armed with handguns, bandanas concealing their faces.' What I’d actually typed: 'Three bikers entered the bank armed with handguns, bananas concealing their faces.' D’oh!
Have spent all day at the hospital. Turns out my hubby had a stroke :(
Props to our antipodean Litopians for getting up to join us live at crazy o’clock, not just for Pop-Ups but also for last night’s first Huddle. Their contributions were brilliant & sheer motivation a lesson to us all :)
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