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Ernesto Pavan
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Writer, translator and creative time loser
Writer, translator and creative time loser

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I just realized that I'm going to need a couple things before I launch my first book - namely, a header for my mailing list and my website. Is there anyone out there who does this kind of things on commission?

If you're interested, please contact me at ernesto@ernestopavan.com. If you know someone who may be interested, please give them that email!

Thanks :-)

A question for those who know more than I do: what's a good way of getting a @myname.com email address? I'm in the process of building my author website on Wordpress, and they asked me if I'd like to get a "professional email" through Google Business or something... for abou € 5/month. Is that a good price for a good service? Or should I look somewhere esle?

Of course, any kind of alternative suggestion would be welcome :-)

Why is it so hard to find beta-readers? So far, I only found two, and one of them is a guy who appreciated a short story of mine and wrote me about that a while ago. I posted in a goodreads community with 7.5k+ members and I only got one answer - from a guy who wanted to be paid to read my book (and whose grasp of grammar made me thing it would have been money ill spent). Seriously, what does one have to do to find betas?

Hi, writers! I just finished formatting my ebook and would love to have some beta readers. I have both an epub and a mobi version. I will need you to be able to read one of those two formats, since "Is the formatting right?" is actually the first question I'm going to ask you (the validator showed no errors, but still).

This is the book's blurb:

For deadpan snark queen Violet Sharpe, death is not the end.

If you think life sucks, wait until after you’re dead. After finding out she's contracted porthmeos, a nasty parasite, Violet is faced with a choice: either meet her end before her thirtieth birthday, or become one of the Revived, which is the politically correct word for... well, a zombie.

But the challenges of her new un-life are way worse than she thought. As part of a new minority, she faces discrimination and hatred, not to mention a laundry list of physical limitations and the looming ghost of depression. Can she meet these challenges with her usual strength of spirit and dark humor? Or is being Revived a fate worse than death?

Just give me your email address and I'll send you the file in your favorite format :-)

Hi, writers! I worked a little bit on my book's blurb. Here it is, for you to mercilessly critique :D

Blurb version #3:

For professional deadpan snarker Violet Sharpe, death is not the end.

If you believe that life sucks, wait until after you’re dead. After finding out she contract porthmeos, a nasty parasite, Violet is faced with a choice: either meet her end before her thirtieth birthday, or becoming one of the Revived, which is the politically correct word for... well, a zombie.

But the challenges of a new un-life are way worse than she thought. As part of a new minority, she faces discrimination and hatred, not to mention a laundry list of physical limitation and the looming ghost of depression. Can she meet these challenges with her usual strength of spirit and dark humor? Or is being Revived a fate worse than death?

Hi, writer! I'd like to know what you think of my book's blurb :-) +Ellen Joyce and +E. W. Abernathy might be somewhat familiar with the plot.

Bring it on!

If you believe that life sucks, wait until after you’re dead.

Violet Sharpe is among the unlucky people for whom death is not the end. Infected by porthmeos, a nasty parasite, she faces a choice: either meet her end before her thirtieth birthday, or develop a few extra distinctive traits such as a rather pale completion, an impossibility to sleep, a dramatically different diet and a distinctive way to move. In other words, becoming a zombie.

Having survived a homophobic family, a cheating fiancée and life on a freelance income, the choice is almost obvious for her. But the challenges of a new un-life are way worse than she thought. Will she be able to face them with her usual strength of spirit and dark humor? Or will she succumb to a depression that can have literally no end? Worst of all, does she risk becoming a somewhat cheerful human being in the process?

Is it me, or Season 3 of Battlestar Galactica is plagued by filler episodes?

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