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  • Alvin Atwater
    Alvin Atwater I'm abysmally terrible at marketing, so I spent half the morning watching videos like, "How to Become a #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon Kindle" or Derek Murphy's "$34,775 in six months with Kindle books and guerrilla marketing strategies" Some say...  more
    • April 18, 2018
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    • Alvin Atwater
      Eric Martell I work as a real estate investor and sales. Finding time to write is sometimes difficult. I've got 10 books out and am in 5 anthologies and still get far too few reads. 'Zon is not our friend. They just use Indies to bulk up their catalog. Marketing can...  more
    • Alvin Atwater
      Alvin Atwater I recently started a 3 month schedule 1,000 minimum per day. 30k a month. Goal is 85k.
    • Alvin Atwater
      Thomas Weaver If it helps at all, I recently saw something (with numbers to back it up, IIRC) stating that marketing doesn't actually have significant effect on book sales. The things that do seem to have an effect are 1) a well-written, well-EDITED story, and 2) a...  more
  • Robert W. Easton
    Robert W. EastonFantasy Fanatics: Dragons can be the atomic bombs of fantasy power. How do suggest a dragon can be a main character ina fantasy work without overwhelming the other characters with its might? Any examples where an author has pulled this off?
    • March 29, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Robert W. Easton Right, that's the issue, I suppose. Its like Superman in Justice League or Professor X in the X-Men comics. Rule #1 of the story is sideline the character that could just solve all of the problems. A dragon as a co-protagonist creates many story-tension...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Stephen Trolly Maintaining the tension is the problem. Make the dragon the antagonist, and you've git a Dungeons and Dragons quest. Nothing wrong with that, but the story becomes predictable.
      Making other characters more powerful defeats the purpose of there even...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Thomas Weaver Stephen Trolly: I think you are misunderstanding what I mean by balance. Characters need not be of equal power level for it to be believable that the non-dragons can at least survive the encounter and (if appropriate) get rid of the dragon. There seems...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Stephen Trolly Thomas Weaver: I understood what you meant, and I know that there are other ways to survive a conflict with anything as powerful as a dragon than just by matching strength, whether the dragon is the good guy or the bad guy.
      My point is that a dragon is...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Robert W. Easton Another way to look at this is Puff the Magic Dragon. Puff is clearly the power. What does Jackie provide in their adventures? Only companionship, and while that companionship is clearly crucial to Puff, is that the only thing mere humans can provide to...  more
      • March 31, 2018