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Forum: Tips & Advice 08-30-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,039
Posted By Davisstories
An ability to endure rejection, a willingness to...

An ability to endure rejection, a willingness to REALLY listen to critique partners and editors, and persistence. Took me 22 months of rejection before I got my first call. Also, write because you...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-27-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By Davisstories
I've got about 20 releases out there and none are...

I've got about 20 releases out there and none are 100K words long. My first release was 90K, my shortest was 83K and longest 99K words. Really not about length, more about the storyline, voice,...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-01-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,026
Posted By Davisstories
Writers write because of the voice inside, the...

Writers write because of the voice inside, the images that echo across their skull. No explanation is required. Let the story itself be its own justification. However, I've found that readers often...
Forum: Tips & Advice 02-25-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,817
Posted By Davisstories
After 8 years of writing I've learned: -...

After 8 years of writing I've learned:

- never look at royalties. Majority of authors will be disappointed.
- About 70% through every book I get bored. Why? Cause I already know how every page...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 02-07-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By Davisstories
Like error 69 for my full length novels, I keep a...

Like error 69 for my full length novels, I keep a NAMES-PLACES-SCENES running list sorted alphabetically. Works like a charm. Not necessary for short stories.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 01-06-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,788
Posted By Davisstories
Various. Had a short titled Brok Hon that...

Various. Had a short titled Brok Hon that fermented for three years before I started typing. My novel Home World released later this year I played with mentally for four years. hen there's the ones...
Forum: Publishing 01-06-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By Davisstories
You can upload to amazon as a short story and...

You can upload to amazon as a short story and charge a buck. I have several available via the kindle.
Forum: Publishing 12-15-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,077
Posted By Davisstories
Agree with Redlorry in that quality affects the...

Agree with Redlorry in that quality affects the life and death of a writers career, not where someone found your work. Here's an important question to consider. Why do you write? To make money or...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 12-15-2013, 04:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,071
Posted By Davisstories
Two possibilities I've experienced and finally...

Two possibilities I've experienced and finally figured out:

1. You know that once you write that last word, the relationship with friends (characters) you've spent so much time with is coming to...
Forum: Publishing 11-19-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,739
Posted By Davisstories
I experimented with giveaways of numerous types...

I experimented with giveaways of numerous types (KDP free downloads, contests, goodie bags to websites, etc). I monitored my site hit stats and noticed no significant benefit, at all. I no longer use...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-06-2013, 04:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By Davisstories
I prefer to reveal character history, motivation,...

I prefer to reveal character history, motivation, and internal struggle in pieces across the story. Why? By giving little hints through behavior along the way, the reader ponders "Why did he act like...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 09-25-2013, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,955
Posted By Davisstories
If I understand you correctly, you have variates...

If I understand you correctly, you have variates in two dimensions, thus you could use double integration. This means you first integrate across one varible while holding the other constant, then...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 09-25-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,501
Posted By Davisstories
When I started writing six years ago, almost...

When I started writing six years ago, almost every day. After 20 released stories I've cut back to 2 or 3 times a week. Found I was becoming isolated from friends and those I loved, plus giving up...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 09-25-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,338
Posted By Davisstories
Here's an exercise I use. Pick a friend, a family...

Here's an exercise I use. Pick a friend, a family member, a stranger in the mall. Create a narrative that describes in words that persons physical appearance. Set the text aside for a week or so. Now...
Forum: Tips & Advice 09-25-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,012
Posted By Davisstories
I've been fortunate to have four different...

I've been fortunate to have four different editors from my publisher over 20 releases. I've learned that constant narrative or dialogue becomes like a drone to the reader. The trick is to break it up...
Forum: Publishing 08-24-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,444
Posted By Davisstories
I did the "free download" experiment on four...

I did the "free download" experiment on four stories in different genres. Yeah, got a ton downloaded but when I analyzed downstream backlist sells and hits to my site, thr impact was nill. I've...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-19-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,163
Posted By Davisstories
- Wrote much of my political thriller Righteous...

- Wrote much of my political thriller Righteous Fury on the beach in the outer banks (great background for the story)

- Waiting for my wife while she shops the mall

- Waiting in the cancer...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-06-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By Davisstories
Across 6 years I have 18 released, one being...

Across 6 years I have 18 released, one being critiqued, and one I'm just starting on. They spread across the genres of SF, political thrillers, romantic suspense (yeah, big dude writing romance,...
Forum: Publishing 08-06-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 976
Posted By Davisstories
It means until they get back to you month, 3...

It means until they get back to you month, 3 months, year later, you only submit to them. Do you really think that's fair to you given the rejection rate is 99.98% (actual number).

It took me...
Forum: Publishing 07-30-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,906
Posted By Davisstories
Here's another thought. Check out Smashwords as...

Here's another thought. Check out Smashwords as your upload site. They will upload to amazon, BN, Kobo, and numerous other sites and will do it all from a standard DOC file by running it through...
Forum: Publishing 07-18-2013, 06:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,269
Posted By Davisstories
When ya get it back in a day, means their door is...

When ya get it back in a day, means their door is shut to new authors, just working with in house writers. No way with the thousands of submissions they could get through them in a day or two. Why...
Forum: Publishing 07-18-2013, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By Davisstories
I received 120 rejections before getting a...

I received 120 rejections before getting a contract offer then in two weeks had three. What changed? I completely rewrote my query letter then the nature of the responses changed. All the rejection...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-18-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,173
Posted By Davisstories
I had a major case of black cloud for about 7...

I had a major case of black cloud for about 7 months while I was undergoing treatment for cancer. Really rough, given the physical turmoil of so much pain and uncertainty toward survival. During that...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 07-01-2013, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By Davisstories
Favorite ending scenes: Blade Runner, when...

Favorite ending scenes:

Blade Runner, when the nexus 6, in his last breath shares, "All my memories will disappear like tears in rain."

GWTW, Frankly dear I don't give a damn."
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-21-2013, 04:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By Davisstories
I'm not sure I totally understand your follow up...

I'm not sure I totally understand your follow up question but let me give it a try. A group of 18 authors and myself did a giveaway collection to promote our other works. I searched for sources that...
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