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The Coffee Shop => Members' Bookshelf (Dedicated to the memory of Mairi "Ma100" Edwards) => Topic started by: ma100 on November 27, 2013, 03:21:02 PM

Title: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on November 27, 2013, 03:21:02 PM
Hello everyone, here you can discuss or chat anything relating to the Book-shelf.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Matt Walker on November 27, 2013, 04:20:54 PM
Lovely to see this here - I've thought we've needed something like this for a long time. Thanks!
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on November 27, 2013, 04:22:36 PM
Glad you are pleased Matt. ;)
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 27, 2013, 04:39:09 PM
 ;D
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Post by: 510bhan on November 27, 2013, 04:50:38 PM
The famous board! Yay! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Congratulations to all the good people who will be able to show their wares and the results of their hard work. ;)
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on November 27, 2013, 05:26:02 PM
Yep, get your books up guys. ;D
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Post by: Annmarie on November 28, 2013, 02:16:51 AM
Yep, get your books up guys. ;D

Working on it, ma. Sheesh. Slave driver. :P
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Lin on November 28, 2013, 04:36:25 AM
Perhaps you could state the kind of chat we might expect to see so that it doesn't end up like the Coffee Shop (which is very good)

So may I assume it's all book talk and nothing else.  Publishing, writing style, news about your latest book?  Perhaps you could confirm the kind of things you don't want to see here so that we can act accordingly.

Thanks Ma, I wouldn't want to get it wrong.

Lin x
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 28, 2013, 09:59:02 AM
Perhaps you could state the kind of chat we might expect to see so that it doesn't end up like the Coffee Shop (which is very good)

So may I assume it's all book talk and nothing else.  Publishing, writing style, news about your latest book?  Perhaps you could confirm the kind of things you don't want to see here so that we can act accordingly.

Thanks Ma, I wouldn't want to get it wrong.

Lin x

Lin, Read the Sticky.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: hillwalker3000 on November 29, 2013, 08:40:38 AM
To those of you who might have noticed my above post offering a free Kindle short story collection, the offer is only available between 1st and 5th December. Amazon doesn't allows us to operate free promotions for more than 5 days in every 3 months.

H3K
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on November 29, 2013, 08:42:41 AM
Ooo goody, freebies. ;D
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 30, 2013, 01:00:06 AM
If anyone has a book but doesn't know how to attach or reduce a picture of your book into your 'Bookshelf' post, ask me for help in a PM and I'll see what I can do. If what we come up with doesn't fit your vision, we haven't lost anything, right?  ;D

Open ended offer.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on December 03, 2013, 11:27:44 AM
I'm afraid none of the books on the shelf I have read yet, but will get round to some soon.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: The Dude Abides on December 06, 2013, 07:59:06 AM
I cannot yet post any books on the Shelf because I am short of Senior Member status. But that brings up an interesting factoid I can contribute. I joined MWC in December of 2009: I have around 225 posts. Sio joined in October of 2010 and has more than 50000 posts. This says something about one of us, and I suspect it is me.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on December 06, 2013, 11:57:57 AM
Hi Dude

We had to have a reasonable start point for the book-shelf due to flybys posting then leaving. It's a right of passage really. Sio is probably the most active member on this site which you can see from her stats. ;)
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Post by: The Dude Abides on December 06, 2013, 11:59:59 AM
Oh yeah, I'm not complaining - I am just impressed by her numbers.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on December 06, 2013, 12:01:20 PM
She has wings on her fingers mate.  ;)
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Post by: Gyppo on December 06, 2013, 02:38:55 PM
Now with wings!

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Post by: Andrewf on December 07, 2013, 05:06:19 PM
You saying she's a chatterbox, Ma?  :D >:D
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Post by: Lin on December 08, 2013, 03:49:05 AM
As a moderator your stats go up in leaps and bounds, I remember when I was top of the league at one time, but I've been beaten at the post now many times over.  I post about three times a week depending on where I am.  Okay let's give Siobhan a round of applause everyone! 

Lin x :D
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2013, 04:32:47 PM
And, Xerika, another author up on the shelves. Has anyone read any yet?
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: 510bhan on December 09, 2013, 05:58:12 PM
As a moderator your stats go up in leaps and bounds, I remember when I was top of the league at one time, but I've been beaten at the post now many times over.  I post about three times a week depending on where I am.  Okay let's give Siobhan a round of applause everyone! 

