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  1. Very sorry if this is wrong plase for this
    Can any one help with promotional stuff like t/shirts and stuff
    Have tride but iether being blind or tech does not like me
    Can any one help

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    1. Hi Adam – are you looking for online suppliers or do you need more specific help with making/uploading images? Vistaprint do ‘corporate’ such as pens, mugs and keyrings along with flyers and poster style printing but if you’re after merchandise like T-shirts/Polos/bags etc then there’s Cafe Press or Zazzle (my favourite) which have fairly simple upload sites.
      If you need a hand with making high resolution CMYK/RGB images I can help you out with that – Direct Message me on Twitter @JanHawke and we can talk on email/phone (I’m in the UK as well) 😀

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  2. Sorry if this is the wrong plaids to ask but need help. I want write a story about dragon society game of thrones but with dragons. But that is as far as I have got. I cannot come up with a storey plot.
    Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Adam – the only place on here to discuss would be the BOOK CHAT page, which still isn’t a great fit… Link is – https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/cant-find-what-youre-looking-for-click-here/book-chat/ (copy/paste) but it might be better for you to open a discussion on your own blog pages instead and then tweet it out 🙂

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      1. Hi Jan. I thought Peer Support was the place to discuss any questions or input requests on anything having to do with writing. So we’re not supposed to come here with that?

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        1. Hi Rhani – while there’s no strict distinction as to what’s support or discussion this Peer Support page is more about the practical side of writing for things like editing or software issues? For aesthetics to do with the writing process, or specifics to do with plot or structure that tend more to expansive discussion, Book Chat’s a better ‘fit’ for more free-ranging talk about characters or plot-related topics etc.
          With Adam’s dilemma being something that wants more in-depth feedback (which would perhaps need a more intense dialogue) it’s probably a better idea for him to invite people over to his own blog where he can get more personal interaction and viewpoints 🙂

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      2. Good morning, Ladies! I will have to jump in with my two-cents to say that Adam did come to the right place with his question. This is the place where you can ask questions, of any kind relating to assistance you might need for anything literary (oops, I better say “almost anything”), editing, marketing, social media…questions in general which we all could use the opinion of our peers. But, as Jan stated, it might also be a good idea to post your contact info (such as email, etc.) in the event that someone wants to reach out to you with detailed, in-depth information.

        BOOK CHAT is the place where we all go if we have read an interesting book and we want to share or start a discussion about it, or where we’d like to strike up a conversation about a controversial book, or any topic relating to books we’ve read, heard about, might want to read, etc. THIS IS STRICTLY BOOK CHAT.

        Hopefully, I’ve been able to give everyone a clearer understanding of the two forums:

        *PEER SUPPORT – you need your peer’s advice and/or assistance with something;

        *BOOK CHAT – you read a great book, heard about a great book, are writing a great book, (or controversial, interesting, etc.) and you want to start a discussion about it.

        Have a great weekend, you awesome RRBCers!

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        1. Hi Nonnie. that’s kind of what I thought, but thank you for the clarification.

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    2. Lol – OK, so along the lines Nonnie’s put up now… The ‘society’ side of Game of Thrones is all about families and which one’s top dog and how the others are trying to topple them from their place. How about a ‘star crossed lovers’ take on things Adam? So along the lines of Romeo and Juliet 😉
      Another tack is to ‘borrow’ from real life – one of my favourite ‘family saga’ novelists, Susan Howatch, takes historical families and put them in contemporary setting – so Penmarric was based on the Angevin Royal House (Henry II) and The Rich Are Different on Cleopatra VII and her liaisons with Julius Caesar & Marc Anthony.

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      1. Thanks for the grate advice will have to think about the lovers do not know if I can write about lovers nether had ome

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  3. Hi Joy. Sadly, when Shadow was ready for final editing, I couldn’t find an editor that I could afford. I ended up having to do it myself. I’m also doing my own for Winter, because I still can’t find one cheap enough. Lol

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  4. Oops, when I said “What have you learned along the way?” this question includes as far as writing, publishing, marketing, promotion, etc. In other words, what’s working for you and what isn’t? Just thought I should elaborate a bit on that.

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  5. Also, I wanted to say. I do plan to start that blog thing spotlight authors and their journey to being published as I mentioned before and I will have more information about that later. It may be a month or more as I’m trying to finish book four of my series. So stay tuned for an announcement on that.

