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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 08:40:38 GMT
Lex Allen says:
carocaro - That's a lot of "squids" for one room.

Often, a fresh painting or even partial painting is all that's needed.

Not so long ago, we did a fantastic remoldeling job by simply adding accent painting. In our case, we put a large, dark red (almost maroon) stripe in the middle of the longest wall. We added a dark brown stripe in the opposite wall and placed our dark book shelves in front of them (the kind without a backing wall). That probably doesn't give you a very accurate picture, but this simple, easy to do painting made an enormous difference and cost around 200 Euro and a day of labor. ;o)

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 08:56:46 GMT
carocaro says:
The quote was turned down...the cost was higher than expected but somewhat justified as I have an unusual feature on the not a Michael Angelo..more a Wedgewood influence. Wedge wood green and white to match the Adams fireplace. I got the idea from a room at the Kathryn Palace, St Petersburg...LOL, no not delusions of grandeur perhaps pretensions:-) It suits the room and us but needs redoing now. I can see your bookcase idea in my head and it's a good idea for open backed book shelves...colours contrast well too.
However, I follow your discussion with Garscadden and see your point but for new or least technologically or business minded it's a bit off putting to SP to say the least. Has anyone written an abc easy to follow manual for newbies?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 09:38:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2012 09:56:16 GMT
Lex Allen says:
caracaro - Your living room looks like a room in Kathryn Palace?, pretentious it may be, but I'm betting it's impressive! lol.

John Locke wrote a book about how he sold a million ebooks. His only diversion from the standard methods currently being employed by most SP writers...?
Write a blog that is targeted specifically to his audience.

Hmmm. One must then, of course, learn all about blogging and getting that thing into the stream. Oh, and let's not forget to target it specifically to a particular group!

Edited to add: Mr. Locke stated that he spent more time writing his "perfect" blog than he did writing the novels. He also wrote that the Amazon discussion boards were a waste of time. He was an avid poster the first six months that his novels (I think he published three or four, almost simultaneously, all of which revolve around a singule main character) were published and the sales dribbled in...onsies and twosies.

Then he came upon the idea of the blog. Two (or maybe it was three or four) days after posting his sales jumped to several thousand and continued to grow daily!

Can't argue with that success, but replicating it? I dunno.

I think his drivers were:
- a single charcter that he developed into a "brandname"
- several novels published within days of each other - featuring his main character - "Donovan", I think it is.
- and...great skill in identifying his target audience and then, finding a way to "get to them" quickly.

I don't think there are many authors who have the situation he started with and/or the wherewithal to follow through with the plan he developed. If one had that kind of situation, then they should probably follow his recipe.

Unfortunately, I don't...;o(

I read one of his books and part of a second. They were both well edited, my mind, they were of a cookie cutter style, transparently plotted and, in the overall - not particularly interesting.

P.S. He will tell you, himself, that he's not a very good writer - he's first and foremost - a business man!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 13:20:39 GMT
Hi Lexi,

I've been off for a while, so I'm coming into it a bit late.

Let's give the new initiative the benefit of the doubt.

Maybe those members who are currently celebrating this latest development really did feel stifled and intimidated by the presence authors. Maybe this is their chance to shine and offer the world something precious that we haven't appreciated before.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 13:22:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2012 13:24:25 GMT
carocaro says:
Lex. Not quite a palace more a palace imitation that needs a host of servants to keep it in the state I'd like to become accustomed to;-)
I'm taking notes......bogging oops blogging, the first needs loo roll and yes i can see how a person can spend more time on their blog than writing....bit like people spending hours posting I suppose;)
Next, group hunting...their in my sights.
Dribbling is messy and not effective...true clean up instead.
How do you encourage people onto the bog in the first place to avoid
dribbles and concentrate on the job in hand.
Drivers...yes I can drive....slave driver has been said about me occasionally. But branding is extreme and painful isn't it? Definitely BDSM dark! :-/
I like the idea of consecutive novels coming out in quick succession...good idea, my boss will like that one.
Identifying audience most important and range of re countries not country. Companies that SP not just one company.
Then a very good writer, producing an edited book with a good story and following his best business ideas should be onto a winner!

I think I know someone in at category....don't you Lex?

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 13:59:24 GMT
The Emperor says:
I am reading John Locke's book. There are some decent suggestions and I have to admire his success.
However I suspect that he left a lot out.
I wonder if his mother still likes being compared to Joe Paterno?

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 14:23:15 GMT
Lex Allen says:
carocaro - Greetings! Hope you're having a nice day? I'm not. My 'reply to this post' box is much too small, so I've been forced to use the 'add your own message to the discussion' box. I don't know why the former box is so tiny. I can't figure out how to make it grow. Any ideas? ;o)

Servants must be nice to have...sigh. If I had servants, only a couple, I could get so much more work done or, better yet; I could spend hours and hours doing everything but work...;o). I agree that dribbling is messy, branding is flat out over the top and consecutive novels in short order isn't unique but quite the good idea!

None of which is the point of this post, though. No...the point is to respond to your post without a fully functional 'reply to this post' box. It's difficult so I hope you will credit my determination...;o).

I thought in your reply to my previous post that you would severely reprimand me for misspelling 'singule' or maybe the misuse of ellipses, or perhaps, the plotting was all a**-backwards. I sincerely appreciate that you didn't in front of all these other people...;o).

Despite all of the gobledegook above, my real purpose in this reply (without aforementioned 'reply to this post' box, was to answer your final question that came after your next to last paragraph, which was: "Then a very good writer, producing an edited book with a good story and following his best business ideas should be onto a winner!".

