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Friendly reminder:

1. Please only post Self-Promotion for your books on weekends.
2. If you post a blog entry, please post a question for discussion.
3. Please follow these rules so we don't have a community full of links with no discussion. Links are cool, but discussion is much cooler.

Please follow these rules. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Please Guy
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Discussion is indeed much cooler than links.
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Henry Lion Oldie

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A cover picture to the first Russian edition of the H. L. Oldie's adventure ironic fantasy book "The Asylum for Heroes" ("Pure Fantasy" cycle).
Art by Vladimir Bondar (Ukraine).
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+Hen House Publishing, thank you! We also like artworks of Vladimir Bondar and other artists who illustrate our books.
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September C. Fawkes

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Anyone who knows me personally knows I'm not a swearer, but here is my honest to goodness (see what I did there?) guide to how profanity functions in fiction--Merlin's Beard!
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+J Zoshak Thanks!

Well you aren't the only one who feels that way. It's very rare that I think profanity is ever merited, but there are some times for me where I think it fits. Most the time it's used poorly, I think. And yes, our whole world is becoming saturated with f-bombs. I dislike reading f-bombs on every page (some books are like that, or at least, I saw some in college). It's just unnecessary. 
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Larry Stokes

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Check it out tandcbooks.com
 
A new deal we are now doing. Publish 3 books get the fourth for half price or publish 4 books and get the 5th free a savings of $200. Go totandcbooks.com or email tandcbooks2015@yahoo.com. Also military 30% off.
*'when you do your books at the same time'
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Traci Loudin

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Join the Ardent Alliance! Get previews of my epic fantasy novel, Ageless desktop wallpapers, deleted scenes, and more as you follow along with my writing career for as little as $1 a month. You get cool stuff, and I get funding for my next cover art. 

If you'd like to contribute at the $5 level, you'll get writer-to-writer interaction from me and we can discuss your writing as well. Give it a look. 

#writing   #crowdfunding   #author   #epic   #fantasy  
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Fredy Alphaers

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i want to find someone who can print and also  Published my brothers NOVEL
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https://reedsy.com

Took some scrolling, but I found it.
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S Scott Leary

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Nikola Tesla's  Vision   Surrealism
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I'm currently working on the sequel to my Salamander and looking for relevant historical sources. The capital of the kingdom of Esland has been captured by a surprise attack from a neighboring kingdom. I want information on what the situation is likely to look like a few weeks later.

When the city was captured, there was a good deal of looting and burning, as seems common in such situations. The army that captured it has not yet advanced further, although they have probably sent out scouting parties. Some defenders are still holding out in the citadel. Technology somewhere between fourteen and eighteenth century--no firearms, some magery.

Will ordinary city life have been restored at this point, for those who neither fled nor got killed in the original attack? Is there likely to be a curfew? Is the attacking army feeding itself by sending raiding parties into the countryside or just buying food from farmers who bring it in? Have they recruited local forces to patrol the streets, as one step towards organizing a local government working for them?

What were captured cities like in the past after the smoke had cleared? Any good primary sources people can offer?
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I'd like to know the same, +David Friedman! You might try looking around on Wikipedia, and then following the links at the bottom to find source works.  
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Gary Davies

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   All my EBooks are currently FREE including this
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NOIR DETECTIVE/FANTASY fans will enjoy this full length spoofy novel. Jake Simon, a crude old-school private-eye that usually does divorce or lost dog work, describes a weird case. He doesn't believe in trolls, elves, talking mob cats, magic or marriage, but all that begins to change when he wakes up two-foot-six and not his usual six-foot-two.
Now FREE in your choice of diverse formats (for Kindle, Nook, Apple, PC, etc.) at Smashwords:
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Alexandria Goar

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I think this is the correct category for this but if not let me know and I will ammend it however it must be done. I am looking for beta readers for the first book in a series I am working toward getting self-published, hopefully by the end of the year.

It's based in a world where territories are controlled strictly by kings and queen of a royal bloodline. A group of younglings are brought together, some from trials other by choice. A prince is murdered, a princess escapes, the single survivor of a bloodline seeks to avenge his people and those with who communicate with beasts come together. Secrets of the past haunt them; some want to escape thier pasts while others look to it for answers. Amid all of this an ancient foe seeks to alter their worlds, recreating a past glory. There is also something about the young princess that draws the enemy near...

If your interest has peaked then please do email me if you would like to be a beta :)
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martyrthorheresy@gmail.com
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September C. Fawkes

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I shared my first video on how to write character voice earlier in here. Thought I better share the second half for people.
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MJ Bush

Craft & Technique  - 
 
What does your first line accomplish?
I'm really asking. Share and analyze it in the comments. Here are some possible accomplishments:

Let the genre show.
Hint that something has changed.
Orient events to the protagonist.
Don't overexplain.
Spice it with your character’s voice.
Spark curiosity without creating confusion.
Toss some humor at them.
Make them ask why a character did something.