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  6. I’ve got a rant and need to commiserate. I decided to obtain and pay for an editor with book 3 of my Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series, and so far I’ve been disappointed. Started out well and the person had great reviews and lots of praises, and the price was within my range at the moment (maybe you get what you pay for because I couldn’t afford much). He sent me what was supposed to be the completed order (project) a day early but all I received was his narrative about what he’d done. There wasn’t an attachment of the two files he mentioned. I sent him messages for two days and finally in the last one I said, “If I don’t hear from you by after supper tonight, I will have to go through the resolution center,” but really didn’t want to do that. I was about to get hysterical. It wasn’t the missing files as much as it was the lack of communication. Finally, he got back to me shortly after my message and apologized, saying the company site he was freelancing for was having problems after some updates and were not delivering attachments that were attached. Okay, I can understand that and told him so. I work on computers all day at work and at home so I know how updates and changes can sometimes create chaos. However, I also lectured him on the importance of keeping communication lines open during something like that and acknowledging my messages. He also said he had to hunt down the files he’d sent me. He attached the two files and I was able to download them fine. One file was the edited word file where I could view the changes. The second file was the final word file and had the corrections already accepted.

    So I look over the files and I see a lot of deleted commas that were then reinserted. That was odd and then there was a lot of spaces between the comma or the period and the closing quotation mark I had to fix that weren’t on my original. I had also sent my book to beta readers in what I call my book launch team and had heard back from one of them already. She had found four errors with sentence structures (missing and extra words). I looked in the edited and final files he had sent back to me and those errors were still there. To me, it seemed like the files he sent me were a quick recreation of the files that had been lost. If indeed they had been lost. I’m starting to wonder if he was just trying to buy more time but then his statement about what he’d done was very detailed. So I don’t know. I asked for a modification for him to reread it again. I almost feel bad about it since I’m not paying that much but I still require the results promised. Rant over.

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    1. Just heard back about my modification request and he’s so nice though. He said, “I’ll certainly take another look, you’ll be getting it shortly (either late tonight or early tomorrow).” I had requested a timeline for the completed modification. At least he’s communicating now.

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      1. Fingers crossed for you KIm – good editors are so hard to find so it’s always great when you can find one you ‘click’ with at a price you can afford… Mine’s almost worth her weight in gold, but can’t do layouts of typesetting so we ‘skill swap’ instead, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to pay her enough! 😉

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      2. Thanks, Jan! We’ll see as I’m still waiting on that “early tomorrow” answer that he sent me yesterday. I checked him out. He has over 700 reviews and almost all positive, most 5’s out of 5, and only 3 or 4 negative reviews. Doesn’t really make sense. Perhaps he just over-scheduled himself.

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      3. Update on this: I finally received the modified edit back and it was much better, but I also received more information from a new beta reader who found that I used the wrong name (not good where it was located either–another man’s name on the honeymoon) that he didn’t catch and when I checked, the sentence was also missing a word. So I sent for a second edit modification. I told him I had a little time to play with (meaning, please take your time and get the edit as perfect as possible). He does offer 100% satisfaction guarantee so I’m holding him to that and will keep asking for modifications until I’m satisfied. He said he would send the modification back to me by late Sunday night or early Monday. This was on Saturday. Well it’s after Midnight on the Monday (early Tuesday morning actually) and I haven’t heard back yet. I also asked him about the comma deletions where he just inserted the same commas, and he said it was a glitch that happened in word sometimes and he wasn’t sure why it did that. I’ve never seen this happen before with other Word edits.

        I’m calling the person a him/he but I’ve seen them referred to as both he and she in the reviews, and it’s one of those names that could be either, so I’m not sure but seems like a he to me for some reason.

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      4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        I just accepted an invite from a guy on Linkedin who was highly recommended by Beem Weeks. I saw Stephen Geez there too. He does it all including editing. His name is Gary Greenwell, Alter Images Productions, Inc., Geez Productions, Ross Roy Communications You might want to check him out Kim. There are folks in this club who do editing too.

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Kim no matter what he charged you, he is suppose to give you his best efforts. I’ve had a situation where I was charged a so-called discount on editing services, only this joker didn’t know how to really edit and he said as much. Eventually I had to part ways and get all my files back. It can be disappointing and a downer when folks don’t come through. I wish you luck on your editing projects because I know what you are going through. Keep up the rants. lol

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      1. Thanks, Shirley! I hope he comes through. I will use him again if he does. Sometimes things can get off to a bad start. I’ll see when he finishes the modifications I requested and make a decision then. If they’re good, I’ll give him one more chance. If they’re not, I’ll not use him again and may lodge a complaint. I used one similar site but for computer coding and these people were great. If you liked their work you could pay them a tip or bonus plus the charge and I almost always paid them more. They were great and not too expensive.