And the question was: "I think I know someone in at category...don't you Lex? (psst...should that have, never mind).

So, the answer is: I mean, I know a passably good writer with a brilliant story that's probably way over his head, and who occasionally doesn't even understand English!
Fortunately, he has an excellent editor...unfortunately, he doesn't have a lick of business skill. ;o(

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 18:48:09 GMT
carocaro says:
My reply Lex. Yes these reply boxes are stupidly small. Very difficult to scroll back and fore.
Standards of English in informal posts, spellings, split infinitives or double negatives, punctuation aren't important only in formal directives...agreed. Besides Miss only deals out punishments for misbehavior in private.....never on stage at the forum, I try to keep a little decorum.
The creativity and it's plausibility, with believable characters are paramount...a good start to capture your reader, an enthralling journey to secure the readers interest and a satisfying end or a cliffhanger if it leads to another episode or book to tempt the reader back. Edited to a good standard of English and so all gremlins and anomalies are found
and eliminated, is as important as knowing sulfur smells like a fart!!!!!!
After that when it comes to the business skill and promotion it's back to that book you were Locking at....or prostitution!
Now who do you know like these characters we've been discussing? ;-)

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 23:10:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 10:19:34 GMT
Carocaro: you see where the word 'guidelines' is in the lower right corner of the comment field? Above that is a small triangle with dots in it. If you click onto that and hold a two-directions arrow (don't know what it's really called) should appear and you can drag the box down and to the right and make it bigger ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 23:15:46 GMT
Lexi says:
Stella, that is brilliant! I bet you were the only person who knew that.

Lexi Revellian

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 05:39:11 GMT
Lex Allen says:
Stella - Brilliant! I couldn't even see those triangular dots until I knew where to look and put on some reading glasses. Thanks, Stella!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 05:47:04 GMT
Lex Allen says:
carocaro - uh...well, since you put it that way - Suzanne Collins?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 06:35:54 GMT
carocaro says:
Who Lex?
Oh Stella I can't see triangle or dots and I have my reading glasses...are you on .com. Or .co?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 10:12:51 GMT
I highly doubt that. Found that by accident one day and was delighted, because, like you guys, I was annoyed to scroll up and down and back and forth when I actually posted something longer.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 10:14:37 GMT
I'm in UK, my dear. Just click into the lower right corner at the end of the comment box, or hover over it first, then you'll see the little arrow thingy coming up. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 10:44:47 GMT
Lexi says:
Stella, since I never noticed that in more than a year on these forums, I think it was jolly clever of you.

Lexi Revellian

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 11:07:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 11:07:57 GMT
Well, what can I say? I'm a girl of trial and error. I just click everywhere and try to see if it might change things. This on was a lucky try.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 12:56:38 GMT
Lex Allen says:
carocaro - Suzanne Collins is the non-vampire, non-werewolf emporess of YA bloody action and

Seriously, until recently I thought she started out as an indie author and I was thoroughly impressed with her achievements.

I read all three of her 'Hunger Games' trilogy before discovering that she had a long history in the writing business. about...ummm, dang...I really can't think of anyone except you...;o)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 13:00:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 13:01:58 GMT
Lex Allen says:
Stella - I've still got a box problem. The three triangles you helped many of us find are only apparent in the 'add your own message to the discussion' box, not the 'Reply to this post' box.

This troublesome little box is only about 2 cm's square. I pulled out my largest magnifying glass and can't find anything that would enable me to expand the box...;o(.

What I have to do is type something, anything and post it. Then click the edit button to get a full sized box, type in what I really wanted to post and hit the 'Post edited reply'.

Aggravating in the least! lol

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 13:32:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 13:33:53 GMT
I have them apparent in both cases: reply and add your onw message. Might be a brower issue? I use firefox with Windows Vista. Maybe someone more technical could help you out? If you hover over that corner where the little dots are supposed to be, does there appear a little two directions arrow?

And just to clarify: it's one triangle, not three. haha. I think with 8 dots and to be fair, they're rather tiny and faint.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 15:08:05 GMT
carocaro says:
Oooh I like it! I can't see dots or triangles but I caught the hover...brilliant Stella. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 15:10:11 GMT
carocaro says:
Hi Lexi Mira is playing kiss chase with you and your IT...alternatively she should be on Non Whiger's thread by now. Good to see you and belated HNY to you.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 15:22:21 GMT
carocaro says:
I don't understand it I hovered and it enlarged but not on this one....obviously I'm not hovering over you enough Lex!
Had a peep at Suzanne Collins but no I'm afraid I hadn't heard of her and YA is a little young for my tastes!
Obviously very successful within her chosen genre though. Later I'll do a little research on group sizes for other genres.
You didn't rise to my mention of sulfur but you may before the end of the day as this little devil finding it in a chapter I read ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 16:28:17 GMT
Lexi says:
Hi carocaro! I think 2012 will be a corker of a year. Apart from the crashing noise as economies collapse, that is :o)

Lexi Revellian

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 19:36:58 GMT
Lex Allen says:
caro - I don't normally read YA either, but I stumbled onto the first book and then, had have the next two. I enjoyed all three, but the first and last were by far the best.

I haven't risen to the mention of sulfur because...I'm not real quick, ya know? I'm clueless, in the dark, stumbling blind and suffering from Alzeimers, cataracts, scatteracts and criminalacts.

So, if you would be kind enough to push the reference that I should arise to, smack into the middle of my face....I might arise and
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