Lin x :D

 ;D ;D ;D ;D Nothing to do with having been a moderator, Lin -- I think the boost in numbers was a result of all the Olympinks events I've entered in the past two years . . . and of course general slabber and Andrew pointed out. Now and again I do offer crits and comments or post something I think might be useful to folk. It's not all gab -- honestly. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Just wait until I can join the published ones -- then we'll see talking. ;D J/K. :-* I'd be gobsmacked. There we go, someone get me published now to shut me up. :D
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Lin on December 10, 2013, 03:59:39 AM
Write to my publisher she is always happy to take new business.

Lin :)
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: McWawa on December 10, 2013, 03:15:04 PM
Great thread ! Having just discovered i will spend time here and read the posted books. Thank You.

re. the numbers and Members' post count :

The statistics of a Member's posts and activity , the where and how many and even what time of day most active , are viewable under the Profile of each individual Member, in the "Additional Information" section at the bottom of the Profile click :  Show general statistics for this Member .
The listing are of post #s
"Most Popular Boards By Posts"
&  "Most Popular Boards By Activity".
 And a  graph too.
Many make the Post numbers in the Coffee Shop and Writing Games and Challenges sections. Jump in there Dude and raise your status  :)

Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: 510bhan on December 10, 2013, 03:20:11 PM
My Activity: ;)

The Prose Workshop  16.0125%
Writing Games & Challenges  9.9075%
Review My Poetry  7.4337%
Poetry Workshop  6.7192%
Members' Bookshelf  5.4054%
Self-Publishing Central  5.1816%
Review My Work  4.6765%
Review My Script  4.3324%
The Coffee Shop  3.6374%
Writers Wanted!  3.5626%
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on December 13, 2013, 04:17:19 PM
Ooo one I have read has gone up.  ;D
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Post by: Skip Slocum on December 15, 2013, 03:46:55 PM
I got my first interview from our own Miss Biola (Miss Bee)

http://biolaephesus.wordpress.com/
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 15, 2013, 04:05:57 PM
Just read it. Good job.  ;)
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Post by: Skip Slocum on December 15, 2013, 05:25:58 PM
Thanks, Miss Alice.
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Post by: Chandara5 on December 26, 2013, 05:24:18 PM
Wow...I haven't been here in a while. It's nice to see what everyone's been up to.  ;D
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: geoffnelder on January 10, 2014, 06:25:34 PM
I see the comment from Lin that her publisher is always looking for new authors. Of course all of us writers are looking for publishers. So like a dating agency we should match up!
However, I have a little problem. Honestly, it's not that difficult grabbing the attention of a small press publisher. I have three of them publishing novels of mine. I'm not knocking them. They work hard on formatting, handling POD printers, ebook bookstores etc. However, sales are only trickling. Now I have a new novel. It's just being critiqued and I love the characters and plot. Do I go with the small press publishers I'm already with? I think any of them would take it. Or do I try the mainstream publishers?
Help?
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on January 10, 2014, 06:54:07 PM
I don't know the rules and regulations about approaching another publisher Geoff, so my thoughts are pretty dicey to say the least. Don't take my word on this for anything. ;)

If you feel you have a good book, why not approach mainstream publishers. The worst they can say is no.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: 510bhan on January 10, 2014, 06:58:27 PM
With your track record and accolades you'd present a good CV to a mainstream publisher -- why not try? :-[
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Post by: Gyppo on January 10, 2014, 09:18:41 PM
I say go for it, Geoff.  Unless you're under contract elsewhere.  If the mainstream aren't interested you still have a fall-back position.

Gyppo
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Lin on January 11, 2014, 01:41:56 PM
I am writing my next novel The Tanglewood Affair.  It is with the Beta reader now to search for anomalies I might have missed.  Then I shall send it to my personal editor and then I hope to submit for publishing. 

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Jo Bannister on January 14, 2014, 06:16:44 AM
Can I just thank Skip and Siobhan for organising my entry?  The things I don't know how to do!  Mind you, ten years ago I was still writing longhand in notebooks with a fountain pen!  I'm catching up a little every year; only trouble is, every year the technology moves on as well!