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    3. I have had problems, lots of problems too with editors, or so called editors. At one point, after complaining about a shoddy work by an editor, i had to finish the editing myself, and their charge was not reasonable. I had a very good one once, and I lost her because she was attached to a company with whom I did not want to work. When I find a good one, I will stick with him/her. I have read some of our RRBC member books that are so expertly edited. I wish those authors will share who their editors are. 🙂

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    4. Hi Kim-

      I had similar problems with my first editor. Although her resume was off the charts fantastic and she was recommended by someone close to me, it turned out to be a horror show. Expensive and non-responsive. After investing lots of $$$s and time with her I woke up one day and fired her. I did not use any of her corrections. I actually went back to the original manuscript and started over from square one again costing me even more $$$s.

      That is when I discovered an online service which totally met my needs. The name of the site is ServiceScape https://www.servicescape.com/main.asp and the editor I used was Linda who goes by the handle of WriteWatchman. If you end up using Linda please mention Richie–the Jazz/Gershwin guy, we really hit it off!

      The service gives you upfront prices and time frames. Think Uber since the author can see the bios of available editors. And since each job is rated by the author you can see the ratings of the editors. I actually had whittled my choice of editors down to two and then scheduled phone interviews with each before choosing WriteWatchman Linda because of her passion of George Gershwin.

      So take it from a rookie with RRBC and first time author, this is worth looking into.

      Best of luck-

      richie gerber

      https://jazzamericasgift.com

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  7. Still looking for 91 supporters for the Thunderclap for this week’s Beyond the Cover interview – click, support & listen in! http://thndr.it/1Jumtc6

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  8. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    We always come here for support. I think Kim is just reminding us again that it is here. There are new members who are probably not familiar with all we have to offer. Thank you Kim.

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    1. Just saw this. You’re welcome, Shirley!

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  9. Hi Kim. I think it sounds like a great idea!

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  10. Have an idea and wondered what all of you think. I want to add a new category to my blog called “The Writer’s Journey” (inspired by Jason’s post on Beem’s blog for his tour). I’ve actually thought about this before and I wrote my own article on this a while back if I can find it. I never posted it. The posts for this category would be written by authors about their journey to becoming a published author and would include a short bio and their latest book blurb. What do you think and how many RRBC authors would be willing to add to the category? It would be a good spotlight for authors.

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    1. That sounds like a great idea Kim! And a very positive way to attract guest bloggers and readers as well 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Jan! I thought so too.

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    2. Sounds like a great idea, Kim. I think a lot of us will be interested!

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    3. I wish I knew how to edit my comments! I always notice the spelling error after I’ve posted!

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      1. I do the same thing, Michelle! Even after I’ve read them 2 and 3 times.

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  11. Kim, I absolutely will! I have the same concerns that you do about having my stuff stolen. I’ve worked way too hard to run that kind of a risk if I can avoid it. Besides, I would never knowingly put the boys in that kind of jeopardy. Lol

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  12. Thank you, Jan. I’ve heard of Scrivener, but I haven’t really looked into it. I will do that and also look into the other one you mentioned.

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  13. Kim, thanks for the info. I’ll have to check it out. I need to get some input on Winter. ☺

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  14. Hi Kim. Can’t say that I have. What is it?

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    1. Not quite sure. It sounds like a place where you can upload your writing as you do it and get feedback. You can also upload your books. I was hoping someone else was familiar with it. I got an email about it today. I think the url was writeon.amazon.com add a / and info to that and it tells you what it’s about.

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      1. meant book covers instead of “books”

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      2. Hi Kim & Rhani – if we’re talking editing tools here and if, like me, you don’t like having all your eggs drifting down the Amazon in a basket 😉 then there are other apps out there that would probably do as good a job, if not better (although you’d need to take out a subscription if you want to use them a lot).

        Lots of people on here talk about enthusiastically about Scrivener and I use AutoCrit, but I’m sure there’s lots of others out there – so ‘try before you buy’! 😀

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      3. I have Scrivener too but haven’t used it yet, Jan. I in no way recommend this place, as I’m not sure who they are or what they do. I was just wondering if anyone has heard of them or used them and their experiences if they have. It seems a little scary to me, to be honest. Uploading your work when you don’t know who is reading it. Could it be stolen? Be careful, Rhani, whatever you decide.

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  15. Has anyone heard of “Write On By Kindle” site?

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  16. I need help dear members. I will like to know how to create side bars, and how I can upload things iike, “our Most Supportive Members” video, and other neat side bar events on my sites.

