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Congratulations to winners.

Thank you, Seabrass.

I have one problem with your analysis. The self-publisher may have written a fantastic book, but no one knows about it as the author lacks the money and knowledge to advertise. (I know I'm preaching to the choir here.) If Joe Blow in Topeka, Kansas makes the most fantastic widget ever, one that's I've been searching decades for and will make my life worthwhile, I'm still not gonna buy it if I've never heard of it.

Publishers must know this, right?

So, I ask again, why does a self-published work become a no-go for agents and traditional publishers?

I don't want to believe that it's because these two form of publishing are, essentially, competitors. If you worked for Coke, you're never gonna get hired by Pepsi, even if Pepsi's job is 10x money and fame. Pepsi doubts your loyalty to its cause, or wants to punish you for working for the enemy. I hope that's not true.

Hello all!

I was reading S. L. Garber-Ortiz's post where (she?) said that agents were begging to represent her after she self-published. Awesome!


I've been told that once you sell your soul to the self-publishing demon, that the door to hire an agent so you can sell your soul to a traditional publisher is closed for ever.

Is this true?  If so, why?

Obviously, there are the few lottery-winners who made their fame and fortune after self-publishing, but what is the general rule?

(Maybe, in S. L. Garber-Ortiz's case, it was not her self-published book that graced the hands of a good agent, but another of her projects.)

Thanks for your time!

Thanks, Vern.

Hello all,

According to the rules:

The deadline to submit material for Round I is May 4, 2023. The names of the six finalists in the Competition will be posted on TheNextBigWriter.com approximately four weeks later.

It's been 8 weeks now. I've been checking every few days. Did I miss who was selected for the six finalists?



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I received a regular review. How do I respond to that review? I see no button to respond, only a button that says "click to say these changes were applied" or something.


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Thank you for the replies, Dirk and "B". Good to know!


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Hello all!

This is T.S.Adrian. I am slowly making my way back.

Question: if I have already self-published a book, can it still be work shopped here?

The 4th book in my series has been on Amazon for a few years. I never got it professionally edited. I didn't have the money. I ended up doing all that myself.

If I wanted to run it by your eyes now, are there any rules saying this cannot be done?



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Greetings all!

T.S.Adrian here. Back in the day (maybe 2008ish) I work shopped "Beneath the Silver Rose" with y'all. That was book1 of my series.

Since then, I've added 3 more books:

Penance of Pride (book 2)
Sundered Journey (book 3)
Wrath Queen (book 4)

I'm currently working on book 5, and I wish to work shop this with you.

I look forward to seeing what you've been working on, and your thoughts on my WIP.

Anyone doing sword and magic fantasy for adults at the "Game of Thrones" type?


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Happy Father's Day --Star Wars style!

https://www.facebook.com/StarWars/video … 981555064/

Anyone who has ever gotten a 1-Star review will relate to this:


Hello all!

To generate a reading base for my series, my debut novel "Beneath the Silver Rose" is free on Amazon Kindle until Wednesday, March 15.


Even if heroic fantasy is not your thing, you might be interested in reading this as an example of Deep POV, which is my writing style.

Please find the book here:


and feel free to join my blog here:



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Full price resumes TOMORROW, February 20! The last day to own Shadyia's forbidden romance adventure for just $.99!




Janet Taylor-Perry wrote:

I used Google shortener and simple pasted the long Amazon link in. Whenever I share that link, it's for the purpose of someone going to Amazon. It won't take them anywhere else. So, if someone purchases from that link, it's Amazon. I'm a bit confused how it's an issue for purchase. I don't think I've had a problem with Amazon thinking I was purchasing my own book.


I have have misstated, or I didn't understand what my friend was saying.

In Amazon, algorithms are everything.  Who is buying what, from where they live, and from what lists Amazon secretly puts them into. There is machinery at work in an Amazon link that is the equivalent of the old man behind the curtain pulling a hundred levers.

If the link you provide people to promote your book has YOUR codes to YOUR algorithms (the for mentioned "blahblah blah above) then they system gets confused and may not know who visited that page; you or someone else. It doesn't mean you will be charged if they buy a book, but for purposes of algorithms, the information is conflicted and may result in a review written by that person being deleted.