So thanks a lot, guys - I couldn't have done it without you.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Lin on January 14, 2014, 06:42:46 AM
Going back to Geoff's comment above, as long as you aren't tied in to one publisher for five years according to terms the contract, then you can submit to whoever you choose. My next book is up for grabs with any publisher that will take it.  

Lin  :)
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 14, 2014, 10:53:53 AM
 ;D ;D
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Post by: geoffnelder on January 14, 2014, 05:24:24 PM
I don't know. I have three publishers currently and it is unsettling. Of course I only make pocket money from them - enough for a holiday one year, a new computer the next. I read Robert Graves biography recently and he was constantly changing publishers, agents, muses - so if it was good enough for him...
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Post by: Jo Bannister on February 23, 2014, 04:41:26 AM
Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs - as my (Lancastrian) grandfather used to say.  People are actually buying e-book editions from my backlist.  Just shows how much I know - I thought it would always be a sideline for the ordinary midlist writer.  But a wholly unexpected royalty cheque shows otherwise.  One of the books had been out of print for maybe ten years, now it's earning again.  Not massive money, but between them these forgotten books are buying me a decent holiday this year. 

Will you remind me next time I hold forth on new-fangled notions that'll be yesterday's news by Christmas?  I'm always wrong.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: ma100 on February 23, 2014, 04:45:34 AM
 ;D ;D ;D Good on you Jo, glad something came out of it. ;D
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Post by: Dawn on February 23, 2014, 07:50:51 AM
Well done, Jo.
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Post by: geoffnelder on February 23, 2014, 08:04:22 AM
Was that a great surprise, Jo, some promo, or a secret admirer? :)

Whichever, well done, you deserve every penny.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: Jo Bannister on February 23, 2014, 11:54:39 AM
Bless you, Geoff!  Well, it was a great surprise to me.  E-books and print-on-demand were part of a recent deal, but I never expected more than dribs-and-drabs.  I don't think I've got any secret admirers.  If I have, will they please make themselves known at once!
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: 510bhan on February 23, 2014, 11:58:43 AM
Me! Me! Me!

Oops -- guess that doesn't qualify as 'secret'. :-[
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Post by: Jo Bannister on February 23, 2014, 12:03:43 PM
You're a star, Siobhan - and that's much better than being a secret.
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Post by: 510bhan on February 23, 2014, 03:18:21 PM
Aw, shucks. :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
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Post by: Pale Writer on February 24, 2014, 06:53:53 AM
Great to hear, Jo. Always a pleasure seeing those working in this business, succeeding.
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Post by: Matt Walker on February 24, 2014, 03:29:20 PM
Well done, Jo, great news!

And Geoff - if you have what you feel is a great current WIP, and also three other novels published by small independent presses, why not approach an agent? They'll be able to get you the best contract.
Title: Re: General chat.
Post by: geoffnelder on March 07, 2014, 07:05:07 AM
Hi Matt, just seen your Q to me, sorry.
I have an agent, The Rebecca Pratt Agency. Was tough and she's my fourth!
Agent 1: Useless bloke in Portsmouth who sent wrong MSS to publishers and didn't follow through. He now works in a bakery in France.
Agent 2: A woman in Scotland. Seemed okay but disappeared. I contacted her landlord who said he entered the house to find her personal belongings gone but hundreds of parcels, addressed to her, mostly tied up with string. He opened some - all manuscripts from aspiring novelists. She took no fees from the few I contacted. I've googled her name now and then but no sign. Worthy of a mystery story in itself!
Agent 3: This was the now infamous Christopher Hill of Hill & Hill Literary Agents. I met him and he paid for a nice meal in Edinburgh, said he used to work for Penguin and answered all my questions authoritavely. I contacted another of his clients, who was a Sheriff in the US, and we compared his feedback, especially when he said HarperCollins, Crown etc were offering us 5 figure advances. It was a sham. He didn't take any money from most of us and only pennies for photocopying from others, but none of the publishers had received anything from him. Police investigated here in the UK and the FBI were involved. It didn't go to court. He needs help. see http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2006/09/victoria-strauss-hill-hill-literary.html although it was wrong for Victoria Strauss to call it a scam as such.
Agent 4: My current one.

It's a minefield out there!