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    1. Hi Joy – you need the Widgets menu (under Appearance) and then you just choose from the various options on the (very long) list then slide them over into the sidebar position you want them in ;-).
      All kinds of widgets for HTML audio & vid links are there and you can make custom ones as well 🙂

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      1. Thank you Jan. I’m going over now to try it. 🙂

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  17. Kim, thank you. I’ll double check the formatting, & do a replace. 😊

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  18. Hi, all . Can anyone tell me if I should be using straight or smart apostrophe marks? And if straight is appropriate, how do I turn off the smart remarks in Word 2013? I got the Geek Squad to change my quotes from smart to straight but I didn’t think to ask them about apostrophe marks. I would appreciate any help with this. Thank you.

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    1. Rhani, when I turned off the automatic format correction that changes straight quotes to smart quotes it also changed the way it formatted the apostrophe. But to change the ones already there, I had to do a find and replace. Find ‘ and replace ‘. Then it fixed all of them to the straight apostrophes. Hope that helps.

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  19. Hello everyone. I am looking to put together a collection of short stories as a charity fundraiser perhaps for the charity ‘War Child.’ Me and a friend already have eight stories in various stages of draft. So far they all have a 1st World War or 2nd World War theme, (but there’s no reason it couldn’t extend beyond that to other conflicts – that was just our family experience). They are all about people reflecting on war or affected by it. The rules are: they must start with “Joe stepped off the train and held the package close to his side” (or “Jo stepped off the train and held the package close to her side”) and quite short – up to about 2000 words long). Anyone fancy a go? I’d love to see some other ideas.

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    1. Just thought: Joe/Jo could be too restrictive from a diversity point of view so something close would do equally well 🙂

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  20. Hello, Awesome RRBC Members!

    I am going to post this announcement in two places, here and on the Book Club Selections For Review page. One of our supportive members dropped by to leave a message for us about an incident of a book being reviewed on the site with the initials GR (the name of the site is not allowed to sit here on the RRBC site, by the way). The message that he/she wanted to share by leaving the name of the book, etc., was that, as an author, you should NOT ENGAGE in conversations/debates, etc. over your work, should someone decide to leave you a negative review. And he/she was right. You should NEVER engage in those conversations.

    I have noticed people dropping by here and sharing that they’ve read a fellow member-author’s book and maybe didn’t enjoy it so much or maybe they gave it a low review. I’ve then noticed the member-author who’s book was reviewed, come behind that comment and very graciously thank the other member for just taking the time to read their book. I ADMIRE THOSE AUTHORS SO MUCH.

    But, let’s get back to this GR incident. Some of you may have noticed that when you leave a link to a review on GR, it is removed, and if you spell out the name of that awful village, it is shortened with just the initials, GR. I find that place despicable and the trolls there, horrid. I have never seen such ugliness and black venom spewed as what runs rampant over there, and RRBC will NEVER direct anyone to that site. That is my opinion of that place, and I know hundreds upon hundreds of other authors who share my opinion.

    GR is one place I wouldn’t waste my time visiting, and I’m not one of those people who are so concerned about having my books EVERYWHERE that I would lower my standards and promote a book on that site. I’m not THAT person. Because of the negativity on that site, is the main reason we have such stringent rules about the kinds of comments that are left on our site. There is no reason, EVER, for rudeness and for being unkind. If you don’t like a book, then say what you don’t like about the book and move on. There is never any reason to attack an author, the way they do over in that place. It almost feels like middle-school girl drama (and that’s coming from the guys there, too) when you go there, and since I’ve been an adult for MANY, MANY years, I don’t like the middle-school feel at all.

    So, I’d like to thank the supportive member, S. M. Spencer, who wanted to share that info with us. Here is S.M.’s comment:

    “DO NOT ENGAGE – many of you have probably read about this already but for those that haven’t, check out (we can’t list the title, as the author is not a member) and see what happened on GR when an author engaged with someone who left a negative review. Moral of the story – Do Not Engage.”

    And now that you all know why your links to that site are removed from our site, if you would be mindful and try not to leave the links at all, that would be awesome.

    As always, we ONLY encourage HONEST reviews here at RRBC, whatever they may be, 5 star or 1 star, but the lengths that the GR trolls go to to convert “other simple minds” to their side to engage in bullying and harrassment, are abhorred here, and that kind of behavior will never be allowed at RRBC. Our forum is a “safe, kind and friendly” forum and we intend to keep it that way.

    Make it a great day, or not. The choice is all yours!