What did you accomplish? What could you do better?

Fantasy is rife with bad first lines, but even the most zoomed out, omniscient sounding first line can be a STRONG first line. This post has just such an example. ;)
The first chapter is the doorway to your story. Tempt your reader to cross the threshold. I'll show you how.
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Steve Boysko

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Frustrated.

I have some awesome scenes in my brain. Plot points. One paragraph game changers. General idea of story structure. What causes what, how characters fail, react, succeed.

But the composition is so murky, so unknown. Writing a scene with a young girl in a classroom and the teacher is talking to the students I have no idea "what happens next." I know what my main progression of the chapter is, what it will accomplish. I read other authors and see how things proceed so naturally. I just feel like I'm adding sentences, on the fly, some faint sense of direction but without that feeling of purpose.

Why did I make the teacher say this?

Why did someone react this way?

Why does it feel like every sentence is just another filler?

I read other works and characters are so pristine and alive. Just feel like I'm clumsy with my chapter development. And all I end up doing is still daydreaming about the major plot points that happen 10, 12, 15 chapters from now.

Any words of inspiration for someone finding it hard to write the development chapters?
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Trust me, +Steve Boysko, I have lived through where you are right now. In terms of actually improving your abilities as a writer, it works fine to constantly edit your own work, then stop, go back, and edit again. You definitely speed-build your tools. However, the price you pay is never finishing a project. You may make those three chapters the prettiest and most compelling chapters a human person has ever read in their life, but there's no additional story to frame them.

This is why I have to view the first draft as word vomit you purge from your head, and the real craft of writing is in shaping that mess into the vision you had from the start. And you have the experience to know what that edit-writing will feel like, and the kinds of results it can produce. But there's little anyone can do with an unfinished idea.

Stick with it. We can really only be defeated by ourselves, and you're already on your way to conquering your inner antagonist.


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Gary Davies

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First of the ten-part FREE short story/novella series "Global Warming Fun" being written now- a collection to chronicle an increasingly unstable world in which nasty natural, technological and mythical forces are unleashed in response to climate change and other human induced problems. In this opening instalment hapless home-owner Ed Rumsfeld is attacked by mutant man-eating insects.
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Coming the first week in May for Californians a full length novel:
Global Warming Fun 5: It’s a Dry Heat
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Henry Lion Oldie

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A black-white inside illustration by Yuri Platov (Ukraine) to H. L. Oldie's book “The Songs of Peter Sliadek” (adventure historical fantasy, Medieval Europe). Fantasy novel-cycle “THE SONGS OF PETER SLIADEK” by Henry Lion Oldie: a COMPLETE illustrated e-book that contains all 12 novelettes of the cycle is now available for purchase in ENGLISH:
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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/564958
Historical adventure and poetic fantasy; Medieval Europe; 177,890 words.
Price: or $0.99 per novelette if you buy them separately or $6.99 for the entire illustrated edition - Save $4.89 when you purchase them together!
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Stu Taylor

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FREE KINDLE WEEKEND!!!
Get the first 4 books in the Sasha Vaporsteps series for FREE!
Follow the links below for each book - enjoy! If you like the books please make sure to rate them on Amazon and / or Goodreads.
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My Amazon Author Page can be found here for all the rest of my books!
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Henry Lion Oldie

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A front cover illustration to Russian hard cover edition of novella by Dmitry Gromov (1/2 of H. L. Oldie) "Path of the Cursed" (apologia of necro-romanticism).
Mystical thriller, action, philosophy, vampires.
Art by Oleg Korzh (Ukraine).
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Joe Machney

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I hope this novel is able  to help the people that read it to find peace within themselves. The more people that feel peace inside, the more at peace the world outside will be.

On sale now at Amazon. The Darkness Within the Dwarves.. A Legend of Zyrah Spiritual/Fantasy Novel..

Seven sins and seven virtues....one leads you back to spirit and the other chains you in repeating lifetimes...forever.

In the beginning, the races of the island of Zyrah live a life of purity and peace, but a dark clan of dwarves from the south wait in silence for their moment to awaken the seven deadly sins in the races of the island.

When Kyna and Randall, who are disheartened by the greed of their fellow dwarves, come across a cryptic painting and hear a maniacal laughter when they look upon it, they find themselves becoming time travelers who are asked to save the future by changing the past.

With the help of mages, elves, and dwarves, these two brave spirits are forced to look deep within themselves to fight their inner demons and find the truth which leads them and the future on the path to enlightenment.

http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Within-Dwarves-Legend-Series-ebook/dp/B01E8BTXL8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01E8BTXL8
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What's your process on creating your own language?
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It's called "An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology". It goes into everything about languages and I was able to download it for free. It's really helpful.
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Plot is theme in action. Personally, I like to explore multiple sides of a theme within plots and subplots, but when I think about it, that's just a… - MJ Bush - Google+
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