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What do you wish to read next?

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What do you wish to see next?

The next Infected (Cin 3)
6
21%
The next YA installment. (Unknown for certain who it will be about at this point)
5
18%
A non-fiction book about the perils of Modern Islam in the west.
0
No votes
Avery book 2
13
46%
Greasepaint Chronicles book 2
1
4%
A new erotica trilogy, with super powers and possibly clown makeup (Which will probably be a best seller)
1
4%
Snowbound Nomad (Of which I already have the first third finished)
2
7%
Something new and original that proves I actually have some small bit of creativity left in here someplace...
0
No votes
An erotic novel about the Prophet Mohamad, done satirically. (All the gay. All the Camels... Age his wife up to at least eighteen instead of nine...)
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 28
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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby rockhazard » Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:32 pm

Dale,
Your current method works for me. I like seeing cross-over characters pop in. This is mainly because it serves as a kind of quick fix for my desire to read about other characters. That doesn't mean there aren't dangers inherent to that approach. It's difficult for me to step outside of my experience and pretend that I don't know who you are talking about when characters from nonlocal realities pop in, so it's hard for me to tell if things get unwieldy for new readers. I know you've worked to make that a non-issue, but it's invisible to me, which is probably the plan.

I can tell you that I would be just as happy if the universes are kept separate if that is the difference between more books and no books. Consider that if the primary point of friction with your readers is the multiverse that you don't actually have to contend with that. Your worlds are rich enough to explore stories without recourse to the larger conflict and still feel fulfilling. Additionally, you can always start new worlds with interesting characters. It's difficult to know whether that would solve your problem because, given what you've told us, the other half the of the problem is deliberate rather than simple reactions to story structure.



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby Pyottl » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:54 am

Crossovers are difficult for new readers, in my opinion. I remember reading the Keeley ones ... and then suddenly half the support characters where gone and some new characters around because apparently stuff happened in a different novel. I'm sure that's neat for fans, but if you just randomly drop in for something that interests you its mostly frustrating or annoying. Not everyone wants to read _all_ the books.

Most difficult thing for indie authors is probably getting found in the first place. Yours at least appear in some lists and such if you search for random stuff on the web, but there's others you can pretty much only find if you go into the Kindle shop or such and search through all releases manually ...

dunno what authors generally do for marketing. Go to conventions and such? ;)



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby PS Power » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:09 am

It's kind of my job to get people to read all the books. I may fail at it, but that IS sort of the game plan.

On the good side the next three books coming out, (other than the hidden porn one that none of you know about, because I'm doing it in secret) have no crossovers at all. (Neither will the erotica.)

Hopefully, the new trilogy will go over with someone. It probably won't, but hey, there is always the chance that doing something different will work, right? Also a chance to fail, but that's anything new.


On the good side I might have some new books to look at soon.



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby David » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:59 am

Well, if it helps I've been looking forward to book two and three of the Art of being Tony for a long while now. So you'll sell at least one of each ;)

No hiding the porn, fess up!



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby PS Power » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:34 pm

I have "The Unstoppable Tony Winters" out for the first real editing right now.

I'm working to finish book three. (As in writing it, today.) and hope to have that finished in time for a September first. (Or sooner, but no promises on anything.)


Separate from above....

*Thanks, Dude!

Also separate:

The Erotic novel is actually a project that I'm working on to improve my editing and cover making abilities. (I don't do the current covers at all. So need to work on that) Mainly, I'm working out strategies to improve the editing I do alone, so I won't have to bug anyone all that much over it, like I do now.



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby David » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:25 pm

Here is my unsolicited advice on covers, feel free to totally ignore it. I suck at them BTW, but these were the easiest tools I could find to make a decent cover.

I use canva.com to make covers, they make it easy to drop background and smaller foreground picture elements. just use the custom size and do 683 by 1024 pixels. They have some decent fonts as well. I've tried using word, but found this free website much easier to work with. Adding transparency or modifying just one part of the cover for brightness/contrast/and colors is really simple.

I also use Cyberlink photo director five to edit the photos that I use for canva, mostly I only use it to cut pieces out of a photo (like a person), remove backgrounds etc... It has a pretty good smart lasso and brush feature, and touchup tools for the parts that went wrong. I'm not sure how much it costs though, it came free on my HP laptop.

When it's done, sometimes I load it into Fotor to add picture effects, which is a free Windows app. They kind of suck at 100 percent, but if you lower them to twenty five percent or so some of them make the picture pop a bit.

As far as where I get my pictures?

Free ones at http://www.freeimages.com/ but they aren’t the best and don’t have a lot, but every once in a while I find what I’m looking for and touch it up.

When I absolutely need something, I’ll drop thirty bucks and download a few pictures from iStock http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photos



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby Boreial » Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:40 am

personally I would pay $3.99-$6.99, per title. But that is just me, I love reading and I have never been let down by any of your publishings. (credit card in hand for next title release)



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby Rgtrucker » Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:25 pm

I will read anything you write. I have a sick love for sifi/ fantasy erotica. I haven't found anything you have written that hasn't pulled me in and trapped me till I finished it. So anything is good for me. I started with the YA and read everything you had written up to that point (Gwen Faris book 3) in less than 7 days. Give me more please.



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby PS Power » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:07 am

All right, so the top three winners are Avery Book 2, The new Young Ancients and Cin book 3.

I'll choose from one of those and start working on it today, while working on the next secret project work.

The new Tony Trilogy is set to go out on September 1rst right now. The only thing that will stop that is if the covers aren't ready in time.



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Re: What do you wish to read next?

Unread postby PS Power » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:38 pm

Right now the new order for the coming books seems to be:

Young Ancients: Out of the Woods (Will Baker, Book One)

Avery Rome Book Two

Cin Book Three.



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