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Nonnie, honestly I don’t have a clue of what you and SM Spencer are talking about. I don’t know the website and after learning this I don’t think I want to know about it. If I had the link I would take a peek to see what I’m to stay away from. lol

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      1. Sorry, Shirley, but you won’t find the link here! And anyway, you’re not missing out on anything but a bunch of child-like drama 🙂

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    2. Wow! Go to sleep early one night and look what happens. I totally agree about not engaging. I try to be a duck and let any negative comments roll off my back. I don’t really like confrontation anyway. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. That author just dug his own grave. If he is self-published he should remove his books and get a pseudonym before publishing anything else. If he publishes these books again rewrite them entirely and change the title. Looks like these readers are out to get him now. He must have removed all his comments, because I only saw them referenced and never saw his own comments.

      I didn’t know GR was off limits for leaving links. That may be why my review posts never came off of moderation status. I always leave my reviews at amazon, GR, and my blog. I will try next time by just posting it with the Amazon link.

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  21. S M, wow! What a read! I must say that I do not understand the author’s reaction to that review. I so nothing malicious in it. It was simply the statement of why this person did not like that book, and the last time I checked, freedom of speech still existed. I am fortunate in that my reviews are totally awesome, but even if they weren’t, I am always so thrilled that someone actually bought a copy that the last thing I would do is attack a reader simply because they didn’t like certain aspects of my book. When it comes to selling books, I think this author is his own worst enemy.

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  22. 3Thank you, Kim. I’ll check it out in the morning.

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  23. Thank you, Kim. From the time I decided to add him, I’ve seen him as gay. I don’t know why. Lol But my friend is convinced it will cause problems with my readers so I’m hoping the feedback I got from you guys will settle her down. ☺

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  24. Shirley, thank you for the input. He is going to be a major charcter, & I guess I just thought a little diversity might be fun. Lol

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  25. Jan, that was always kind of my thought process. I never saw it as an issue, but my friend was SO sure it would be a factor that it kind of made me question myself. So far, the feedback has upheld my original plan, and I’m thinking maybe I’ll just leave him as he is. ☺

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  26. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Rhani, just keep the character straight since you are not doing anything with it anyway.

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  27. Michelle, I can totally relate to misspelled words. Between my lousy aim with my stylus & what Voice recognition thinks I say, I’m lucky I get any words spelled right at all. Lol

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  28. Kim, my friend does Fb author oarties often, & she said that they are very successful. She said that they are free to do and if we need help to let her know.😃

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  29. Jan, I have some gay friends who are total slut puppies, lol, but I have just as many who are non flirtatious and monogamous. I never thought that this character’s sexuality would present a problem for straight readers, even straight male readers, as long as he never had any graphic sex scenes. My roomie definitely thinks that he will cost me a percentage of my male readers, but I just can’t say that I agree. Which is why I put the question out to you guys. 😃

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    1. Rhani – I’m sure what you might lose in straight males fans you’ll likely get as many again in gay ones who’d be queuing up to read about Winter, simply because he’s not a stereotype and functional in (perceived) unusual environments or situations. I think you’re on the right track by not making his sexuality a big deal and just letting it be part of the person he is. 😀

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      1. I agree with Jan.

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  30. Michelle, thank you for your input. I only have about a month’s worth of work left on Winter if I can actually find the time to sit down and write. Lol

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  31. Ok, Kim. Thank you. Btw, do I follow you on twitter? I think I do, but I’m not sure. lol

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    1. Yes, you do. @KimCoxAuthor

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  32. Kim, thank you for your input. I definitely wanted opinions on this before I made any final decisions.

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  33. I have a question for those of you who have red Shadow, and actually even for those of you who haven’t. My boys are tough, very masculine,& totally straight. I have a character that will be introduced in Winter, who is pretty much their equal when it comes to toughness and street smarts. So here’s the thing: At this point, this character is gay. I had a debate with my roommate today and she thinks that having a recurring character who is gay in this type of a book will cost me my straight male readers. I wouldn’t call him closeted, because his friends know that he is gay, but he doesn’t make it obvious because to him it’s not really an issue, any more than a straight man would make it a point to make sure that the world knew he was straight. This character has no sexual contact with anyone in this book, and probably never will. I don’t even know if his sexuality will be mentioned in this book. But he is being introduced and will be a reoccurring character so I need to decide what his sexuality is now so that it can be consistent in future books. So I guess I’m asking all of you, women included, it having a gay male character would pull you out of the series if you had liked it up to that point. Since his sexuality most likely won’t be revealed in this book it won’t require a major change at this point to make him straight. I’d like any input you guys want to give me. Thanks so much.

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    1. It wouldn’t bother me if he was gay as straight female as long as you say there are not any love scenes involving the character. Just my two cents.