Or at least the data (algorithms) collected to evaluate your book page being all messed up and you not getting the credit you need to move up the Amazon ladder.

TLDR: Amazon algorithms own you.

OK, as a follow up to this, I have a link with TOO MUCH INFORMATION for my poor brain --this late--to follow, but if any of you want to be an expert on "super URLs" this, take a look:


Tom Oldman wrote:

I can't see either photo (they are marked Private by PhotoBucket), but I also think you are right about the reference number.


Here is the "Don't use" link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ1LJDC/re … amp;sr=1-2

But I am now having doubts this is an issue. 

If I were to use an Amazon link to promote my book that had my ref number, and someone used that link, how would the "send it to my Kindle" work for them if the system thought it was me?

A friend of mine alerted me to a rookie mistake I did when I used an Amazon link to promote my book.

Look at these two photos below.




The one on the top has an ID reference (ref=sr=1BLAHBLAHBLAH) after the Amazon link. That "blah blah blah" is MY reference number. According to my friend, if I were to use that link to promote my book, and people were to buy my book using that link, the Amazon system would see that as ME, and not them. If they then wrote a review, Amazon may delete that review because the system believes I am cheating by writing my own reviews.

Can anyone confirm this is the case?


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Glad to see so many like my idea! I'd love to read what people come up with.

SolN wrote:

How about a closed room murder that must also combine two fanfics that would never go together? I'm liking the idea.

I'll take you seriously.

Meh. A bit restrictive.  It might be funny if I were to put Marry Poppins and Ellen Ripley (from Alien films) in a closed room with a murder, but I think after reading a few stories like that, it would get repetitive. The same "how the hell did we get here/who did it?" format over and over.

However, Ripley has just set the Nostromo's engines to blow. All her crew is dead. She is making her way to the escape shuttle...and the alien becomes Marry Poppins, singing and dancing in the halls while steam blows and alarms blare. The hard part there would be writing that with a straight face.


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I have a great idea!


Take an established character and write a 1000 words about it. 

Luke Skywalker
Harry Potter
Robert Langdon
Wonder Woman
Sheldon Cooper

Character must be a work of fiction (no, not even Donald Trump) and must be well-known.

To add another twist; combine two fanfics that would never go together.  What would Conan the Barbarian meets Hermione Granger or Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies be like?


SolN wrote:

Congratulations! We'll add the books to the TheNextBigWriter Bookstore.

Thank you!

A few memes I made for my web page:




"Beneath the Silver Rose" and "The Penance of Pride" debuts on Kindle January 1, 2017!

Work shopped on this and the old site, seven years of being forged, professionally edited. An adult, romantic adventure set in a parallel Renaissance age of vicious nobles, zealot crusaders and veiled magic.

Shadyia, one of the finest of The Silver Rose's courtesans, is hired to seduce a mysterious scholar by a high-ranking member of the Innocenti, an order of knights dedicated to eradicating the faith of the gods. A precarious assignment to say the least. Innocenti torture whores ("revirginize" they call it) as a rule of thumb. But Shadyia must do this or the order may descend on her entire sisterhood. Added to her troubles is her own past when she killed a noble and a forbidden romance with a fellow sister--either of which, if the Innocenti were to discover, would land her in the dungeons under their temple.

Check it out!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ1LJDC/re … amp;sr=1-2



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Nicholas, You are a seer.

My editor almost sprayed milk out of her nose when I told her I went with a garmond 13pt.  She said the industry standard is 11.

I did a quick calculation, and that cut 150 pages off the total.  Daaaumn.

Sooooo--back to the electronic brain for me. Weeeee.


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Oooook.  Panic is more or less over.

Without understanding what I was doing, I selected the Expanded Distribution CS has to offer.  That jacked the price waaay up.

I lose a lot in royalties, but I would rather sell 1000 books (print copy) at $2 royalty than 50 (or zero) at $7. 

Word count is 151,217. 

dagnee, that is my smaller book.  I split the book into two parts. 

Book two comes in at 110,161


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That's a good answer, Nicholas, thank you.

Funny, I guess this is a sign of the times.

My font is Garamond, 13, at 1.15 line spacing. The book, as stated, is 6"x9"

So I am quite small as it is.

Thank God for Kindle. I hope you have some good news for me there.