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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
03 Mar 2014, 08:14 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Advice on price

(03 Mar 2014 06:57 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  There's so much peer to peer support on KUF that I'm wondering whether there's any mileage in an author putting her work on Google docs and us performing a collaborative proof read,
Oh no, I didn't want to exploit all the wonderful and helpful people in here. I just wanted advice, and I'm very grateful for the help I get. It will help me make up my mind what to do - and when Smile I just have to be careful right now because I am still on sick leave. In a couple of months I should be back in work  again.
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03 Mar 2014, 08:20 PM | Post: #12

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I didn't see it as exploitation, more an experiment in collaborative editing.

Sorry you're on sick leave. I'll PM you.
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
03 Mar 2014, 08:47 PM | Post: #13

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(03 Mar 2014 08:20 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I didn't see it as exploitation, more an experiment in collaborative editing.

Sorry you're on sick leave. I'll PM you.

Thank you. I have seen it and tried to answer, but it says Rosen has used her quota of messages Smile
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03 Mar 2014, 09:03 PM | Post: #14

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If you do try collaborative editing, be sure to have a clear style guide - otherwise people will undo each other's edits.
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03 Mar 2014, 09:06 PM | Post: #15

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RE: Advice on price

(03 Mar 2014 08:47 PM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  
(03 Mar 2014 08:20 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I didn't see it as exploitation, more an experiment in collaborative editing.

Sorry you're on sick leave. I'll PM you.

Thank you. I have seen it and tried to answer, but it says Rosen has used her quota of messages Smile
I'm just too damn popular!

(03 Mar 2014 09:03 PM)Campbell Wrote: Wrote:  If you do try collaborative editing, be sure to have a clear style guide - otherwise people will undo each other's edits.
Good point. Although generally you get an edit history, so you can not only view previous changes but have a wonderful comment bubble debate in the margin.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
04 Mar 2014, 12:26 PM | Post: #16

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(03 Mar 2014 06:20 PM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  
(03 Mar 2014 02:42 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  Dorte, I know it’s not what you want to hear, but I would take a good look at what you’ve written and find some way to turn it into a novel - 50kwords bare minimum.

Yes, I know classic writing advice is that a story should be as long as it should be and not padded out etc. etc., but there are ways to extend and make it work - and it often deepens a story to add another dimension or narrative strand or write a part2 / what happens next.

Novellas may be more popular in ebook format than they were in paperback form (that ain’t difficult) but I suspect most readers still see them as somehow ‘literary’ and much prefer something that can legitimately be called a novel. The £1.53 price tag won’t help the situation.

Sorry - I know it’s a daunting task to rip apart your finished work and rebuild - but I’m just being honest.

And, of course, I could be wrong.

Best of luck to you whatever you decide.
Thank you, Ray.

Writing part 2 and 3 are actually part of my long-term plan Smile Mainly because I can make it into a paperback trilogy.
But changing this one into a novel would destroy the story in my opinion.

Writing parts 2 and 3 & releasing all together as one title is one way of turning it into a novel.

At the very least, when you've written these you could release all 3 as a box set and justify $3.99/£2.99 more easily.
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
04 Mar 2014, 02:09 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Advice on price

(04 Mar 2014 12:26 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  
(03 Mar 2014 06:20 PM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  
(03 Mar 2014 02:42 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  Dorte, I know it’s not what you want to hear, but I would take a good look at what you’ve written and find some way to turn it into a novel - 50kwords bare minimum.

Yes, I know classic writing advice is that a story should be as long as it should be and not padded out etc. etc., but there are ways to extend and make it work - and it often deepens a story to add another dimension or narrative strand or write a part2 / what happens next.

Novellas may be more popular in ebook format than they were in paperback form (that ain’t difficult) but I suspect most readers still see them as somehow ‘literary’ and much prefer something that can legitimately be called a novel. The £1.53 price tag won’t help the situation.

Sorry - I know it’s a daunting task to rip apart your finished work and rebuild - but I’m just being honest.

And, of course, I could be wrong.

Best of luck to you whatever you decide.
Thank you, Ray.

Writing part 2 and 3 are actually part of my long-term plan Smile Mainly because I can make it into a paperback trilogy.
But changing this one into a novel would destroy the story in my opinion.

Writing parts 2 and 3 & releasing all together as one title is one way of turning it into a novel.

At the very least, when you've written these you could release all 3 as a box set and justify $3.99/£2.99 more easily.
Yes, a trilogy - or box set - was the long-term plan Big Grin
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RE: Advice on price

(04 Mar 2014 02:09 PM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  Yes, a trilogy - or box set - was the long-term plan Big Grin
After I wrote two sequels to a self-contained novella, the original novella got a critical review for being 'yet another serialised novel'.

The only thing different about the novella now that it has sequels is that it has an advert for book 2 in the back! Still the same self-contained story.
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04 Mar 2014, 03:26 PM | Post: #19

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Whatever you do, someone will tell you you're wrong! Do it YOUR way! Smile
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
06 Mar 2014, 06:40 PM | Post: #20

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(04 Mar 2014 03:26 PM)Ignite Wrote: Wrote:  Whatever you do, someone will tell you you're wrong! Do it YOUR way! Smile

Oh, I have learnt that you can't please everybody Big Grin
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