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    2. It wouldn’t bother me if he was gay, I wouldn’t be brothered my sex scenes either. I can’t wait for Winter 🙂

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      1. I think I was typing too fast this morning. I meant to say I wouldn’t be bothered by sex scenes either, though I totally agree with Jan’s comments below.

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    3. Gay people are exactly the same as straights, in that they’re not emotionally or physically attracted to just anybody who happens to belong to their preferred gender. My late husband’s best friend is gay and used to travel extensively with him, sharing bedrooms and occasionally beds and never hit on him once! lol He simply wasn’t Dave’s type, even when he slimmed down to movie star proportions – the nearest they got to being ‘involved’ was as BFFs who shared the same SoH and loved to travel. I don’t think your macho gay guy needs to have his head turned in any way by either Decker or Rudi, or even develop a slight crush on one of them – he probably would be more attracted to a less overtly aggressive person who’s possibly less keen on ‘action’ sports & who’s more expressive emotionally… 😉
      No objections to him behaving like a red-blooded male whatever his gender preference so long as it’s plausible and not gratuitous 🙂

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      1. Although you possibly should avoid Game of Thrones style statements like “Winter is c–ing” 😉

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  34. I think it would be fun. My internet is currently gone (thank goodness my phone has it own internal signal) but my phone’s connection ishard to get & hold on to. As soon as I get my internet back, I’llreach out to her & see what she says.

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    1. Okay, let me know what you find out.

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  35. Kim, just my opinion, but you can’t count on a reader having rread the first book, first. I was typing happily along on #Winter when that little fact occurred to me, so I had to go back & add a bunch of stuff. The book CAN stand alone, but I want readers who missed #Shadow to fully understand who Decker is.

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    1. Thanks, my books pretty much stand alone and although I wouldn’t classify the books as romance, they do have romantic elements as a romance begins in book 1. There was a trust issue for the main character and it may be elaborated upon more in book 1, and the romance continues into book 2 but time has passed and not from where it left off anyway. I plan to offer a two book set in August of both books together. Book 2 comes out in July and book 3 in September–a 3 book set in October and book 4 in November. The 4-book set sometime in 2016. I’m rereading both book 1 and book 2 to see if it’s a problem. I may add something in the conversation during their argument over her not setting the date for their upcoming marriage.

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  36. Kim, do you mean the guy who wrote those books? I’ve heard of how important keywords are. Guess it’s tine to re evaluate mine. Lol

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    1. Sorry, didn’t mean to disappear. Think I tried to answer these from work but didn’t have my passwords and couldn’t. Then I forgot. Yes, it is in his first video he does and he also talks about it in his books. I will probably post links to his videos on twitter at a later date. I will try to remember tomorrow.

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    2. I posted links to some marketing videos on twitter and added your twitter handle to it, Rhani.

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  37. Yes, BB. Not heard of them, but will definitely look into it.

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  38. Now I have a question about writing a series. I am getting ready to release a second book in a series (novella actually). One of my beta readers who hadn’t read the first book (book launch team is new) felt that I alluded to my main character’s trust issues but that I didn’t flesh it out. Now the mistrust was fleshed out in the first book–the reason for it. So I guess my questions is, when I write a series of books, novellas or whatever that are continuous on the little romance that’s in it, should I elaborate on things from the previous book so that it will stand completely on its own. The paranormal mystery part of the novellas are separate stories and although it’s a continuation of her business, that side of the novellas do stand up on their own. And I think after the second book, so will the romance as they get married at the beginning of the third book. Pretty much, my main character keeps putting off setting a date for their marriage and the way I have it she isn’t even sure why but can’t bring herself to set the date until the near the end of the book. He’s bugging her to set it and this is causing conflict in their relationship. Or should I just put in the blurb that book 2 is a continuation of the story and although it can stand alone, it would be better if read in order? I don’t think it would be hard to add some dialogue between them during one of the arguments that he’s not like her previous boyfriend(s) if that’s what it takes.

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    1. When I wrote the second book in my series I wrote in the blurb that it was book two and that I recommend they read book one first. I didn’t elaborate on anything from the first book in the second.

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      1. Thanks, Michelle! I think I’ll do the same thing. It’s kind of a small thing for my books anyway.

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  39. Kim, I have heard that about series books. I am still trying to find time to finish the second book in the Drill series but once it’s done I know I will have more marketing options as far as giveaways.

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    1. Yes, the guy I was talking about earlier has sales stats from trying the marketing strategy that’s he’s teaching. I hope to get more into it next year. I’m not looking to spend a lot of money on marketing mainly because I can’t. Besides the free book thing, he also talks about choosing the keywords that will place your book on the first page of a search, and about choosing the right categories. And how to figure out what those keywords and categories should be.

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  40. Kim, I know an author who writes lesbian erotica, and is fairly successful with it. I know she does a lot on Facebook, & I think she does author parties. I will get a hold of her & see what I can find out.

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    1. That sounds good, Rhani! Let me know what she says. I wonder if any others would be interested in this? I was thinking it would be good to have a week event with each author having an hour or two slot. Maybe a week is too long. I guess it would be according to how many authors you’d have that were interested.

      Nonnie, would Rave Reviews be interested in doing something like this as a group/club? It could even be one or two weekend(s) a month and ongoing if it worked well. Then you could schedule different authors each weekend, similar to how RRBC does with the other promotions. The whole week before the event, it could be promoted on facebook and twitter.

      Just some thoughts as they come to me.

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  41. Kim, I’ve not heard of BB, but I’ll have to look into it. I have joined a couple of indie author groups, but haven’t seen any real sales yet. I do you have both of those books you mentioned but I haven’t had time to read them yet. I am in the process of moving so everything is in turmoil. Lol

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    1. I’m talking about Bookbub. I hear placing an ad there is lucrative but they’re not cheap either.

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  42. Kim, those are great ideas and if you decide to do a multi-author thing I would be happy to join in. My problem is that I know nothing of marketing, nor do I know how to successfully use Facebook or GR. I have been searching for a marketer to help me learn these things, but so far no luck.

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    1. If others are interested, we can put it together. I’ve never used Facebook Events either but I don’t think it would be too difficult. I’m sure I could figure it out if no one else knows how. Don’t think it costs anything but now that I think about it, I’m not sure. Maybe someone else knows.

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  43. On Marketing, I would like to recommend Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson. It’s a FREE book on Amazon and then he has a second book Supercharge Your Kindle Sales that’s $3.99. He also has some videos for free on his strategy, think 4 that I watched. It’s all about building your platform or reader base. He makes a lot of sense. Now he does have an expensive course that I didn’t take because I couldn’t afford it. But these books and free videos have a lot of good information. There may be a link to the videos in the books now or may be available on YouTube. When I read the books, he didn’t have the videos completed yet. I got them by joining his newsletter. At the end of the videos he announces his course which I’m sure that’s what all the free stuff was leading up too, but I still think the information found in the free book and videos are valuable advice. I’m interested in what others think about these.

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  44. I’ve got a couple of other ideas/questions on Marketing too. Both of these have to do with Facebook.

    First, I wondered if anyone here has ever purchased an ad and what the results were. I’m talking about the boost post thing. Those are worthless and I’ve tried those. I attended this other workshop by a marketing professional who says if you know how to post an ad correctly that the results can astronomical. You’re supposed to be able to market your books to fans of well-known authors who write books similar to yours.

    Second, on my Facebook ideas are events. I have heard from other authors that multi-author events (perhaps for a weekend or a week long) on Facebook can be very lucrative. Here’s how I think it works: each author has a time frame slot during the event. They invite their readers to the event (not just their time period), prizes are offered by each author in one or more drawings during their time frame. An author I know did a single event called a Book Launch Event, but when I asked her if this brought her more sells, she said yes, but it works much better with multi-authors. She wrote a very sensual book series about a motorcycle gang who were also supernatural (can’t remember what type–haven’t read the book yet) asked attendees to post pictures of their favorite shirtless motorcycle guys and drew names from all those who responded. Other things you can do are to have them like your authors page, visit your blog or join your blog and leave a comment, join your newsletter, follow you on your Amazon or GR pages, etc. The idea of a multi-author event would be sharing readers. I imagine something like this would have to be organized about a month ahead of time so it could be properly promoted too.

    Anyway, these are my thoughts right now. Open to suggestions from others.

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    1. Meant “I’m not talking about the boost post…”

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      1. Hi Kim. I’ve taken part in Facebook multi-author events and have organized one of my own. It’s easy to set up and is free. I didn’t notice an increase in sales but I did get more followers and made connections with other authors.

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      2. That’s good to know, Michelle. Would you be interested in helping put one together? I’ll do what I can but I’ve never done this. I don’t think it would be hard to figure out. I thought it was free.

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Hi Kim, I don’t know if you were around when 4WillsPublishing promoted the relaunch of my first book. It was called a Re-Launch Facebook Party. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/276868179187591/. I had never heard of such a thing until 4Wills did it and I was impressed. I got more book sales and more recognition from it and nobody was doing it then. That was in August 2014. So a lot of things are happening right here that are not happening anywhere else. I had a 2 week blog tour with Rhani and Harmony. It was a complete surprise and I was smiling all through it. It was called Reading, w(R)iting & Religion Blog Tour and we had a blast. These were just some of the perks we got as clients of 4WilsPublishing. This was part of our reward for being good clients. And it is not expensive in my opinion. So you all should go on over to 4WillsPublishing and check out the site https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-shirley-harris-slaughter/. Once you become a client, you are privy to extra tips to help you promote and sell your books.

      Nonnie is brilliant and these are the little secret weapons this organization has. Gotta go out and will chat with you later.

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      1. Thanks, Shirley, for the information. I’ll check out 4willspublishing

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    3. I’d be happy to help put together a Facebook Party. They are usually fun.

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  45. On Marketing, I would like to recommend Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson. It’s a FREE book on Amazon and then he has a second book Supercharge Your Kindle Sales that’s $3.99. He also has some videos for free on his strategy, think 4 that I watched. It’s all about building your platform or reader base. He makes a lot of sense. Now he does have an expensive course that I didn’t take because I couldn’t afford it. But these books and free videos have a lot of good information. There may be a link to the videos in the books now or may be available on YouTube. When I read the books, he didn’t have the videos completed yet. I got them by joining his newsletter. At the end of the videos he announces his course which I’m sure that’s what all the free stuff was leading up too, but I still think the information found in the free book and videos are valuable advice. I’m interested in what others think about these.

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    1. Kim, did you see any difference in your sales once you started doing the stuff in his books?

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      1. Yes, I did see an increase, but I didn’t have much to offer free except for a couple of short stories. It works better with series books. And it’s more about building a following first. I know an author who has built her newsletter list from 60 to over 800 using this method in just a few months. I have only added 69 since about late February to my newsletter list. I started with an old list I had from yahoogroups of about 289. I added 69 and lost 19. I now have 339. But that list, I used only to give prizes away once a month many years ago when I released my first book, so I figure many of them who have dropped away only wanted the gifts and books I gave away. I no longer giveaway paperbacks, but not saying I never. I saw many people trying to sell the autographed copies I gave away on Amazon.

        From the same author mentioned above, I noticed she was getting at least 10 reviews as soon as her book released (same day) and I asked her about it. She said she uses a Book Launch Team (beta readers) to read her books before they’re released to catch any little typos/errors that were missed, and the deal she has with them is that they leave an honest review. I just started doing this myself. I have about 10 on my Book Launch Team. I’ve already gotten two reviews on GR for the book that will be released next month. The idea is to get as many reviews as you can because reviews help you sell more books. Many of the places you can place ads with require you to have at least so many 4 and 5 star reviews before they’ll even let you place an ad. One such place I believe is BB which I hear can get you lots of sells.

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  46. Shirley, you’re probably right, but peer support can cover any topic. I have to say that I would love a tab dedicared to marketing tips & discussions, just so that the topics stay more focused, if that makes sense.

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    1. I agree with Rhani about a page established just for marketing would be better. That way everything related to that topic would be in one spot and easier to find should anyone be interested.

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      1. Hello, ladies…PEER SUPPORT was established just so that if anyone had any questions they could pose them here, and also, if tips needed to be shared they could also be shared here. RRBC is on overload with tabs and therefore, we won’t be creating another tab under that specific name at this time. Even if we did, members would still leave that information on any other page of the site that pleased them, anyway. I hope this clears this matter up. Enjoy your Sundays!

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  47. Kim, I think that is a great idea! I’m so overwhelmed with the whole marketing thing, & I’d love a place where we could talk & focus on that. I haven’t seen anything like that here, but I haven’t looked for it either. Maybe something like that could be started if there’s enough interest.

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Rhani, I think all of this would logically fall under the Peer Support tab maybe?

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      1. Yes, all of this WOULD DEFINITELY fall under the Peer Support tab, which is where we are now. Have a great Sunday, ladies!

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  48. I’ve been looking around the site and I wondered if there is a place to talk about Marketing ideas or strategies. I have many I would like to share that is better when supported by a group rather than one author on his/her own. I may have missed it if there is.

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    1. There’s a couple of places that you might use, this page being one of them or the HOW WE PROFILE, PROMOTE & PROPEL perhaps?
      Marketing seems to be a bugbear for a lot of folks (myself included there!) but there are others starting with Nonnie herself who have lots ideas and experience – will pass it on and see what happens 😀

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  49. Hi Harmony. Thank you for the info. Hace you used Kindle Countdown? If so, how did it go?

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